Holding Myself Accountable

In honor of the season premiere of another season of the Biggest Loser, I thought I’d talk about maintaining a healthy body weight. I am fairly comfortable with my appearance and recognize that any doctor would deem me healthy and fit. That said, I have added a couple of pounds (okay 5) over the past year, which I would prefer to lose. My strategy will be to focus on portion control and eating more whole foods, in addition to working out at least 5 days a week.

To hold myself accountable, I will check in once a week on my progress. Rather than share my actual weight, I will go by BMI since that is standardized to everyone regardless of height. A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9 (overweight is 25-29.9; obese 30+).  You can calculate your BMI here.

BMI does not take into consideration physical composition, however, so it is not the perfect indicator. Many athletes have a higher proportion of muscle versus fat, so their BMI is higher. I have been doing weight training consistently for almost a year, so I don’t expect my musculature to dramatically change.

Starting BMI: 25.2
Goal BMI: 24.0

Activity goals:

  • Run 4x week
  • Resistance 2x week

Nutrition goals:

  • Drink at least 8 cups of water per day
  • Bring my lunch to work at least 4 days

I’ll report back next week! Does anyone have any ideas for what to pack for lunch and snacks at work? I won’t make it throughout the day without an afternoon snack!! Otherwise I overdo it at night.

What are your tips for success?!

Surprise! Princess Post Picked Up

Yesterday’s post, Run Like a Princess, was picked up by Hollywood Star Running News!  I learned this via twitter when I woke up this morning.  What a welcome surprise!  I’m such a new blog that it was a total shock!!  I’ll take all the publicity I can get.  I’m just glad to hear at least one other person is reading.

In case you’re wondering, Hollywood Star Running News is a newspaper created by Hollywood Half Marathon built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos shared on Twitter about running.  I just checked it out this morning, and it seems like a great place to see what’s going on in running across the US. 

Check it out! I’m at the very bottom of the page for Thursday Sept 15.

Run like a Princess?!

Disney pincess

Image via Wikipedia

A coworker is running the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 26.  It is her first ever half marathon!  She has invited me to join her.  Needless to say, I’m seriously considering it.

Cons:

  • Cost. Not only registration, but also airfare and accommodations.
  •  A late February half means I’ll be doing most of my training in dreary January and February.
  • 13.1 miles is so much longer than a 15K.  (OK, so this is probably more a psychological barrier.  I can be a wimp.)
  • I’d have to use at least a day of my limited vacation time.
Pros:
  • It would be my second half marathon!  Meaning that my first one wasn’t a fluke!
  • Orlando is warm but not hot, and FLAT. 🙂
  • Running through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot with Disney characters cheering me on?  Yes Please!
  • An excuse to travel and escape for a girls weekend with new friends.
  • I’d have a goal that would drive my fitness through the winter.
  • I would feel AWESOME!

The Pros have it.  You can tell where my heart is leaning.  Guess I should start saving!! Methinks it’ll be totally worth it 🙂

New magenta kicks!

Nike Structure Triax+I bought some much-needed new running shoes this weekend. I’d been running in the same style of Sauconys for years. My latest pair had seen better days, and the shoe just didn’t seem to be doing the trick anymore.

So I headed to our favorite local running store — Potomac River Running (better known as PR Running). PR Running is all about customer service and finding the right fit. They have you try on shoes and watch you run on a treadmill to see how your foot lands and transfers weight in the shoe. If you have a store in your area, I highly recommend going. Having the right shoe for your needs definitely makes running more pleasant.

I tried on a pair of magenta Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 14 running shoes, and it was love at first sight. The shoes supported my high arches and controlled my overpronation. And, they totally won style points. HOT!

I took them out for a spin today, and I swear I ran faster. I will look forward to running just so I have an excuse to wear them. And that’s a win.

Fact: You NEVER regret working out

As much as I know that I’ll feel better once it’s done, it’s often difficult to find the motivation to go for a run or head to the gym. It’s tempting to just relax and skip that workout after a long day of work or a less than stellar night’s sleep. In these moments, I remind myself that I will feel so much better (in body and mind) if I can just push through it.

I use several tricks to up the odds of success:

1. Have a set goal per week of the number of times you’d like to work out.
For me this is usually 5 (3 runs and 2 resistance), although I don’t get too rigid with what gets done on any specific day. Having a weekly goal serves as motivation and leads to a sense of accomplishment if achieved. If you need visual rewards, but a calendar on the fridge and give yourself gold stars. It worked in Kindergarden, and it’s surprisingly effective now too.

2. Wear cute, functional clothes.
I swear, looking like an athlete is half the battle. It boosts the confidence and makes you want to act the part. Figure out what clothes work for you. Comfort is key. For me, I hate running in shorts, so tights or knee pants it is. A pocket on the back of my shirt is helpful for keys or iPod. A watch is essential. I need to know exactly how long I’ve been running. Figure out the things that matter to you and then invest in appropriate gear.

3. Try it for just 10 or 15 minutes.
Sometimes I tell myself that I just have to run for 15 mins, instead of the usual 30 plus. It is always the case that once I’m out there, I feel better and end up going the full time. Even if that doesn’t happen, 15 minutes of exercise is definitely better than none!

4. Find a buddy.
Including someone else in your plans increases your responsibility to follow through. You can’t just bail on a friend. If you don’t actually enjoy working out with another person, just coordinate schedules. My husband and I frequently workout at the same time, but he might go to the gym while I run through our neighborhood. When I see him changing to go workout, I don’t want to be the lazy one who wimps out. My butt gets kicked in gear to get out there also!

These are some things that work for me. What works for you?

Huzzah!

Thirty has always seemed like a line of demarkation.  Like it’s the age by which you are supposed to have life figured out.  With a little over 400 days to go till then, I don’t see that happening. With some luck, however, I can focus on the positives, eat more veggies, run more miles, and not sweat the small stuff. Live, Breathe, Huzzah!

People love to reminisce about their 20s, but I’m looking forward to 30.  As Tim McGraw sings,

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years

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