Instead of putting my life off any longer, I am going to embark in a year of change. I am going to focus on putting first the things in my life that will make me what I want to be. Today is the first day. I am starting on July 8th, because it is as good of a day as ever. I am starting at 4:15 in the afternoon because I am ready for a real and permanent change. If I put it off any longer, I just might not do it. So, here goes. I am going to start where I am.
Why a year? Real change takes time. A year seems like a long time. It is a long grind and will take commitment and hopefully will last.
Today I will talk about I am going to do about my level of fitness.
My body: I am 161lbs. My lowest weight was about 6 months ago. I was down to 155lbs and able to maintain that weight for several months. The holidays hit and I jumped up 5lbs. I have been unable to shake it off. I don’t care about what I weigh, but I have too much fat on my body to be healthy. I am going to find a way to measure my body so I can see real progress over this year. I want to feel strong and light. I want to be able to do push ups and pull ups and handstands and run marathons and feel like a kick-ass strong woman.
Running: I run most days. I feel good when I run sub 9:00 mile, but that is kind of a race speed for me. Not something that I can sustain long term. I really start to die once i get over about 5-6 miles. I am planning on running my first half-marathon on August 7th, and I don’t feel prepared… (even though I have all of June and July to train) I have lots of excuses why I am not a kick-ass runner. I have lots of “lofty” goals that I rarely meet for speed. I think I need to learn to believe that I can be a better runner than I am.
Biking: I bike to work a couple of times a week. The shortest ride is about 7 miles each way. I recently did a duathalon (5k, 17 mile bike ride, 5k) and just got my butt kicked on the biking section. I think I can kick it up a few miles per hour pretty easily with some sustained effort. There is no reason why I can’t be a kick-ass biker.
Hiking: I think I am already a kick-ass hiker, but I am ready for some more extreme challenges. More on this later.
Asthma: I was just diagnosed with exercise induced asthma and also cough variant asthma. I am bad at compliance with medicines. I want to get this under control so I can kick-ass (I guess that is my swear word of the day. My mom would be so proud)
Strength: I do some strength training, but i hate it. I need to shift my attitude, set some goals, and feel awesome for meeting those goals.
Food Binging: I have a real problem with food. I do really well for a while, and then I do stupid things. I am going to confess my food problems here.
Mostly, I want this space to be a place where I can be honest. I can brag. I can reflect. I can share my journey, even if it only is with myself.