April 4, 2011

Spring Fever: Week One

New season, new challenge. I am *so* ready.lifesjourneywithasmile dot com

It's really interesting: when I came up with my list of goals for Drop Dead Gorgeous by December and Winter Wonderland Warriors, I could easily think of things I wanted to accomplish. But when compiling this list, it took me a surprisingly long time. I think the difference this time was that I wanted to pick things that were really, truly challenging. Outside of my comfort zone type things, pushing myself beyond my norms type things. In the past, I picked goals that seemed easily attainable because I didn't want to disappoint myself or let myself down.

This time, I'm playing a little differently. I'm trying to redefine success in order to calm my perfectionist/overachiever tendencies. It's okay if I want to visit three museums and only get to two - realistically, I am the only one who is disappointed by my falling short. I am going to try my hardest and do the best I can, and that will be enough. That will be a success.

So, without further ado, here are my goals:

1. Get to onederland.
As of last Friday's weigh in, I'm at 220. I'd like to greet this summer at 199 or lower. 1.75 pounds a week will get me there!

2. Cut back on scale dependency.
My weight is "official" and recorded on Fridays, but I weigh every single morning as soon as I wake up. That number controls me - it can make or break my day. I want to cut back on how frequently I weigh myself - by the end of the challenge, I'd like it to be just Fridays, but I'm going to start small.

3. Log 220 biked miles.
I'm trying to run 345 miles this year, but I can bike longer distances than I can run, so I think 220 (my challenge start weight) would be a good miles goal for nearly three months.

4. Log 60 minutes weekly on Wii Fit.
I don't use the Wii nearly as much now that I've become a full-fledged gym rat, and I miss it! It's not as intense as my gym workouts, but some days, that's what I need.

5. Complete three of my 101-in-1001 goals.
For winter, I wanted to complete two, and I did. Stepping it up a notch for spring!

6. Try five new things.
Could be a new exercise, a new store, a new cut of underwear, a new route to work, a new hobby, a new experience - anything! I'm very much a lady who enjoys a routine, I like to do the same things over and over until they're exhausted. I want to expand my horizons, step out of my comfort zone a little.

7. Make a plan for summer and fall.
This has a few parts to it. Within the next few weeks, I'm finding out if I have a job for the fall. If I do have a job, I have to plan how to maintain my healthy lifestyle over the summer without having my 9-5 schedule to keep me occupied during the week. If my contract does not get extended, I have a whole new set of challenges. My current job's paychecks are set up so that I make a little less each month, but my checks are spread out over twelve months - so even though I am done working in May, I get paid through August. So there's a little comfort there. In the meantime, I will need to find a job, figure out if I can stay in my apartment, figure out if I can stay in Chicago ... and still manage my healthy lifestyle on top of that. My plan for this goal is to stay sane in this period of transition and to see growth opportunities where I would once have seen major roadblocks.

I think that covers most of this first week's questions ... oh! What is something most people (er... fellow bloggers) don't know about you?

I have fourteen tattoos. I think people know I have a lot, but the thing people (not just other bloggers) might not know: I love them and I don't regret getting them, but I'm not sure I would have gotten so many/such big ones if I wasn't super obese. They'll get a post all their own later this week.

And my positive picture for the week:

ow owww!
I might be addicted to this full-length mirror at the gym. My mind is shifting, I'm starting to see myself more as a smaller person and I'm not able to identify as easily with my before pictures. This is a very, very good thing. I was looking at myself yesterday and just started crying a little because this is me - this is my life - and I look so damn good. And it felt so good to honestly believe it. This was pre-long run - I did 4.75 miles in 53:52. The race is 4.97 miles (8k) and when I registered, I estimated my finish at 65:00. My unofficial goal? A sub-60 finish. I hope to report good news next week!

23 comments:

Caron said...

Great picture! Hope all works out for your job. You are doing a wonderful thing for yourself and getting healthy. :)

Ann said...

Those are some awesome goals, and congrats on the great run!!

Pretty Pauline said...

GORGEOUS PIC!!! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Justine said...

Your goals are great, Mary, and I can definitely relate to most of them (especially getting to onederland and being less of a scale junkie).

Here's for amazing spring for both of us!

SFC aside, I just wanted to say you look just FABULOUS on that picture. I've been following you for a while and browsing through older posts and watching you progress but only now it hit me just how far you got and I'm just so inspired. I had to check your goals page to make sure how much more you plan to lose because I just couldn't tell :) Really, you look stunning <3

weightwars said...

Great Goals, love them. The scale junkie thing is a really good idea, our weight fluctuates so much in a day anyway.

Krista said...

Getting to Onderland was one of the best feelings I can remember so far on this journey. I hit it for the first time sometime last April, and then spiked back over shortly after I reached 199. I went back and forth for like a month before I finally stayed under 200, but it still felt good! Keep up the hard work, I know you'll reach it soon!!

I am also falling in love with full length mirrors. I have one in my room and I seriously take a picture of myself every time I'm wearing a "flattering" outfit or I'm feeling especially confident one day :)

♥ cheryl elisabeth said...

Wow your time is fantastic! There is nothing more excited that doing better than you thought you would! Congratulations!

Jessica said...

Love your goals...love the pic :)

Randa said...

Great goals! Hope everything works out for you and good luck going into the challenge!

Sara said...

Inspiration, thy name is Mary. <3

Future Bombshell (aka Cortney) said...

Wow, you look amazing in that pic!!!

Finding The Thin Within said...

Mary, wow, we have some similar goals! One of them is identical! I'll be posting later tonight so check them out =) You look FREAKING FANTASTIC in your pic! I would be obsessed with that mirror too if I were you!

kissedafrog said...

Wow your goals are so inspiring!

Amy said...

I could comment on everything else... but that last paragraph just made me smile so much. I am SO SO SO SO SO happy you're getting to that point where you look in the mirror and smile... isn't it the best feeling in the world??

Leanne said...

Can I tell you what an absolute inspiration you are to me? Seriously . . . I think you came along at the absolute perfect time in my journey, and I selfishly am going to use your words, your inspriation, your stories, to help me when I want to give up. I am just starting my battle, and there are days now (so very early on) when I want to give in. But I can't - not when I have amazing people like YOU to see and watch and learn from. Thank you for sharing your stories with us all.

Une femme en santé said...

Wow, t'es-tu vu sur cette photo ? Méchant pétard. Sois très fière de toi pour tout ton travail, car tu es splendide.

Jess said...

Wonderful goals!!!!!

Holly said...

I love your "try five new things" goal and the ideas you had along with it. New things do not have to be dramatic to help us leave our comfort zone. Perhaps I will take a new route to school tomorrow. :) Good luck and I look forward to reading about your progress!

timothy said...

you betcha we will do the 21 pound challenge! glad to be on your team, this is a great blog, lovin it!

Greer's Gossip said...

I love your goals!!!! I can't wait to continue reading about your progress. Your blog and story is amazing!!! Congrats on all you have done so far. I have a really good friend who could be your twin. She began last March at your starting weight and has lost 120 pounds as well! :) I told her she should have been blogging all this time. I am going to have to share your blog with her!!!

Shannon said...

Great goals! And you look wonderful in that pic! And it's awesome that you are able to see how great you look now.:)

Lauren said...

Did you realize that 220lbs is 99kg? You've busted through the 100kg mark which is a huge milestone too (in metric countries like Australia, it is our equivalent to onederland!). Dont forget to celebrate!! You rock!!

Ellie said...

You look amazing and your goals are great! Scale dependency is a vice of mine too, I should try that one out. I know you will be able to reach all of these goals.