Nosy Fitness

Oh hey there … was I gone long?

10 second excuse: Sick. (Wah.) Pneumonia. (Ewww.) Struggling to breath does not make for easy blogging. (Pity me?)

So, while, I’m not 100% yet, my head is a little less fuzzy. Onward!

 

As you all know, some of my big goals for the early part of this year are to get my health* and really, weight, under control. Pay attention to what I’m eating, exercise more, etc etc etc. All in all, fit back into my work pants (I miiiiiiiiiisssss you, work pants!) and be aware of the effects my habits have on my weight and overall health.

Insert the Nosy Bitches™.** Spearheaded by Miss Kinzie, about 15 of us have embarked on a competition of sorts … we’ve all set our goals and put up our money … at the end, those that come closest to their goals (or hit them!) will split the winnings (or it might go to charity, we haven’t decided yet. As you do.). Hey, look at that! Built in motivation!

In setting up my goals, I did some long thinking. First off … I know how my body works. My weight fluctuates all over the place. So it’s not fair to myself to say ” I will be 135 lbs this week, or I’ve failed”, when I could easily be 135 one day, 137 the next, and 134 the day after that. Or hell, say I loose 3 lbs one week and none the next. While I’d technically be ahead of the game, I’d still owe for NOT HITTING MY NUMBERS. I stand firm in that the healthiest way to go about weight loss is to let your body set the pace, while you do the work. So, eat healthy, exercise, what have you. But don’t try and force yourself into tiny little boxed numbers. It can just lead to heartache, disappointment, and a lack of motivation. ***

So, I did not set a weight loss goal. I’m still on My Fitness Pal (it’s really been a game changer for me) … and it’s helping me keep track of what I’ve lost and gained, and keeping me honest. What I DID set were workout and calorie goals:

Goal 1: Workout 3 days a week or more.

Goal 2: Come in at or under my calorie count, 4 days a week or more.

The way I see it, if I can get comfortable hitting those two goals,  my targeted weight loss should naturally follow … right?

That’s the hope anyway. And if not? Well then, I’ve got a bigger body than I used to, but a SIGNIFICANTLY healthier lifestyle.

And that, in itself, is a win.

So … who’s all in on this? I’ve got 14 friends on my goal list right now … is anyone missing? What are your goals? How did you decide on them? What’re going to buy with all your winnings?! (That last one’s only partially a joke. ::winks:: )

 

* On the heels of a super nasty health issue, this strikes me as INSANELY funny.

** Yes, NosyBitches™. Kinzie used it a while back, and Shaelyn and I are all about making it happen, on Twitter this morning. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

*** This is not meant to shame anyone. This is how my body has taught me it works, and what is healthiest for me. Your body works in a different way? Awesome. Get on with your bad self. We have goals to reach!

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One Comment to “Nosy Fitness”

  1. When I jumped on the “healthier me” train about a year ago I had to take a long hard look at what I wanted. I knew I wanted to lose weight, and a lot of it, but I also wanted to be healthier all around not just skinnier. I had to think about me and what I am capable of maintaining long term as well as what I am willing to do. I have some huge crazy end goal, but there is no date set for when I want to hit it. I want to hit it when I hit it, that way I don’t stress over the thought of failure. As long as I keep progressing towards that final goal I am happy. I also really try to not think too hard about the number on the scale. I have watched friends torture themselves in to abject misery over that number that appears before them and it breaks my heart for them (not to mention making me want to shake them violently). One of my best girlfriends is in phenomenal shape, she power lifts, does competitive highland games, is participating in triathlons, is a core member of a modern dance company and is all around one of the healthier people I know. Her weight is a number she feels is unacceptable, and despite how good she looks and actually feels, she is miserable because of that number. It makes me hate her some days. She is working on getting over that, but I never want to get to that point.

    So my goals? Simple. Eat food that is not terrible for me, in reasonable portions, and over all at or under a certain number of calories per day. Also be physically active as often as possible, preferably the gym, but just about anything will do really.

    A (mostly) strict calorie count, cutting back ion processed foods and crap that is obviously bad for me (sodas, ice cream, candy), incorporating veggies and the like into my diet, and a respectable amount of gym time and I managed to lose 40 pounds last year and see a significant upswing in the way I felt physically.

    Even better is I have set these goals into habits and am able to maintain myself even during times like the holidays when I never make it off my couch let alone to the gym, and am eating way too many sweets and not enough veggies.

    I have been a little lazy lately, and I am starting back at being diligent on working out and eating right.

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