Monday, May 30, 2011

End of May Resolution Check In

I've been pretty horrible at doing my month end check ins the last couple of months...but my flagging motivation tells me I need to kick  myself in the behind and get back on track with my goals and aspirations

1) Lose 25 more pounds (hopefully before we go to Mexico so I won't scare small children on the beach in my bathing suit) 

I'm down 18lbs since the new year and 48lbs total.   I did make it down to 53lbs lost, but then I recovered from that stomach bug and it all found me again.  Boo.  I guess all that chocolove wasn't exactly necessary to help me regain my strength.  I am now hoping I can lose the last of the weight before July 2nd, but it is going to take some concentrated effort on my part...I have my thinking cap on and am trying to formulate a solid plan for June.  

Even with only a few more pounds to go - I still have some work to do.   I am starting to look really thin through my shoulders and collar bone, but my stomach is still a far ways from being anywhere near good.   Since taking that seminar last week, I am going to add in some runner-specific strength training (mainly core and plyometrics) to see if I can't start seeing some results in that area.  Of course, cutting out the crap foods would help even more.   I also need to take progress photos since I haven't taken any since the start of the year and I am getting discouraged and am thinking I still look the same as I did Jan 1.

2) Aim for one race each month 


So far so good.   5 months into the year and I am done 6 races and am registered in 3 more plus have 3 more yet to register for.   That will bring me to 12 :)

3) Eat less junk food and aim for good nutrition 75% of the time. (c'mon - I KNOW I won't meet 100%)


Ya.  I suck.   I need to buckle down again.   As per #1 - a plan is in the works.

4) De-clutter our home considerably.  If we don't use it - we lose it.

We did pare down A LOT of our belongings, but didn't sell so much at our garage sale at the start of May.   I am planning to go through the bins of leftovers and get them all to new homes as soon as I have a moment to breathe.

5) Work on my posture.   I know I will look considerably slimmer if I just improve that.

 

I am going to start more core work, which should help with the ol' posture.  Looking at the race photos from this past weekend, I can see that I look positively slouchy compared to many of the women runners out there.

6) Be able to do pushups on my toes like a big girl.   100 Pushups will be my best friend.

 
Nope.  Can't do 'em yet.  Again - my core and strength work should help here to get me doing real pushups by the end of the year.

7) Edit my Nano Novel

 
Ummmm.  I don't even know where to start anymore.  I think I'll need to re-read the novel to get my brain going in this direction again.  I've been looking into self publishing options in case it turns out to be halfway decent :P

8) Complete at least one university course for my degree

 
Returning to work and trying to find work/life balance has kept me from this one.  I just don't know when I will have time to actually dedicate to my studies.

9) Download Garmin at least once a week 

 
Now that we have a laptop that my garmin works with, I've been really good at this.  Instead of manually entering my runs at Daily Mile, I've been syncing my Garmin after each run.  The longest I've let it lapse is 2 runs.




I am starting to see the need to create a better plan for myself.  My lack of work/life balance is really weighing on me (in case you couldn't tell from my responses above).  Perhaps it is time to take a couple of the things off of my resolution list that I can't attend to at the moment.   I think the University course needs to come off fo rnow.  I WILL get back to it, but it isn't likely to be this year.  It might need to be a 2012 resolution...perhaps one where I register for the course to start Jan 1...there's a thought.

The editing of my Nano Novel is something else that is weighing on me.  I spent the whole month of November writing it and now I am stuck when it comes to starting to polish it.   I almost need external feedback to help me with it.   Someone who can read it over and give their input on where it needs work.  I'm thinking aloud here so bear with me.  Maybe in another month, I'll have a different take or plan for it.


The rest of my resolutions aren't too bad.   I am really close to reaching my weight loss goal...all I need is some willpower.   I'm formulating a workout plan to help with my strength, posture and running speed so something tells me that when I finally get that all figured out, the pieces of the puzzle will finally come together for real results.  


So this is where I am leaving it for this month.  I'm in need of inspiration and perspiration, but I'm not doing too badly overall.

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