Goals Update

Yesterday I was interviewed by a journalist who asked me about my goals. It got me thinking that I haven’t looked at my goals since I wrote them way back in 2012 so I dug out the post. You can read it here. Sorry… it was back when the blog was really notes on Facebook!

So when I first ready through the post, I actually laughed a lot. It was posted on September 2, 2012 and what a difference 9 months will make. Wow!

The post was really about me trying to think of short and long term goals for myself. I remember how hard it was back then (it wouldn’t be now). Back then I focused only on the weight loss (scale) and now I wish I focused on the non-scale victories too!

I wanted to lose 2 pounds a week for 8-10 a month. Looking back, that was an ok number and (for the most part) I was somewhere in that nature most of the time. I’m creeping up on the 70 mark so I’m doing pretty good – but I now know the scale does not define my success.

I set milestone goals for myself

  • 25 pounds – spa treatment
  • 50 pounds mini shopping spree
  • 75 pounds – enter a race
  • 100 pounds – trip to the beach with a new bathing suit!
  • Goal Weight – Disney Marathon

Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know why I’m laughing at myself! I didn’t want to wait for the milestone goals, I just did it anyways.

At 25 pounds, I skipped the spa and hired a trainer (money well spent). At 50 pounds, I didn’t have a shopping spree because I needed them every few months because I was dropping sizes like mad (seven sizes to date). I was still 300 pounds in October when I entered my race so screw waiting for 75!

Now … 100 pounds. I’m still hopeful I might get to the beach this summer but our house hunt may change that plan. We simply may not have the funds / vacation time to pull it off. I’m ok with that though because it doesn’t mean I don’t deserve something – like say a new swimsuit which I’m totally getting this year! For the first time in my life I’m very excited to go swimsuit shopping and have been looking around at the styles to see what I like!

Now the biggie! Goal weight. I don’t think I want to wait for this one either. My hope is that next year (probably around this time), I’ll be packing up my kid and husband and trekking to Disney to run a marathon. I don’t care how much I weigh, I’m going to do it anyways! Let’s just hope I can afford it – that’s the only thing that will stop me!

So back in my blog post I wrote that my game plan was to go to the gym before work (that didn’t happen – work schedule conflict). I originally planned to walk at lunch with coworkers (That didn’t happen either). I simply had too much work to do and opted to plow through a quick lunch and go to the gym after work. That part I’m pretty good with (most of the time). I’d say given my current plate of things I’ve really mastered making working out part of my life.

So as I sit and reflect on the me 9 months ago, I’m reminded of just how far I came. What a difference almost a year can make in a person and in a family. I’m so happy the journalist asked me about my goals. I might not have dug them out to continue being inspired by my own self. Who knew I was inspiring!

My first 5K

I can’t believe I did it!

No really! I can’t believe I actually participated in a 5K. Sure, I walked a good portion of it, but the fact is I actually DID IT! I couldn’t be prouder of myself right now and ever so grateful to Megan because without her, I don’t know what I would have done.

We finished in under 54 minutes, I’m still waiting on our “official” time though. I know as I was sprinting the last turn, It was  nearly 54 so I think we came in just under th

My First 5K at Tanger Outlets

e wire. Regardless, I did it. I never stopped – not ONCE for the 54 minutes. That’s truly an accomplishment for me. I ran some of the course, but I walked more.

Today made me realize that nothing is impossible – absolutely NOTHING! Last year, I would have never entered a 5K…. it would have been the furthers thought from my mind. Today, as I sit here relaxing… still very cold, I’m looking up future events I can enter. I want to do this again and beat my time.

While I’m very happy with my time, I know I can do better. Hopefully the next time I participate in a race, I won’t be battling a chest cold. I know that really hurt my time because it was hard to breath – especially in the freezing cold.

I power walked a majority of the track, but I kept a really good pace. My first lap was 16 minutes. I was EXTREMELY proud of that and my second around 17:30. This is quite an accomplishment considering my weight. It’s hard to run when you’re heavy and even harder when you struggle breathing, but I didn’t let these excuses get the best of me. I FINISHED that race and I wasn’t even dead last. I was towards the end, but I wasn’t LAST!

If you’re heavy and wanting to enter a race – take it from this girl … it CAN be done. When you cross that finish line … which was an extremely emotional moment (and YES I did cry), I realized that the only thing holding me back is myself. Anything is possible.

I can’t wait to find another race! Megan plans on a 10K next… I know I’m NOWHERE near ready for something of that length yet. I’m going to stick to the 5K until I feel a bit more comfortable. One step at a time!

Making Decisions..

Today, I made a decision – I want to run a race. I decided to sign up for the Tanger Outlets, Washington 5K Run / Walk next Sunday. I have NEVER run a race, but I’m going to do it next week. I believe it will be the ultimate motivation for me to continue my journey and it goes to support a great cause – Breast Cancer. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome. I’d love company!