As promised, here I am with the milestone events that I have to look forward to and where I want to be weight/size-wise when these events roll around.
I forgot to mention yesterday that I am officially down two pants sizes! I picked up a pair of jeans in a size 24W, which I haven’t been able to wear in over five years, and they’re comfortable. And since my friend Georgina keeps bugging me to put up a new picture, I took some new ones today. I really don’t see enough difference in the full-length pictures to justify updating the one in the right-hand column. But the head-shots do tell a story:
Back to the topic . . . here are some major events I have coming up this year and the weight and/or size I’d like to be by then.
March 30 — Potential book signing tour (details pending). There are about 11 weeks between now and then, so I’d like to lose at least 15 more pounds before then (or around 254-257 lbs.). That would put me squarely in a size 24, which would necessitate the purchase of at least a couple new pairs of dress pants.
May 16 — Friend’s wedding in Louisiana. There are six weeks between the potential book tour and the wedding. The goal for the week of the book tour will be to maintain. I would like to be at or below 250 lbs. by this wedding, possibly starting to fit into a size 22, but probably wearing a size 24 dress to the wedding.
End of May — Cousin Katie’s wedding in Arkansas. Only a couple of weeks between previous wedding and this one, so would like to be around 242-245, or about 25-28 pounds less than current weight, which would represent an overall loss of about 70 pounds.
Mid-June — Cousin Kris’s wedding in Arkansas. Again, only a couple of weeks between events. But I would like to be able to wear a size 22 dress to this wedding.
June 30, 2009 — Expiration of the six-month short-term health insurance plan I’m currently on. To qualify for a “regular” (though still high-risk) plan, I would need to be down to 220 by this date, or, in other words, lose 50 pounds between now and then. I’m shooting for it, but I also know that I still have another two months after this that I can renew the short-term plan before I either have to switch to a regular plan or go 30 days without coverage before I can get onto another short-term plan.
September 2009 — ACFW Conference in Denver. There are 37 weeks between now and conference. If I can average a loss of 2 pounds per week, I could lose almost 75 pounds between now and then. However, I’m not going to set what feels like an unrealistic goal for myself. It took me over a year to lose 45 pounds; and even though I’m more committed now than I have been for the past several months, I don’t want to set myself up for failure. So I’m setting a goal of 60 pounds lost by conference, or down to about 210-215 lbs.—which should put me in a size 20, which is my goal size for whatever fancy outfit it is that I get for the awards banquet (unless I can actually fit into something smaller at that weight). That would be a total weight loss of 100+ pounds!
Thanksgiving 2009 — I want to lose 75 pounds between now and Thanksgiving. That’s forty-six and a half weeks from now, or an average of 1.6 pounds per week. If I can do that, it would put me below 200 pounds for the first time in almost 20 years.
What are your milestones and your health/weight/size goals for those events?