Tag : goals

7 posts

Day. Zero. Project. YES!

I have completed listing my 101 goals for the Day Zero Project, finally.  Well, I have 102 goals listed as I was an “overachiever” and couldn’t delete one goal when I learned I had went over by one goal. Oh well. If you do not know what the Day Zero Project is, basically it is where you choose 101 goals to be done in 1001 days, which is 2.74 years.  I did my best to come up with doable goals, but not something that would be so easy to accomplish either.  I look at this as a challenge as well.  I know it will be hard, but I will give it my all.  It is the least that I can do for me.

I created a Day Zero Project page on my blog so that I can have a place to keep track of the goals and my progress.  I plan to blog regularly about how the goals are going as a way to keep me honest.  I am pretty excited to finally get started.  My start date is May 14, 2017 and my end date is February 9, 2020.  The end date feels so far away, however we all know how time flies.  I attempted to put my goals into categories, so that I can have a better feel of what it is that I need to do in different areas. One might notice that I have a lot of health and exercise goals, but if I look at my life right now, this area is my focus.  This project will allow me to stay on track and stay the course to ensure I am still working towards progress of weight loss.  There are also some fun items in my list as I do not want to lose the focus of fun along the way 🙂 I would hate for that to happen 🙂

So finally I am starting a project that I have wanted to do for so long and I am tickled pink about doing so.  I plan to have some fun along the way…..now let’s get started.

Until I blog again,

Tonight I thought to myself to break up the monotony of my workout routine, I would take my basketball to the gym and shoot some shots. To make it a solid workout, I promised myself that after I shot the ball, that I would hustle to gather my rebound instead of walking to get the rebound. I wanted this to be fun, but I really wanted to get a good sweat in too. I put on my wireless headphones, had my music, my ball and to the gym I went. When I first got there, there were only two young boys there (maybe 11-12 years old) which was cool because I was able to get one half of the gym to myself. Minutes later, three other teenage looking boys came in, making it a total of six folks in the gym, including me, The boys wanted to play three-on-three, half court, but that would mean they needed me to play to make the teams even. When they first asked me, I told them no as I knew I wasn’t ready to play competitively, even against young boys.  With my weight being 358 (I haven’t weighed yet to see if I lost from my original weight that I talked about in this post) I know the movement in basketball, the jumping and the fast past that teenage boys play at would be too much, so I initially said no.  However, that no didn’t last long. About 25 minutes had passed and I was hoping someone would come in so that they could play, but no one had showed up.  I looked at the other end of the court and saw that one boy had to sit out as the other four had started a game of two-on-two.  At that point, I went down and said to them, add me to a team and let the little guy sitting out on the other team.  Whew!!!

I ended up playing two games.  It was so hard. I was out of breathe. The competitor in me wanted to do the things that I used to be able to do while playing basketball in high school and college, but I could not do it. Instead, I was a liability on defense as the young man I was guarding was a deer and was running every where.  I had to remind myself during the games that this was a workout for me and that I knew it would be hard, but to keep moving. I did that and I was happy in the end.  After the two games, I sat on the sideline on the bench for about 25 minutes. Why did I do that? When I got up to leave, it was hard to get up because my joints where hurting.  I managed to get home where I took a bath to soak my bones and as I am writing this post, I am paying for the basketball workout this evening. I am sore, whew!

I know I am not ready to move like I moved tonight, but I am still happy that I did it. And I haven’t decided yet, but Friday evenings for my workout, I may do this weekly. I want to see how I feel tomorrow and how I recover before I make the final decision. One of my long-term goals is to be able to play a full court basketball game again.  I have work to do, but I will get there.  I am paying for the basketball I played tonight, but I will be very honest, I felt good to be back on a court that once was my “comfort zone” for years while I played competitively. I will be back in some fashion one day.

Until I blog again,

Today while doing some thinking about where I want to be on my weight loss journey, the one word that kept coming to me is consistency.  I know exactly why too.  In the past when I have set out to lose weight, I would be consistent for a maximum of two months and then one day or night where I would eat bad or skip the gym and then boom that was the end basically.  I never bounced back from that bad day or night.  I would attempt to bounce back, but I never fully would. There are other times where I would be doing well with my eating habits and exercise for an entire week and then off for the next three weeks.  I would then have a wake up call and get back on track, but that is after I have gained all I had lost from the week(s) I was on track.  The one thing I have not truly been able to do was to stay on track, just to be consistent.  This is why I have not seen how far I can go and how much weight I could lose.  I sabotaged myself before I am able to see real results.  I have to do better this time around.

My plan is to be as consistent as I can. I do not want to go two weeks and then have an off day and that day becomes a month or two.  Then I will be right back where I started and that is the most frustrating thing that I put myself through.  I want to know that I can lose twenty pounds so that I can see if I can lose thirty pounds.  I want to see that I can become a pants size smaller.  I want to see that I can eat clean for three months straight. I want to be able to notice that I have loss weight.  I can do all of these things if I give a consistent effort each day. This is the piece that I have not yet mastered, but I will. It is all a mental thing and I will do everything I can to master this piece of the “puzzle”. Sometimes I wish it came easy to me, but then again, what good would it be if it was all so simple? I know I can do it. I know it will not be easy.   I have to stay consistent with my eating and exercise and trust the process.  And I will…

Until I blog again,

I finally made it back to the gym.  Yesterday was the first of the month, so I wanted to start the month off on the right foot.  I also wanted to ensure that I am doing what is needed to meet my birthday goal as talked about in yesterday’s post. It felt good to be back, but just like any time you someone is away from working out, I am experiencing some soreness.  Yesterday I did the elliptical for 45 minutes while watching Hulu, My 600 lb Life, where I was so emotional. This show really helped me power my workout too.   I feel so sorry for the folks on this tv show, but at the end of each episode it is awesome to see that most of them have changed their lives.

