“The point is that you are back, wobbly or not!” When I wrote about getting back on the bicycle after time away from doing things that had been a natural part of my life, a friend of mine made that comment.
I loved this, because it was so accurate. That’s exactly how I felt!
But now it’s time to take the next steps and I’m going all in. One thing that is fair to say about me is that most of the time I don’t dip my toe into the shallow end of the pool. I just dive right into the deep end.
I’m diving back into my health and wellness.
For reference, I’m no stranger to being in really great shape. I was the type of person who would routinely be at the gym for close to two hours daily and ran half marathons. While I still have my gym membership, I haven’t been there in months (some of it due to COVID-19) and I haven’t run a half-marathon in four years.
To say I have a lot of momentum to regain is an understatement, but I’m putting some pieces in place to hold myself accountable and have set some very specific goals.
Over the next 10 weeks, I’m focused on getting back some of the physical shape I’ve lost through the following goals:
- By the end of 10 weeks, I will be able to run a 10K. I’m not concerned about time yet. My focal point is to complete a virtual run.
- During this time frame, I will lose 10-12 pounds. Roughly a pound a week is doable.
- While my BMI is a perfectly acceptable 22.1, my goal is to get under 20.
- In addition to my physical health, I’m also focusing on centering myself better mentally and spiritually.
Sure, it’s great to have goals, but how am I going to get there? You can’t have a destination without having an idea of how you’re going to get there.
- To run a 10K, I have downloaded Runkeeper to track my runs. I have also planned my runs on a calendar, 3-4 days a week. (Since I have trained for half-marathons, I know how to schedule my running workouts.)
- Losing the weight will come through tracking my macros. Using the macro calculator on healthyeater.com, my focus is 200g – carbs, 81g – protein (I’m shooting more for 50-60), and 53g – fat. Each day I will put my daily intake in a spreadsheet. In addition, I’m planning to drink at least 60 oz. of water daily.
- For my BMI, running and eating better will make a big difference, but I’m a gym junkie and I’m most excited about getting back to lifting weights consistently. I use the Shred app, and I will get in 3-4 workouts a week.
- My one word intention is “Center” and this is a big one for me. I regularly meditate, do a daily bible study, and journal. However, I want to put it all together – my physical, mental, and spiritual health. Therefore, I’m taking part in Becca Shern’s The Healthy & Whole Project. Becca is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health.
“During the nine weeks of The Healthy & Whole project you will discover how to nourish your body, mind, and soul to see gradual but long-lasting results.” (Excerpt from the description about the project on her website.)
Here’s what I love the most about Becca’s program: She gets it. During this stressful time, she understands that finances are tight for a lot of us and so she is offering this program as Pay As You Can, Standard Price, or Superhero Price. I hope you check it out (and join me)!
- Probably the most daunting of all is to post before and after photos, but that’s a huge accountability piece to see how far I come in 10 weeks. No, I’m not expecting monumental changes, but I know I will see progress.
- Finally, I’m going to document my journey on my website twice a week (Mondays/Thursdays) and once a week on Medium (Mondays).
This is the most important piece. If you don’t have strong reasons for your goals, it doesn’t matter what the process is, you won’t follow through.
- I have one amazing life to live and I want to be as healthy as I can so that I can enjoy it to the fullest extent possible.
- I know that when I’m in great shape that everything else falls into place. I simply feel better about everything else.
- I’m a classroom teacher, and leading by example is very important to me. It’s not only about my content as an English teacher but also as a leader of young people.
- I’m about to be a first-time grandma and I want to have the energy to keep up with my grandson.
Wrapping It Up
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about embarking on this journey, or rather continuing on this journey! While I know it might look somewhat ambitious, remember, I like diving into the deep end of the pool. Feel free to join me if you’re ready to jump in.