New Years Goals Check-in: May

I'm doing monthly updates on my New Year Goals.

I'm a wee bit stunned that I've made it to a fifth New Years Goals Check-In. Part of me thought it would have all gone to pot by now! But I guess keeping the goals small and sane has ensured they are do-able.

May highlights

  • The biggest highlight was, derr, the Fitbloggin conference. For both the people I met and the feeling of renewed enthuasism for living that I left with. Holy cornballs, Batman. But after a year or two in the wildnerness, the stinky depression and the utter disconnection from my body, I finally felt like I was all joined up again. I felt like I was actually there. Cool.
  • I accidentally started salsa lessons! My pal Claire and I went to try a new Zumba class this week and they had a special offer – stay for the salsa class afterwards for only Β£1. We's planned to dash off to kickboxing afterwards but I've always wanted to try salsa so I put down that extra pound. BARGAIN!
  • The class went on and on for 90 minutes and with the hectic hour of Zumba beforehand I was utterly knackered but it was so much bloody fun. I was so busy trying to follow the steps that the time just zapped by. Four days later my hip and stomach muscles are still singing!
  • I'm definitely back into those size 18 jeans. Although I bought new jeans from a different shop the other day and they were a 20. So the labels are meaningless as we have recently bitched about, but the takeaway here is that a pair of jeans that couldn't be wrestled over my stomach in January now fit great.
  • I went to the USA for a week and lost a pound. Last time I went to the USA for a week I gained ten pounds. Progress!
  • The food diary, meal planning, consistent exercising and pause-to-think-before-eating are still going well.

June is going to be about blowing the dust and rust off my bike, dabbling with kettlebells and testing the limits of the food processor with vast amounts of instant frozen yogurt. What are you getting up to this month?

24 thoughts on “New Years Goals Check-in: May

  1. Have confidence Shauna – of course you made it to June without it all falling apart! Glad you enjoyed Salsa. I can highly recommend Ceroc lessons, kind of a mix between salsa and jive – much fun and very sociable!

    This month will be about starting lifting weights to get the saggy arms under control and for the general ‘hubba-hubba strong chick’ feeling, the continued running training and my visit to SCOTLAND with the Up and Running ladies!!! Don’t think I’ve yet mentioned how excited I am about that little trip…hehe πŸ˜‰

  2. Well done Shauna on a focused May thats fantastic, and to lose 1lb whilst in the States!!!! Amazing. Just think thats nearly half thr year gone…

    June for me is about staying focused!
    I lost all my weight in 2007-2008 and have managed to put it all back on, I got my head together this year but it took me until May and turning 39 to get going on my weightloss journey.
    I’ve set myself 100lb target weight loss before I’m 40 and I’ve managed to get 20lbs off in May – thats 20% GONE (YEAH)
    I know it’s going to slow down but I’ve got 11 months to get rid of the other 80lbs

    I’ve also managed to build up to walking 1.5hrs – long may it continue (wish I could bottle this positivity, drive, determination and motivation and save it for the darker times :-/)
    Here’s to a fab focused June for us all

  3. New for me this month will be the Up & Running program!! I’m SO nervous! I’ll also be walking the golf course & taking Zumba class at least once a week!

  4. @Lori, You will love it! I was beyond scared when I started but the training is so sound and the support fabulous. You’ll be amazed…

  5. I too am trying to get my mojo back BEFORE I gain back all my weight. I just hit maintenance on April 15, but it is a struggle every day. I finally decided if I don’t set a goal for myself to achieve, I will just GAIN. So the new goal I’ve set is to lose 7 lbs. before July 4, which in case you hadn’t heard, is a BIG holiday here in the U.S. celebrating independence from somebody or other. That will get me to 149 lbs.–which is a number I can’t even imagine seeing pop up on my scale! SIZE 18 JEANS!! WOOHOO! Now that’s progress!

  6. Many thanks for the comments folks!

    I feel a bit uncomfortable mentioning numbers as any weight loss is kinda incidental – the main goal is repairing the whole relationship with food thing these days. But was just such a stark contrast from pasts visits to the US i couldn’t resist mentioning

    @Lori – it’s going to be fun! Trust Philippa Kate, she kows what she’s talking about πŸ™‚ One week to go!

    @Pam & Kerry – best wishes with your goals!

    @Jack – thank you πŸ™‚

    @lbtepa – not yet but i live in hope!

  7. You’re rocking it, Shauna! Awesome work. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I’m still catching up on the Two Fit Chicks podcasts, and loving them!

