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Fitness Goal: Get in Shape For Bikini Season

A Reader's Get Fit 2011 Goal: The Year I Got My Dream Body

Meet Sugar user onlysourcherry and check out the fitness goals she posted in our Get Fit For 2011 community group. By doing so, she entered our weekly giveaway!

I’m so excited about 2011 because I’m determined to make this the year I finally reach my dream weight and dream body. I’m 5’6” and currently weigh 137 pounds. By the end of this challenge, or at least before bikini season, I hope to weigh 125 pounds.

My plan:

During weekdays, eat 1200 calories. On weekends, I have more flexibility, but absolutely everything I eat must be recorded on the Daily Plate. I also hope to cut down on my sodium intake. Despite the fact that I eat very little processed foods, never add salt, and typically cook for myself, I somehow always end up over the 2400 mg a day.

In terms of fitness, I want to do the treadmill/elliptical (depending on my mood) for 45 minutes three times a week. Pilates once a week (with a 20 minute treadmill/elliptical warm-up), and yoga twice a week — once on my own (also with a cardio warm-up), and once in a class.

I’ve been keeping up so far with these goals, and I’m looking forward to posting an awesome bikini photo by the end of this challenge!

Share your fitness and health goals for the New Year in the Get Fit For 2011 community group and enter to win our weekly prize: a $100 Nike gift card. We're also giving away a fabulous grand prize fitness package!

