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Getting my run on.

Archives for October, 2010

Broken

I’ve finally done it.  I’ve broken the 160 pound barrier.  Today Levi is six months old and I’ve been trying for months now to shed some baby weight.  Today I finally broke through 160 and saw a 159.4 on the scale this morning.  I kept getting down to 160.6 and then bouncing back up again.  I don’t know if there was a mental barrier or what but I’m glad to have finally broken through it.  It’s up to me to keep it under 160 now.  And with Halloween and candy right around the corner, it’s not going to be easy!  Yikes!

One of the reasons I wanted to do this Black Friday Challenge (and not just to kick my butt back into gear again) was so I could finally fit into some of my clothes again.  I put the maternity clothes away long ago but I’ve been relegated to a very small portion of my closet to find clothes that fit me.  I have literally 4 pairs of work pants and three pair of jeans that I can squeeze into right now.  Oh, and I dislike 3 of the 4 pair of work pants.  It’s made for some extremely frustrating mornings trying to get dressed for work.  Casual clothing is not much better.  I basically hate getting dressed at all right now.  But there are 6 other pair of work pants and 3 more pairs of jeans that I could wear if I lost just another 5-10 pounds.  Oh, the possibilities of outfits!  Yes, I’d like some new clothes anyways (I haven’t bought myself much in the last 15 months) but just being able to wear anything in my closet?  Now that sounds like heaven.

Week 1 Check-In

We’re about a week and a half into the Black Friday Challenge.  Time to check in!

Working out:  On track!  I got in three last week and I plan to get in three work outs this week.  They’ve all been elliptical work outs so far so I’m hoping to bring my bike in from the garage so I can get to some spinning too.

Weight:  161.2.  Yeah.  I’ve gained 0.6 pounds.  Suck!  I’ve made some less than stellar choices this week so I know I can do better there.  I’ve been better about the no eating after 7pm rule though.  If I can make better choices between 7am and 7pm then I know I can lose the four (0.6) pounds that I want to for this challenge.  Maybe I’ll start a little eating log for myself so I can remember what I’ve all stuffed my face with on any given day.

How about you?  Are you meeting your goals?

Black Friday Challenge

I don’t even know where I’m going right now on the fitness front.  Working out has been relegated to a low priority which means it is not getting done.  Sometimes I’m going to bed early instead since the baby has had a runny nose and is getting up more often.  Sometimes I’m choosing to watch television (hello Glee!) instead.  Sometimes I’m busy with household tasks like cleaning, paying bills, laundry, etc.  If I truly want to get healthy and stay healthy then I have to make working out a priority at least a few times a week.  I’m not currently doing that.  Any ideas?  Other than, you know, just do it already and quit talking about it.

I guess I haven’t hit that low yet though.  You know the one where you feel crappy enough, fed up enough, sausage-like enough to finally do something?  Yes, I’m unhappy with my post baby body.  Yes, I want to be able to go out and run a 5K at the drop of a hat.  Yes, I want exercise to be a normal daily activity akin to doing the dishes and brushing my teeth.  It’s not right now though and I’m having a hard time finding the motivation to make it that way.  I’m so tired in the evenings that the last thing I want to do is go to the basement and exert any more energy.  I’d much rather lay on the couch and watch TV or sit at the computer or go to sleep early.  It’s just not happening.

Maybe I need to re-think my strategy.  Maybe I need to leave my evenings to my family – taking care of my children, taking care of my home, taking care of my husband and make the mornings all about me?  Maybe I need to try and get up at 5am a few times a week so I can head to the basement and get some me time in.  I do like working out in the mornings.  It energizes me for the rest of the day.  I eat better when I don’t want to “undo” all the hard work of that morning.  And I don’t have to go all hardcore and get up at 5am every day.  Two – three days a week should be sufficient if I can also be determined enough to get a workout or two in during the weekend.

Maybe I also need to make some short term goals for myself.  If I have something to work for where I can see results quickly instead of long term goals like do a triathlon, maybe I can use that as motivation to get to work.  I was toying with the idea of doing Jillian’s 30 Day Shred every day for a month as a jump start but realistically I would be setting myself up to fail.  I just do not have the time or more importantly the energy to do a workout every day.  I would like to incorporate that video in once a week or so though.

As you can tell I’m kind of working this all out as I write.  Blogging at its finest, huh?  OK, I’m setting some goals and giving myself a reward if I meet them.

Goals:

1.       Work out at least three times per week from 10/10/10 to 11/20/10.  This is a period of six weeks.  (I, uh, need to get three workouts in this week and it’s already Wednesday to make this goal.  I can do it!)

2.       Lose four pounds from 10/13/10 to 11/20/10.  My weight this morning was 160.4 and I’m using that as my starting point.  On 11/20/10 I need to weigh in at 156.4 or less.  Since I’m still breastfeeding I can’t be too restrictive with my calories.  Plus breastfeeding and hormones are a little out of my control right now – my body is not entirely my own – so I’m setting what I think is a realistic goal of four pounds in five and a half weeks.  That should be doable I think.

Reward:

1.       Spend $50 on new clothes for myself.  I rarely buy myself new clothes right now due to budget reasons plus just, well, putting myself last so I can get everything my kids need first.  I’m giving myself permission (and working it into the November budget) to spend a bit of money on myself in November.  I don’t want to go crazy here because this is still an interim weight and size.  I should be able to get a new pair of pants or a sweater or something for $50.  Especially if I go shopping on Black Friday!

Hopefully giving myself this little challenge will be the shot in the arm that I need to once again make exercise a priority in my life.  Would you like to join me?  Is there something you’d like to do better?  Eat more real food?  Less processed?  Lose x amount of pounds?  Exercise goals?  A new distance?  Pace?  Other?  Please add your own personal challenge with goals (SMART goals!) and personal reward in the comments.  If others sign up, I can do weekly status updates where we can each report our progress too!