Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Personal Before Picture


The off again, on again workouts have prevented the consistency required for any noticeable results!

I have done 3 weeks then been injured (remember the neck strain that lasted the entire month of December?) Then I got back and was going really well for 3 weeks and then I had three straight days of cold showers in the locker room at work. The cold showers took their toll and I got a really bad cold. So I was out again for a couple weeks. So anyway, three weeks back in again and then I decide to go swim laps. Wouldn't you know the darn gym ran out of hot water as I was showering after my swim! The next day I had the flu and that just lingered.

I started again last week, just two days. This week my goal is 3 days.

My goal was to run in a 5k sponsored by work in May. They only allow the first 350 people who sign up run - - otherwise all of us employees would be out running, not such a bad thing really. Well, I didn't get my registration in early enough. All the slots filled up in the first week. I am really bummed. I'll have to find another 5k to run this spring.

I'd like to compete in a dualathon, kind of like a triathlon but only 2 events. Since I don't own a bike, it would be running and swimming. I'd like to do one so I'm going to find one and I'm going to do it.

The BIG fitness goal is to run the Marine Corps 10k. There is no way I could do a marathon and to be honest, I have no desire to run 26 miles. 6.2 miles is more my speed. Registration opens on June 4th - - I'm going to do it!

The other fitness goal, tied into all these running goals, is to lose weight. Now I know I look fine to everyone - - but I am NOT where I want to be or where I should be. My Body Mass Index is 25.1 - - If you are in the 25 - 29.9 range, you are considered overweight.

Boy is that some humble pie for a former three sport varsity athlete. Athletics have always been a big part of my life. Being fit has always been a big part of my life. While I am healthy - - I recognize I am on the border of not being healthy and I need to nip in the bud right now. I really don't like the way I look or feel. I'm tired. I want my energy back.

Oh, who am I kidding...

I want to fit into my skinny jeans!

I've often said that I want to live until I am 120. And I want to be walking to the top of mountains when I'm 120. I can't do that if I let myself go.

So, here is where I start. I look fine, I know I do. But I want to be better, for me, not for anyone else -- well God - - because maybe he needs me to do something 40 years from now and if I don't get myself in gear - - I won't be able to do it.

Here are the stats:

Height 5feet 6 inches, Weight 155 pounds
Measurements: Bust 39, Waist 32.5, Hips 40.5, Upper thigh 22, upper arm 12

Do you know what is scary, when I was in college, my waist was 24 inches and my thigh is almost that size!

The goal:
In six weeks, lose 5 pounds and lose at least 1 inch from my chest, waist and hips. Oh and to remain 5 feet 6 inches (I don't want to start shrinking yet! or ever!)
So that is it, that is my goal.

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