Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Some Tiny Goals

Looking back on my blog posts from February, it’s hard to miss a dominant trend throughout my posts: I have stubbornly resisted talking about health. Out of the 14 posts, only eight even mention the topic of weight or health. And only four are entirely devoted to the subject of this blog—Katie’s Way to Healthy.

What does this say about my overall weight loss journey?

Well, for one thing, my lack of posts about weight loss shows that my focus has been on other things—from guys to finances to traveling. I'm human, after all, and I like getting to write about other things than health once in a while. It keeps me sane =)

For another, it seems that my observance of the Weight Watchers plan has been theoretical, at best. I have not had a single week where I’ve consistently counted points every day—much less gotten in the recommended good health guidelines and activity. I stopped attending WW meetings and started weighing myself on a scale at home. In short, WW has shifted to a lesser priority in my life and this is reflected in my blog posts.

However, this is not to say that I have completely given up on my ultimate goal of losing 90 pounds and becoming a healthier person. Since the end of January, I have lost roughly 5-7 pounds, which means that I am just 23 pounds away from reaching a BMI healthy weight of 150lbs. Considering where I started last March (at 240 lbs) I have made tremendous progress, both in terms of continuing to lose weight and, just as importantly, not gaining the weight back.

At the same time, I recognize that I still have work to do and milestones to achieve. I don’t want to write another lofty post about radically changing my life, only to write a new post tomorrow about how I failed to meet my goals. Instead, I’d like to talk about some of the good things I did during the month of February and then brainstorm some small ways that I can improve my health during the month of March.

Good things I did in February:
•I lost weight, which means I maintained a calorie deficit.
(And I’ve been struggling to get out of the 180s since late September, so it feels great to finally be getting close to the 160s!)

•During an incredibly stressful week (Feb 21-25), I did not binge!

•I managed to stay on track and record my weekly weigh-ins without the help of WW meetings.

Things to do in March:

•Go back to the gym! Even though it costs money, my health is more important that drinking with friends or going out to eat. I need to spend money to make sure that I go to the gym three times a week.

•Stop smoking cigarettes! Yes, I know it’s a habit that satisfies my urge to put something in my mouth without making me gain weight, but it’s terrible for my lungs, budget, and health goals.

•Eating wise, pretty much keep doing what I’m doing. I lost weight in February so I’m not as concerned about this. I just need to properly fuel up during the day so that I have the energy to workout.

Anyway, those are my goals for March. March 30th marks my year anniversary with WW and I’m hoping that this will help me to refocus on my goals. What are your goals for March? Do you have any habits you’d like to keep doing and/ or any habits you’d like to cut out?


  1. Those sound like great goals Katie! I hate how easy it is to fall off the plan, and so hard to get back on, but you're results are so amazing! I'm sure you can meet your goals :-)

  2. I think it sounds like you are putting some great goals into place. It's best to set some small goals for yourself and overachieve, rather than set large goals and not achieve them. Though "small" is all relative, because quitting cigarettes is a HUGE goal that takes a lot of determination to do!

  3. Great goals, Katie! As an ex-smoker, I especially LOVE the quitting smoking one. :-)

    Confession: The budget was the MAIN reason that I quit, not health. Whatever works, though! I have saved at least $200 monthly since quitting.

  4. Those are great goals to have. Good luck with all of them- especially quitting cigarettes! Sure you want to eat healthy and lose weight I see, but I think the most important goal for your health is to not smoke! You can do it :)