What's Working/What's Not
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Today is a milestone day! 325 days ago I started my journey to a healthier me.
Today I am 80lbs. lighter!
I have ran over 328 miles in training for a half marathon since December!
I have gained muscle, confidence and tons of energy!
In many ways my life is just starting!
My initial goal was to lose 90 lbs. in 12 months.
I don't mind that I will not likely make my goal, I am much closer than I would have been had I said that 90lbs. is too much weight to lose. I started believing I could do it, if I put my mind to it.
I'm leading a lifestyle I've only dreamed of! I love it! I love being me!
For me to continue to succeed, I have to stop at various milestones along the way to see what is working, what is not and where I want to go. I fail if I do not make a plan to succeed.
I only have 10 days until my half marathon. During my taper and my recovery, I will need to cut my calories back to match my activity level.
I need to set my next challenge to focus on and train for it. I have a couple 5k's on my calendar and will be doing speed work to improve my race times. My next big challenge is a duathlon in October. It's a 5k run, 20k bike rice, 5k run. So the bicycle training is the perfect cardio to replace some of my current running miles.
I only have 4 more sessions with my personal trainer before she graduates from the University. I will miss her so much. She has been with me for almost 9 mths. of my journey. She cannot be replaced. To continue my workouts and my progress, I will continue to lift weights and use the interval training programs I have in place.
What is working? ME! I work out! I work hard!
What is not working? Weight in challenges! Why do I do that to myself? I get so caught up in being part of a team and the people on the team that I love. But, the check ins and the weigh ins don't work for me. I'm a busy girl. I love being active. I don't like remembering to check in with every team about my weigh in or activity.
My nutrition is on! I love my clean whole foods! I love the way I feel when I eat good foods.
What is not working . . . remembering to track it on Spark. I do count calories and follow a plan, I just don't fill in the chart. I did soooo need that tool when I started and I'm soooo glad for all the tools here on Spark and occasionally when my nutrition needs change, I need to revisit these tools.
What's working? I love blogging and reading some awesome blogs by some killa chicks and kick butt guys! I love responding to comments and questions. Having the time to comment on the activities of my friends here. That is the most important part of this community to me.
What's not working? Back to the number of team commitments I have made. There are only three teams that I am actively involved in and I love them. I've met some awesome friends on these teams. I don't want to quit any of my teams because I love the friends I have there. However, I need to discipline myself to not join anymore teams and to weed out ones that I am not active in.
So, here we go! I'm ready for the next 40 days of my one year journey.
Keep being healthy and well the highest priority. Drop anything that gets in the way of those priorities. If it ever comes down to getting in a good run or writing about a good run . . . I will be running! Love ya warriors! Battle on!