Auld Lang Syne

I feel like I just got used to the idea that it was Christmastime, and now Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone. There’s a reason that ‘time flies’ has become an oft used idiom.

Though in recent years I have learned to dislike the idea of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ per se because they have a connotation that they are never going to last longer than a few weeks or a month, I do still tend to reflect and set new goals for myself on or around the first of the year. Agree or disagree, the beginning of a new year – or decade! – seems like a natural time to examine where I am, where I’d like to be, and what steps I need to take to get from Point A to Point B.

Since this is a health, fitness and weight-loss blog, I’m going to limit this post to health-related items, though I have set goals in other areas of my life as well, such as my business and relationships.

A few minutes ago, I reread a few posts from the beginning of last year, and I’m a bit dismayed to see that I weigh nearly the same that I did 365 days ago… after attempting to lose weight much of the year. A lot happened toward the end of last year that I haven’t gotten in to on the blog – maybe someday… or maybe not – but regardless of the reasons, it’s still disheartening to know that I’m at Square One again. Okay, so not exactly Square One, because I’m still roughly 80 pounds less than my high, but you know what I mean…

I intend to do better this year. I’m not going to put a number on my goal (though my ultimate weight-loss goal has always been 150), however, I want to be in better shape at this time next year than I’m in now: I’d like to lose some fat, gain some muscle, and stop feeling like my pants are too small. FYI my weight this morning was 178.5.

My plan to get there? I’m putting a lot of eggs into one man’s basket: Bootcamp Guy, as I like to refer to him. I decided to sign up for his classes indefinitely, after he assured me that I can always go to his evening classes if I decide the mornings are too tough, which was my biggest concern about continuing on. Between these classes three days a week and Kung Fu another three days a week, I find it unlikely that I’ll frequent the gym with any sort of regularity, so on the day that thousands of Americans are joining gyms, I’m canceling my gym membership. I love the irony of that.

In addition to the workouts, Bootcamp Guy stresses nutrition – like me! We all know by now (or should) that weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% perspiration, so my eating habits need to improve. Looking back on the last few months, I’ve been incredibly inconsistent, even within a single week: I’ll be good for three days, then have two days where I give in to a bunch of temptations – and not in moderation. If I were tracking my food with any sort of consistency, I’d know better where I’ve gone wrong, but I’ve floundered there, too. All I can say is that I’ve reverted to eating out with far too much regularity, and without control over the ingredients and preparation of your food, you never know what you’re really eating. Plus, I have an affinity for a good burger and fries…

Thankfully, Bootcamp Guy has a nutrition program integrated into his system. It seems similar to My Food Diary, which I love, with one huge difference: He can log in to my food journal and see what I’ve been eating. Now, after a solid year or more of logging my food (not last year, of course), I pretty much know what I should be eating and in what amounts (though that’s not to say that I can’t learn a thing or two). The real value that I see in this for me personally is that I know he’ll be checking, which will hold me accountable for logging, and as long as I log I’ll eat better, and if I eat better I’ll lose weight and be healthier. It’s a no-brainer.

So yes, that’s a lot on one man’s shoulders, but it’s really just holding me accountable for my own actions, and frankly, that’s what I’m paying him for. That, and to kick my ass in class three times a week.

The other big fitness-related thing I’d like to do this year is another big run or event of some type that will require training. Some girlfriends and I were going to do the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in DC, but it’s a lottery race and our group wasn’t picked. Boo.

So, a triathlon finally, perhaps? Another half marathon? A full? No, probably not that last one… Not this year, at least. I want to think on this one a little more – do some research into events in my area, pick one and just register for it. I’m such a cheapskate that I won’t want to lose out on my registration fee so I’ll feel obligated to train for and do it! I’ll be sure to let you know what I decide on.

What are your fitness goals for the year? I believe that it makes more sense to tell people your goals rather than keep them to yourselves for fear of not succeeding. Go into a challenge with the belief that you WILL succeed and you’re much more likely to!

Here’s to a great 2011 for us all!

2 Responses to “Auld Lang Syne”

  1. Sue Says:

    Hey Girl!

    Happy New Year! Just a thought but have you ever had a body composition test done? It measures your ratio of lean muscle to fat. The best ones are the under water tests but mega expensive – good and relatively accurate alternatives are “bod-pods” or the electrode test. This test is good because it also measures water weight. I think using a body comp measurement is better than weight becuase weight is so fluid and affected by so many things. For instance, all that kicking ass in boot camp is surely going to add muscle which is heavier. In addition, working out so much makes you mega-thirsty which in turn leads to higher water consumption and therefore higher water retention.

    When I was in the ‘Burgh, you could get them done at UPMC Sports fitness center. Also, your Doctor may be able to refer you (nutritionists often do them) or even the local gym (they usually do the electrod test). The good thing about body composition is that it gives you a better idea of overall health – there is a range that is ideal and indicates lower risk for health problems. Since it is independent of weight, its possible that the weight at which you have a healthy body comp could be higher or lower based on individual body type. (I.e. the “ideal” weight for my short little self is supposedly 112 lbs….and I haven’t seen that number since I was 13 – just doesn’t fit my body type or lifestyle). For me the body comp has been a healthier way for me to guage my fitness goals….when I used weight I would zero in on a number and go nuts -and I mean, way nuts….which could be a blog in itself! No matter what you do, just remember that you are fabulous!

    Have a great new year!

    Susie

  2. Jaz Says:

    I’m commenting here because (1) you asked for it! and (2) I want to put this out there so I can start to be held accountable if I don’t follow through. This coming year, I plan to join some of my coworkers who go to a Planet Fitness near our office on our lunch hour. I’m getting back on the elliptical machines and will run a 5K again (I only ever did it once pre-baby, and it took me an hour, but at least I did it once!). As my son is now 3 years old, it’s becoming more and more ridiculous to blame my flabbiness on baby fat. So good luck to you in your fitness and personal goals this year! Let’s hope we all achieve what we set out to do!