My New Year’s resolutions: an update

So how are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? I just wanted to take a minute to report on my progress so far. As I stated in the original posts, there are specifics to these resolutions but I’d prefer to keep them private, but I did include my deadlines this time around. First, a quick recap on my new year’s resolutions:

  1. Lose weight by September 2008
  2. Save money for my RSP by February 28.

On with the update… I’m going to talk about number 2 first, because I haven’t even begun to deal with number 1!

“They say the best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees… I want money! It’s what I want!” — Flying Lizards, ‘Money (It’s what I want)’

Anyway… I don’t know about you but I am a visual person and I love using ING Direct for my RSP because they have all these neat tools on their website to help you get to where you want to be. Par example, this ultra neat projection chart that takes your goal, current automatic savings plan, and current status and charts whether or not you will reach your goal by the date you have set. (I changed all the figures into percentages for the reason I explained before, and added my own comments to help you understand the chart).

The chart that used to be in this post was a little misleading because I was already at 35% of my goal at the beginning of this year. So what the chart should really say is that I have achieved 15% of this year’s goal. But that’s ok, you get the picture.

“Food, Glorious Food! We’re Anxious to try it! Three Banquets a day — our favourite diet!” — Oliver Twist, ‘Food, Glorious Food’

She liked her mealCreme Brulee Now, as for resolution number 1: I have had no motivation to start with it. I have never been the type to diet or to watch the scale but I feel like I might have to start. Even if I only scale watch at the beginning. I have given up junk food, pop and chocolate for lent in an attempt to tackle this resolution. Chocolate doesn’t really have anything bearing on anything, it’s just something I give up for lent every year. I’ll call it a personal tradition. As far as junk food and pop, I decided to give it up because while I was living on my own in Ireland, I started eating a lot of fast food when I was working a lot of overtime. I just felt I was eating too much of it, and that it was starting to affect my health forget about the weight I gained!

I do have specifics for these restrictions, because let’s face it without specifics I can call the shots as I see fit. What’s allowed that might fit the category of ‘fast food’ (because it’s a shorter list):

  • Subway sandwiches (no sauces, or if it’s really necessary really light sauce. Subway servers are good at listening to this instruction – at least in Toronto)
  • Tim Horton’s sandwiches (yummy healthy sandwiches from Timmy’s, without fail!)
  • Tim Horton’s croissants and bagels (but only if we are really short on time and have to eat something)
  • Pre-packaged sushi (but I hate these anyway so it’s rarely an issue)

All stacked upSo far, I have followed my lent restrictions but I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my weight. I have gone down one notch on my belts, but that’s just not good enough progress for two months! So I have decided to come up with a more detailed plan. I’m going to hate it, but I have to do it if I want to keep both my resolutions this year. So stayed tuned for my plan on how to kick these pounds outta my body!

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  1. Thanks Chris! I only drink about 500ml a day, which isn’t really the greatest amount. I do drink tea, and have milk with my cereal as well but I know it’s not enough but I’m trying. It’s just difficult when I have a bladder as small as I do. That’s great that you’ve lowered your body fat so much. I don’t know if I’m going to be that hard core with my progress though… hehe

  2. You need to start somewhere Reggie so good job with the diet. The key is to eat a ton of veggies. Leafy greens especially. Gives you that fullness and makes you regular.

    Light weight training would also do well for you. Muscle burns fat all day long! So tone up.

    Also, fluids is #1. Drink water. Lots of it. I drink a gallon a day. You probably dont need as much because Im sure your smaller, but its a good idea to drink just water as much as possible. It will mean you’ll use the restroom more so prepare for that.

    I’ve gone from 130ibs to 215 ibs on 4 years while bodybuilding. I decided I got so huge I’ve been on a cut. Im down to 185ibs following the basic stuff above. Lost a ton of belly fat and by BF is hovering around 12% now. Thinking about posting before and afters soon! Have you taken photos? Its great idea to keep track of your progress.

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