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I don't know what happened. I've taken knocks plenty of times before, but this time it seems when I got knocked down, I never got back up. I've been feeling lousy about myself, my life for over a year, now. Nobody else is going to pull me out of this funk, so it's time I do something different. I don't know what it will take to be happy again, but I do know these three things: (1) I am isolating myself because my clothes don't fit and I can't afford to buy new ones (2) Having a goal to work toward helps me focus my mind and think positively (3) Regular exercise makes me feel good (you know....after, at least).

So, here I am. With a goal to lose weight so that I can leave my house in pants I can sit down in, a registration for a triathlon (my first) to provide a challenge to plan and prepare for, and a [somewhat tenuous] commitment to get off my ass and get some exercise even when that sounds like a miserable idea.....because the alternative has proven pretty miserable anyway.

The scale and my jeans are never going to give meaning to my life; exercise and an improved diet wont solve all my problems, but it seems like the logical first step.

Member Since: 11/24/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,607

My Goals:
*Short Term*
(updated 12/21)

(1) Take 10 minutes to sit on cushion and focus on breath each day. Relax, enjoy, move on.

(2) Strength train with ferocity 3x/week.

(3) Take responsibility for my thoughts

(4) Work to increase endurance on bike to 80 minutes by 1/25.

(5) Work to increase running speed to bring 5-mile run under 43 minutes by 1/25.

*Longer Term*
(Over the next year)
- Fit back into old jeans comfortably
- Take swim lessons
- Run a road race
- Kick ass in Sprint Triathlon
- Survive Olympic Triathlon
- Enjoy a Tough Mudder
- Get a job that adds value to my days
- Exit toxic living environment
- Go rock climbing

*Future Dreams*
(Next year)
- Medal in my age group for an Olympic Tri
- Race in a Century
- Take GORUCK Challenge
- Return to dance in some capacity

My Program:
**Three-Week Push**

Monday: swim 45 minutes, bike 40 minutes

Tuesday: run 45 minutes, strength train (legs, back, abs)

Wednesday: swim 45 minutes, bike 40 minutes

Thursday: run 45 minutes, strength train (chest, back, abs)

Friday: swim 45 minutes, bike 1 hour

Saturday: run 45 minutes, strength train (arms, shoulders, abs)

Sunday: stretch for 30 minutes and then sit on my butt and rest!

When classes resume in January, I will reevaluate and adjust. In the meantime, this should keep me busy enough to forget the holidays I'm not celebrating.

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