After watching a video in my challenge group just now, I sat down and wrote the following Facebook post:
I was out running today and realized something. I'm really into the running these days! The mornings are cooler, and I get the share the workout with my furry running buddy! I'm trying to do a weight based workout on my off days. For the first time in ages, I'm excited to run.
Thanks to the running I now have a real, tangible goal. One that I can measure.
I run a 16 minute mile (don't laugh, I know it's slow). I'm shooting for a consistent 13 minute mile by October. I know the weight training that I'm not into right now will help with that.
I looked at it, and realized that this isn't a Facebook post. It's a blog post!
So I went back to my notes from Professional Developments of the past and decided to make a more concrete plan. I need a Smarter Goal!
Benchmarks of being healthy:
- Losing weight.
- I can measure this by keeping my measurements.
- If I try to lost a simple 2 pounds a month, By taking weight and body measurements I can track my progress.
- More cardio stamina.
- I'm working for the 13 minute mile. That means that Map my Run is going to be getting more use.
- It also means that I need to keep up with the weight training. it'll help me with that.
- Getting up off my butt at work might also be a good start. I have a FitBit. I NEED to shoot for the 10,000 steps and reach that goal at least 4 out of 7 days in the week. (Knowing that some days you're rather stuck to your desk.)
- Portion control.
- The diet has been pretty good of late. (Yay me!!) Now I need to measure the bejesus out of my food. This one has an immediate result. I feel nasty when I overeat. I'd like to spend zero days feeling bloated and awful!
- Water is my friend. It'll help with that "I need to eat more" feeling. I have a Nalgene, I should fill it up 3 times in a day.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- A lot of this is hormonal. I got put back on birth control and things are a bit out of wack. I know when the nasty PMS is coming. I need to be prepared with strategies of coping. (PMS is this weekend and next week. I'm warning you now!).
- I need to get sleep, but not too much. Not being able to get out of bed in the morning is an anxiety symptom. Getting up by 5:45am will help there.
- Not succumbing to a "lost weekend."
- Of late, many of my weekends are like this. I need to work out AT LEAST on Saturdays.
- I need to start with a healthy breakfast. If we want to splurge on pizza, I can have A SINGLE slice, not 4.