Holding Myself Accountable for All to See

Saturday, June 11, 2011

As part of Week 1 for the Challenges for Sparkers with Lots to Lose's Summer Slimdown, I am supposed to list my goals for the summer here. We had to choose 5 goals that we hope to have achieved by the end of the summer. These goals don't necessarily all have to be related to weight-loss, so I specifically included one that isn't.

Goal #1 - I want to be able to run a 5K in less than 40 minutes.
I have started the C25K program several times, but I never get far because I get bored. Instead, I have been working to just increase my speed and distance as I build up my endurance. I may give C25K a try one more time just as part of my cross-training, but I'm not sure yet. Either way, I've been enjoying running again and hope to enter a 5K in the fall once this heat cools back down some.

Goal #2 - I want to get my down into the 140s.
I've accepted that the last 10-15 lbs is going to be a serious battle to lose. I've been fluctuating around 150.xx for a couple of weeks now. I don't think it's a plateau as much as my body just fighting me to hold onto those last pounds. I actually weighed in this morning at 149.6, which put a big smile on my face, especially after the week I had. I am also realistic and know that it may go back up into the 150s again. I'm not giving up - I want to be in the low 140s by the end of the summer. I also set a reward for myself attached to this goal - I'm splurging and getting myself a new pair of cross-trainers. My current pair of tennis shoes were purchased almost 2 years ago. I never wore them so they held up... now I practically live in them and it's about time for a new pair. I figure that once I'm in the 140s for at least 10 days and still showing signs of going down rather than up, that will be the time to earn my reward.

Goal #3 - Walk/Run at least 10 miles this week.
This is a goal I decided to set to help me get moving on my running. It also allows me to take breaks to slow the pace down in between running days. My knees don't like when I run more than 1 or 2 days in a row, so walking will allow me to still get in some miles without killing myself.

Goal #4 - Spend at least 30 minutes outdoors 3 days each week.
Living in the deep south means hot days and high humidity, which makes staying outside for long unbearable. Even getting into the pool this week hasn't been fun because the water is more like a bath than a pool. When you're wanting to cool off, an outdoor bath isn't going to work. The kids and I are starting to get up and get some outside time in first thing in the morning before it gets too hot. This allows me to get in some excercise time with them and they don't even realize it.

Goal #5 - To get my craft supplies fully organized (my non-weightloss related goal)
I love to craft and I love my craft supplies! Unfortunately, living in an apartment means I don't have space to have my own craft room. At the moment, all of my supplies are in 2 drawers of my dresser and on a shelf in our closet. They are as organized as they can get under the circumstances. We are, however, working to get a larger pantry closet for our kitchen, which means I'm getting the smaller one to move to the bedroom. This will be my craft closet. That should happen within the next month or so, leaving me the rest of the summer to finally get my supplies totally reorganized. YAY!!!

I didn't take any pictures at the start of Week 1 since I had just taken some a couple of weeks earlier... for those who didn't see it, here it is:

This is what I currently look like in one of my swimsuits. I have to admit that a year ago, I never would have taken a photo in a bathing suit of any kind, let alone taking a photo in a bikini. SparkPeople has been a huge part of me losing weight as well as meeting many wonderful people, several of whom have become close friends.

This summer is going to be an active one since several of my favorite SparkTeams are doing challenges!

P.S. I have updated certain parts of my SparkPage for those who haven't read it lately to see how I'm doing. :)
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    Who is that little lady in that little bikini...loook at you mama...that's emoticon keep up the emoticon work it is paying off for u...the scale will reward u with the 140s just keep onward and u will get there emoticon
    3082 days ago
    Great goals. I am on week three of c25k and loving it! Let me know how it goes for you. I am happy I joined the Challenges for Sparkers with Lots to Lose team. This should be a great summer!
    3083 days ago
    I really like your goals!!! they short and very precise. I really like the one the has to do with you craft supplies. I am having the same situation with mine, so although, not one of my challenges, I will think about organizing mine while doing this summer challenge!!!!!

    Your picture, I will say a!!!Yay!!!!! for you. You are looking great!!!

    3083 days ago
    Your spark journey is so inspirational! Great to see how far you have come from the beginning to the bikini. It's also motivating to see your last challenge results for Challenges for Sparkers with Lots to Lose-- keep up the awesomeness. :)

    3083 days ago
  • AMCB0227
    Your goals are absolutely great & totally reachable! Good luck with the C25k training & congrats on the bikini!! Woohoo!!
    3083 days ago
    Great goals! And you look amazing in the new pics! And I love your new page! How do you get those cute backgrounds! And how do you do those side by side pics! I want to do that too but I just cant figure it out! I changed some of my pics too and half of them are sideways! Computer challenged here!
    3083 days ago
    Is there a Spark Challege you aren't participating in??!?!? Keep up the amazing work dear emoticon !
    3083 days ago
    You have some great goals..Keep up the good work!!!
    3083 days ago
  • GLMOM2
    You are doing a great job & you'll be reaching all of those goals in no time!

    Keep at it!! Keep the spark alive!!

    1325 points for you! emoticon

    If you need a virtual running buddy to keep you going on your 5k goal - I'm here for you!
    3084 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2011 10:04:13 PM
    Way to go! Great goals and always inspirational to see someone so sucessful!
    3084 days ago
    Good luck meeting all your goals!!
    3084 days ago
    Great goals. Good luck in each and every one. You are starting out looking great so it can only get better. I too never thought I would post a bathing suit picture on the web, but with Spark I felt confident doing so!

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    3084 days ago
    Good job with your goals. I'm really pulling for you. Especially that #1. I want you to get those new shoes!
    3084 days ago
  • no profile photo LADYGREENEYES
    Look at the Sexy Strawberry! emoticon Great goals! Keep it up!
    3084 days ago
    Great goals! You will totally be able to do it!!! WooHoo!!! Good Luck!
    3084 days ago
    Nice Goals, Jamie! Good luck with them!! You look fabulous, btw! CONGRATS! emoticon
    3084 days ago
    Looks like an awesome set of goals! I love the C25k program! I got down to 36 min for a 5k! Love your goal on the craft organizing! I need to do this as well. Good luck as I know that you will do amazing this summer!
    3084 days ago
    emoticon You look amazing!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon
    3084 days ago
    You are emoticon Thank you so much for sharing it all with us.
    3084 days ago
    You look amazing, way to go.... What a big difference. Great job.
    3084 days ago
    You look great Jamie! Your goals seem like good ones - realistic and achievable. Keep going girl - you motivate me with all of your posts!
    3084 days ago
  • MEL418
    oh my gosh you look great! your goals are great as well...I love doing crafts too and my storage for my supplies consist of the plastic bags they came in from the store haha. I'm so glad to have you as my team leader. you are such an inspiration!
    3084 days ago
    Wow Jamie you look AWESOME! If I were you I'd feel so confident walking around the pool - I want that! Haha.
    Right now I'm way too scared to rock a bikini even in the future but THANK YOU for the motivation :) Hopefully I'll follow in your foot steps!! emoticon
    3084 days ago
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