Sunday, January 03, 2010
Today I failed in one of my goals for the New Year: PATIENCE.
Coming home from the supermarket, I decided to take my shortcut, which in actuality would have only shortened my ride home by 5 minutes or less, saw a big puddle of water, and still decided to plunge in. Wrong choice. Oh yes. WRONG CHOICE. Halfway through, the puddle was basically a pond and we were knee-deep in water, pushing the car up to dry land. We towed the car home and hopefully everything will dry out and the car will start tomorrow.
I felt ever so stupid, especially as the tow truck guy commented "You actually DROVE through that?" My husband reminded me of my goal to be patient, and he is right. It was such a 2009 Kristina thing to do. The new 2010 Kristina needs to look at the consequences of speeding and shortcuts.
Live and learn.
Patience is such a virtue and very uncommon in Type A personalities like mine. I am an attorney and my mind is always racing as to potential solutions and conclusions, and trying to read long complaints and distill information in the shortest amount of time possible. But efficiency can easily cross into the realm of brashness, and I need to remind myself of that.
The other thing is that I've been blessed to have lost a fair amount of weight in a short amount of time: 60 pounds in 7 months. So in a way, I've been spoiled, and I know if I plateau, impatient Kristina is going to surface and grind her teeth.
Remind me about PATIENCE if and when that happens, dear SparkFriends.
We were going to go ice skating today and then to see Avatar in 3D, but that fun day turned into a low-key one very quickly after the puddle incident. Well, at least I got to catch up on some work and home chores today. Hopefully we will get our date night in sometime during the week!
Friday, January 01, 2010
This seems pretty redundant given that I just did a 2010 goals blog, but I think it's important to break the goals down into monthly increments. Of course, December was the hardest month yet with parties and get togethers and goodies and sweets at every turn.
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping
-Continue to track everyday (except Christmas)
I missed tracking 2 days besides Christmas (Christmas Eve dinner and Boxing Day).
- Finish 2009 in the 210s (8 pounds lost)
It was an ambitious goal given the season, and... today I weigh 220. So I was very close! Hopefully next week I will hit this goal.
-1780 fitness minutes to finish 2009 at 10,000
I made 1,925 minutes this month and finished the year with 10,110 minutes! I worked out every day except one this month, even if it was just for a short walk.
-Strength train at least 3x per week; strength train during TV time
I was half successful at this. I strength trained 3x per week, but I keep forgetting to bring the weights out when I watch TV.
-Advance to Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred
I didn't do this. Level 2 was still sufficiently hard, and after the tree tipping incident, I kinda lost my passion for doing 30DS. I'm adding this to my goal list for January though!
-Gym time at least 4 days per week (I've started to slack here)
I think I averaged about 3 days per week, which wasn't too bad considering work picked up around this time. Given that I did managed to exercise every day this month, I'm giving myself a pass here
-Integrate one new recipe into my repertoire each week
I failed at this miserably. I did very little cooking this month and usually it was my old standbys. I wonder why it's so difficult for me to bring myself to complete this goal. I love cookbooks! I love trying new things! Grr.
-Portion control and moderation at holiday parties and Christmas
I thought I did pretty good with this. I definitely ate a lot less than during the holidays last year. There were a couple of times where I had to stop myself from grazing by walking away, but I split every single dessert that I had and only ate one cookie at a time.
-2 drink limit at all parties
I had 3 drinks at one party, lots on Christmas and 2 or fewer at the other holiday events. So that's not too, too bad, but I could have done better.
-Finish Christmas shopping and wrapping by mid-month
I did this! Yay for not procrastinating!
Time start 2010 off right! Here are the goals that I want to focus on the most in January:
-Continue to track every single day
-Lose 7+ pounds in January
-1,700+ fitness minutes
-Finish 30 Day Shred Level 3
-Take multivitamin and drink 8 glasses of water every day
-Finish EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge
-Run 40 miles this month
-Find a new gym and do two personal training sessions
-Find 10K training program
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Earlier in the day, I posted a blog looking back at 2009 and the things I've achieved: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Now I'm all about looking forward to 2010! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
12 HEALTH GOALS FOR 2010:
1. Lose 70 pounds and reach goal weight by November 30, 2010 (my 30th birthday).
That's about 6.4 pounds per month, which is doable and would put me at 5'6" and 150 pounds and in a healthy weight range. I lost about 60 pounds in 7 months, but I know the numbers won't be as large once I get below 200 pounds. Now, I don't ever remember being 150 pounds (maybe in junior high school?) so this kind of does sound completely and totally out there in my brain, though I know it is achievable.
