My one and only goal for 2010 has been to pursue "health". No exact number to weigh, no specific number of miles to be able to run, and no particular day-to-day calorie limit. The goal was, in general, to eat less, move more, and incorporate health and balance into all aspects of my life.
Long term goals are tricky – life ebbs and flows, and as a direct result, your goals do the same. Such has been the case since early April. Arguably THE busiest month of the year for my day job, mustering the energy for workouts was tough, and there wasn't as much time to cook nutritious meals. I stuck to my guns enough so that I could simply maintain, not gain or lose any progress.
While I expected May to calm a bit, somehow it just didn't. By then I had signed up to do the 5k the first week of June, so I did manage to get a couple of runs in each week, but not much beyond that. In short, my weight loss/health progress (or lack thereof) since April has looked like this:
I am focusing on the fact that on my worst days, I am only up two pounds from my lowest point in six months. Just to maintain that these last couple of months has been a feat in itself.On average, I'm down about ten and would like to lose the same amount once more.
So it's time to get back to it – up the intensity, and take advantage of a slower work pace/season that allows me some lunch hour time to get out and walk, and be home in time to prepare healthy well-rounded dinners.
I won't bore anyone with the specifics of my plan, but I will say it is a good balance of running and yoga, with a couple of alternate days to include swimming, biking and The 30 Day Shred for days when I need an occasional switch-up to my usual routine. For me, success is 90% about working out. I eat fairly healthy for the most part, although I am going to up my self-discipline again on sugar intake (I've been slacking!). Goals are always good – my best friend's wedding next weekend has been one of my benchmarks – now Page's best friend is getting married mid-August in Georgia, so that is my next goal marker. Nine weeks, ten pounds…definitely doable! I've needed to get re-fired up in recent weeks and I'm finally feeling ready to hit the next phase running (literally!). Anyone else have some health-related goals for the short term? I'd love to hear and have a support buddy! 🙂