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!

The Biggest Winner Day 8: Fun Fridays

Today was probably my favorite day of training with “The Biggest Winner” program (so far) because it was actually a lot of FUN!

We started off on the treadmill again for a brisk warm up. It lasted about 15 minutes at a comfortable walking pace of 3.0 – 3.5 while we increased the incline with each minute to 15. It doesn’t sound like much but when you hit 10, 11, 12 and up – it really starts to hurt and you feel like you’re going to go tumbling off the treadmill.

After our “warm up,” we headed up stairs to the track and mezzanine for a fun little circuit. Now, as many of you know – I just love the “anger management” style exercises so when I saw boxing gloves I really got excited!

Today’s circuit consisted of partners in three locations… with a fun little twist!

Station 1 – hand weights. We did 25 upper cuts, 10 jacks and 25 jabs and repeated until time was up.

Station 2 – Bicycle kicks and twists – 25 of each repeating until time was up.

Station 3 – One person was doing jabs with Jackson while the other did a lap on the track. There was a punching bag halfway around where we had to stop and do 30 punches before coming back.

And then the fun little twist… the “timing” of this exercise was based on the two people boxing. When one returned the other ran. When both returned time was up … so who knows how long we were doing these but boy did it make you encourage the runner!

We did this circuit twice, which took about a half hour and a puddle of sweat from everyone. I actually really enjoyed this. I loved the boxing – I hope we do that more often. However, one of the things that astonished me today was doing the bicycle kicks and twists.

Normally, I can barely do 2 of the kicks before my legs hate me. Today I was blowing through at least 15-20 before having to pause. I also was popping right up for the twists – something that surprised even me and Jackson. He kept praising me for going from one to the other without stopping.

Six months ago I could barely do a sit up and now I’m popping up and down between these two exercises. I’m so proud of myself today. I also ran the whole lap both times on the track – again an accomplishment in itself. It’s little wins like this that make me so incredibly happy to be going through this process.

So after the circuit, we headed down to the gym for what Jackson said would be …. “a little fun.” He was actually right! We had a lot of fun in the last 20 minutes of our session. First we started with a little basketball competition where we paired off trying to out shoot our partner. Shawn won against me because I suck at Basketball but I had a lot of fun trying!

Next the real fun came where in the last 12-15 minutes we played a little 3 on 3. Jackson paired myself, Tianda and John against Shawn, Debbie and Steve. What a trip! We were having a blast chasing each other across the court. I suck at basketball so I tried to just get the ball and give it to my teammates who were much better at shooting than I was.

We were out of breath… beating each other up (friendly) over the ball and really having a great time. I loved every minute of it and my calorie burn was awesome today so I know I had a great workout!

Now that I’m losing the weight, I’m really excited to possibly try sports again. I believe in the past the gym has offered volleyball leagues / games at some point. I hope that comes back soon because I’d love to try. That was one of my favorite sports next to Softball. I’d say I’ll find a pick up softball league but I don’t think my schedule has that kind of time committment, especially if my daughter plays this year.

I’m really looking forward to practicing softball with Bella this summer. I think she’s going to love it. She likes watching her Aunt Sunni play, and Matthew and I both played ball in high school. She must have it in her blood!

Well, our instructions were cardio on the weekend and back on Monday morning. I haven’t figured out when or what I’ll do this weekend for cardio. Since it’ll be frigid cold there’s no going outside so maybe a swim in the pool during Family Time on Saturday or just some quality time on the machines at the gym. Either way, I’ll be burning because Monday is another weight in and I’ve promised myself that I will not gain weight!