Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Oh, how the mighty have fallen, and I am not talking about the Lakers. It's me. Since I reached my goal weight of 185 on March 10, I have gone completely off the reservation. Now two months later, I am 8 pounds heavier and have been struggling to stay at that precarious weight. I have plenty of excuses, but unfortunately these ideas are just that, EXCUSES! I allowed my confusion about fitness nutrition to translate into uninhibited eating, late night snacks, and junk food binges. I allowed my fear of performing below expectation in the relay translate into not abiding by my heart rate routines. I have allowed the nice weather and vacation time to translate into skipped or mediocre workouts. In general, I have fallen into a pattern of undisciplined behavior.
I think what has happened is that I have lost focus. I will always have the long term goal of getting fit and staying healthy, but I need to be able to achieve this ultimate goal by conquering more short term goals; I need to continually challenge myself to stay focused. I had originally said that I wanted to weigh 175 pounds by June 25, because that was the first day of the Bike MS Ride. As that ride has become financially impossible for me, I lost focus on losing weight. Additionally, as my goal of running my leg of the marathon in 49 minutes got closer, I lost focus on running in my heart rate zones.
Jeff told me once that fitness is a moving target and sometimes you need to readjust to hit your mark. So with that in mind I am updating some goals in the hopes of having greater focus and achieving my ultimate goal.
1. I want to weigh 185 pounds again by July 10. That means 1 pound per week for the next 8 weeks. This one will be tough, but I can do it.
2. By this time next year, I will have run a half marathon. I have a couple in mind, one of which is in September. I think the additional training will help with the weight loss.
3. I want to weigh 175 pounds by October 1, 2011. Again, another tough goal, but if I can stay focused on this goal I know I can get it done.
To help achieve these goals, I will limit my alcohol consumption to 7 drinks per week. To some of you this may seem like a no brainer, but when you live in my neighborhood this can be a tough one. Also, I will be more disciplined with my eating habits. I realize that is a very general statement; I need to work on the specifics of this idea. Lastly, I will stick to my HR workout routines, 3 runs per week, and I will ride my bike at least once every 2 weeks.
There, I said it. All that's left is to go out there and just_do_it!