Day 2 - My Goals
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I was feeling sad most of today, which means it wasn't hard to stick to a calorie budget. Usually I eat my emotions when I'm feeling stressed, but not when I'm feeling sad. That just makes me want to sleep a lot.
Anyway I'm feeling better now, finally at 10:00pm, which is probably why I now feel hungry. But I have a lot of calories left so it's fine. So far I've only had a bowl of fiber one cereal and a vegetable quesadilla at Moe's. Still leaves me about 600 calories for the day so I think I'll go eat something.
One of my goals is to run a 5k by my Anniversary, which is April 17. I've started the couch to 5k program many times but never fully finished it. So this time I want to finish and I want to be able to run a public 5k on April 4. My wedding day was the lowest weight I've been in 5 years so it would be really symbolic to me. I found a 5k in Charlotte on the date I mentioned that benefits Urban Ministry, an agency that helps the homeless. I am in social work so that would be doubly symbolic for me. I really love the idea. I asked my friend if she wants to run it with me so hopefully she'll agree (although even if no one does, I am still going to.) I am also going to ask my husband, but in a few days when he's in a better mood.
I've been doing pushups, lunges, and squats every day and adding one rep each day, starting at 1. So today was day 4 so I did 4 squats, 4 pushups, and 4 lunges on each leg. I set another goal for myself to be able to do 50 pushups by June 17, 2015. If I keep up with the one a day I will get there no problem; however, I suspect that soon I will hit my upper limit on the adding 1 each day and have to start adding more slowly. I think 20 pushups is the most I have ever done at one time since I was an adult so if I got to 50 that would be a great accomplishment.
I read something today that talked about how doing fitness with the goal of fat loss is one of the main reasons why people cannot stay motivated. Fat loss takes a long time, you can't spot lose, and diet is more effective at it anyway. The book said that instead of doing anything fitness related with a goal of fat loss, do it with a performance goal. That way you will be working toward something tangible and can see your progress much faster. It will also pit you against yourself to try and beat your personal best which will be very motivating. And, if you keep working for performance you will lose fat along the way. That really made sense to me, so that is why I have chosen my goals of running a 5k by April and doing 50 pushups by June. The book was "The 10 Commandments of Simple Fat Loss" by Nina Shanks if anyone is interested. You can read more of it here: www.niashanks.com/10-com