Monday, January 16, 2012
My sister, Terrie, in the Gila Wilderness. Hope to be there in a few months.
In the past, Iíve found that the reward system works well for me. It doesnít have to be anything major, just something to look forward to. It makes it easier for me to keep working toward my goals. Thatís why I have planned a reward for myself.
Okay, maybe Iím putting the cart before the horse. After all, I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal weight, but setting a series of smaller goals also works better for me. I let myself get way off track the last couple of years and I have no one to blame except myself. But, with the help of my family and friends, including all my Spark Friends, Iím back on track and heading in the right direction.
Iíve always loved hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking - anything outdoors. So now Iím back out hiking every day that I can. Itís my favorite way to get in some cardio exercise, and Iím fortunate to live just minutes from Pilot Mountain where I can go and hike up and down hills. On the days I donít go, Iím using the new Spark People 28 Day Boot Camp DVD, which I love.
So what is my goal? I want to lose 15 pounds by April 15th. No, it has nothing to do with tax day; rather it has everything to do with a trip I have planned.
I know I absolutely have the greatest husband in the world. I try not to let my stress show around him. After all, he has enough to worry about just trying to keep himself healthy. But Tommy knows me too well and hiding anything from him is impossible. He also knows how much I love to hike, especially in the southwest. Thatís why, just before Christmas, he suggested to me that I fly out to New Mexico so that my sister and I can go camping and hiking. He thinks I need to get away for a break, something everyone has been telling me. While he feels pretty good these days, he knows he cannot hike the distances we can and he said this should be a girlsí trip. We discussed it and I agreed that if his next scan looked good, and if he agreed to go to the beach with some of his family while Iím gone (I donít want him sitting at home alone), then I would make plans to go.
Well, his last scan was better than I expected, so I called my sister and the plans are now set. Iíve requested and received the time off work, Iíve purchased my plane ticket, and Iíve begun to pull out my backpacking gear to see what I need to take. Iím flying to Albuquerque on April 16th and me, Terrie (my sister) and Louanne (another friend in New Mexico) are going to head out and spend eight days hiking and camping. Weíre all three really excited about this girlsí trip in the desert.
Now back to reality. I have about 12 more weeks to prepare. While I wonít be at my goal weight (losing weight that fast would be too unhealthy), I hope to lose at least 15 pounds. Thatís only a little over one pound per week, and is a very reasonable goal, especially for such a wonderful reward. So no more excuses. I will get in some exercise every day and continue to eat sensibly, using my nutrition tracker every day. I hate my scale, but Iíll weigh in once a week to be sure Iím staying on track. I WILL REACH MY GOAL!
Now Iím off this couch to go workout with Coach Nicole!
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