I need some accountability.
I need to fit in my skin again!
For more years than I care to count, I have been battling with my weight. There was a time when I was running 3 miles a day, going to the gym regularly, and even competed in small triathlons.
1) a miracle plan that will shed 20 pounds by summer/Christmas/back to school/whenever by walking/pilates/eliminating entire food groups/taking a miracle pill, or
2) a discussion on over-eating to fill some unmet emotional issue. I guess I shouldn't rule out the idea that I'm really not as happy and content as I feel and that somewhere buried deep in my subconscious is the reason I'm overweight. And that Oprah/Dr. Phil/Gillian Michaels can help me uncover it all, I'll lose 100 pounds, get a makeover and make it on the cover of Prevention Magazine.
But I guess I see it a bit differently. I have mentioned in other posts that I'm not an overthinker so here's how I see my situation...
I take in more calories than I burn!
So, if I want to shed some weight, I have to change the balance: I either need to take in fewer calories and excercise the same amount, consume the same amount of calories and exercise more, or, and here's where I get really radical, take in fewer calories and exercise more!
I really just want to feel comfortable in my body again. And, I want to run with Corey and Christine(and any other fabuolous Mom) when we are in Orlando in March.
There, I said it. It is now out there in the Blogosphere. I want to hang out with the cool kids.
I read on other blogs the C25K thing. It's a 9 week interval training plan that takes you from couch potato (C) to running a 5K. I also have an iPhone App called Lose It! that allows you to set your weight loss goal, track the food you've eaten, log exercise--and it calculates how many calories you can eat for the day, subtracts what you've eaten, adds calories if you've exercied and even tracks nutritional information. I can use both the C25K and Lose It! on my iPhone--exercise and technology--why, it's got my name written all over it. Now to just add the missing ingredient...doing it.
So, I started back at the gym two weeks ago. I haven't lost an ounce but I'm starting to feel better. My muscles are remembering and my lungs are starting to come back. YAY! I have to remind myself that I didn't get out of shape or pack on all these extra pounds in two weeks so I can't expect to lose it overnight. Plus, I'm perimenopausal and have hypothroidism...not excuses, just reasons to stay focused.
I begin Week 3 today.
1. Feel better physically
2. Run a 5k with Corey and Christine when we're in Florida
3. Lose 20 pounds
So, I'll share my successes and frustrations. I welcome any words of encouragement, ideas for sticking with it, your success stories, training tips, and suggestions for really good work out music.