Sunday, December 30, 2012
So, let's see...last time I blogged I weighed in at 160 and the lowest I had been down to was 158. I think my weight may be up around 160 right now, but mostly just because I've eaten poorly the last couple day, have eaten a lot of sodium, not much water, I'm sick, etc. I went on a 5 day juice fast with Tyler just before Christmas. He's home from college for the holidays and wanted to do a fast. I got down to an all time low of 153!! My goal was to be down to 155 by the end of this year, and so even with this temporary weight gain/bloating, I would say that I accomplished that goal.
As far as running goes, it is FREEZING COLD outside. I have a very hard time running on a treadmill. So here's my compromise: I'm going through the C25K program again, but this time I'm aiming to improve my speed. I walk at a 17:30 minute mile, but run at 11 minute miles; my current running pace is somewhere around 14-15 minute miles. So far, I've been doing about 1.5 miles on the treadmill each day along with rotating arms, legs, and abs strength training days. I haven't exercised the past few days due to being sick, however. The strength training has been great! I\m starting to notice muscle definition, and that is a HUGE mental boost. Huge.
The past few months, I've been VERY focused on health and weight loss. And that's OK. But I think I got a little carried away with it. Don't get me wrong. I know that I need to be focused and determined and have a "no excuses" mindset. But I can end up putting so much pressure on myself, wanting change NOW, feeling like a failure when I make mistakes or bad decisions, and it's just not good. My health is very important, but it's not THE most important thing in my life. For 2013, my goals are simple: I want to lose 15-20 pounds to maintain a weight of 135-140; I want to make exercising and eating healthy a way of life; I want to have BALANCE in this area of my life; I want to run a LOT, at least 500 miles. That's it.