I lost 3.8 lbs this week. However, I gained 4 last week. So I am still behind the 8 ball a tad bit. It is all good though. I have a plan and it involves the D word. Yep discipline.
I have been thinking about discipline a lot the last couple weeks, especially in light of cramming in all sorts of swim training for this last weekends triathlon. I am a procrastinator by nature. If something can be put off for another day, it likely will, especially if there is something on the horizon that seems more fun! The other factor that has brought this up for me is that I am here. In my happy place. I am seeing all the people who just by there very presence provide an energy for me to get out there and “do this thang”. It is not difficult to get out there and exercise or eat right when I am in this place. I know, it sounds like I am glorifying this place and these people. I am not. I am also not forgetting all the struggles I had from Sept 08-Feb 09, before I moved away. I often re-read my blog so I don’t forget. I know I struggled then. However, in comparison, the mental game is much easier here, than there. That’s all I am saying. In Detroit, it requires, a very intentional form of discipline for me to be successful. Discipline which does not come easy to a spontaneous procrastinator!
In a month and a half, I will not only be swimming in a triathlon, I will also be running in one. I am not close to being prepared for the run. This last month, I put off running to cram in as much swim time as possible to be able to do last weeks race. See, if I were disciplined or perhaps just smart :-), I would have continued doing both so as not to set myself back in the running. I was paniking about the swim, so I made my choices. Now that I realize my next event is only 1.5 months away, I am paniking about the run, but I cannot forsake the swimming to solely run! Agghhhh….
So here is my plan. I do have one. I will swim or run every day with one day off each week. I have talked to the community pool in my neighborhood. If I go swim first thing in the morning, before anyone really gets there, they will allow me to take down the rope divider so I can swim some decent laps. Once people start showing up, the divider will have to go back up. So I HAVE to go first thing in the morning. I will map out a few 5K courses so that I can better determine how far I am running at any one stretch and so I can continually increase how far I run at a time. Currently I run on trails and I look at my pedometer at the end to determine distance but I don’t necessarily know how far I am running at a given stretch other than by minutes run or how many songs I ran to. The other thing I do on my runs, that doesn’t help with determining distance per stretch is, I run like I live life. Spontaneously. If a turn looks interesting I take it. I rarely follow the same route. It gets boring fast following the same route every day. This is also how I tend to get lost in the woods close to dark! 🙂 Having a few mapped run courses will allow me to be spontaneous but also help with the discipline factor. My plan is to run every other day and swim on the days I don’t run.
So that satisfies cardio and training for the tri. For strength training, I will borrow some DVD’s from the library and work on those at home. I HATE working out at home in front of people! If mom is around she tends to simply watch me and offer all sorts of advice on what I am doing wrong and how “their leg is lifted higher” or whatever. Yet she doesn’t join in either! I will suck it up and do it, because I cannot ignore strength training any longer. I am thinking some Pilate’s stuff will be good to do at home. I will do this 3-4 times a week. Of course, I may have won a gym membership-if that is the case, I will go there 3-4 times a week for strength stuff! This would be awesome if I did, then I wouldn’t have to worry about home workouts!
Choices. As I go on, my choices have become much clearer to me. Not necessarily easier, but clearer. It feels like it was forever ago that I got out of the 300’s. Then I dipped back into them. Guess I couldn’t resist them! Now it seems like forever to get out of the 290’s! I should have been out of them last week…Each milestone seems to take longer to reach, but reach them I will. Which reminds me of the last thing. I have said this before but I need to get back to logging everything I eat in my food log. During the moving transition I got out of the habit and now have not been able to get back in to it. I MUST do this. I was pretty consistently successful when I was doing that. It made me so much more aware of my food intake, it made sure I ate ENOUGH calories each day, and it motivated me to exercise more.
So that is my plan. Nothing too crazy, but it will set me up for continued weight loss. Perhaps this will also help to ensure I am not last out of the water (again) or prevent me from dying on the run!