Here are my numbers from the elliptical yesterday.  I did 3 miles on the elliptical.

I am aware that the workout machine numbers are the most accurate, however my heart rate monitor that i better with workout number accuracy batteries were dead. I came home from the gym and ordered new batteries from the heart rate monitor from amazon. Mid next week I should be good to go and ready to wear my hrm for better workout number accuracy.

I also went to the gym earlier today. I watched another episode of My 600 lb Life so my workout was identical to yesterday’s.  I was so close to 3 miles. Below is a photo of me hiding my face and my workout numbers.  I have a long way to go, but I will not quit until I reach my goals.

I am ready for the work week to start. My lunch is packed and I am looking forward to pushing through this week.  I am off to pack my gym bag now. Here’s to an awesome week <3

Until I blog again,

Today is April 1, 2017.  Yes, April Fool’s day, however my blog post will not be an April Fool’s joke. I want to get serious instead.  I will be forty in exactly fifty-nine days and I want to give myself the gift of weight loss. I just weighed in and I am currently 358.0 pounds, so this is my starting weight.  That number totally sucks, but it is my truth. I except it and now to do something about it. As a birthday gift to myself, I would like to lose 15-20 pounds  (18lbs would be perfect which would put me at 340lbs for my 40th). I think that this is extremely doable so I am making this my short-term goal. I want to be proud of myself as it relates to my weight. It has been a long time coming since I have had much to celebrate weight wise. I believe giving myself the gift of losing 15-20 pounds down before my 40th birthday would be an epic gift.  I am going after it.  So now the question is how will I accomplish this?  I plan to track all my food, whatever goes into my mouth, I will track it.  I will eat as clean as possible, basically giving up all processed foods. I also plan to workout 4-5 times a week. My workout will consist of aerobic and strength training. And lastly, I will have fun while attempting to reach my goal. Making it fun is what will keep me interested and on track to meet my goal.

I look forward to see how consistent I can be as I work towards my birthday goal. I am going to stay disciplined.  I will blog about where I am along the way.  I have to stick to it and I will.

I am off to get my first workout of April in <3

Until I blog again,

Yesterday was what I called “pre-day one”, which means today was the officially day one. Day one wasn’t foul proof, but it wasn’t disastrous either. I would say I met 70% of the goals I sat out to meet. Was it perfect? No. But it was better than yesterday and any day last week. The one thing that I am proud of from today was that whenever I was tending to a goal set, that I actually thought about it. You see, in the past I would just do things without the thought process which would normally end up with irrational outcomes or unfavorable outcomes. Today, I was thinking, which is a huge step for me.

The one thing that I set out to do but didn’t get it done was to get back to the gym. I had plans and I really wanted to, but when the alarm went off this morning, I cut it off and slept a tad longer. I thought I would go after work, but I was tired. Instead I came home and made a nutritious meal and sat and enjoyed it. The plans are that day two, tomorrow, I will reacquaint myself with the gym and exercise. I am looking forward to going back.

So all in all, day one wasn’t a failure. I did somethings great, where other things I still have some tuning to do. Marathon, not a sprint. If I keep that in mind, I shall meet my goals and surpass them. I look forward to that. One day at a time.

Tomorrow, I have three goals:

  • Get to the gym for a morning exercise
  • Stay within the goals of my eating plan
  • Blog about my day two

I am excited to do better tomorrow.

Until I blog again,

I have tried and stopped, tried and stopped, tried and stopped until I am ready to push past the stopping part and giving it my all.  The thing about this vicious cycle is that I have never been past the “stopped” part to see how far I can go.  Because I have always stopped quit, I have never known what I can accomplish and that to me is a scary thing. Why is it scary? Well for the simple fact that I personally have quit at attempting to succeed.  Makes sense? I sure hope so.  I want to push, fight and grit past the quitting and see myself in another phase.  Why can’t I blog without quitting? Why can’t I eat healthy without quitting? Why can’t I lose the unwanted weight without quitting? Why?  That’s what I want to answer and I am the only one that can answer that question for myself. How can I answer that?  By simply pushing through and finding out what can get done if I do not quit, finding out what goals I can meet by not quitting. Easy, eh? Well, I know it will not be an easy feat, but I am up for the challenge.  I am ready to see what I can get done by doing the things that I know I have to do to reach my goals. I’m ready.

Today is ‘pre-day one”.  I named it that because while at work today the notion of starting came over me, so the day had already started and I had already did the opposite of what I want to set out to meet.  I started right then and there though, as soon as I felt the little voice saying “start now” and because I was mid-day already, I decided to name today, “pre-day one”. Tomorrow is officially day one and I am excited.  I am using this “pre-day one” to help prep for day one.  This mean that I am blogging today, making a schedule that I will start tomorrow, getting my gym bag ready and making sure my breakfast and lunch will be packed and ready for tomorrow.  I have to et myself up for success so today is a perfect day to do that.

Like I said, tomorrow is day one.  I will be first focusing on my eating habits and ensuring that I am setting time out to get to the gym for a workout.  I will weigh myself (and maybe post the results, although that is scary), I will track my food intake and I will exercise.  And of course, I will blog about it tomorrow.  Here’s to my day one of my newly written book.  I know that it will not be easy, but I am up for the challenge.  Read it here first, on this day (March 28, 2017), I will be a success story to myself and for myself. I am just getting started and I am excited. Off to finish my “pre-day one”, my prepping for day 1.

Until I blog again,