In May I started a Facebook page for this blog. I didn't really use it much and thought I would keep it private, just for me. Then last weekend I started finding all these pages of people losing weight. I thought some of them were awesome. Then I discovered that I can use FB as either myself or this page. So I went around and started looking at some pages and started liking them. Well, I found a whole lot of inspiration and motivation. Now I remember what it was like in the heyday of blogging with this blog. I found so many people so supportive and ready to offer advice. A real community. I loved it. Then slowly people moved to FB and since there was all kinds of people on FB; friends, family, co-workers; I didn't feel comfortable talking about working out and weight loss all the time. So I didn't and just blogged here in relative obscurity. And while I'm a big one for saying I'm doing this for myself and don't need anyone's input or validation, it's nice to just be part of a community that is going through the same process. And while it's true, I don't need anyone's input or validation and I am doing this for myself, it's nice to see others are traveling the same path I am. In just the week I've done this I already feel much more motivated and inspired.
And this falls at a great time. It's September 1st. I love, love, love new beginnings. And the first of a month is a huge one. August was rough because it was adjusting back to school after 2 months off. That takes time. Also, I'm a lot more devoted to doing my best this year and that takes more time and energy. So I'm cutting myself some slack and declaring August my adjustment period. But now it's September and it's time to get serious.
During the month of August I have managed to maintain my weight. This in itself is a huge accomplishment because for almost 7 weeks my weight has remained the same. I have never done that before. Never. So that is really a huge accomplishment for me and I'm going to be very proud of it. For the month of September though, I want to step it up. Due to my being so tired, I haven't been working out as much as I would like to. So I'm going to set a goal of working out 3 times a week for the entire month of September. I also need to examine my food intake. I do really good during the day but I think I overdo it at night and that is why things are staying the same. Finally, I don't want to focus on the number on the scale. I want to focus on health and fitness. Right now I can't run a mile so I want to be able to run a mile by the end of the month. A 10 minute mile would be even better.
Goals for the month:
- Workout 3 times a week minimum (bike commuting does not count)
- Track my meals to see exactly what I'm eating when
- Weigh no more than once a week
I think those are reasonable goals. Nothing crazy, just basic common sense. I will check in every Saturday to see how it's going. Here's to a fabulous September.