9.30.11 – The Big Day

31 Jan

After FINALLY setting a date for our wedding (we’ve been engaged for almost 5 months!), I’ve set a few goals for myself to look and feel my best on our wedding day.

Now I did set my New Year’s Resolutions a few weeks ago, and these goals definitely are in line with a few of those. But for this, I’m putting myself totally out there… putting my personal stats online for the world to see. I’m taking my own advice: Tell someone about your goal to keep you accountable. By putting myself out there, as embarrassing as it can be, I’m a lot more likely to follow the plan because anyone on the world wide web can check in on my progress. I’ve always had a workout journal, and track my weight and (occasionally) calories on the My Fitness Pal app on my Droid, but now I’m going to track my progress here.

So in addition to providing evidence-based nutrition news and debunking diet myths, I’m going to get a little more personal with some of my posts. As a dietitian and personal trainer, even I am not perfect – any advice on my journey would be more than welcome!

Question :: What are you doing to better yourself, inside or out?

Putting myself out there… my goals:

  • By August 1, that 26 weeks from now, I would like to lose 8-10 pounds. This entails dropping fat and toning up.  While my current weight, which maxes out at 145#, is healthy for my height and I do have a good amount of lean body mass, I still would like to lean out for the big day.
    • 30 min+ HIIT (high intensity interval training) 1-2x per week
    • Other cardio (regular runs) 1-2x per week for total of 2-4 days of cardio per week
    • Strength training 3-4 days per week
      • Day 1: Lower body, core
      • Day 2: Chest, back, shoulders
      • Day 3: Biceps, triceps, core
    • Keep food journal 2-3 days per week
      • Based on my calculations based on height, weight, age and activity level:
        • 1800 calories on rest days
        • 2000 calories on workout days (or more, depending on the workout)
      • 50% carbs, 25% fat, 25% protein
      • Eat ~400 calories at breakfast and 350-400 calories per meal after (5 meals total per day)
      • Eat only every 3-4 hours (yes, 3 hours is a LONG time for me to go without eating!)
    • Drink 1-2 liters water in addition to tea and and other beverages
  • Really, whatever the number is on the scale, I would LOVE to be a size 4 or 6 instead of a 6 or 8. That is really my ultimate goal more so than the number.
  • Continue going gluten-free – this really does make my stomach feel SO much better and I do not get bloated when I don’t consume gluten.
  • Be more confident. I’ve always been kind of a shy person, so this is me breaking out. I’m about to have over 100 people with their eyes on me for the entire night… gotta work on confidence! Not really sure how to work on this, any ideas?
    • I do know that I want to find a hairstyle I love. Mine is a good start, but could use some help.
    • I need a good skincare regimen – I just started using Proactive and it burns my face and bleaches my towels… does this happen to anyone else?? I’m pretty sure I don’t want anything that bleaches towels on my face. I’m very open to suggestions here. I don’t get bad acne, just a few constant annoying pimples and bumps.
    • New wardrobe – I will use clothes as rewards for reaching my goals! But I also need a personal stylist…anyone interested?
    • Smile and say hi to every person I walk by.

In addition to updating my own progress, I’ll post ways to succeed in your own goals.


One Response to “9.30.11 – The Big Day”


  1. Progress Report [or lack there of] « Nutrition in a Nutshell - March 6, 2011

    […] haven’t given an update about my progress for my wedding shape-up goals…Well, it’s because there honestly hasn’t been much progress. I actually […]

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