Well, met my November Goals, lol... Better late than never!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I set only two simple goals for myself for November: Lose 5 lbs, and run a 5k in 34 minutes or less. You would think that those two simple goals would be easy enough to achieve, but of course I found a way to get off track and distracted. I have really struggled over this past year on being consistent and staying motivated. Not just with fitness goals, but with many things in my life. I've been downright disgusted with myself to the point of tears, thinking, "WHAT is wrong with me? WHY can't I stick with things?" If you've read any of my blog posts, you may have realized this, seeing as every time I get motivated, I seem to write one and then fall off the face of the earth again.
This time I decided I wasn't going to show my face on here until I had met those stupid, simple goals. And I finally have! I got back on board with my healthy eating on December 15th and managed to do pretty well even over the holidays. Here is my weight progress
December 15: 156.0
January 26: 147.3 a weight loss of 8.7 lbs! It may not seem like much to some, but I am SO relieved to be back in the 140s! That eight pounds has already made such a difference for me. For my height and build, losing that eight pounds has made me cross back over the border from looking like a "bigger girl" as in a truly overweight person, back into "normal but could stand to lose a few pounds." My weight was really getting away from me!
I sort of missed my chance to run the 5k I had been planning to be a part of. And in my part of the country, there aren't too many 5ks in January due to the weather, and those that have been planned may even be cancelled due to this extreme windchill temps we've been having. But that doesn't mean I've been slacking on my running. I've actually quite taken to braving the winter weather here in Ohio and have actually been really enjoying my snowy runs. I don my underarmour, and my pandora station and I have been hitting the roads, even when the windchill is well below zero. I have now run multiple trial 5ks in under my goal time. Here are a few examples of my times:
The 28:30 almost seemed to be too good to be true, and I haven't been able to replicate it since, and since I use Map My Run I figure there could have been a margin of error. But my other times have all been pretty consistently around 31 minutes which is still lower than my goal time.
So, I just wanted to let anyone who might come across this know that I didn't give up, although I also didn't meet the time for the goals I set for myself. I think the best plan for me from here on out is to just take one day at a time and do the best I can each week, rather than setting myself goals with a date on them and then feeling bad when/if I don't meet them. I've just been sort of following my heart and doing a mixture of Jillian Michaels workouts, and the snowy outdoor runs which I mentioned earlier. I think I will stick on that plan for now, and then decide sometime in the next two weeks if I want to start a structured plan to run the Pittsburgh half marathon and/or complete a tough mudder in the spring.
I will keep you all updated now that I can finally show my face back on here. lol!