I’ve been a fitness loser lately. Well, maybe not a complete loser. I have been getting out for a couple little sauntering walk/runs per week for a grand total of 4 or 5 miles a week. But I’ve definitely lost the eye of the tiger. (Do people use that phrase outside of a Rockie movie? I don’t even know.) And even worse — it pains me greatly to say this– I’ve gained back 7 pounds of the 20 I lost a couple years ago. This will not do, folks. I worked way too hard to backslide any more.
So. Line in the sand time. No more gaining. I’m going back to exercise 4-5 days a week, and even more important, I’m going back to tracking what I eat. That, really, was central to my success before, and I think a huge part of my backsliding lately. I’ve got a spiffy new pair of Merrell Running Shoes. And, since I’m a numbers girl, I’ve even made myself a fitness chart. You can click on it to see more details. Feel free to print off a copy for yourself if you’re wanting a bit of a challenge yourself. (Here’s a link to a blank chart too, in case you want to set different goals than I did.)
On it I’ve listed various healthy habits I’m aiming to practice each day: tracking my food, having a a salad-meal a day, only having fruit for evening snacks, running or walking a mile (or two or three) a day, and lifting weights now and then. Each item earns a point. My personal goal is to have 120 points by the end of the month. Just a way to keep myself remembering to fit in the things that help my be successful fitness-wise, you know?
Today I did 3 miles on the elliptical, had a salad for lunch, ate strawberries for a bedtime snack, and lifted weights for 10 minutes. So that’s a total of 6 points today. That’s better than I’ve done in awhile. How about you? Need some motivation toward fitness? Does a challenge along these lines sound like fun? If so, print off a copy of my fitness chart and join me! I’ll check back in at the end of the month and tell you how I’ve done, and if you want, you can tell me too!Pin It