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I’ve been trying a slightly different approach to this whole weight loss thing. It’s sort of a “swallowing my pride” approach and giving the idea of small goals a try. I’ve been focusing on several smaller goals to try to build momentum- some of which have fallen by the wayside over the past week. My family has been without power at home since October 29 because of Hurricane Sandy.

So far, I’ve been focusing on the goals of:

1. Taking 10,000 steps or more per day (since October 1, 2012)
2. Eliminating all liquid calories except for dairy substitutes (since January 2, 2011)
3. Eliminating soft drinks and Slurpees (since September 2008)

I’ve also set a goal to pack my lunch five days per week, but I haven’t had work in over a week, so that goal has fallen by the wayside. We also haven’t been keeping up with any grocery shopping, so I haven’t been able to stick to my goal of eating two fruits and veggies a day. Both of these goals, however, are VERY easy for me to reach on a “normal” day, so I’m not too concerned about them.

I’m considering a new fitness goal of jump roping 60 times per day, 7 days per week. I think my personal best is about 4 times without messing up, but I never said it was “60 consecutive jumps per day,” did I?

I also just got a new iPhone5 (which is sitting in the sealed box until I get my case. The case has processed through the SAME USPS sort facility in a nearby town three times in three days.) I plan on using my new phone and my new Fitbit One (I just bought it yesterday) to start focusing on diet more.

See, I started off my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers, and they scared me into making sure I didn’t under eat. “Starvation mode! Starvation mode!” This has translated into me not being able to manage calorie counting. I always worry about making sure I don’t eat too little or work out too much.

Now that Sparkpeople and Fitbit have joined forces, I’m going to try tracking my food on Sparkpeople. However, I’m not going to pay too much attention to the Sparkpeople ranges. My personal goal will be to plan on eating approximately 1,500 calories per day. However, I will be keeping up with my Fitbit ranges to determine my calorie target day by day. If I see I’m over in calories, I’ll add in a quick workout to help me bring myself down to where I need to be. In the same sense, if I see I’ve worked out a little more than usual, I can add in an extra (healthy) snack to keep my deficit from being too large or small.

I will NOT start anything until after things settle down a bit (aside from maybe the jump rope challenge). I just can’t keep up with goals to eat certain foods when my selection at home is severely limited. Honestly, I don’t even eat at home anymore. We don’t have anything I CAN prepare at home- except for maybe the frozen food we can store in my bedroom.

Hope everyone is doing well- especially those in the tri-state area.