Today is the autumnal equinox. That means summer is over and fall is beginning. At least in the northern hemisphere, in the southern hemisphere it means spring is beginning. It also means it's 100 days until January 1st. I think this is what I was looking for. Something to focus me and give me something to work towards. I read somewhere once that weight loss itself is not a goal. And I've found that to be very true, at least for me. I find that if I am working towards some other goal, be it a race or a dress size for an event, I do a whole lot better.
As I was talking in the faculty room yesterday I said something that I didn't even realize was true until it came out of my mouth. I don't care about the number on the scale. I want to be able to run and swim and ride and hike and do whatever I want whenever I want. I want to be healthy and fit. When I said it I realized how true that was. When I focus on the scale nothing good happens. I get obsessed and crazy about the numbers. I become insane about the food and what I eat and it's not pretty. I can't ignore the scale completely because I've done that and that does not work for me either. I need to find a healthy balance with the scale and I think I have it now. I weigh myself once a week and really don't think about the scale or the number the rest of the week.
On January 1 there is a 10k race. They have it every year and I just checked and it's on for 2013. I have 14 weeks until then, 100 days. I was just looking at next years race calendar and there are some cool things I want to do. There is an urban scavenger hunt, a mud/obstacle course, even marathon on my birthday. One year I was unbelievably active, racing all the time and I loved it. I was in great shape. I felt awesome about myself. I loved it. That's how I want to be. I need to put a race calendar together so that I can keep focused and on track.
So here's the plan. 100 days until 1/1/13. By that date I want to be on my way to being super fit. I also want to be able to run that 10k. So running starts tomorrow. No more of this couch to 5k crap, I'm clearly not doing that so it's on to running. The general plan will look like this:
I'm going to put together a race calendar and hang it everywhere so that it will focus me. I am also going to start tracking my food. That is something I don't do well and I need to. But I also need to not get crazy with it. Just track and not obsess.
Okay, I feel good now. I have a plan and a focus and I'm ready to do this.