Monday, August 1, 2011

12-Week Sprint to the Finish: Week 10

12-Week Sprint 2

Welcome to Week 10 of the 12-Week Sprint to the Finish! The end is is site. This is the place where it’s easy to get discouraged.

Maybe you can see the finish, but you’re getting tired. Maybe you can already tell that you aren’t going to reach the goal that you said for yourself.

Or maybe your goal is in reach.

Wherever you fall on the spectrum, this is the time to finish strong.

Run. Walk. Crawl. Finish!

It doesn’t matter how you cross the finish line, as long as you cross it, but it’s always more run to finish strong.

Maybe, like me, you’re likely going to fall a bit short of your goal. That’s okay. You can wrap up the next couple of weeks closer than you are today. Just don’t quit so close to the end.

Maybe, you’re going to blow your goals out of the water. Great! We’ll be hear to cheer you on.

So, what’s it going to be? What are you goals for the next week of the 12-Week Sprint to the Finish?

Yesterday, I complete a big part of my goal. I ran my first 9-mile long run! I can’t even begin to tell you how bad I did NOT want to run it. As I told a friend, I knew I could do it, so there was no excited anticipation of wondering if I could, just a dread of a hot, sweaty, long run.

I did it, though, and I was proud of myself for not talking myself out of it. Not only did I do it, but the run wasn’t as miserable as I thought it would be and I finished it just under the time I had set for myself.

My goals for this week are to continue my running training plan, do at least two days of strength training, and continue to log my food in My Fitness Pal, thought I may eat a few more calories than it allows. Maybe. I’m just going to see how it goes.

No food log again this week. I’m typing this at nearly 11:00 on Sunday night and I’m tired.

What about you? What are your goals?

Do or do not. There is no try.


  1. My goals is just to keep going. I'm tired. This is the longest I've stuck with a weight loss and it feels like it's dragging.  The truth, though, if I look objectively, is that it's WORKING. I joined your 12 week sprint about 2 weeks late, so I've been going 7 weeks, and I've lost 8lbs.  That's pretty awesome! I can see some areas of portion control and good food choices becoming less struggle and more habit, which is alos awesome, since the goal is build lifelong habits that will help keep the weight off. There are also areas I know I can improve in (food and workout-wise), too.  I just need to keep going.  I'd also like to hit my halfway mark of 10lbs by the end of the 12 weeks. I think that's totally do-able.

    Way to go on your run! I'm so impressed. I'm doing the couch to 5K and currently think running the 5 min intervals in week 4 is killer.  Everyone starts somewhere, though, right?!

    Thank you for the accountability and encouragement!

  2. That's great, Erin! It's so exciting when those changes you're making start feeling more like habits and less like struggles. I agree that reaching your goal is totally doable. Go for it!

    And, on the running? I remember when 90 seconds felt like I was going to DIE. So, yes, you have to start somewhere. There was a point when I almost quit. I'm so glad I didn't.

  3. My goals this week are 1) exercise M-Th (we'll be going out of town later on Thurs and I won't have an opportunity to really get in exercise at my in-laws where we'll be through the weekend) 2) concentrate on eating lower carb foods and high nutrient foods for my calories 3) track food better on MFP and try to stay near calorie allowance 4) while at in-laws eat mindfully and moderately (they tend to have more treats there and there's always the lure of Starbucks when I'm with my SIL).  I'd love to see a decent loss on the scale this week since I'm still holding at the same weight I've been at for a few weeks now.  I'm not going back up which is good, but would love to get the scale moving down again.  Already started out well today with weights and HIIT on elliptical for 30 minutes and a great breakfast logged on MFP.  Let's see if I can keep it up.  Wait... no... make that "Do or do not. There is no try." !  Have a great week everyone!

  4. GO YOU! What an accomplishment!

    My original goal was to lose 20 pounds in that time, although I just went back and looked at my weight log, and really it was more like 23 pounds. I won't make my goal, but I think I will come within 6 pounds of it. And I'm really proud of that.

  5. That's awesome! Like I said, I don't think I'll make mine either, but I'm closer than I was.

  6. Great start to the week! Good luck with all those temptations while you're away from home. I know how hard that can be.


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