Haha, what a cheezy post title! Really though it should be more like, “better version of me”. Also, realistically, I’m very embarassed about the shape I’ve let myself get into (or out of, if you will). I don’t typically like to be all “wah, I’m so out of shape” or “I’m fat”. I’m also realistic enough to know that I can’t beat myself up too badly if I haven’t been doing anything to take better care of my body.
Now bear with me as I go back to where I was a year ago. You can feel free to click back to that old post or not. Allow me to share a a couple exerpts from that post.
“I sometimes wished a little before putting on my work clothes in the morning…”dear clothes, please don’t be too tight.”"
Ok, so I’m beyond wishing. This year I officially I think I have 1 pair of work pants that still (sorta) fit. Right now its casual day every day, because my jeans fit, and my work pants don’t.
“when I stepped on the scale, it was a wake up call.”
It was, again. This time I was about 5 pounds heavier than I expected. Which, added to the 10 pounds I was surprised about last year, is 15 pounds heavier than I probably should be.
Last year I got off to a pretty good start, but slipped after April, when I recorded at 10 pounds lighter than January. I tracked my food and exercise religiously. I ran a 5k in May. And after that, things just went downhill. I bought a NikeSport band to track my runs, but I’ve only managed to track 12 runs and 28.5 miles since July. I even signed for the Warrior Dash in November with completely good intentions of getting back into running. I completed the Warrior Dash, running a fair amount of it, but also walking a lot and I also barfed at the end because I overexerted myself.
But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m picking myself up. I’ve dusted off my running shoes and charged up my NikeSport band since it was dead because I hadn’t used it in so long! Last night I went to the gym and walked/jogged on the treadmill for 2 miles.
And Taylor’s on board too. He’s thinking of doing P90x, so we’ve started following the eating plan (somewhat loosely I admit, come on, egg white omelets just aren’t that easy to swallow). And he came to the gym with me. I’ve portioned out all our meals and snacks for the week, so we don’t have to worry about what to eat, and it’s easier to be less tempted to just go out, when I’ve put (a lot) of effort into planning our meals (and we spent a lot on groceries).
To motivate me with my running, I’ve also already signed up for another Warrior Dash that will be in March and I’m also going to sign up for another 5k (also in March). This time Jacque says she wants to run the whole Warrior Dash, so I’ve got to be able to keep up with her.
I got Taylor a Kinect for Christmas and it’s so fun to play. With a gift card, we also got the EA Sports Active 2 game. It’s got tons of workouts we can do and is sort of like having a personal trainer, only not as expensive.
I’m also back on track with recording my food and exercise on Livestrong.com. It really helps me to have the visual chart of my weight changes. I like the site because it has almost any food imaginable in there. And I can add my own recipes for things we eat frequently.
So, here’s to another try at getting myself in better shape. I think I’m off to a good start. And I’ll try to keep posted on my progress more this time.
Also, please feel free to share any motivational hints or favorite workout songs.