Ever since Lainey said there was only 14 weeks til Christmas, I have been mildy freaking out about how quickly 2006 is getting away from me. I also looked back at how my New Years Resolutions are progressing. Hmmm.
- Reduce paranoia, increase confidence!
- Write like a mofo.
- Eat well
- Keep moving my butt.
(They are explained in more detail in the original entry)
Well I think #1 has gone well. And #2 too. #3 has had its moments, but I’ve tracked my food every day as promised, good or bad. And I am about five kilos lighter and a size smaller. #4 has been a bit of a doozy, having to overhaul my exercise goals because of my knee problems. My legs are weak and I’ve lost a lot of CV fitness. Operations Full Body Push Up and Tricep Dip had to be scrapped due to that whole Bad Shoulder business. Arrrgh. But still. I’m building my upper body strength again, and I tentatively started riding a bike and I’m learning to swim again… so it’s not all hopeless!
But what the calendar has highlighted is a lack of specific focus. As of Monday, it’s 13 weeks til Crimbo and 16 weeks til the Dietgirl 6th Anniversary. So I’m getting official with Operation Go For Gold!
I’ve never really been one to do groovy challenges on my blog, but I like Lainey’s countdown idea and I do quite fancy being at goal by the 6th Anniversary of this site, because anything longer than that just sounds ridiculous. I want to throw myself into this, systematically and enthusiastically. Gareth bought me a tape measure yesterday so I am going to do measurements for the first time. It still annoys me no end that I didn’t take measurements back in 2001, I’d kill to see how many inches I’ve lost since then. But better late than never, eh?
I’ve even got a new spreadsheet. It counts down the weeks from sixteen to ZERO! It tells me my weight in kilos AND pounds! Ooh you know having a spreadsheet makes me feel all warm in the nether regions. Let’s go, baby!
So there will be a few basic rules. They’re not too heavy, just a few parameters to keep my Problem Areas in check.
- Weigh-ins will take place each Monday morning, nekkid
- Measurements will be done every four weeks
- ONE weekly chocolate ration only
- Plan meals in advance
- Keep food diary
- Plan exercise seven days in advance (a la Mary!)
- No eating after dinner. When dinner has been scoffed, THAT’S IT for the day, you greedy piggy!
And of course all of the above will be reported on this site.
I’m determined not to scoff down heaps of food between now and the official challenge start as often happens before these campaigns – why make it even harder for myself? My sister is visiting so there are some social challenges this weekend, but I won’t go crazy.
I am so determined for this to really be the final push. I’ve been busting lard for about 275 weeks now, so I have to keep telling myself, you just need to commit fully to SIXTEEN MORE. I really hate "lose X by Y" kind of challenges, but I am just going to be as focused as possible for the next sixteen weeks and see how close it takes me to that number, and hopefully end up a helluva lot more fit and toned in the process.
So if anyone at work sees me wandering by the vending machine, you have full permission to crash tackle me and say, "Stay away, not today, DIET LADY!".