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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The 50/50 Plan

On my Christmas "wish list" was the book "Reshaping It All" by Candice Cameron Bure. Yep, DJ Tanner! I don't know about you but I loved the tv show Full House. I still do.

Confession: If I see Full House is on a channel, I will watch that before any other program offered.

I am 4 chapters in and I love the book. She talks about balancing out your Physical and Spiritual Fitness. In Chapter 4 she talked about having a plan. Her dad taught her five important steps in reaching her goals:
1) Envision Your Goal
2) Formulate a Plan
3)Consider the gain
4) Count the cost
5) Do the necessary work to achieve it.

I've come to realize I have an addiction to food. I love it. Too much. I eat when I'm not hungry, I have very little self control when it comes to breads/crackers/sweets. This needs to change. Now. I need a healthier outlook on food and have control.

Candice states in her book " Setting a goal to lose slowly is not something most of us want to do, but it's a good way to go, and the truth is that time does go by fast. Imagine being fifty two pounds lighter next year at this time. That's only one pound a week. Likely one frustrating, hair-pulling pound at a time, which calls for plenty of patience, but imagine the difference it would make."

That got me to thinking. I'd love to lose 50 pounds. I need to lose at least 45. So, I am going to do a 50/50 plan. 50 pounds in 50 weeks. I will focus on one week at a time. It is not just a matter of I can do this but I will do this.

1) Envision your goal: I want to be thin. I want to find clothes at the store and feel good about wearing them. I want to continue to be healthy and I want to struggle less with running. I want to lose 50 pounds in 50 weeks.
2) Formulate a plan: 50 pounds in 50 weeks. The first two weeks I will be doing the Medifast program. I seemed to have hit a plateau and I am determined to break it. I will diligently follow my half marathon training plan. I will weigh my food again and eat 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Turn to friends and family for accountability.
3) Consider the gain: More energy, better stamina when running, healthier body, thinner.
4) Count the cost: Less food that I really enjoy ( not gone all together just less of it), cravings that will want to pushing me to the breaking point. I may even get cranky.
5) Do the necessary work to achieve it: I will diligently stick to my training plan. Including cross training, weight training etc. This means doing it even on the days I really don't want to!

Oh and here's a kicker... My friend, Brooke, willingly posted her weight and current size on facebook. It is keeping her on track and accountable. So my dear blog readers, I will be doing the same. On here (the link always gets posted to facebook anyway). I will post my new weight every Sunday. I'm not going to lie, I am embarrassed by my weight and it is humbling to share it with everyone. This will give me that final push to make a big change.

Current Weight: 196 lbs (as of 1/4/12)
Current Size: 14
So who out there is going to do the 50/50 challenge with me?

8 comments:

Angela said...

Shannon, you are AMAZE-BALLS!!!! I have her book, and it's wonderful! I, too, have wanted to journal my weight loss journey, like I used too! You are an inspiration!!

Crystal said...

I have kept a little green book on my desk from the day I "got REALLY serious". I put the date, weight and measurements in it. The first entry was made on 2/23/2010. Since that first entry I have lost 16 inches and 25 lbs.

I will have to find/borrow this book. It sounds amazing!

Melissa said...

Sounds like a good book. I applaud you for posting your weight and size for everyone to see. You know what's funny...I always wonder why we're so hesistant to say the number...when who are we kidding? People can see us. The number is not going to change what anyone sees. Sounds like a great, doable goal that I'm sure you will be able to accomplish.

Melissa said...

Sounds like a good book. I applaud you for posting your weight and size for everyone to see. You know what's funny...I always wonder why we're so hesistant to say the number...when who are we kidding? People can see us. The number is not going to change what anyone sees. Sounds like a great, doable goal that I'm sure you will be able to accomplish.

CindyW said...

This is amazing! You know I'm blogging my journey too. You and I are so similar! I am addicted to food too. I NEED to get focused and make the changes I know I can do. You rock. You can do this. I'm long for the ride! We can ALL do this.

Beth said...

Shannon - I love your transparancy! I'm so proud of you for setting this goal. I am actually just getting ready to blog about the same thing. lol! now I know someone who I can look to for accountability!

JoEllen said...

Shannon, That really sounds amazing!! Good luck stay with it you are very motivated, and have lots of support ;)

Jessica LaTour said...

You've got this, I know it.

Love you.