Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Groundhog Day

Since the end of the spring semester, I've become some what lax in my approach to my weight loss/fitness goals. In the past three months, I've lost a total of five pounds. That's it! I don't understand what has happened. I lost 20 pounds in four months during the spring semester. Then I crashed and burned. I spent the summer eating everything I wanted (moderation be damned) and barely exercising (it was way too hot). So, here I am, typing on the day after Labor Day, wondering what went wrong.

There is something about the semester that brings about a schedule for my eating and my exercising. Something that I think can be recaptured since my travelling for work is done for the semester (next conference is not until February) and that should help. Looking ahead, I really shouldn't have a stressful semester. I should be able to get my work done, workout and eat healthy. So, there. I'm not going to aim for 20 pounds by the end of the semester, but I think I can lose 15. That's an attainable goal that won't stress me out. I also want to run a 5K by the end of the semester. I'm aiming for that one on October 19, but if I can't do it by then, I'll definitely do the one in November. I want to continue this progression towards a healthy body weight and not get frustrated at this self-made plateau that I'm at.

Grr... so I've said it. I haven't been losing because of ME. No one else to blame. But I recognize that, and am ready to move on and forward instead of giving me another pass at eating bad or not exercising. I hope those of you who have been having troubles staying motivated take that to heart and recommit yourself as well.


MizFit said...

I love your goals because they are so REALISTIC (15lbs for example) with some extra added temptation (the or 20? the earlier race date).

it's all about S.M.A.R.T. goals in my opinion.

and no.

Anonymous said...

I hear you! I too need to re-commit and get things moving again! Thx for the inspiration!

KK said...

You can do it!!! Truthfully, I have been slacking this summer as well. Here's to recommitting!!! And you should totally run your race on the 19th. I am running one that day as well!!! Go runners!!!

MargieAnne said...

You've come such a long way. It would be really special to reach your goals .... like completing C5K
You can do this. ..... just needs fresh focus and I think your finding it.

Cammy said...

Such great goals! I believe you'll see and exceed all of them.

Since the unstructured nature of summer is difficult for you, it's quite remarkable that you still lost weight--maybe not as much as you wanted, but still nothing to sneeze at!

(And please don't tell me you live in or near WVU (Morgantown?), since that's where I spent last Monday night!)

Jason said...

Here's to running your 5K!!!

You can do it :)

ptg said...

Have you joined CC's Christmas Challenge? Sometimes I just need a little competition to get me going.

If not, I'll challenge you to some races! LOL

You can do it Kiki - you are such an inspiration to the rest of us. And yes, even inspirations can get tired and worn out...but if I know one thing, it's that you're a fighter.

And a winner. :o)

Manuela said...

I have always found it easier to lose and/or maintain if I have a regular schedule ie. work or school. Did you find those exercise challenges we did earlier this summer helpful?

The freedom of summer can make it tough! I'm sure you'll be able to have a terrific September (yay us!) and go for 5 for the entire month. Or more--shoot, why not?

I'll be back :)

Anonymous said...

good on you for getting a fresh start with good goals. I know you will do this, can't wait to hear about your 5K experience.

RooBabs said...

You can totally do the 5k in October! No doubt about it. Your goals look great, and don't feel bad about only losing 5 lbs- that's 5 lbs that you didn't gain, or even stay flat that whole time! You did great for it being crazy, hot, unstructured, traveling summer.

RooBabs said...

BTW- Love the SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely), although it's a flashback to my previous department where we had to actually set our yearly and quarterly goals based on that method.

Lauren said...

It's hard to keep yourself going at the same pace. There were many months where I lost 3 lbs. instead of 6. Try to remember that its not all about the weight loss. I swear the more pressure I put on myself about hitting a certain # each week, the harder it is to attain the goal. Reread your last blog about your 25 minute run (which is AWESOME!!!) When you take the pressure off and enjoy life and make exercise and eating healthy a part of it...the #s will show. Keep up the great work!!! You look fantastic :)