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lwimbush lwimbush 5 years
Don't forget to add strength training as well, muscle weighs more than fat, and although the number might not be technically lower on the scale, you'll be firm and toned, and it sounds like that thats what you're looking for.
northcarolinag2 northcarolinag2 5 years
Good luck onlysourcherry! You are going to look great in that swimsuit.
spicyhippofood spicyhippofood 5 years
From my personal experience, being this restrictive can be extremely damaging. I went on a very similar weight loss plan a year ago and I became so obsessed with weight loss/how many calories was in what etc. etc. that it was actually interfering with my life. There were days when I was stressed out because I hadn't recorded EVERY single food in my online food journal. I still struggle with having irrational food fears and I am so underweight I haven't seen my period in over a year, but I have weaned myself off of the food journal and I now focus on serving sizes and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout my days. Although I am happy with my body, I regret not consulting a professional about weight loss.
megsy25 megsy25 5 years
Wow, we are exactly the same height and weight with the same goal weight! I've just written out my diet and exercise plan, and also made a shopping list for the next week. All the best!
megsy25 megsy25 5 years
Wow, we are exactly the same height and weight with the same goal weight! I've just written out my diet and exercise plan, and also made a shopping list for the next week. All the best!
northcarolinag2 northcarolinag2 5 years
I'm in pretty much the same situation as onlysourcherry. I'm going to try to eat more after reading the comments. I also use MyPlate on Livestrong. I love it!
rach1007 rach1007 5 years
here, here kclulu! loving yourself is the first step towards successful weight loss. Also, to the anonymous poster above: sure, a calorie is a calorie. But if I'm eating 4,000 calories a day in fruits and veggies, I'm eating a ton more in volume and nutrients than if I were eating two salads from a place like Chili's. Way less food, less nutrients, more fat, sodium etc. Sometimes you have to look at more than just a calorie is a calorie.
rach1007 rach1007 5 years
here, here kclulu! loving yourself is the first step towards successful weight loss. Also, to the anonymous poster above: sure, a calorie is a calorie. But if I'm eating 4,000 calories a day in fruits and veggies, I'm eating a ton more in volume and nutrients than if I were eating two salads from a place like Chili's. Way less food, less nutrients, more fat, sodium etc. Sometimes you have to look at more than just a calorie is a calorie.
Skorpio Skorpio 5 years
WOW the prizes keep shrinking!!!!
BJC BJC 5 years
im 5'6" as well and weigh 138 currently and have the exact same goal weight! "frankly it sucks being the heaviest girl in my group of friends, even though I know I'm not technically overweight currently" - I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL! its not like i feel fat but when im standing next to my friends i dont feel as good as i want to! your plan does sound pretty strict though - not much room for give and take (which ive found is necessary in order to continue to lose weight rather than plateauing) have you considered weightwatchers? i've been incredibly successful on weightwatchers and when you track your food intake and activity it adjusts your daily points allowance in order to give you the optimal balance in order to lose weight .... i think the program may help you keep a balanced and healthy diet! but its just a suggestion! you seem so motivated! GL and i hope we both get the results were looking for
kclulu kclulu 5 years
Aside from the plan, which I don't think is all that extreme as long as you pay attention to your body and listen to it if you start to feel lethargic or irritable you need to eat a little more and eat healthy, whole foods - I am concerned with the reasons you have to loose weight. You only listed to look good in a bikini and so you can be as thin as your friends as your motivating reasons. I would reccomend you do a little soul searching as to your reasons to "get healthy". If it is based on looking a certain way and being a paticular weight, you might want to rethink why that is so important to you. There are many reasons for making changes in your diet and exercise, but those should be to improve your life and not to just fit in a narrow and sometimes unhealthy ideal of how you are supposed to look in a bikini. And as far as comparing yourself to your friends, everyone has a different shape and body type and when you start to compare yourself to others, you are just setting yourself up to never feel good enough. Accept and love yourself and enjoy the benefits of exercise and having a healthy lifestyle, that is going to make you the most happy.
kclulu kclulu 5 years
Aside from the plan, which I don't think is all that extreme as long as you pay attention to your body and listen to it if you start to feel lethargic or irritable you need to eat a little more and eat healthy, whole foods - I am concerned with the reasons you have to loose weight. You only listed to look good in a bikini and so you can be as thin as your friends as your motivating reasons. I would reccomend you do a little soul searching as to your reasons to "get healthy". If it is based on looking a certain way and being a paticular weight, you might want to rethink why that is so important to you. There are many reasons for making changes in your diet and exercise, but those should be to improve your life and not to just fit in a narrow and sometimes unhealthy ideal of how you are supposed to look in a bikini. And as far as comparing yourself to your friends, everyone has a different shape and body type and when you start to compare yourself to others, you are just setting yourself up to never feel good enough. Accept and love yourself and enjoy the benefits of exercise and having a healthy lifestyle, that is going to make you the most happy.
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
Everybody responds differently to weight loss. I know I could never eat that little but I am 5'8 and workout some. Weight loss is not always calories in versus calories out. I mean it does work for many but many people lose weight by increasing certain food groups and limiting (not reducing) others. Like eat more fruits, veg, nuts, lean protein and some whole grains might surprise & change you...these foods are filling so you eat until your full and balance out your blood sugar at the same time! Balancing blood sugar is an important aspect to weight loss imho. http://fullbodytransformation.wordpress.com/
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Sorry sorry! I meant 1200 net calories. It probably will be closer to about 1700 or 1400, depending on which workout I'm doing that day. On my rest day I hope to stick to about 1200, though. I do appreciate everyone's concern but 125 is still a healthy weight for my frame, and frankly it sucks being the heaviest girl in my group of friends, even though I know I'm not technically overweight currently.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Sorry sorry! I meant 1200 net calories. It probably will be closer to about 1700 or 1400, depending on which workout I'm doing that day. On my rest day I hope to stick to about 1200, though. I do appreciate everyone's concern but 125 is still a healthy weight for my frame, and frankly it sucks being the heaviest girl in my group of friends, even though I know I'm not technically overweight currently.
twinkles twinkles 5 years
I'm 5'5" and my doctor actually recommended that I keep my daily caloric intake at 1200 calories if I want to lose weight (I do moderate exercise a few times a week). Different bodies do have different caloric needs.
ecel4687 ecel4687 5 years
watch out--that deficit may cause your body to hold onto the weight! It would probably be healthier and more effective to eat more, but I think your exercise plan sounds great!
Merlin713 Merlin713 5 years
I agree with the above posters...either eat more or work out less.
bzbear2 bzbear2 5 years
I am surely not the only person who is concerning about your low calorie intake, onlysourcherry! If you are consuming 1200 calories AND working out, you are putting yourself way under minimum net calorie rqeuirements and probably forcing yourself into starvation modus! You may notice fast weightloss at first, but it will almost surely plateau. If I may, I recommend "eating back" your exercise calories so you still have a big calorie deficit but don't dip below the "magical" 1200 :D GOOD LUCK!
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