Fat as Hell…

and not going to take it anymore!

Plan of Attack: April

Goodbye, March.
Hello, April.

Let’s start things off on the right foot, shall we?

1. To restart (and keep up with) my stats calendar.
2. To make (and keep) weekly exercise goals.
3. To make (and keep) weekly caloric goals.
3a. To keep track of and record (if not publically) my calorie intake each day.
(I think I may start using thedailyplate.com — I’ll keep you posted).
4. To keep track of and record my blood pressure (if not daily) than at least 4 times a week until my Doc’s appt at the end of the month.

(April) Week 1 Exercise Goals:
Monday: 30 minutes cardio
Tuesday: 30 minutes strength training
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 30 minutes cardio + 30 minutes strength training
Friday: rest
Saturday: 30 minutes cardio + 30 minutes strength training
Saturday: 30 minutes of either (depending on my mood)

Note: These are all minimums and, I think, based on my previous exercising regiment, entirely doable. In fact, I think I am capable of more, but I want to see how this first week goes before raising the stakes.

Gosh… just setting these goals feels so productive.

The truth is, I think I am constantly setting and renegotiating goals in my mind. Each morning (especially in the shower) I make deals with myself about what I will and won’t do that day. Many times the goals I sent in the morning while trying to ready myself for the day are unrealistic… and because they only exist in my mind, it’s easy to toss them aside when the going gets rough. This is different. Not only does writing them down make them feel more official, but you know, it’s that whole accountability thing. Knowing that all of you *know* about them and that you will (ever so gently) hold my feet to the fire if I don’t follow through, makes it more difficult for me to just throw in the towel.

Knowing that I have a doctor’s appointment at the end of the month helps too. For some reason, I am always so motivated to take off as much weight as possible in the weeks before going to the doctor. I can remember when I first started seeing this doctor and how I could tell, even though he was encouraging, that he didn’t really believe me when I said that I was going to lose weight. And, after all, who could blame him? I mean, I’m sure he’s seen hundreds of patients who need to take off the pounds and who claim they are going to, but who just aren’t able to make it happen. I’ve been there. And, believe me, I failed dozens and dozens of times before I ever experienced any kind of success. What’s more, I’m sure that my vow, albeit good intentioned, probably seemed like a long shot… after all, all told, I probably had a good 180lbs to lose — and that’s no small feat.

Little did he know how stubborn I am. What he didn’t realize (or maybe he did) is that I would find his well founded skepticism regarding my ability to shed over half my bodyweight to be something of a challenge. As ridiculous as it sounds, when it comes to my doctor, I’ve got a definite case of the “hmmpft! I’ll show him!’s” I realize, of course, that this isn’t the healthiest motivation, but at this point, I’ll take whatever motivation I can get.

Anyway… tonight I’m gonna party like it’s my birthday — because it *is* my birthday!

And then I’m gonna grab April by the balls.
This is going to be my best month yet.

Happy Monday, everyone!

PS: I’m counting this post as my HYC update for this week! :)


March 31, 2008 - Posted by | healthy you challenge, losing weight, motivation, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Happy birthday! I hope this year will see you march purposely towards your dream! Have a great party!

    Comment by hanlie | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. Happy Birthday you.

    April’s going to be great. At least when you’ve had the worst month ever you can only go up from there.

    Comment by Jenny | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. Happy Birthday!!!!

    (way to sneak it in there lol)

    I love your April goals! I have faith in you! You’re totally goign to make it!

    Comment by Rose | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  4. Happy Birthday!!!

    What a SUPER plan of attack!! YOU CAN DO IT!!


    Comment by Felicia | March 31, 2008 | Reply


    Love the Plan of Attack — I just may borrow this idea for myself. :)

    I can’t wait to hear what your doctor has to say about your weight loss! Of course he was skeptical — but you, you will be making a believer out of him! Wish I could be a fly on the wall.

    Comment by BikiniMe | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. Happy birthday!!

    Comment by womantowomancbe | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. I think having a written down plan is a big help. That’s why I like the running programs I follow.

    Happy birthday!

    Comment by AndrewE | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thank you, thank you, gang!
    You guys rock my socks!


    Comment by justoofat | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  9. Happy belated birthday!

    I haven’t been over to your blog yet, so today was the day! And I’m glad I made it. Your Plan of Attack seems like a really good idea! I think I might create my own. It’ll make me view April as a war against my stubbornly remaining poochy spots. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care!

    Comment by Briy | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. SOunds like a great plan, we will cheer you on to success!

    Comment by Curvyjones | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  11. What a great plan!! Good luck!!

    Comment by Irish Mom | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  12. Happy Birthday.

    You go out there and be a winner!!


    Comment by Simone | April 1, 2008 | Reply


    What a wonderful gift to yourself: a Plan! I absolutely KNOW you can achieve these goals. It’s in the bag!

    Have a happy day!

    Comment by Cammy | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  14. Setting goals feelins so good, but writing them down makes you responsible to them. So good for you. I bet you will meet them all.

    Comment by loserirene | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  15. Happy (late) birthday! Your attitude is fantastic, you are in ‘the zone’ you CAN DO THIS! Good luck and have fun!!

    Comment by julia | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  16. […] *this.* I’ve had my eye on it for a long, long time. 3. If WHEN I succeed in completing the goals for April that I outlined at the beginning of the month, I’m going to buy myself one of *these* (though I flat refuse to pay that much for […]

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  17. Why so much cardio? Cardio increases more of the stress fat storing hormones.

    Comment by Gordon | June 19, 2011 | Reply

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