I have been out of shape long enough! I have three goals that will be ongoing for the next year.
Goal 1: Within 3 months I to want strengthen my lower back and eliminate the chronic pain I have in my lower back so that I can start running again. It has been a couple of years since I’ve ran and I miss it. Running and I had a love/hate relationship, but I loved it more than I hated it. I love the feeling of freedom, open space, fresh air, wind and sun on my face, and the runner’s high.
Goal 2: Within 6 months I want to lose about 10-15 pounds and tighten this body up! I’m not getting any younger and it’s not going to get any easier as I get older. With building up to running again, continuing to eat a healthier diet, yoga, and various other muscle toning workouts I should be able to achieve this goal within 6 months. One of my previous clients had challenged me to build myself up to 100 push ups a day, he ended up discharging early so I never followed through on the challenge. I think I will add that goal to this goal. My back needs to be a bit stronger first though because when I started his challenge several weeks back I realized it kills my back to do them. I will need to start out either with knee push-ups or planking and then move to regular push-ups. I’m tired of avoiding certain clothes, I’m tired of cringing as I walk by my floor to ceiling mirrored closet doors when I get out of the shower, and I’m tired of feeling sluggish and tired all the damn time. I used to be in much better shape and although I will never be in my 20’s again (not that I would want to be), but that doesn’t mean I can’t still feel and look great!
Goal 3: Within 12 months I want the above two goals to be routine. I’ve set similar goals in the past and I know very well that sooner or later they just fall off and I stop pushing myself to do them. Not this time (I hope). This time I want to stick with it. I know I feel better, on many levels, when I am taking care of myself in healthy ways. Goals one and two will work together simultaneously but the results I seek will take a bit longer than my 3 month goal. I want to get to a place where I don’t have to push myself to get up and do yoga to help strengthen my lower back, to get up and do push-ups or plank, to get up and go for a walk, or to eat healthy. I want these things to just be part of my daily life.
In the past I’ve done well for a couple/few weeks but then comes a day when I didn’t really eat anything all day because I cut myself short on time, then I get home from work and I am so tired I don’t feel like cooking, or I’ve stayed up too late and slept most of my free time away, or I haven’t slept at all and am too tired to function; these are the times I get derailed. If I just get adequate sleep and eat appropriately I will be okay. I know what I need to do, I just need to do it. My stomach and me bum are not going to get themselves in the shape I want them to be just by wanting it, nor will my overall feel good health. I’ve tried that for several years and it hasn’t worked thus far. Now it’s time to put more effort into it.
I quit smoking 6 years ago and I quit drinking a while ago, if I can manage quitting both of those, I can certainly manage this. I’ve just got to be strong enough and determined enough to over power the resistance. This will also mean setting and holding personal boundaries with myself. If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you know that boundaries are NOT my strong suit, especially when it comes to my self-care. I would rather help and do for others than to take care of my own needs and wants. I’m slowly learning that I can do both, help and do for others as well as help and do for myself. I do matter and I know I matter. I just need to retrain my brain to treat myself and care for myself the same way I do others.
*There will be more on retraining my brain in a future post*
So in 3 months I will be running again, in 6 months I will have lost 10-15 pounds and toned up my body, and in 12 months all of the behaviors I need to do to achieve these goals will be routine and just part of my daily life. All that will be left to do is to maintain regular healthy diet and activity.
July 8th – Running 3 x a week
October 8th – I will be a fit biscuit (125-130 lbs and toned)
April 8th 2018 – Living a healthy happy life (maybe even be in a relationship…maybe)
I will periodically give updates on my progress! Support and encouragement or any tips on any of the above are welcomed.