Thursday, July 18, 2013
So these are the goals that feel like pipe dreams. The dreams that, while technically possible, seem a million miles away. These are also the secret dreams that I don't like to tell people and that I am sometimes embarrassed for wanting.
1. Weigh less than my boyfriend.
He is naturally thin and struggles to gain weight. Currently, there's about a 20 lbs difference between us and it is NOT in the direction I'd like. He always says he loves me and my body and that I don't need to change a thing, but that he will support all of my efforts. It's wonderful to hear but does nothing to my waistline or my opinion of it.
2. Run a marathon.
I am running my 1st 5k this weekend and I am terrified. I know I can't run the full 3.1 miles, and that I likely can't even run a full mile yet. But I am so far from where I was 8 weeks ago. The idea of running a marathon seems like one of those lofty, impossible goals that I will never quite reach. However, my plan right now is to build up my running one mile at a time.
3. Share clothing with my sister.
Again, a loft goal that I would be flabbergasted if I ever achieved it. My sister is 6 years younger, 55 lbs lighter, and 4 sizes smaller than me. We can, technically, share very loose and very stretchy things now, but to find a way into her wardrobe would be the ultimate success for me.
4. Be able to buy normal sized bras
I am a 34F. Victoria's Secret does not carry my size. They don't even come close. Large department stores seem to think that people with my chest are middle aged women looking for a minimizing bra in either white, black, or nude. Specialty stores seem to think that I either need exactly 1 bra or I have enough money to drop $90+ per bra. To fit into a more standard size would mean less $ leaving my wallet, more varied options, a better fit to my clothes, and, most importantly, an end to my back pain which has sometimes left me unable to get out of bed.
These are just a few of my goals and as I think up more I'll probably make an updated post.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
So for this Challege I have a few things to work towards which should help with motivation. I've got a 5K in late July and I go abroad in mid-August. Ideally I'd like to leave for study abroad fitter than I am now.
Goals for this Challege:
-finish my 5k
-run 2 miles in 1 go
-start eating clean
-lose a dress size
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am lazy. I don't like cooking, I'd rather drink coffee or Diet Coke than water, and I HATE to exercise. So how in the world is someone like me supposed to get motivated to lose weight? One step at a time.
I am lucky in the fact that at my highest, 175lbs, while I was technically considered obese you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who thought so. I was a size 12 while people often thought I was an 8/10. (Although I suspect at least a few were being nice) In addition, I have no major health issues due to my weight. My biggest issue from my weight is back pain that while irritating on most days and crippling on the worst, is not going to kill me.
So how do I start dropping weight when it's hard to be bothered to do much of anything that requires effort? To start, I did my best to kick the soda habit. I'll have a Diet Coke now and again while I'm out to dinner, but for the most part it's seltzer and flavored (but still calorie free!) water. My next step is to try and cut out the flavoring so that I don't have to worry about the artificial sweeteners and chemicals. As for coffee, I've found that I prefer tea a whole lot more and especially with no sugar or milk. It's a lighter flavor and it doesn't leave my stomach in knots.
Next came the food. This would be harder. But because I was getting an apartment at school I knew I couldn't rely on the dining hall and there was no way I had the money to order in 2-3 meals/day. At first this meant lots and lots of ramen. But after a while I found easy things that I liked. Oatmeal became a staple in my diet and I've recently discovered a love of lemon-garlic spinach. I still stick with the quick and easy, just not so much salt and grease.
Finally, this summer I am starting work on my fitness. My nemesis since childhood has always been running. Not once from K-12 could I manage to run a mile. I couldn't even make the cutoff for the healthy rating for government testing. Not to mention currently I smoke. Meaning my lungs and I aren't the best of friends at times. I have however always wanted to be able to run effortlessly across a field or be one of those people that jogs because they just want to. And so I did the stupidest thing imaginable for someone like me. I signed up for a 5k. In 5 weeks I will be running at the Rebel Race in New Windsor. A 3.1 mile obstacle-laden course designed to make me give up and go home. So now that I've gotten myself into this mess, the only way out is to run through it. I've been practicing my running (very very slowly) and I've added some strength training to my week. I'm running this event with one of my best friends, who is in much better shape than I am. My hope is that when the day of the event comes, even if I can't speed through it like some people, I will be able to finish.
Now I haven't dropped 100 lbs, or 50, or even 10 yet. There have been a million little bumps in my path that I have tripped over. But I'm hoping that now I'll remember where these pitfalls and potholes are and I'll be able to avoid falling down.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
1. Lose 35 pounds OR reach a size 6
2. Run 5 miles without stopping
3. Save up at least $300 for a graduation vacation
4. Get a 3.3 GPA
5. Try a new kind of exercise
Thursday, December 13, 2012
So I've joined the holiday challenge for one of my Spark Groups. It's a 10 week challenge that will see me through the holidays. I know Christmas and New Years are always incredibly difficult times for me and usually I end up gaining. I'm not entirely sure how possible this is, but I want to lose 10-15 lbs by the time this challenge is over. That will bring me down below 160 and closer to a healthy BMI.
I'm also going to be trying my best to cut down my smoking. It's been getting to be too much and too expensive lately and so I want to cut it down to no more than 5/day. So far that hasn't been too tough but when I'm back at school I know it'll get hard again.
I'm really excited for this challenge and I hope it will help me jump start some really serious weight loss.
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