Yesterday was my birthday. I had a great day with my DH and enjoyed many greetings and good wishes from family and friends. As I step into the beginning of another year, it's time for a reality check and a refocusing. When I stepped on the scale this morning I saw that I had gained 30 pounds since last year. True, this was not my scale that I have used for weighing most of the time, but I know it still is presenting a pretty true picture of what has happened. I have become careless and thoughtless with my eating as well as with exercising.
This is not the path I want to trend. I do not want to gain 30 pounds again this coming year or even let the 30 pounds I've gained stay on. I realize to some people this may not sound like much. So many in SP have needed to lose 50, 100, and even over 200 pounds. But having achieved maintenance weight and stayed there for awhile, gaining 10 pounds felt lousy. And now to have allowed myself to have gotten to the place of gaining 20 more is even worse.
It's time to come back to my basics and the SP friends and teams that made such a big difference as I lost weight before. The encouragement and support from here is extremely valuable. In fact, it was through a team challenge that I was encouraged to establish the S.M.A.R.T. goals. So as a birthday gift to myself to get moving in the right direction again, here are my goals:
Specific - return to the maintenance weight
Measurable - that means losing 30 pounds
Attainable - in 7 months, by our next anniversary, June 6, 2014
Reasonable - that's less than 5 pounds a month
Timely - it allows for slower loss because of transitions and holidays
Reading Skinny Rules by Bob Harper, trainer with Biggest Loser, has helped prepare me mentally for this. I am using his rules as a guide to reestablish healthy eating habits. There are 20 rules, so every two weeks I will focus specifically on two rules. The other rules will still be part of my daily thinking, but two will become my focused commitment for two weeks with the intent of making them more stable in my daily eating habits.
I also need to reestablish 5-6 days of weekly workouts. I have opportunity and have done some ST at the Y with Bodypump classes. However, I need to reestablish my running as well with running at least 3 days a week. With the availability of the Y track, I should be able to do that through even the cold months. Last spring I had a goal to bring my pace down to a 10:30 mile. It would be awesome to attain that by next summer and break my current 5k record.
I realize that none of this will be easy for me. We are still doing some transitioning with more traveling the next few weeks and a strong potential of moving to Illinois in Nov. I'm not sure how I can make it all work in this coming month. However, I know that I just can't sit still and do nothing. I must, must, must do whatever is possible to do!
"In conclusion, strengthen yourselves in the Lord and in the power which His supreme might imparts." Ephesians 6: 10.
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent