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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Confidence and poise are admirable. Arrogance is annoying. I was reminded of this during a tough yoga routine yesterday. A super tough routine. I overestimated my strength and was feeling cocky. The handstands blew some humility back into me.

I can't do that. I'm actually not even CLOSE to being able to do that. And I'm actually glad because it gives me a new goal. I like to be challenged. I like to see progress. I'm not looking for an end result. It's not like when I hit some number on the scale, I'll be done. This is a way of life. And I feel better day to day when I am active and strong.

There are about 7 weeks until 2012. That's when the "tourist season" begins at the gym. (And my guess is that it'll happen here on Spark too.) Here's a crazy stat: 80% of people that join a gym in January, quit by March. (That's what they said at my training clinic.) What a bummer. I think people do too much, too soon. They are looking for "Biggest Loser" results. Or they think that there is some end date. We need to convince people that this is a way of life.
emoticon Eat less.
emoticon Move more.
emoticon Every. single. day.

For the next 7 weeks my focus is going to be on getting stronger. I know it's the nutrition piece that I should focus on to lose weight. But let's be honest, it's the holiday season and I like cookies. I'm going to practice moderation. But I'm not going to give myself an unrealistic weight loss goal. That's what crushes people. They don't see the results they want on the scale so they give up.

Yes, it's frustrating that I'm basically the same weight now as I was in July. BUT... I can run further and faster now. My yoga practice has improved dramatically. I can do a back bend. A back bend people! I couldn't do one when I was 8 and in gymnastics. But I can now and that's pretty flippin awesome.

Back to the goal. By 2012 I want to weigh 145. It's been my goal for a long time. It's 2 pounds. I can do that.

I want to do yesterday's yoga routine in 7 weeks and feel strong. I want to hold crow pose for a full 3 seconds.

Right now I can hold it for a half second. Maybe.

What's your plan to end this year STRONG?

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  • WENDY27
    Great goals you have. Keep up the great work!!! emoticon
    2412 days ago
    Great blog as usual! Love your goals! You are one fierce woman!
    So I have a question that I've been meaning to ask you. You're super healthy and fit, you do amazing things every day and now you're going to be a fitness instructor. Why do you still feel the need to lose weight? I am genuinely interested in your answer, I'm in no way trying to criticize you or question your desires, I'm just curious to know how you decide that it's time for maintenance. Perhaps it's before you reach your goal weight but you're happier and healthier than ever and your weight is maintainable. Just curious :)
    2413 days ago
    My goal is to get stronger too.
    Stronger legs
    Stronger arms
    Stronger abs
    Stronger willpower

    For the next 7 weeks, this is my focus.

    2413 days ago
    You rock.
    2413 days ago
    What?? A back bend-look at you, all bendy and stuff-LOL! ya to yoga!

    I love how you say *tourist season* which is totally true.

    2lbs..2 freakin can sooo do this!

    I want to run another race by the end of this year so I can have 2 races checked off in 2011. I've been thinking about this one for a couple weeks now and need to formulate a plan-thanks for the reminder!
    2413 days ago
    Maybe it should be to conquer crow pose - I do the super-modified version!

    I'm with you - moderation until the New Year and continue to follow my best fit and healthy routines. Can't wait for my Spark cookbook to arrive - I think it should help.
    2414 days ago
    Live it! I'm gonna own the holidays and I'll be proud of my efforts come 2012.. Onederland is 22#s away - I can do it!
    2414 days ago
    My plan is to run 3 times a week...

    Enough with the laziness!!!
    2414 days ago
    That is a great goal! I love yoga, it definitely makes me feel stronger. My plan is to keep up strength training three times per week.
    2414 days ago
    Brilliant plan. December will be my first month of the second trimester. My goal is to eat WELL (to provide little bug with healthy body-building-blocks) and MOVE specifically for the sake of MY body (walking, swimming, ST or yoga - but no backbends, crow poses or handstands lol... can't afford to drop myself on my head right now... I will get back to the super-challenging bodyweight stuff next December lol) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
    2414 days ago
    Great plan! My goal is to keep improving my running and get faster little by little. I feel so great after seeing results that it keeps me motivated to keep going. emoticon
    2414 days ago
    Great plans!!!!!!:-)
    2414 days ago
    Great Blog! I love how REALISTIC you are! The non-scale goals are the ones that really seem to work for people. There are few people who can meet their goals when all they are using is the # on the scale. - and this journey is about so much more than the #. This is a lifestyle to continue on forever. What certification are you going for?
    2414 days ago
    2414 days ago
    My plan is to drag you back to the Warriors!!! LOL

    Love your attitude and ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING!!!
    2414 days ago
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