Thursday, July 19, 2007

Goals, goals, and more goals!

After much discussion, planning, calculating, and dreaming, Catherine the Great and I have come up with a new weight loss goal to parallel my marathon training. As incredible and unbelieveable as it sounds, it is my goal to lose 52 more pounds by January 13th. (At this time it's actually 50 since I'm already down ~2 lbs from when I set the goal.) That should get me to the starting line at right around 250, down ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS from where I was September, 2004 when I e-mailed Steve Shepard who introduced me to the Houston Striders, Power in Motion, and a healthy lifestyle with running as a key component.

I didn't come up with 52 pounds by drawing that number out of a hat. Catherine has me targeting 1000 calorie deficit per day. That's 7000 calories per week. And at 3500 calories per pound of fat, that's 2 pounds per week. I started on Sunday, exatly 26 weeks from January 13th. That's where we came up with the 52 lbs.

Yes, this is ambitious and yes, it may not take into account plateaus, muscle gain, and/or other things that may be going on with my body. But as far as the things that I have control over (e.g. what I put in my mouth), I'm going for it. I've gone 3 weeks now without a single slip up. This is the longest I've gone eating healthy since January and man is it showing, not only on the scale but also in the way my clothes fit, in my running, and most importantly in how I feel and that's great motivation to KEEP IT UP!!!


Anonymous said...

Lil' Vic emerges! From defensive tackle to linebacker, show us how it's done.


David said...

I would take that last sentence that you wrote and keep it handy for those tempting, or more difficult, days...very motivating words indeed!

Steve Bezner said...

You've found a secret! Past success motivates future successes. I use that all the time.

I think 52 pounds is very do-able.

Wish I could do it with you!

TX Runner Girl said...

Vic, you are such an inspiration! I know you can do this. I'll be cheering for you!

Jill said...

I think that is a very doable goal. And regardless if you make that exact goal, go beyond or come up a few pounds short it will be a HUGE accomplishment. You are going to blow away last year's marathon time!

L*I*S*A said...

Excellent goal, Vic. I have no doubts that you'll achieve it!