I was reading The Life of Jamie today, and she was wrapping up her fitness challenge with a post on how she did in the challenge. I admit it – I was inspired to continue with my own goals. So, I went for a run today.
On my run today, I thought of a few things.
First is that I don’t think I have a definite enough goal in mind to work toward. It’s easy to stray when my goal is “to be more healthy and fit”. No time line. No weight loss goal. No targeted muscle group mentioned. No definitive plan set out in any way.
Second – I don’t own a scale. I heard once that if you don’t own a scale you will feel better about yourself because you aren’t chaining yourself to a number. However, how can you measure your progress if you don’t have something with which to measure??
Third – what are the specific reasons I want “to be more healthy and fit”? Those I thought of for a while. And I have a solid list of them.
1. While I love shopping for clothing, I want to shop because it’s fun and NOT because I need to go out and buy larger sizes. Better yet, I’d like to be a size or two smaller.
2. I want to be able to stand with my feet shoulder width apart and NOT have my thighs touch each other. If I reached no other goal than that, I’d fell healthier. I’m not sure, but I think it’s a woman thing…?
3. I feel better about myself after I exercise. It’s true, and I forget it. I forget it A LOT. I don’t motivate very well, but I ALWAYS feel better about myself after exercising. The trade off is quite obvious.
4. I want to have one of those cool before and after photos. You know the ones….
This seems pretty legit compared to some of them. 😉
5. While I was out running, and I am probably using that term a little bit loosely, I noticed how disgusting fast food smells. YUCK! Did you know that I live literally within a block of two different fast food restaurants? Disgusting… I would rather run and be disgusted by the smell than go and eat there ever again. Okay, well I may cheat once in a while, that’s to be expected, but I can’t give myself excuses anymore – such as, I’m already having a bad, why don’t I just pile on some fast food, too? Eat a cheese stick for goodness sake!