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)
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.