Happy New Year!
The unusual crowd at my gym and the crazy-busy schedule of my nutritionist tells me that many people are continuing to make the ever-popular weight loss/get-in-shape resolutions. I've been working hard at eating right and exercising since my birthday at the end of September, but January seems like a nice time to re-focus and strengthen my plans and effort toward a healthier, fitter me.
First, a review of how far I've come so far:
- I've lost 21 pounds
- I moved from only being able to jog for 60 second intervals at 5mph to being able to jog a 5K (on a treadmill) in 37 minutes, and I ran my personal-best mile on Tuesday night at 10 minutes 32 seconds.
Both of those accomplishments are HUGE. My current weight is two pounds over my lowest weight junior year of college, which is the lowest weight I know myself to have hit as an adult. I rarely weighed myself over the years and could have been slightly lower for a while, but not much. The pants I bought over Christmas are a size 8, which I know I haven't worn since mid-high school at least. Vanity-sizing probably accounts for a size or two there, but still. Wow.
Now I just have to figure out how to keep it up. We're coming in to busy season for me at work, and until April 15th I'll be eating at my desk and spending more than the usual time parked on my rear doing work. Of course I see my good friend Nutritionist Jenn at least once a week (either for actual nutritional advice or just to hang out), but I know I'll need more than one person cheering me on to make it through the hardest part of my year, even if she is a really good cheerleader.
So to help myself stay focused, I signed up for Jennie's Biggest Blogging Loser contest. 12 weeks of competition, a twitter hashtag or two, and a possible cash prize at the end. She hasn't sent out the final number yet, but the pot was over $1,000 last I heard, maybe over $1,500. Now that is some motivation! If I win, I could get an iPad! Which my wife would then steal! But whatever!
I also signed up for an 8K on April 10th. Shamrock Shuffle! 8K! 5 miles! OMG! If anything will keep me motivated to find time to go to the gym and run, it is the fear of public humiliation on race day. This will be my first race ever, and I am all kinds of nervous and excited about it. Several coworkers are going to be running the race as well, and Nutritionist Jenn agreed to run with me for extra support and cheering, despite the fact that she has run multiple marathons and could easily run circles around me. If anyone else out there in/near Chicago (or who wants to fly to Chicago!) wants to run with us or meet up after at the post-race party, let me know! I will be sweaty and gross and smelly and would love to meet you and hug you! Hey, where are you going? Come back!