Wow, this discipline thing is really hard during the holiday season. I love my friends who are trying to comfort me, I really love them. But, wow, do we like to eat out during this season. Everything revolves around food, usually comfort food. I am finding it difficult to keep on the trail, but I keep coming back on track. I am doing ok with the sweets though, which are usually my downfall. I am also making better choices when I do eat out.
Now for the good news, I just stepped on the scale. Drum roll please... 235lbs. I am down 30 pounds from my start weight of 265lbs. I am down 10 lbs from my assessment weight of 245lbs. on 11/15. I have managed to not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and New Years which is a real accomplishment for me. I usually gain 7 to 10 pounds over the holiday season, not this year! I have just changed my eating, I am not really exercising more. I am planning on adding strength training after the first of the year.
So, what have I been eating? Glad you asked... I have returned to what worked in the past. I have been trying to follow the guidelines Elaine had suggested several years ago. I have been alternating between using the detox soup recipe with added chicken and brown rice, and high fiber, low glycemic meal replacement drinks and bars. During the past few weeks I have been eating out more, so I am choosing sushi, salads and cleaner foods. One thing I must confess. If you gave me a plate or bag of sweets, I may have re-gifted them on too someone else! And I did leave all the cheesecake, and other snacks at Dave and Nicholl's home, sorry mom.
Now I want to share my goals with you. We all need goals to move us forward in life. I have short term and longer term goals. My first goal is to reach my healthy low weight of 215 lbs. total weight. I am hoping to accomplish this by the end of the OFAC Fit Challenge on February 20th. I also hope to gain muscle during this time, so I will need to do more than just reduce calories. Many times we just diet our way down to our goal, yet all we really do is lose muscle. I will detox and cleanse form January 1st until January 14th, when I will join the rest of the Fit Challenge participants for an assessment.
My longer term goals are much more compelling for me, they are part of what will drive me to success. I want to be in amazing shape so I can accomplish some of my "bucket list" adventures. I have wanted to summit Mt. Rainier for years and this will involve climbing glaciers. I have also wanted to kayak the San Juan Islands, and also kayak other long distance adventures. I raced motorcycles when I was younger, and I would love to compete on a mountain bike someday. And there are always long backpacking trips that would be amazing. I don't really care about competing in a 5k, but it would be great training for what really motivates me. I'm sure you have fitness adventures that tug at you as well. I know that I can't accomplish my goals alone, so I am going use my own club for these purposes. I will not join a gym or use anything not available through Outdoor Fitness Adventure Club. I will start to join my club members in their favorite classes.
I want to thank you for joining me on this journey. I ask that you also join me on some of our adventures as well. If you are a member or friend of OFAC then you may be aware that we have partnered with EPIC. We now have virtually unlimited choices in adventures to train for. Please let me know what some of your dream adventures or events are. Maybe we can even train together, that would be fun. If you have not been on the epic page, then send me an email or post on facebook, i'll make sure you get a code.
The last thing I would like to say this year is, have a happy and safe new years eve. I hope to see all of you next year, maybe even on the trail. Remember your blessings as you reflect upon 2011, and lets look forward to 2012 as a new adventure on this journey of life.