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You Can't Reach Your Goal If You Don't Have One!

I've definitely been adrift lately, using excuses like "oh, I have to go to class tonight so I'll just eat fast food on the way home" or "it's the weekend and I can have junk food...". And I think part of the reason I haven't felt the willpower I used to have is because I have NO concrete goals! Nothing that I'm working towards. Nothing that is holding me accountable. Thanks to a friend on here for pointing this out! It's completely true.

I used to set goals for myself, like running a 5K, or completing a workout program, or losing 5 lbs a month. It's been a while since I had something like that. It's hard to hold myself accountable without that. What's stopping me from not going to the gym or eating something I shouldn't? Just guilt because I know I can do better, but I need a reason why. And I need to advertise my goals so that people help me stick to them too. My boyfriend especially. I know he's hinted that I'm not as in shape as I used to be, and it's my own damn fault. 

So, for some goals. 

#1 -  I want to run a mile without stopping again. I can go maybe 2-3 minutes right now and it hurts! My lungs want to die. I haven't run on a treadmill in months and months, I think I tried to get back into running for like a week in the winter and it fizzled. Plus soon it won't be at hot and gross around here and I can try to run outside. 

#2 -  I want to lose 20 pounds total, and aim for a pound a week doing it. If I lose more, great, if not, I gotta work on something. My ticker has only moved backwards in the last 6 months. I keep resetting it, saying it's got to change, and then I don't do anything. I think 20 pounds would do wonders right now, especially if I pick up lfting again (see Goal 3).  I want my stack of pants to fit again! I have work pants and jeans that I love but haven't worn in a year. I don't really have cash to spare to be buying new pants! The only reason I did was becaues they were on clearance for $10 each at Kohls and I needed SOMETHING.

#3 - Ah yes, the lifting thing. I'm going to restart New Rules of Lifting for Women. It did WONDERS while I did it and kept a healthier diet. I was leaner without necessarily dropping a ton of weight, and it helped my metabolism (which has slowed to a miserable crawl). I have a month where I don't have to go to class (2nd week of August til after Labor Day), so that's 5 nights in the week where I can hit the gym, giving me a night of wiggle room. I want to do 3 days of NROLFW and 1 class (either Pound! Mondays or Kickboxing Wednesdays). I can start out my warmup with running intervals to help with goal #1 and then do the 30 minutes or so of the NROLFW workout. I need to print out new sheets for that...

Now that I've written them down, I know what I'm working towards. I think I'll go for a point system like my dear MFP pal Cass so I can keep track of what I'm doing. 1 point for each NROLFW workout, a point for running or run/walking at least 15 minutes and 5 points for each pound lost. So a perfect week would be 12 points (or more if I lost more than a pound!). I'm going to use the next 3 days of July to get something protein-y for breakfast, finish Orange is the New Black so I'm not tempted to skip the NROLFW workouts, and get my eating straightened out (less carbs, more protein, NO freaking bad fast food!). I don't even want to admit to the number of McDonalds french fry orders I've gotten for no reason in the last month. 

And if I can hit 40 points, I get to reward myself with something. Not 100% sure yet... but I'll thinking of something. Perhaps a mani/pedi. I've been doing it myself almost all the time lately and I'd really love to just go somewhere and have it done.

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