Ten in 2010

January 2, 2010

Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put 2009 behind us and I’m looking forward to 2010 being a happy, healthy year! I don’t want to waste time talking about how stressful 2009 was for us; instead I want to focus on lots of positive energy to kick off this New Year! Being that 2010 is the beginning of a new decade, I think this is the perfect time to make some changes.

We all have good intentions when it comes to making our New Years Resolutions but how many times have you started out super, duper excited yet within a very short period of time, you lose focus? It’s happened to me before, but this year I’m feeling really motivated and determined to achieve my goals.

When first read about the Ten in 10 challenge that was started by Lori of The Recipe Girl; I knew right away that I wanted to participate. If you read The Recipe Girl or follow RecipeGirl on Twitter, I’m sure you’ve already heard about the Ten in 10 challenge. It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Ten in 10! I decided that my overall goal is going to be to lose ten pounds in ten weeks in 2010! :-)

This challenge was officially kicked off yesterday and you can read the details of the Ten in 10 challenge to find out how you can join. Anyone can participate and there is no deadline to sign up so you can hop on board at any time.

I’m working on a few new ‘work related’ projects that are going to require a lot of focus and time. In order to get everything accomplished that I want to get done, I’m going to have to work harder and smarter. I’m going to try to get to bed earlier so I can get up earlier and instead of working in my office for a few hours before my workout, I’ll be doing my daily workout first thing in the morning. That way I’ll start my day off right and won’t get irritated if something comes up that prevents me from exercising. If I don’t have that time for myself to relieve some stress, I’m in an entirely different mood for the rest of the day.

Since I’m already on a pretty regular exercise routine and have still managed to hit a plateau that I can’t seem to get past, I know that there are several specific things that I need to do in order to reach my overall goal.

Losing a pound a week doesn’t sound like an unrealistic goal, but I know it’s not going to be easy. It’s time to get serious and crank it up a notch.

Here are my goals:

  • Go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier.
  • Plan healthier meals for the whole week and do all grocery shopping on Sunday.
  • I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to write down everything I eat.
  • Work out first thing every morning, Monday through Saturday.
  • Add 30 minutes of weight training two days a week after one hour of cardio.
  • Go to Yoga class three days a week. (I feel so much better when I do this.)
  • Walk or ride bike for 30 minutes after dinner at least two or three nights a week.
  • Restrict “weekday” cocktails.
  • Have a piece of fruit for afternoon snack instead of cheese and crackers.
  • Weigh in every Friday and track progress on WiiFit.
  • Try to squeeze in one of the Jillian Michaels workouts once a week.
  • Add 15 minutes or so of WiiFit Hula Hoop a day or two a week. (It’s a great workout, but also a lot of fun!)

For me, this challenge isn’t just about losing the weight; it’s about eating leaner, exercising more, managing stress, and just basically feeling stronger and healthier.

I’m hoping that by participating in this challenge, I’ll connect with some of the other participants who have similar goals and we can help each other stay motivated and on track to achieve our goals for 2010. I’m really excited about this and would love to see some of our readers join this challenge.


11 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Lori @ RecipeGirl

    January 3, 201012:00 pm

    Great goals you’ve set! You can do it!! Go YOU :)
    .-= Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog post … Ten in ‘10 Healthy Challenge: Week 1 =-.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    January 3, 20102:18 pm

    Thanks, Lori! I’m going to work as hard as I can to make this happen. I’m excited about it!

  3. Posted by BigSis

    January 3, 20104:56 pm

    Sounds good, LilSis! I’m with you!

  4. Posted by grace

    January 4, 20107:35 am

    1-jillian michaels is fierce and a little bit scary. okay, a lot scary.
    2-wiifit is perhaps the most awesome invention ever.
    3-good luck cutting back on the cocktails! :)
    .-= grace´s last blog post … who’s up for a game of chess? =-.

  5. Posted by LilSis

    January 4, 20109:42 am

    I’m glad you’re on board too, BigSis! It’s going to be fun!

  6. Posted by LilSis

    January 4, 20109:44 am

    Hi Grace,
    Yep, she is a lot scary! My sister just told me that Jillian actually has a Wii game. I’m tempted to check that out. It might be more fun that a regular workout DVD.

    And, I am going to have to be very disciplined with the “weekday cocktails”. We have lots of friends that invite us out at the spur of the moment for cocktails and dinner, so I’m going to have to learn how to say no. :-(

  7. Posted by BigSis

    January 4, 20106:45 pm

    She scares me a little too, but maybe I need to be a bit skerd to get myself going! I’m curious about the Wii…going to check it out online.

  8. Posted by Katie @ goodLife {eats}

    January 5, 20109:51 am

    These are great goals! I am feeling so much more motivated this year because of all the support. I have been doing the 30 day shred for 4 days now and it’s hard, but I love it. Good luck!
    .-= Katie @ goodLife {eats}´s last blog post … Ten Weeks to Healthy in 2010 =-.

  9. Posted by Tracy

    January 6, 20109:38 am

    Loved reading your goals…they’re great! I absolutely agree that it is so much better/healthier to focus on positive energy and the possibilities of what’s to come rather than what’s held us back in the past. We’re taking part in the challenge too and are really excited. Good luck to you!
    .-= Tracy´s last blog post … A Fresh New Start in 2010 – Our Story and Goals for the Ten in 10 =-.

  10. Posted by LilSis

    January 6, 201012:25 pm

    Good luck to you too, Katie! I think this challenge is really going to help keep us all motivated to accomplish our goals!

  11. Posted by LilSis

    January 6, 201012:31 pm

    Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for stopping by BigSisLilSis! Good luck to both of you, also! I just found your blog the other day on Recipe Girl and I really like it. I’ll be reading and hopefully we can all encourage each other throughout the next ten weeks.

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