I’ve been at this weight-loss thing for a year and a half now. This time last year, I was closing in quickly on my mid-point goal of losing 52 pounds by the premiere of Eclipse.
I not only met my goal, but exceeded it by three pounds. After that, the rate of my weight-loss came to a screeching halt. My original goal weight date was Thanksgiving, November 2010. Then it was by my birthday (coming up in June). Then, I said I wanted to reach my goal by the time I run my first half-marathon in November of this year.
I’m tired of fooling around. If I’m honest with myself and you, my efforts have not been what they were when I first started the journey.
Sure, I’ve been running a lot and I have maintained my new eating habits, but I have totally fallen off the strength-training wagon and I rarely have a two-workout day anymore (I was doing that at least twice a week before).
After talking to Brian this weekend, I decided I’m just ready to “get ‘er done.” I’m ready to be at my goal weight and get on with the business of maintaining and now seems like the perfect time to just get it done. It’s summer, we’ve finished school for the year, fresh fruits and produce are plentiful, the grill is begging to be used, and I’ve got more time available to devote to working out.
I’m going to “get ‘er done” and I invite you to join me.
Now, you may or may not be closing in on your ultimate weight-loss goal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set up a short-term goal that you’d like to work toward over the next 12 weeks. I’ve got 21 pounds to lose (and I’m hoping it’s officially only 20 after this week’s weigh in) and I think I can safely and successfully do that in 12 weeks if I work hard and stay focused. That’s just slightly over 1.5 pounds a week.
I’m giving myself this week to acclimate myself to our new schedule before I jump in with both feet since our first week off of school is traditionally rather chaotic, so that gives you a week to decide on your goal and your plan of action if you want to join me.
What I plan to do is post my 12-Week Sprint to the Finish goals and results each Monday. Since we’re all in different places as far as where we are on our weight-loss journey, our fitness likes/dislikes, and ability levels, I’m going to let you decide what your goals and challenges are each week. If you want to use mine as a jumping-off point, please feel free to do so, but I encourage you to set your own goals and methods of reaching those goals.
I’m thinking that I’ll also post my food log both to keep myself accountable and with the hopes that it might help you. So, basically, I’ll be posting my food and fitness log, along with some thoughts on how it’s going for me each week I hope you’ll join in my posting about it on your blog or leaving your results in the comments.
In order to get myself back on track with weight-training – which I love, so I’m not sure why I ever got off-track – I’m going to be using this 12-week weight-training plan from Fitblogger. It includes a printable workout log and a 12-week plan with links to videos that show you exactly how the workouts are done. I’ll probably be doing some modifications since some of the moves require gym equipment that I don’t have, but I’ll be basing my weight workout on that plan.
My running training plan comes from Runner’s World. They have a really cool “smart coach” tool that lets you put in your running details in order to come up with a personalized training plan. I’ve done one plan for my upcoming 10K and another one for my 1/2 marathon.
What I really love about the tool is that it really does come up with a personalized plan. My running buddy and I each printed 10K training plans and hers is quite different from mine, based on the information that we supplied about our running habits.
So, anyway, those are two possible resources for you, if you’d like to join me on my 12-Week Sprint to the Finish. Let’s get this thing done!
Who’s going to join me?