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Closing in on my birthday – Changes are needed

Monday, October 25, 2010

My birthday/goal day is only a few weeks away and I have not made the progress I had wanted to make. In retrospect, it is because I got lazy. Yep – that’s me calling it like it is. I have not been consistent enough to reach the goal I set. However, it only takes 21 days to build a habit and, fortunately, there are 23 days between now and my birthday. That means there is still time!

What needs to be done.
1 – I need to drop the last 5-8 pounds (depending on the day)
2 – I need to keep my water consumption up (that is one thing I am doing right)
3 – I need to do more than run. Running 2.5 miles 3 times a week is not enough to dump the last of the weight.
4 – I need to figure out how to track better on the road. I always eat my salad and veggies, but restaurant food is hard to portion. I must figure that out.
5 – I need to put the salad first at home. My consumption at home is getting pretty lazy as well, got to step it up.

To do it. The “wants” above are nice, but they are not “SMART” goals. Effective goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Below is how I intend to make it happen.

1 – burn 550 more calories a day than I consume. Treadmill is about 250 for a run, So I have an extra 300 to burn EVERY DAY.
2 – Run 3+ times per week
3 – HIKE on Saturdays 3+hours
4 – EVERY morning:
Crunches + 5 (5 more than the day before)
Pushups +5
Jump rope 5 minutes
10 minute with Coach Nicole or another Spark video
20 minutes yoga
5 – Get some measuring cups to travel with. Yep, gonna get honest about restaurant food! Calories will be in the bottom 100 of my range.

I figure that I need to break it down so I am totally accountable to myself. If I make it, great, if not, I will be VERY close. (I am not really worried about it) Plus, if I do this, on the magic 40 day when my world begins anew, I will have some amazing habits that will serve me well in the next decade. And that is really what this journey is about - Making sure that in my 40s I give my body and my "self" the respect it deserves.

Excuse me, I have to run, my workout is calling and I miss it.
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    3376 days ago
    GREAT job breaking down the goals into specific action steps - that's always what trips me up (intentions vs. how to get there).
    3376 days ago
    Run girl run!!!
    3376 days ago
    Great blog!!!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!

    - Michelle
    3376 days ago
    I never would have thought you're turning 40 soon. You look younger than that. I think your goals are reasonable and I think you will do better than you expect. You've got a good head on your shoulders and an AMAZING support system. We're all here to help you when you need it. :) You can do it!!!
    3376 days ago
    Good luck! Be sure to keep track of each piece so that when the 23 days are up you can list out the ones you were able to keep up with. That way if you miss one or two you can see that you accomplished so much so it was worth the effort.
    3376 days ago
    When on the road, all you need to do is loose your pride. Last week I ate out with friends and as soon as the food came I whipped my digital scale, and measuring cup right out of my purse. Yes I did. I measured out one half cup of the hummus and ate it right out of the measuring cup with all my lovely, fresh little veggies. My diet buddy weighed out 4 oz of he chicken, ate it and asked for the rest to be boxed for take out.

    This is a new tactic for me, but so far so good. I figure everyone saw how I was eating while I was gaining weight and I wasn't ashamed, there shouldn't be any shame in people seeing how I'm eating to drop this lard.
    3376 days ago
    It's the home stretch and you can do it ! Believe in yourself.
    3376 days ago
    Good luck with your goals! You can do it!

    Have you tried water jogging? It is a great alternative to running and it burns a heap of calories (700ish an hour), plus the resistance in the water really works those muscles. When I started doing it I dropped a bit of weight.
    3376 days ago
    Congratulöations on your goals and your commitment! Maybe going for a swimm could help you reach them more easily. Just half an hour of breast strokes could help you burn more than a hike on saturday will.
    Good luck and emoticon
    3376 days ago
    You've done so well, and I'm confident that you can "kick it into high gear" and meet these last goals before your b-day. I love that you are so focused in the home stretch!
    3376 days ago
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