Thursday, March 20, 2014
I've been thinking a lot lately about what I need to motivate me and stick with my eating and exercise habits. Others talk about rewards when they get to certain goals, but I have a hard time creating those rewards for myself. It is similar to when I get asked what I want for my birthday or for Christmas - I always have a hard time coming up with an answer. I have things I like to do: I like to read and I like to stamp and make cards, but no one likes the "gift card to Amazon" answer that I give them. So, this is like asking myself what I want for my reward - I don't have a good answer. I get books for my Kindle no matter what. My husband came up with two great rewards for large goals: if I get to 145 then I can have a $250 shopping spree with Athleta (my new favorite clothing store) and when I get to my goal of 125, it will be a $500 shopping spree. Those are great, but I feel like I need smaller rewards along the way.
I do have some answers as for some new goals. The first one is where the title of this blog comes in. It is that time of year again for my twice a year physical test with the military. I have to weigh in (and under a certain amount) then do push ups, sit ups and swim. There are other cardio options too - run or do the elliptical, but I have always chosen to swim. I love swimming and it comes pretty naturally to me. I have a hard time making the time required in the run, where I can make the time on the swim pretty easily with out any practice. This year I have the goal to make an "excellent" score. I don't think I've done that in my 13 years since I was in Officer Candidate School. To do that, I need to do at least 78 sit ups and 34 push ups. I almost always make the "excellent" score in swimming - so I'm not as worried about that. The sit ups and push ups (especially sit ups) are my weakness. So that is where I will concentrate.
I also gave myself a goal of losing 15 pounds by the weigh in. It isn't a requirement - I could pass the weigh in right now; although barely (I'm at the cut off). But it is a way to have a smaller goal for myself. Weigh in is 15 May, so I have 9 weeks. I think it is a pretty realistic goal. If I make this goal, I will also be the lowest weight that I've ever been during my time in the military. I was 144 during OCS. This will make me 143. Here's hoping!