  8. Way to go Shauna!

    Totally agree with keep your goals/task small and doable.

    Sometimes it takes a bit of time to get your head into the zone. Once your head is in the zone your body will follow suit and vice versa. That’s the part I find tricky. Once I start exercising I feel all this energy but I haven’t been able to direct it well and then the doubts/laziness have crept back in.

    Like you this time hopefully I can keep it together without too many curveballs coming this way. Though since I’ve been through it I feel I can finally recognize and deal with the sh%t that comes my way.

    It’s all about opening up and letting your environment-friends, family, work mates and house-be there with you. (The latter refers to the ‘messy bed messy head’ bizzo.)

    Like a certain fella in the U.S. my phrase at the moment is ‘Yes, we can.’

  9. Woo hoo! You’re having FUN πŸ™‚ I’m sooo impressed with your Zumba and now the Salsa. I’m so challenged by any type of dance step, in that my brain does not compute and it’s simply embarrassing. People have to PUT my hands and feet where they’re supposed to go, while I just stare at them blankly. Oh, I do envy people who can dance!

  10. Great job, my friend.
    I have a question, you said “food diary”. Do you write down food even with the intuitive eating thing going?
    “Salsa by accident” that could be the name of a band.
    If I ever have a band, or just have to name one it will be “Burping Pesto”. I said that to my husband years ago, when I really was burping pesto and told him “that could be the name of a band”

  11. Thanks guys πŸ™‚

    @Laurie – it’s kind of a food/mood journal, so I write in what I eat every day then how I felt about it (just columns on a Google docs spreadsheet, very simple. not counting anything but I find writing it down very helpful to keep me aware of what I’m eating)

    BURPING PESTO also sounds like a great weight loss blog name! πŸ˜‰

  12. Just wanted to let you know when I started on my journey this time (1st May) I returned to your book and have just finished reading it (for about the 12th time think I may have to buy a new copy as it’s so dog eared!!)
    With catching up with your blog you inspired me to have a go and I’ve just done my 1st ( )
    Last time I lost the weight I kept a blog… but when I hit problems and started piling it all back on I deleted it in a shameful moment :-/
    So it’s a fresh start and I just want to say a huge big thank you Shauna for all the inspiration you have given me and loving your relationship with food message.

  13. Your May was definitely full of win! WTG!

    June presents an interesting new challenge for me. I was invited to be a Dr Sketchy’s model – on the strength of my blog and the mission I am currently on, what a vote of confidence! – soooo, I am going to try to learn some basic burlesque performance skills. Eeek! I am scared because I have never been much of a performer, but excited because burlesque is such a body-positive art form and I think I will get a lot from it.

  14. congratulations on all your fabulous achievements! you have been and continue to be such an inspiration to me πŸ™‚

  15. Salsa is great. But I’m still hoping you’ll take up tango some day. It’s not wonderful for weight loss as it doesn’t burn many calories, but it is so good for the soul.

  16. Cheers Jill! xx

    @SAS – would loooove to try tango someday! i’m all about exercise for the soul these days πŸ™‚ Wonder if there is a secret dunfermline tango society? stunned to find this whole salsa community happening so you never know!

    @Kerry – thanks for reading comrade! best of luck with your new blog and next phase πŸ™‚

    @Carly – that sounds really freaking cool, hope it goes well πŸ™‚

  17. I recently came across your book and am absolutely loving it! I am so excited to be able to keep up with you here as well! (although I have quite a bit of reading to do between the end of the book and today!)

    Good luck with those kettlebells, I think you’ll love them. I enjoyed them (the one day I did them…and said I would definitely do them again but haven’t gotten there yet.) πŸ™‚

    My goal for the week is to try very hard not to eat anymore of the Milka chocolate bars we bought by the dozens on our recent trip to Germany. Yummmm, melty rich chocolatey chocolate!! πŸ™‚

  18. Now this is TRUE inspiration !…. who does that?!? πŸ™‚

    β€’I went to the USA for a week and lost a pound.

  19. I love reading your posts. I have my personal fit goals on my blog to remind me of what I need to accomplish. By the way, I love your podcast!

  20. I’m personally struggling and trying to kick my carb addiction…it’s soooo hard, especially in a City that offers so many delightful treats and a million events happening all the time…ARGH! I will overcome! I just gotta keep the treats down to once a week instead of when I feel like it. We’ve done it before and we will succeed again!

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