As I said in my last post, last year's goal was to get below 170lbs before Christmas and then maintain that weight until after the holiday break. And I'm happy to say that I weighed in yesterday at 166.5lbs :-)
Last year I started back at the gym for the first time in many years with a basic programme of compound weight exercises and some cardio. I did the classic 'newbie gym' thing and spent time on the Arc trainer thinking that cardio was the best way to lose the inches, but then after some research, established that actually doing some proper progressive strength training could make more of a difference to my shape.
I modified my routine to increase the weight and reduce the reps, and balanced the cardio a bit more with the intention of revamping the whole thing in 2014. As it stands, I've got a PT session booked in on Thursday to put together a new programme and this year I can afford to be a little more ambitious...
Whilst I'm not to bothered about how much weight I lose, I ideally want to get into a UK size 10/12 by the end of the summer and in time for my sister's wedding in August. More important than clothes sizes though, is improving my overall health and fitness.
The goals for this year have to be both realistic and achievable. I'm by no means fit and nor have I had much experience with some of the things I want to try. They have to be fun and naturally I have to be interested in them, otherwise I simply won't want to achieve them!
So... without further ado, this year's Wannado List, with the understanding that it may be added to at any time! :)
- Complete the C25K (Couch to 5k running programme)
- Learn to Hula Hoop
- RUN a 5k Race for Life (walked on last year)
- Complete the London-Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride
- Fit into a Size 12 dress and jeans (obviously not at the same time!)
- Start on the Stronglifts 5x5 programme