Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Month 1 Down, 11 to Go!

Well, here we are folks.  At the end of the first month of the year.  This day is pretty important.  I mean, if you look at the goals you accomplished in January, I think it sort of sets the tone for the rest of the year.

And my 2012 looks pretty stinking AWESOME right now.

I did a true "last chance workout" yesterday, knowing it was the last day of the month and my big weigh in was near.  I ran intervals in the morning with a friend, then did an hour of Zumba and an hour of Boot Camp last night.  Yes, I am thoroughly physically exhausted...but it was SO worth it!  I ran a few miles this morning before I weighed in.

My goal for January was to reach 185 again.  I had gained some weight over the holidays and felt like I was going to be stuck forever in the 180s.

Well today I weighed 182.2. 

This is the lowest I have weighed in 12 years.

WOW!  That's exactly how I felt.  And still feel.  The end of the 180s is near.

So then I was faced with a quandary, do I completely redo my goals or do I keep my goals and adjust the dates?  My goals are pretty fun as they are all tied to something, and are all even numbers.  I'm afraid to leave them as is, because that means I may not work as hard to stay on track if I know I have some wiggle room.  Yep, I can totally do that to myself.  This is why setting goals that mean something, and are actually attainable is so important.

You will absolutely not achieve something you don't think you can achieve.  I can promise you that.

Here are my adjusted goals:

Goals - 2012

Weight (starting weight 192.6 after holidays) Deadline  Actual
185 pounds - 100 pounds lost (recoup after holidays)1/31/2012 182.2 GOAL EXCEEDED!
180 pounds - wedding weight (105 pounds lost)2/14/2012
175 pounds - high school grad weight (110 pounds lost)3/13/2012
170 pounds -  less than my hubby (115 pounds lost)4/10/2012
165 pounds - GOAL weight (120 pounds lost)5/8/2012
Body Fat % less than 25%3/31/12
Track food consistently (Body Bugg food log)OngoingOngoing
Exercise (or do something active) 6 days/week (BB)OngoingOngoing

If you compare to my goals at the start of the year here  you will see I've adjusted some of my dates.  It would be easy to cop out and say, well, I am just ahead of schedule and will stay that way.  Well, I have decided I am on a roll and not stopping.

I'm joining Courtney's Studio and plan on hitting up boot camp at least once a week - maybe even twice when I can in addition to Zumba classes.  And I'll keep running.

I know a huge part of my success this month is due to having started up at Courtney's studio, as I have pushed my body to a new limit.  It was time for me to shake things up a bit and change up my routine.  I'm hoping this will push me to lose this last 20 pounds or so of fat so I can then determine my next, longer term goals.

I am sitting here about 17 pounds from my original goal weight.  From 120 pounds lost.  I almost can't believe it.

But how sore my muscles are feeling is telling me I can believe it.

Take a trip down memory lane with me and read my back story posted in February 2010 here.  As I round this bend here I'm so thankful to have been where I have been.  And to be heading where I am heading.

Life is good.

Remember that post about Choosing Your Hard?  Well...my hard is working. And yep, its hard alot of the time.  But nowhere near as hard as it was to be unhealthy. Two years will pass like the blink of an eye.  It has for me.  I'm glad I started when I did.  It's never too late to change your own blueprint!  What are you waiting for?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Incredible on your weight loss goal reaching this month. Congratulations!