Weight and Fitness Targets in 2013

Getting healthy in 2013

I’ve tried (and tried) to lose weight over the last two years, and it hasn’t happened, but this year I’m trying again.

To keep it simple (and not too daunting) I’ve set my goal for 2013 at 24lbs – 2lb a month. I’m using My Fitness Pal to track my food, and have it synced to Endomondo to record my exercise (both free apps).

Inspired by Hawaii Planner (my fitness inspiration!) I’m setting specific targets for the year, and will break them down month by month, week by week.

Year // Month // Week

  • Weight loss: 24lbs // 2lbs //  0.5lbs
  • Walking: 300 miles //  25 miles // 5.76 miles
  • Minutes Walked: 5200 // 433 // 100
  • Calories Burned: 52,000 // 4333 // 1000

On my walk today I took 18 minutes and 24 seconds to complete a mile and I’m hesitant to speed this up just yet as the last thing I want is my hip bursitis to flare up again. For now I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and hope to decrease the times later in the year.

Are you trying to lose weight in 2013? If so, have you set a specific target? Let me know, I’d love to follow your progress :)

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  1. says

    Good luck with these goals. I am going to try to lose weight by following a vegan diet (not just for that reason)xxx

  2. says

    This looks manageable – keep at it! I’m not aiming to lose weight but I would like to take more exercise in order to tone up/get fitter/ have more energy/ sleep better/ de-stress. Now where’s my excuse? xo

    • says

      Thanks for the support Claire – I figure if I can get outside in January/February the rest of the year will be a breeze ;)

      PS. It took me at least 2 years to get my sleeping right after quitting my stressful ft job – for years I was an insomniac – now I sleep from 1030-530 without fail. Initially I thought it would happen straight away, but it doesn’t. The joy of working part time :)

    • says

      It’s always raining here lol – for most of the holiday period a lot of the roads into our village have been cut off due to floods, it’s easing now thankfully!

      New Year. New Health kick. I’m getting bored of it now and need to do something about it. If only weight was debt I’d get rid of it really quickly :) :)

  3. savingfortravel says

    I’m trying to lose weight too Laura-will weigh myself next week (need special batteries for our scales!-have ordered them).

    Thanks for the inspiration. It’s nice that a few of us are trying to get fitter!

    Sft x

  4. says

    I’m also trying to lose weight – doctor says about 15kg would be good. I like your plan – I will have to check out Hawaii Planner as well for inspiration!

    • says

      Good luck Fiona! 15kg over a year would be doable at a nice normal pace – I’ve given up trying to lose too much in a short space of time. Slow and steady wins the race :)

  5. Libby says

    Sounds like an excellent plan. I love how you have broken it down into manageable “bites” (Oh my gosh – an eating analogy :)

    I also need to get serious about losing weight this year and will also check out Hawaii Planner.

  6. says

    Oh my, thank you so much! I’m so flattered. :-) I was just debating whether or not I should run today, & now I feel like the timing of your post was a perfect kick that I needed.

    My goals this year are all around consistency, because I tend to get off track for a week here & there, & it throws everything off.

    I love the way you’re tracking, & I know you can get to your goals. One suggestion would be to consider adding strength training to your schedule. Even using hand weights at home (or doing planks, push ups, squats) for 10 minutes will make a difference. Building up the muscle will make your calories burned per day higher, & will make you look more toned overall. Good luck!!

    • says

      Hi and thank you again for the inspiration! Consistency is definitely the key to it.
      I must record everything – good or bad – to create a habit.

      Adding weights is a good idea thank you…..I’ll have to use cans of beans for now as I’m on a no spend month lol :)

  7. Andrea says

    I am doing the exact same challenge
    1lb a week,over 5 miles a week walking(would like more I already walk 4 miles with my mother)I used to compete at running but became injured and had to stop hence weight gain so walking it is for me.
    My goal is to lose 48lb.

      • Andrea says

        I have logged back in to myfitness pal and will log food and exercise as I don’t have a snazzy phone to use the apps.
        Thats a good plan it maybe how mine will pan out we shall see:-)

  8. Michelle says

    You can do it. I’m determined to let go of the last 20 pounds I’ve been struggling with over the last four years after losing 80#. Great idea of keeping track of your mileage. I’m going to steal that!

    • says

      I never thought to track my mileage before – just food…..hopefully it will work.
      Well done on losing 80lbs -and keeping it off!

  9. Denise says

    Hey….My friend and I have also decided to start again. She weighed first thing this morning and emailed me and I put it off half the day and then got on my scales….forgot they are only in kg and had to convert as she weighed in lbs. haha……kg sounds much nicer!! uggggg. Seems so daunting but I LOVE YOUR PLAN. I told my friend your 2lbs a month and it’s true after a year we’d be down 24lbs but we are so programmed to think more more more. How many of us would be happy to be down 24 lbs in a year though….seriously. I had lost 20lbs last winter while my son was in hospital and since he has been home have gained it all back…….so sad. I feel terrible also….HATE the winter/snow.
    I will keep in touch with how our losses are going and wish you well in your losses……I love how you plan for everything. good for you.

  10. says

    Hi Denise and thank you for the support.

    Good luck! You’re so right about how we’re all programmed to want to lose as much as possible, as soon as possible, but 24lbs over a year, lost steadily, is a much better way of doing it. Good luck :)

  11. Amanda says

    My 2 best friends and I email each other daily with what we’ve eaten… It’s fun to read what other people eat for “B. MT. L. AT. D”

    …and it means we don’t vague out about our daily intake.

    The important thing to remember with weight loss is that it’s approx 80% to do with what/how much you eat, and 20% the exercise you do… It’s very, very hard to exercise the weight away.

    Perhaps check out my mate Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ lifestyle change (which includes her thoughts on the ‘paleo’ exercise approach) – has made a big difference to a lot of people in Australia. Her site is: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au

    (Still loving your blog, by the way. I was reminded to start reading it again after making an extra payment on my mortgage today!)

    • says

      Hi Amanda and thank you for stopping by. Thank you for the website info, it looks great. If the blog accountability doesn’t work then I may start emailing my friends too.