Saturday, May 04, 2013
So I've fallen a bit off the Spark wagon as of late - I picked up a second job, and it's eating up all of my free time (I'm teaching, so even when I'm not in class, there are lessons to prepare and whatnot). The job itself isn't bad (and the extra income is sorely needed), but it definitely got in the way of my marathon training. I think, for the way my life is right now, the marathon was perhaps too extreme of a goal.
The good news is, even though I "fell off the wagon," so to speak, I didn't actually put on any weight! I've maintained between 142-144 lbs. for about a month (down from a little over 150). Knowing I can do maintenance is definitely reassuring, but I know I've been slacking in the workout department, and that needs to end. So, without further ado, here's my plan and my goals for May.
Eat within Spark-recommended calorie range.
Take my vitamins daily.
Stick to 1-2 servings of whole grains and 1 serving of dairy daily. (I have a friend who has had a lot of health improvements after going paleo, and I'd like to get there eventually, but I'm not quite ready to give up my oatmeal and yogurt yet, so I'm going to try scaling back to see how it goes.)
Follow Jillian Michaels' "Ripped in 30" plan. I love this DVD, but I've never made it to the end, so I'd really like to do that this month.
Finish "Ripped in 30."
Ride my bike once a week.
Run once a week.
Go to yoga once a week.
Seriously. That's it. Those are my goals. I'm not setting a weight loss goal, because I think if I stick to my plan I'll see the results I want anyway, and it'll help me avoid wanting to do anything crazy, like crash diet or overexercise, just to reach an arbitrary number. I'll still be weighing in once a week to make sure things are going in the right direction, but I also had myself take "before" pictures this morning, and I'm going to measure my success with "after" pictures at the end of the month, instead of with numbers on a scale.