Life always gets in the way, doesn't it?

Saturday, May 04, 2013

So I've fallen a bit off the Spark wagon as of late - I picked up a second job, and it's eating up all of my free time (I'm teaching, so even when I'm not in class, there are lessons to prepare and whatnot). The job itself isn't bad (and the extra income is sorely needed), but it definitely got in the way of my marathon training. I think, for the way my life is right now, the marathon was perhaps too extreme of a goal.

The good news is, even though I "fell off the wagon," so to speak, I didn't actually put on any weight! I've maintained between 142-144 lbs. for about a month (down from a little over 150). Knowing I can do maintenance is definitely reassuring, but I know I've been slacking in the workout department, and that needs to end. So, without further ado, here's my plan and my goals for May.

Eat within Spark-recommended calorie range.
Take my vitamins daily.
Stick to 1-2 servings of whole grains and 1 serving of dairy daily. (I have a friend who has had a lot of health improvements after going paleo, and I'd like to get there eventually, but I'm not quite ready to give up my oatmeal and yogurt yet, so I'm going to try scaling back to see how it goes.)
Follow Jillian Michaels' "Ripped in 30" plan. I love this DVD, but I've never made it to the end, so I'd really like to do that this month.

Finish "Ripped in 30."
Ride my bike once a week.
Run once a week.
Go to yoga once a week.

Seriously. That's it. Those are my goals. I'm not setting a weight loss goal, because I think if I stick to my plan I'll see the results I want anyway, and it'll help me avoid wanting to do anything crazy, like crash diet or overexercise, just to reach an arbitrary number. I'll still be weighing in once a week to make sure things are going in the right direction, but I also had myself take "before" pictures this morning, and I'm going to measure my success with "after" pictures at the end of the month, instead of with numbers on a scale.
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  • AMY-MIMI77
    As a great Leader (Lori - Sassy) always says "Life Happens" & she is so correct in this and many aspects of this journey.
    If you can maintain, you have learned a great deal and I know that you will succeed in this.
    I love the visual measurements & wish I had more pictures of myself to use and keep me motivated.
    you are doing a Fab-U-Less job; keep sparking!
    1842 days ago
    Thanks everyone - it always helps to know I'm not alone! (Even though, duh, if I was "alone" Spark wouldn't exist, right?)

    And Raine, I'm teaching test prep right now (I'd eventually like to teach "real" classes, but it's been a good place to start developing my teaching skills!)
    1842 days ago
    Life definitely has a tendency to get in the way! I'd been seriously considering a marathon this year, but my work schedule has been so unpredictable, and there are days that I know if I have to work late the likelihood of getting in a run will be non-existent, so I am just working on being more consistent right now with my workouts (especially looking towards morning workouts) and building up a base mileage of 8 miles so that should a half marathon look interesting, it wont be too much of an intense change if I want to run it.

    What are you teaching??
    1843 days ago
    Yep. Life sure has a way of doing it's best to challenge us. Great goals. I think you are right. If you make your goals, the weight will come off.

    Good luck! You GOT this!
    1844 days ago
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    1845 days ago
    I have faith - you can meet these goals!
    1845 days ago
    Hang in there, I am having the same issue, working a second job and finding it hard to get on line here as much as usual. I do find getting on line helps. Let's help each other out! emoticon
    1845 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Life can get in the way..but you have great goals and are getting back on track! You can do it.

    1845 days ago
    Life can indeed get in the way... but it sounds like you've figured out a way to keep you from getting off track! Keep on keeping on!!
    1845 days ago
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