Coming in to the final few weeks and Kathleen is on the edge of big milestone…
I hope you like drama, because I’m about to set one dramatic scene for you. There is just one measly pound (0.8 if you want to get into details) standing between me and a glorious “50 Pounds Lost” award. Conveniently there is only one week left in 2012, meaning that if I were to lose said pound this week- I would be able to say that I lost 50 pounds in 2012 (Can I tell you how much that statement literally makes me DROOL with excitement?). Normally I would say that this seems pretty doable except that it’s Christmas and let’s face it, who wants to be all calorie conscious during the holidays? (The answer? A girl who wants to lose 50 pounds this year, that’s who). Oh and want to throw more fuel on the fire? I also started a new job this week. Which means that my workout and eating schedule has been completely thrown off from its normal routine. Let’s just throw every obstacle in Kathleen’s path why don’t we?
But with that wonderful number lurking in the back of my mind I took this week by the neck and held tight to my goals. While Tuesday morning is usually my “rest” day- I woke up early Christmas morning and thought “Why not get in a quick run?” Since I was unsure of what the rest of the week would look like with my new schedule, I wanted to front load myself as much as possible. With some new running gear on (apparently Santa has been paying attention to my new hobbies this year!), I headed out into the snow and had one of the greatest runs I’ve ever experienced. A new Christmas tradition? I sure hope so.
While I didn’t deprive myself over the next few days, I certainly didn’t eat to the point of disaster either. Because I know this isn’t a one time deal. It’s not like next Christmas I’ll say “Fill me up! I’m skinny and can eat whatever I want!” This isn’t a year of dieting that will eventually come to an end- its a lifestyle and I’ve worked long and hard to get it this way. I now believe that there doesn’t need to be an extreme of restriction or of over indulgence- just simply a nice balance.
With that being said- I stuck as closely to my plan as possible for the rest of the week. I hit up an evening bootcamp when I couldn’t make it in the morning. Since I was unsure of the refrigerator/microwave situation at my new job, I packed flexible lunches and lots of snacks that didn’t involve a lot of prep. And when our first real “snowfall” of the year happened, I anxiously watched for the plows to clear some paths so that I could get back out there running (in my brand new sneakers, which are beautiful, by the way).
I’m not going to get down on myself if I get on the scale on New Year’s Eve and it’s not the number I want to see because I know it’s just that- a number. The real success lies within the skills and habits I’ve acquired this year. No matter what, I know that I worked my butt off in 2012, and will continue to do so in 2013. But that doesn’t mean I’m not crossing my fingers and toes for the glorious 50 next week 🙂
# of sarcastic eye rolls towards Alicia: The date isn’t even on my “behavior modification chart”… Guess it’s time to frame it to remember days gone by?
# of days I logged my meals: 2…ugh, Christmas!
# of times I ate chicken: 1
# of “real” pushups: still going strong!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.