2. Weigh under 200 pounds by April 1, 2010.
Again, I can't really remember when I weighed less than 200 pounds, so this achievement will be a big one for me. I want to celebrate the end of winter in the 100s. I have 21 pounds until I reach this goal. This will require losing about 1.5 pounds per week, and if I don't make it exactly, that's OK, but it's something to push for.
3. Continue with my running and run at least two 5K road races in Spring, a 10K in Summer, and a half marathon in Autumn.
To train, I plan to run 5K three times per week to start and then begin a 10K training program (yet to be determined which one). MANDA097 will be doing the 10-mile downhill Broad Street run in Philadelphia on May 2, 2010, and I would love to join her and other Sparkers, but I need to see what is going on in life before I commit to going down to Philly. It sounds really awesome though!
Then I will move on to half marathon training. My goal is to complete the Seacoast Half Marathon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in November 2010.
If you are interested in running a half marathon in 2010, we have a ready-made group of cheer leaders waiting at our 2010 Half Marathoners team: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
4. Complete a sub-30 minute 5K
I was torn whether to include this one, but DAPHNERUNNING convinced me that a 10-minute mile won't seem so impossible once we shed 40 more pounds or so. My PR is just a hair under 40 minutes at 39:45.
5. Complete a sprint-distance triathlon in Summer
This one is exciting. And oddly, there is A TON of triathlons to choose from in my area, so I need to do a little research and find out which one is best but I do want to register and train for this alongside my 10K training.
6. Find a new gym with more amenities and try out personal training
Okay, is it nuts that I have this hangup that people are going to think I'm just looking for a gym because it is New Years? Seriously, my once-clean and very affordable gym has gone waaaaaaaaaaaaay south. There are skeevy guys everywhere and when I brought it up to staff (AGAIN) today, this is the exchange:
ME: That dude with the cane is sitting on that one machine again and doing NO exercise but has a terrific view of the girls coming out of the locker room.
GUY: You can't see into the locker room from there.
ME: No, but you can be guaranteed that girls come out of there, and he's staring at their T&A.
GUY: He's a harmless old man. He was in a train accident and is trying to regain use of his legs.
ME: Seriously. He told you a TRAIN accident? What is this, the 1860s? Is he Doc Brown back in his time traveling train from a visit from the Wild Wild West?
GUY: No, really. And you could just kick his cane if he bothered you. (I am honest to god serious that he said this one! NO FREAKING LIE.)
ME: That's not the issue! I'm sure I could TAKE HIM IN A FIGHT. But he makes me uncomfortable. That's the issue.
So yeah, I'm done. Which is fine because if I'm training at a triathlon I need a pool and I'm ready for a gym that offers classes as well. One gym was having a great deal today: $20 for a month-long membership and two personal training sessions. I'm scared of the personal trainers! But I'm going to try it out, but the gym that I really want to join is $60 a month. I keep telling myself that it is totally worth and seriously, if my husband and I just cut out one restaurant meal a month, that'd basically be the cost of the membership, but it's hard to swallow when you've been paying $10 a month!
7. Try new classes, exercises, and sports
A short list: Kickboxing, basketball, hiking, skiing (I'm ashamed I live in New England and am such a crappy skiier), ice skating, yoga, swimming, biking, and spinning.
Yes, I will try spinning this year. EEK!
8. Take my vitamin and drink my water!!!
Here's where I've been falling short lately. I need to be better about taking my multivitamin and drinking enough water.
9. Try one new healthy recipe per week.
10. Commit to doing at least Wii exercise or a Jillian Michaels DVD on non-gym days. Commit to doing either gym or strength training 2-3 times per week.
11. 20100 Fitness Minutes in 2010
The number seems about right. And it's cute because it's close to 2010!
