Saturday, June 08, 2013
SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable. This is a great way to set goals, so here's my stab at setting a SMART goal for the next 12 weeks.
Specific: Lose 10 pounds by August 28.
Measurable: Weigh in weekly and record my weight weekly.
Attainable: I will reach this goal by tracking my daily food intake, eating clean, working out 4-5 days/week, drinking 8 glasses of water/day, participate with my Spark teams. I will need to plan my meals in advance each week and plan my workouts in advance each week.
Relevant: My body has "told" me that it wasn't designed to weigh as much as I currently weigh, so I need to drop the weight for my heart's sake, and for my joints' sake and for my general sense of well-being.
Timely: 10 pounds in 12 weeks should be doable, if I work hard at it. Also, check my measurements at 6 weeks and 12 weeks.
Friday, June 07, 2013
I am so stoked right now! I went dress shopping for a dress to wear at a wedding next weekend. I haven't purchased a new dress since 2010. When you're overweight, shopping can be a discouraging endeavor because clothes don't fit well. I looked online at a store that I like, found a dress online that I liked (at least on the model), checked online to see if my local store had it in stock in my size. I've been a size 18 for a long time, but since I've lost 17 pounds, I checked to see if they had the dress in a size 16, just in case my 17 pounds made a difference. They had the dress in 18 and 16, so off to the store I went with hopes that I would like the dress in person and that it would fit me.
I started with the size 16 and surprise! I liked how it looked on me........except...........it was too big!!!!!! Fortunately, they had a size 14 and it fit perfectly. I was overjoyed and shared with the saleswomen my happiness at being a size 14 for the first time in at least 15 years. When I left the house to go shopping today at 2:30, I fully expected I would be looking for THE dress to wear to the wedding for the entire afternoon and evening today and I also allocated most of tomorrow to looking for THE dress that would fit and that I would like wearing. It took me less than 45 minutes, including driving to the mall, to find THE dress and buy it.
So I'm celebrating my joy by writing this blog, along with a cup of coffee from a favorite coffee shop. Then I'm going to allow myself an hour to read a novel. Oh joy! Size 14 has arrived. I'm motivated to keep pushing toward my 2013 goal of 35 pounds lost.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I can't believe my triathlon is just around the corner in 6 days. This triathlon is advertised as a nonintimidating tri with only 150 women. We are broken down into 6 flights of 25 women each, with 3 of the flights starting one of the 3 race components at 8 am and 3 more flights starting at 8:15, so hopefully, it won't feel crowded . The components are 13 mile bike ride, 5K run/walk and a 1 mile kayak. I was hoping to be better prepared than I am, but at least I've been working out fairly consistently these past 6 weeks doing a boot camp (see earlier posts). The boot camp workouts have tired me out enough that I haven't been doing as much daily cardio, like jogging/walking or biking/spinning. This afternoon I went over to the high school's track and jogged/walked a mile. I felt more winded than I wanted to feel. Oh well.....it's better than I would have been a year ago.
About a week ago, I did manage to take my husband's bike over to the forest preserve where the triathlon is happening and ride the tri bike course and felt pretty good. I was a wee bit sore in the crotch the next day, but that was pretty much my only soreness. Considering it was only my second bike ride in about 25 years, I'm thrilled with how I felt afterward.
The weather hasn't been real cooperative for me to get any kayaking in, but I'm hoping on Friday afternoon to practice with a kayak at the forest preserve, if only to feel comfortable in the kayak.
I'm ready to give it my best shot, have some fun, and work my body. It may be the only triathlon I ever participate in, so I'm going to have a good time doing this one.
Monday, May 27, 2013
I love the boot camp that I found in a town near me. I signed up for 6 weeks and am starting week 5. It has been exactly what I needed to help me gain strength, lose weight, lose inches. I will be so sad when the 6 weeks ends. I won't be continuing with it because it takes me between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours to drive there and back. That's 2 hours of driving for 1 hour of hard work, but such good hard work. My gas budget has gone through the roof in the past four weeks. I can't afford the time driving and the money spent getting there. But the physical benefits of boot camp mitigate the time and money spent. So I just have to find something similar to this boot camp that is closer to home, especially now I know better what I'm looking for. It was so nice not to have to figure out what exercises I am going to do during my workouts, but to have them all set up for me every day. It was great to have hands-on instruction for how to do the exercises correctly and safely, and to have someone watching me to make sure I do it correctly and get the most benefit out of the exercise, or modify the exercise appropriately for my ability. Plus, all the other boot campers were so friendly, encouraging, and helpful. I was also given a very practical written guide to nutrition and eating. This trainer recognizes the importance of healthy, clean eating combined with good physical exercise to help his clients achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals. If this trainer ever opens a boot camp closer to my town, I will be the first in line to sign up. This was a fantastic, high-energy, make-you-sweat boot camp.
In the meantime, I'm going to work really hard these final two weeks of Boot Camp.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Last night at dinner, my husband said, "I've noticed you're not cheating on your food...... I mean, you're really watching what you eat".
He laughed at my reply, "If I cheat on my food, I'll lose all that I've gained".
"Aren't you saying that backwards?", he asked.
"No, as I lose weight, I'm gaining in so many ways: my clothes fit better, my health is improving, I feel better, I'm giving myself longevity. It takes so long to drop the weight and only moments to put it back on. I can't afford to cheat."
Yep, I said it right......I don't want to lose all that I've gained. Less is more.
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