How’s that weight-loss goal coming?

On New Year’s Eve 2016, I wrote about keeping that weight-loss resolution or goal.

I listed three ideas that helped me. If you remember, they were:

1.) Set goals

2.) Track your progress

3.) Be consistent

After three months, I thought I’d tell you what I’m doing specifically in those areas to not only keep myself accountable, but to help you along the way.

1.) Set goals

Three months ago, I had a concrete goal of 190 pounds. At the time, I was a little more than 198.

Right now, I’m at 192. So, in three months, I’ve lost a little more than 6 pounds.

I still have that goal of 190, and it’s well within reach. I’ll get there, little bit by little bit.

Another aim is to drink 80 ounces of water per day. That’s filling my 20-ounce water bottle four times. Four times.

They say an average person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses, or 64 ounces, per day. But my goal is a bit higher because my workouts make me sweat like an Eskimo in the desert, and my daily cup of coffee — or three or four — dehydrates me.

And my body will tell me when I haven’t had enough H2O. I get a little light-headed when getting up from a seated position. Plus, there’s the muscle cramps. My goodness, the muscle cramps.

Whatever your goals, make them concrete and attainable. Remember, it builds confidence and momentum.

2.) Track your progress

As I mentioned before, I like to use the app that came with my Fitbit. But maybe there’s another app you prefer, or perhaps you feel more comfortable with a pen and paper. Go for it, but the point is to track your progress to know what works.

I say that because in my weight-loss journey, there have been plenty of times when I’ve hit a plateau, and anyone who’s spent any time trying to shed pounds knows what I’m talking about.

You work out and eat right and seem to be making all kinds of progress until, all of a sudden, it stops. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason, the weight just sticks.

Yeah, it’s frustrating, and there’s a huge temptation to quit. I get that. I’m not judging. I’m simply saying the key is to push through. Perhaps try a new workout, make your current routine more challenging by adding weight to your machines or turn up the speed on the treadmill.

Do you some research, ask questions, but whatever you do, don’t stop.

For me, the two things I track are weight and water consumption. When I say I track them, I input those things myself. The Fitbit itself tracks when I workout, my heart rate, etc.

I keep track of the weight for the reasons I mentioned above. I want to know if I’m making progress toward my weight-loss goal or if I need to switch something up. And I keep track of water as a way to remind myself to stay hydrated. Those cramps are nothing to mess with.

3.) Be consistent

These past three months have been hell-ish in this area.

I’ve been sick three times — three times — so far this year, and each illness forced me out of the gym to recover fully, plus I didn’t want to spread whatever it is I had.

As it turns out, I had a cold; the stomach flu, on my birthday no less; and a sinus infection. Awesome.

But, after each go-round, I got myself off the couch and into the gym as soon as I felt OK, usually after about a week.

Since that sinus infection, I’ve felt alright — knock on wood — and I’m back into my routine.

Each week, I work out four times. Tuesday and Wednesday, then Friday and Saturday. Included in those four days are two rounds of cardio and two rounds of full-body muscle training. But the key for me is to switch up the routine.

One week I’ll start with cardio on Tuesday then hit the muscle training on Wednesday. Then, Friday, I’ll continue with the muscle training, and I’ll end the week Saturday with cardio.

The next week, I reverse it. It keeps things interesting, plus it confuses my body enough that it doesn’t get used to the same old, same old, and I’m much less likely to plateau as quickly.

You’ll notice I include three days of rest. Knowing there’s a break in the action keeps me on the right track.

Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is to stick with it — even when you don’t want to.

So there you have it. Yes, the going is slow, but I’m making progress and getting more and more fit.

In another three months, I’ll check on you again and keep you updated on my progress.

In the meantime, remember to set goals, track your progress and be consistent.

You can do this! Don’t give up!

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4 thoughts on “How’s that weight-loss goal coming?

  1. My problem with weight loss is that I eat as much as I workout so my weight ends up staying the same or even increases at times…I think I have a problem with emotional eating that I need to address

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  2. Keeping track of things is really important. I fell off the healthy bandwagon last year and I gained about 8 pounds. I’m in the process of losing them now, and tracking my efforts has made a difference. Every week I take a progress pic, I weigh myself and take my measurements. Accountability is another important factor. I’ve been seeing results since I started working with a health coach. When I was just doing it by myself, it was easier to slack off.

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