I knew this day was coming. At some point in our lives, reality pops up and challenges our beliefs and habits in a way that can no longer be ignored. For some, this may be where denial enters and retaliates, but even that is a short-term response. What I’m talking about is the hard look in the mirror, where there’s no small amount of soul-searching and a sudden lack of invitations for the pity party.
Real Change, Right Now
I’ve been suffering from my own delusions. These aren’t new, but that doesn’t make them any less real. The fact is that the weight is creeping in and making a home for itself. I’m still at the point where my clothes fit – albeit painfully – and I refuse to go clothes shopping, which means that the ultimatum is hard to ignore.
I’ve been underactive and portion-friendly. I’ve used my knee pain as an excuse to skip workouts, rather than the reason that I especially need to do them. I’m lacking consistency, which is almost as bad as being lazy. Almost.
I’m learning how to manage the arthritis in my knee and, sadly, I cannot find any proof that rest and chocolate (or beer) are good for healing. In fact, what I’ve read is that 1) activity is absolutely critical to managing joint health and pain and 2) activity cannot make the arthritis worse. Sure, it makes the pain worse, which leads me to 1) caloric sources of comfort and 2) lack of exercising.
No more. I want my body to be strong, which means that this little buckaroo needs to (wo)man up and deal with it like an active person.
Per the SparkPeople weight tracker, at 1.5 pounds per week, I’ll hit my goal weight in early February. I don’t know that 1.5 pounds a week is realistic – especially as I get to the last 5-10 pounds – but I’ll adjust where necessary and set that goal for now. Granted, my goal weight is not my “ideal” weight for my height and size; again, I’ll adjust as necessary. For now, this gives me 16 weeks to make a serious “go” at this goal.
So, how am I going to do this?
First, I’m going to be more diligent about tracking. I have more control over breakfast and lunch, but dinner and snacks often go unrecorded. It will be hard to me to measure calories in/out if I’m not counting all of them as they go in!
Next, I will be stricter on portion sizes. Today (yay me!) I dragged out ye old trusty food scale and measured the lunch meat for my sandwich. My lunch is probably still on the large size (I try to snack every two hours or so), but I had to know where I’m starting in order to know where to change. When I have 1200-1500 calories for the day, it’s not unrealistic to think that 900 calories are consumed by late afternoon.
The hardest / biggest change will be getting back to my workouts. This does not include my regular walk / commute, though it will certainly be counted in the tally. No, this means butt-out-of-bed, doing some sort of workout and being accountable for my activity level. To help me, I’m setting up a 12-week schedule for myself (with the help of Paige Waehner at About.com) and will plot out my activities in advance, so I can define and measure my goals.
Overall my activity levels will be influenced by the 200 Squat and 200 SitUp challenges, the Power of 10 strength training approach, running on the elliptical and a return (woohoo!) to rowing. I’m also bowling on Wednesdays, though I have no real idea of how much I’m burning. Short of wearing my Polar HRM, that will be a tough call. I’ll just accept that I had some activity and leave it at that.
So here it is, SparkFriends, in all of its stark reality and painful truth. In the future I hope to map out my workouts – again, thanks to Paige W. – and post the results here. I certainly do not expect folks to comment on the details, but checking in on my summaries or other blogs will certainly help me stay on track.
Just to add icing to the cake, today’s horoscope cemented my need to plan and commit to a change. Hello, Universe; I’m listening!
Out with the old, and in with the new. Even though we haven't yet ended the year, and there are still a generous number of days left until 2012 and plenty of time to make progress, you are thinking about changing your path. Something has not been working for you - something that you felt would bring you greater stability and financial security. You are probably wondering if you are crazy to consider shifting gears at this time. The answer Aries, is no. It would not be foolish to consider another approach when your current efforts aren't working. Be bold, and be confident - that's the best way to ensure success with your endeavor.
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