Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 1: The Tools to Succeed

I must say, this whole blog thing is more exciting than I would've thought. I hope this really is the tool that I need to hold me accountable. I've decided to take pictures of my meals as my method of food journaling. I watched that show Shedding for the Wedding last week and saw that the only women who didn't lose weight were those who failed to journal their meals in a food journal. I didn't really feel like writing every single morsel down in a little notebook, so I figured, "Why not just take pictures?" Hopefully that will be easier, if not just a bit more fun.

I walked 1.5 miles on my lunch break today at work. I used my Nike+ GPS app on my iPhone to record my distance. It is a pretty handy thing to have because all I have to do is turn it on and go, no gadgets or weird things to insert into my shoes. I can have it recording my distance as long as I carry my phone on me. Kind of like a super high-tech pedometer. That plays kick-ass music.

My meals for the day were decent? I question that because I don't really know. I mean, I have subscriptions to Women's Health Magazine, Self Magazine, and Shape Magazine, and I read them religiously. I mean really, it feels like Christmas each time one comes in the mail. I LOVE them. But it is a lot easier to read success stories, workouts, and meal plans than it is to start executing them. I've got almost 23 years of unlearning to do, so I'm going to pace myself. I had toast with dark chocolate almond butter and an orange for breakfast. Lunch was more of a giant mix of appetizers. We had a graduation today (I work at a substance abuse intensive outpatient, one of our women graduated after 9 months of treatment. Woo!), and the women get to pick their "theme" of food. This woman chose appetizers so we had things like cheese and cracker plate, sausage balls, dips, some veggies, you get the idea. I absolutely love snacking, so this was a hard one. I kept it to one plate (picture to come), and I think I did pretty well! I've had 60 ounces of water already today and still counting, so that's a plus. Dinner is on the stove. ONE serving of pasta with a little ricotta cheese.

Step one in my training plan is finding the tools I need to succeed. I want the most comfortable running shoes, a decent bike, some cute work-out clothes, and a sprint-distance triathlon training plan. So far, I've found my training plan on . It has an awesome format where you can plug in the distance of the race, how long you have to train, how many days per week you want to work out, and your current times and out shoots a customized schedule. Simple. Free. Awesome. I chose a plan that focuses more on running and swimming because those are my weakest spots.

The shoes are my next step. I'll write a post on those later because I feel like comfortable shoes are really important to a successful run. I've got really flat feet and finding running shoes has always been a problem for me.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Here's to Beginnings....

I'm full of excuses. Really. The only thing I'm better at than making excuses is complaining. That being said, my weight loss has been stagnant for months now. The boyfriend, on the other hand, thinks about losing weight, and BAM! does so with little effort. Good for him, bad for competitive me. To those of you who are able to hold yourselves accountable: Kudos! I need an external force, a reward, a competition, anything really besides myself because when I face the facts, they're hard and cold: I'm lazy and negative sometimes (read: most of the time). Both are terrible habits that I'm committing to ending today.

My loving boyfriend has agreed to accompany me on this quest, and I am very grateful for this because it will give me three things: competition, support when this starts to suck, and someone to hold me accountable when I start making excuses.

All good quests have a goal, and we hope that our quest will lead us to a lifetime of "passive fitness." Passive fitness is something the boyfriend came up with, and I think it is something we should all strive for. Passive fitness is living a healthy lifestyle out of habit and desire rather than the rapid weight-loss crazed people who want a quick fix. Being passively fit means we will have hobbies and lifestyles that keep us fit. I don't want to live a life of working out, I want to live my life out. Outside. Out with friends. Out on the town. I work enough at my job, I don't need another thing to work at. Our goal is to enjoy activities like biking, swimming, running, playing tennis, rollerblading, etc. so much that we do them on a daily basis because we want to spend quality time together, we want to relax, we want to play. We'll get fit and remain fit because our lifestyles leave us no choice. Life is too short to be working two full-time jobs, so hopefully my working-out will be enjoyable quickly.

That being said, this is going to take a lot of hard work at the beginning. I've got to learn to quit procrastinating and stop making excuses. My short-term goal is a sprint-distance triathlon on July 9th. Before you think I'm setting my sights too high, it is swimming 200 yards, biking 7.5 miles, and running 3 miles. Not too bad in the months that I have. I plan on using this blog as another method of accountability, recording my workouts, food intake, and experiences to share with everyone (or no one). The boyfriend will be posting, as well.

Finally, one last procrastination before I begin: pictures, weigh-ins, and measurements will have to wait until tomorrow. This girl has to get in bed!

Choochie out.