Friday, December 30, 2011

The Challenge

Yesterday, I went and bought 2 things that will help me along my path of being more active over the next year.  I got a coupon for $3 off of the Sparkpeople 28-day Boot Camp DVD by Coach Nicole at Target stores.  So, I went and bought that first thing.  A $5 counter coupon printed out for the Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 game for Xbox Kinect.  It was already on sale from $50 down to $40, with the coupon it was $35! 

I got home with my new workout DVD and my new fitness game.  I popped in the DVD.  It’s one of those workout DVDs that breaks down the workout into segments so you can mix and match your workouts.  I did the whole DVD except for the 30 minute segment.  So, I worked out for an hour flat!  That’s great considering I haven’t really worked out at all since September.  And, even then, it was a very lax form of working out because I was completely unmotivated.

During and after my workout yesterday, I felt great!  I moved with the exercises and nothing hurt or ached.  Of course, today I’m a little sore…mostly from the squats and lunges that she makes you do.  And you do a lot of them!  But, I felt alive and fluid when I was going along with the DVD yesterday. 

I work over the weekend, so I won’t be able to work out again until Monday.  I’m going to do another hour of Coach Nicole’s DVD and I’m going to give my fitness game a go as well for 30 minutes to an hour. 

At work, a co-worker and I have started up a little challenge.  Even though I’ve given myself an entire year to drop the 33 pounds I want to lose, this is a 6 month challenge.  He only has 1 pound more than me to lose for us to reach our goal weights.  So, our goal is to lose 5.5 pounds a month to achieve my 33 pounds and his 34 pounds lost in 6 months’ time.  So long as I can control my binge eating, I believe I can do it.  I’m excited to have someone in person that is going to be working with me.  Not actually doing the workouts and such with me, but we’ll be accountable to each other and that’s a lot.  We’ll know that there’s someone else that is expecting to hear that we stuck by our workout plan for our days off and that we refrained from eating Jack-In-Box or Taco Bell or whatever tempted us.  We’ll know that there is someone that is expecting to hear that we ate healthy and worked out for at least 30 minutes each day. 

Being accountable to someone will be a huge help for me.  It’s something I’ve never done before.  Sure, I’ve done the Weight Watchers thing and I’ve been on and off of Sparkpeople for years now, but I’ve never actually been accountable to someone in person that I knew.

It’s going to be difficult for me to control my binge eating.  But I’m going to do it.  I’m going to track what I eat in the food tracker and I’m going to make myself aware of what I’m putting into my body.  Once I can see it all lain out in front, maybe that will give me what I need to put down the fork and quit stuffing my face when I’m not even hungry.  It’s a serious problem to me.  It’s not something I make light of or joke about.  It causes me to be severely critical of myself, which is counterproductive, but I can’t seem to stop myself from talking smack to myself.

Hopefully, through this experience of weight loss and personal control I can learn to view myself positively and say good and nice things to myself.  I think I can.

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