Bit of housekeeping – my Lightlife giveaway ends tomorrow. There aren’t many entries yet so go tell me your favorite breakfast food and enter for a chance to win!
There are officially 52 days until my wedding. (Excuse me while I have a minor freak-out over that fact. Okay, I’m back now.)
This means there are 52 days left in Operation Fit in my Damn Dress. I went for my first fitting on Saturday, and while the dress is fitting better thanks to the 5.5lbs I’ve lost in the last month, dropping another 5 – 10lbs before the wedding wouldn’t leave me swimming in my dress. I’ve been a little lax lately with my tracking and workouts lately, and as a direct result, my weight loss has slowed a bit. Now, I’ve never been one to lose more than a pound a week or so, but the last couples weeks it’s been more like a half pound or less a week. Plus, not getting my butt to the gym is not helping the be less squishy goal.
So in an effort to keep myself motivated and on track, I’m setting a little challenge for myself for the next 50 days. It’s based on the 4/40 Challenge Cassie over at Back to Her Roots did around this time last year. Four goals to focus on for the next 40 days (because I’m not dumb enough to think I will have time for anything but wedding the week before the wedding):
- 30 days of tracking food/ points (This works out to about 5 days a week)
- 20 days of lifting heavy things (strength training) (This works out to about 3 days a week)
- 40 days of 30 minutes of activity (walking can only count for 10 of those days since I walk daily as part of my commute)
- 35 days of no beer/ booze
My reward is $50 to spend on whatever I want. With the wedding coming up, descretionary spending has been pretty limited lately. This gives me a chance to buy any un-wedding related thing I want.
So I may have been a little over zealous and lacking in foresight when I set up my 45 day challenge back in mid-April. I didn’t really account for marathon training (taper) and recovery. 21 runs is highly unlikely, and even the 14 bike rides are precarious. On top of that my the tendonitis in my right wrist flared up immediately after posting my challenge which made push-ups pretty much suck. Once I realized that I was going to (most likely) fall short on several goals, I pretty much gave up on the whole challenge.
So I’ve decided to scrap that challenge all together and take a different approach for May keeping a few things in mind:
- My excuse for food and drink free-for-all is gone as of Saturday. It’s time to get back to tracking everything and sticking to my points.
- I don’t really know how much recovery time I will need post marathon.
- I’m taking at least two weeks off running after Saturday, but I’m not taking two weeks off of fitness.
- I would like to get the extra pounds I gain during marathon training off by the end of the month
With this things in mind, I’ve decided to take a cue from Laura and her April Challenge, I’m going to be setting weekly goals. I’m sure some goals will stay the same week to week (e.g. tracking), but other I expect will change each week (e.g. pretty much anything fitness/ workout related.) I plan to set an average of 3 – 5 goals per week, and goals will be posted each Tuesday.
So, my first week’s goals are pretty much focused on getting myself ready for my marathon on Saturday. I don’t have many fitness goals since it’s taper week.
- Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.)
- Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon)
- Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily.
- Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times
- Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night.
I’ll be back next Tuesday with a review of this week’s goals and a whole new set of goals for next week!