Janathon is almost here!

So here it is, New Year’s Eve 2012, and I’m spending it by sitting on the couch and overdosing on pizza and ice cream. And drinking Diet Coke ’cause, well, you know – I’m trying to be healthier and everything.

Seriously, though (although unfortunately I am serious about the pizza and ice cream), this was not my plan for New Year’s Eve. I was going to go see a movie. Probably The Hobbit. Except on my way home from work I was already so terrified of the idiot drivers on the road that I didn’t dare imagine what they would be like after they started drinking, so I decided to stay home. Besides, I have a 5K in the morning. So I came home and crashed on the couch with my Mini Schnauzers, Rosati’s, Ben & Jerry’s (curse you, Stephen Colbert, for your irresistible Americone Dream!), and NCIS. And a Diet Coke.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the low 40s (which is something like 4-6 degrees Celsius – since I seem to be getting visitors from the UK I had to look up the math), windy, and maybe a little rainy. But I am not going to wuss out on the Commitment Day 5K. I’m not. I promise! I even went and bought some warmer jogging pants and an UnderArmour long-sleeved shirt thingy in the hopes of not having the excuse of being cold. I don’t do mornings. I don’t like cold. I moved to Texas from Chicago for a reason! Do I sound like I’m whining? I guess I am, maybe a little. But I’m not going to wuss out on going. I need to have something to write about tomorrow!

I signed up for Janathon (click the handy blue icon on the right for more information) as a way to encourage me to not only make activity a daily thing during the next 31 days, but also to be active on this blog. I tend to trail abandoned blogs behind me like breadcrumbs, so having a defined goal with a definite time frame will hopefully keep this one from meeting a premature end. By the end of January, the activity and the blogging will have had a chance to become a habit, and then I can go on to the next goal!


Psych Out

Okay, not the most auspicious start. I went out to karaoke with some friends last night, and while I was successful in winning the internal food war (I went with the wedge salad with dressing on the side instead of the fried cheesy appetizer goodness that looked sooooooo yummy…!), getting home at 3 in the morning kind of shot my “getting up in time to go to Studio Cycling Class this morning” plan.


But today is another day. I have a treadmill and I’m not afraid to use it!!

Meal-wise is going much better today. I made some “Presto Primavera” for lunch, divvied out the other 3 servings for later and put them in the fridge before even starting to eat, and am pleasantly full without the temptation of going back to the leftovers. Combine that with having oatmeal for breakfast and I’m feeling pretty good about that side of things at the moment.

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and there are no open classes at the gym after about 1pm. Bummer. I’ll have to wait till later this week to jump into a class, but I will be in a class by Friday!

Starting at the very beginning

Today I went in for my initial meeting with a trainer at LTF. We talked for about an hour, talking about goals, nutrition, exercise, and paths to get there.

For the record, my goals for this year are:

  1. To lose between 15-20 pounds by the end of February
  2. To maintain that weight loss through the end of the year
  3. To beat my current 5K “best time” of 42:17
  4. To complete all obstacles at the Diva Dash on May 25 without skipping any
  5. To be competitive in the Buschwhacked Mud Run in early November

I go in on Wednesday for the true physical assessment and metabolic screening, although I am going in tomorrow to try the Studio Cycle class.

While I was there today, I learned more about the “Commitment Day 5K” on New Year’s Day in downtown Dallas (and cities across the country). The person I met with said she and a group of her class students were going to participate and mostly walk it, and since it starts at 10am, I signed up for it.

I also started journaling my food again. That is, quite possibly, the most depressing part of this – the stuff I’m putting into my body without being conscious of it. I did have oatmeal this morning, and am going to have a wedge salad for dinner tonight, but thought that meant I could “splurge” a bit at lunch. Um, not so much. But it will get better. It will!!

And here we go…

2013 is supposed to be a year of change for me. “Supposed to be” only insofar as I’m tired of how things are right now, and if I want them to be different then I have to do something about it.

I have set a handful of health-related goals for 2013, and the first step towards accomplishing them is joining a gym. I have my initial assessment on Saturday, and am really looking forward to it… even though I realize I’m going to fail miserably at many of the assessment tests. It’s the beginning that has me excited.

I am also taking up a challenge from one of the fitness sites I belong to, which is to try a new class each week. On Sunday they have a “Studio Cycle” class that I’m going to attend. It says all levels are welcome… I hope they truly mean that!