June 22, 2012 by carol
WEEK ONE CHALLENGE: Take the time to plan your Marathon Mission as you would a business plan. Grab a notebook, sit down and write out your plan. Take measurements and photos of yourself. As painful as this may be, it will be a rewarding comparison in 13 weeks. Define your goals. How is success defined for you? Is it purely scale stats or do you have measurement goals? Decide which method you’re going to take to reach your goal. Are you counting calories, carbs, WW points or just eating right? Are you embarking on a specific diet plan – South Beach, Body for Life, etc? Schedule in your exercise… mark it on your calendar like a doctor’s appointment. The more specific you are in your planning, the more likely you will succeed. Plan your work and then work the plan.
My goal is to lose 13.1 pounds. I’m not keeping track of measurements because I just won’t do it. It’s easier to jump on a scale and see progress.
My plan to get there is pretty simple, watch what I’m eating and keep exercising. I’ll be using My Fitness Pal to track my food. I’m carolsnotebook, if you want to find me. I’m aiming for about 1200 calories a day, trying to eat more veggies and less cake. As far as exercise goes, I’m planning on keeping with my current schedule, running threetimes a week – I’m doing the Couch to 5K program, which is working really well for me. I’m up to Week 6, so on Thursday, my run is just a straight 25 minutes. I’m feeling good about it, and this is from a girl who didn’t really discover running until this year. Even as a kid, running was never something I enjoyed, but now it’s something I have scheduled on my calendar. Generally I run at a local park, about a 10 minute drive from my house, but I’m too new at this to be comfortable just running on the sidewalks yet.
On the other days, usually at least three of them, I’ve been doing a one hour yoga DVD that is awesome. I think I need to add some weights too, at least for my arms. Oh, and on days when it’s not 90° out, I walk the dog for about a mile during my lunch hour. And soon our pool should be open, but that’s not really exercise, most of the time that’s more sit on a raft and float around.