Every week, I take to my Sparkpage blog to recap the week (I’m on week 55 of fitness, btw). At the end, I write out a tentative workout schedule and, usually, some other health related goals. For months, this really worked for me. I stayed accountable. I worked my ass off. I ACTUALLY LOST WEIGHT… WOAH.
And then it stopped. Well, it didn’t stop. I stopped. Even though I haven’t missed a week of recapping and planning, I stopped actually listening to what I wanted to do. And I knew what I was doing the entire time. I know that what I’m missing is personal accountability and, frankly, motivation.
I cant promise that I’ll workout every day. That’s a horrible, horrible lie. And not one I should even be honest about considering that your body needs rest from strenuous workouts. Plus, if I tried that, I’d be burnt out faster than I started. But I CAN continue to plan… and make a plan B.
Here’s the remainder of my week’s workouts with some potential change ups:
Tuesday (today): Nada… Blackhawks game after work
Wednesday: Either early morning 5K or after class, late night 5K- either way, it has to get done
Thursday: Circuit strength training
Friday: After work 5K
Saturday: Spin class before going home
Sunday: 10K run in the hometown or 10K run when I get home
Potential calorie burn: 1600+
Which means, that this week, I can eat about 1580-1990 calories.
All in all, pretty doable.
SO WHY CANT I F%$%ING DO IT?
Oh, I dont know. I’m lazy, I suppose.
I know what. He’d throw on some gold lamae and kick it up a freakin’ notch. Screw crushing reading assignments and 10 page papers for grad school. Forget about soul crushin’ jobs. It’s time to dance this fat OUT…
When I was sweatin’ to the oldies, aka… actually loosing weight consistently, I tracked every little bit of food going in me. I also swam. Gosh, do I miss swimming (but not the need to consistently shave and fend off all the pool leaches). Oh! And strength training. I forgot about that. And not just one day a week. This is a 3 day minimum commitment. And goal rewards! I forgot about you shiny things.
Let’s try this for a week, let’s say, err next week. If I can get through a week of my goals, I will give myself a prize.
Goal 1: Track- Track all the food I eat, even if I go over the calorie amount. Food must be tracked by 2pm the following day and I MUST review the nutrition feedback reports.
Goal 2: Strength train with weights, three different days, for at least 20 minutes.
Goal 3: No breakfast sweets at ALL. This includes those delicious cheddar scones at the bakery.
Reward: Hopefully I will have heard back about my Y membership status at this point and can start taking swimming lessons. Before I do though, I want to buy a new, athletic swimsuit. I’m too small for my last one. If I haven’t heard back yet, then I will buy myself a new pair of winter shoes.
Deal. Game on.