2008 Goals: Weight Loss & Fitness

Getting in shape is the cliche goal for a lot of people each year. I've never had this as a New Year's goal before, so I'm hoping that I'll actually be able to follow through with it. I don't have a huge amount of weight to lose, but I'd like to be squarely in the healthy range for my height. I'm hoping to lose 25-30 pounds over the next six months or so.  I probably should have joined the Church IT Biggest Loser competition, but I was a slacker. I've got a plan that I think will work and it's fairly simple.

1. No more fast food. I probably end up eating fast food at least twice a week. Usually this is just a matter of convenience, but it's not really necessary. My goal is to either go home (not too likely) or eat at the church for lunch rather than going out. I'll probably still have a lunch out each week, but right now I'm eating out two/three times a week. I'm going to put a stash of Boca products in the freezer so that if I'm in a rush and can't pack lunch I have something quick to eat without a drive-through.

2. Exercise. I did really well biking, running, and swimming while I was training for the triathlon last fall. I need to get back into that habit. I'm going to take a spin class and try to get to the gym at least three other times a week. I'm hoping to add some strength training to the cardio as well.

3. Controlling the snacking. I'm a snacker and nothing is going to change that. What will change is what I eat when I snack. That means minimizing junk food and replacing it with healthier choices – fruit, veggies, popcorn, etc.