12. At least 500 miles/10 miles per week run in 2010
Thanks to LLBEAN75, I'm going to pay myself $1 per mile to put toward gym sessions and race registration fees!
TOP 4 PERSONAL GOALS:
1. Dedicate more time and effort to my business.
Nothing is holding me back now but fear of failure, and I need to conquer that fear in order to keep moving. I know I can be successful. I have all the tools at my disposal. I just gotta work.
2. Learn patience
I need to be more patient with others, even when they are irritating and stupid. I need to contain my road rage. I need to take steps to be a calmer person.
3. Keep saving money
We are closing on our first home next month! It is a two-family and it will enable us to live with our tenant paying our mortgage. We are so lucky, but we know we have to save money for taxes, repairs and all that adult homeowner stuff.
We also started a travel fund where all of my husband's overtime earnings will be deposited. I want to go somewhere amazing for my 30th birthday and reaching goal!
4. Keep writing!
Writing has always made me happy and I need an outlet. I need to keep blogging, journaling and writing poems and stories.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Goodbye 2009 and the "aughts." Crazy how nobody agrees what to call this decade, huh?
I'm going to post two blogs today; one that is somewhat reflective and long (this one) and another that outlines my concrete goals and aspirations for 2010. So if you're more into goals posts, skip over to that one here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
On Facebook, I'm seeing a lot of status updates about how glad people are that 2009 is over and 2010 can begin anew. I think 2009 was a tough year for a lot of friends in job transition or with deaths in their family, but I don't think we can ever be under the illusion that any year is going to be perfectly happy and positive. There are a few years in my mind that stand out as being particularly awesome years (1989, 2001, 2006) and a few that were not the best (1996, 2003, 2007), when I look back it wasn't necessarily just the circumstances, but mindset that made the difference.
Take 2006... I started out the year with a really bad breakup that might have sent me into a spiral for the rest of the year. This was a guy that I had pined for during most of my college years and we finally got together when we were single and in law/med school, and he basically dumped me two days before I was to get on a plane to Tokyo, where I'd be studying for the next four months. It sucked, but I was lucky enough to have something completely out-of-the-ordinary to keep my mind occupied and I ended up forging two of the best friendships of my life and feeling better about myself than I ever had before. In 2006, I found myself. I realized that I didn't need a man to make me happy. I experimented, cast off a lot of my demons, and vowed to stay single for awhile. And what happened? I met my husband-to-be at the end of the year.
In that vein, 2007 should have been fantastic. I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to marry my husband (we were engaged in August) and I was graduating law school. I mean, those are two pretty significant life events right there. No one died or was ill and there was no cataclysmic event that would make this year stand out as horrible. But there were no jobs, and there was a transatlantic long-distance romance, and I grew bitter and cynical and defeatist and it took its toll on every aspect of my life. I started this blog that critiqued law school and the legal profession and it was incisive and right on, but it made me ANGRY. I remember ending every day angry and sometimes in tears.
So, yes, it's all about attitude. That's why I'm focusing on the positive in this blog.
Luckily I can do this easily, as 2009 was a great year for me. Some things that stand out that are non-fitness related:
We stayed in the same place for the ENTIRE year. When you're a child of divorce like I am or someone who went to school for 7 years like I did, moving around all the time is just a part of life. It was amazing not having to be uprooted this year, to actually MOVE IN to a place.
I started a business, albeit kinda half-assedly. In May, I opened an office anticipating to do solo work there. But my husband was still working temp and wouldn't be hired permanently until September, so I drifted back to contract assignments, which are lucrative if you consider the fact that you basically do very little work all day. The point being is that the office is still there, and the backbone of my business is still intact and ready for me if I want to work at it.
I'm loving being married and living with my husband. I love my husband, and I knew he was right for me, but I had never lived with a boyfriend before and we had probably actually been in each others' company for a grand total of two months before he moved to the US to get married and live here. It was a leap of faith that things would work out, and it has. I'm also an only child who has had her own room for her whole life except for two years in college, so it might have been that we butted heads this year in a very small apartment with very little personal space, but looking back, we've had very few serious arguments and actually, not so many little tiffs.
I passed the bar exam for the state that I live in, and now there is NOTHING holding me back in 2010. I used to feel like I was attached to a tether, with a lot of things that I would have like to have accomplished professionally, but couldn't. Now the only thing holding be back is fear of failure, fear of not earning enough money on my own. If I can defeat fear, I can do this.
So that brings me to fitness-related:
I started out the year 66 pounds heavier than I am today. I only lost 7 pounds from February to May before I found SparkPeople, which makes for a grand total of 59 pounds lost from June to December.
Thanks to SparkPeople and the Couch to 5K Program, I began running three times a week and ran two 5K races. I had never run before this year.
I crave exercise now and feel bad when I don't fit activity into my day. I tried a number of new fitness activities including cross-country skiing, kayaking, tennis, yoga, Zumba, and strength training. I feel healthier and stronger every single day.
The energy I get from exercising has transferred to my personal life. The second half of 2009 has been so filled with positivity and I know that it is because of my healthier lifestyle.
I learned that I can feel completely satisfied eating 1400-1600 calories per day and I can still eat "bad foods" and still stay within my ranges and goals. Before, I let a binge or a few slices of pizza completely wreck my morale and destroy my resolve. No more.
So, from reading this blog, you might get the impression that all is peaches and roses with me, but there is still plenty to improve upon, which I will get to in my next blog, here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
10,000 minutes. 166.7 hours. Just shy of seven days or a whole week.
My friend WISLNDR and I joined SparkPeople in the first week of June 2009. At that point, our automated fitness program was encouraging us to get 90 fitness minutes in per week, for a total of approximately 2,600 for the rest of 2009 or about 360 per month. Believe it or not, it seemed daunting at the time.
NINETY WHOLE MINUTES PER WEEK? How was I going to carve that time out of my seemingly busy schedule? I set out to the gym and started slowly on the elliptical machine. Halfway through the month, I started jogwalking for 30 minutes every other day and started taking 90 minute walks along the beach on weekends. By the end of June, I had racked up over 800 minutes.
So I set a new goal. Let's see if I could do 1,000 minutes in July. I got 1,225.
By the end of August, I had beat that 2,600 minute projection and I needed a new goal. I figured 7,000 for the rest of 2009 was about right; it gave me wiggle room if life got busy. In early November, I passed 7,000 and posed a question to WISLNDR (Kathi): "Why not go for 10,000 fitness minutes by the end of 2009, in less than 7 months on SparkPeople?"
The gauntlet was thrown. It seemed a bit hardcore at the time, amounting to nearly 1,800 minutes in each month of November and December.
Today Kathi and I each surpassed 10,000 fitness minute on SparkPeople. I did it on the treadmill at the gym, and in awareness of it being minute 10,000, I amped up the speed to an 11-minute mile, and finished strong. I did not die.
We logged our fitness at the same time tonight in solidarity. Kathi's great blog is here:
So why am I telling you all this? Well believe it or not, it's not to prompt you to say, "Wow, look how wonderful Kristina is for getting exercise in! Isn't that special? Let me shower you with praise!" (Although the praise is kinda cool, I'll admit...)
But it's because in the goal- and resolution-setting theme of this week on SparkPeople, I'm urging you to go BIG in 2010. Be ambitious. Set something that is SERIOUS to strive for, because I guarantee that even if you come a bit short of your ambitious goal, it'll be better than if you set an easily acheivable goal and slowly plod your way there.
We are capable of so much more than we think we are.
If you were to tell 286-pound Kristina on January 26, 2009 that in June she'd have a goal to knock out 360 minutes of exercise per month, I'd have called you crazy.
If I were to transport myself back to June 3, 2009, my first day at SparkPeople, and told 279-pound Kristina that I would have a WEEK with 500 minutes of exercise in December, I think I'd have been dumbstruck.
As SparkGuy says in The Spark, which just arrived in the mail today:
"As adults, we have grown unaccustomed to dreaming. We believe it's the domain of children or fools, of birthday cakes and wishing wells. But our brains respond to wishing. Envisioning our hopes provides a path, as luminous as a beam of moonlight."
Dream big in 2010!
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