Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 1

Happy New Year, everyone!

I have so much I could write about the holidays, but I've decided to put that off because there's something else I've been putting off for way too long.

Almost three years ago (April 2010), I started a weekly update on my weight loss progress (on a no-longer-existent blog). I had reached a weight that I was not at ALL happy with, and I needed some sort of accountability to keep myself on track. Over the course of about a year and a half, I had reached a weight I was much happier with, and I felt like I had a handle on things so that I didn't need to keep up with the (admittedly dull) weekly posts.

You can probably see where this is going. I slacked off for most of 2012, and it's caught up with me on the scale. I've gained back almost all of the weight I worked so hard to lose. Granted, I'm in way better shape than I was in 2010, because I have more muscle tone than I did back then. But I know I haven't been doing my body any favors lately, and a new year is as good a time as any to get back on the wagon! I'm dusting off my MyFitnessPal account to track my daily calorie intake, and I'm sketching up a good workout routine.

So here we go: the inaugural weekly weigh-in at Aisle Hi-Five. I'll try to keep these posts brief, or at least somewhat interesting/entertaining. If you read nothing else, scroll to the actual numbers and see how I'm doing!

Jan 2

I am super embarrassed about this number. But rather than beat myself up over my lack of effort, let's get right to the goal-setting.

  1. My short-term goal is to lose five pounds this month.
    I really hate seeing any number in the 160s on the scale, because it takes me back to April 2010 when I was bursting out of my size 12 pants and couldn't walk up a flight of steps without getting winded. (Let's not talk about how I'm already feeling that old wheeze creep up again when I'm walking upstairs...eek!) But I also want to lose five pounds in a month because that's exactly how long it took me to gain these last five pounds. I need my body to remember that it's harder to lose weight than gain it, but that the reward is proportional to the effort. It was a breeze eating everything in sight over the holidays, and my reward is a little more jiggle in my midsection (ugh). It's going to take hard work and a lot more consideration for how I spend my time in order to lose the first five pounds, but the reward will be so much sweeter.

  2. My mid-term goal is to train for the Old Agoura 10K (March 23).
    I am hoping this won't be super difficult since I ran it in 2011 and am theoretically able to run six-mile stretches at a time.... But since I haven't run in months and my last several runs  have each been several months apart (and all fairly pathetic), it could prove to be a doozy. The real goal here is to get back into a habit of running more often, and I have always found it helpful to have something to train for to get me motivated. I am also probably going to sign up for the Super Bowl 4-Miler that's in town again this year, which should be a good practice run before the 10K.

  3. My long-term goal is to get back into my size 4 skinny jeans and maintain a good fitness level and healthy eating habits.
    This one has no real deadline since it's something I want to keep up for life. Ultimately, I want to continue to be in good shape and living an active lifestyle so that I can keep up the pace when I (eventually) get pregnant. I'm really inspired and encouraged by the moms-to-be who run half marathons while six months pregnant! Plus, it'll be a lot easier to get back into shape post-pregnancy if I'm in good shape before and during pregnancy, right? But even if I don't have kids in the next ten years (heaven forbid!), I want to be a healthy and fit person because it just feels better than the alternative!
I'm sure I will come up with other small goals along the way, but these are the big ones that I've been mulling over.

Stay tuned for next week's weigh-in results!

What are your fitness goals this year?


  1. Okay I definitely need to get on board with this too! And I just started using MyFitnessPal again too! (Granted I stopped for the Holidays, ha). I'm doing a 10K in Feb, we should totally train together if you want.

    As amazing as the holidays were, I'm excited to get back to the weekly routine aka I need me some more Tabitha in my life! :)

    1. Let's be MFP friends! :-P And let's definitely run together. Are you around this weekend?

  2. Here's good news...I wouldn't have guessed that you weighed that much when you were here at Christmas; the fitness must be helping. Oh, and btw, I would love to weigh what you weigh. I'm pretty sure I was 160 when we got married nearly 31 years ago. I doubt I'll ever been there again, so I don't call that my goal weight. At this point, I'd love to be under 200 again and stay there a good year before I even think of dropping any more weight. The yo-yo-ing is so frustrating that I often figure that I'd rather stay heavy than going back and forth.

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  4. Sounds like reasonable, achievable goals! And wow-- I haven't worn a size 4 (in pants) since before I got pregnant (it's all due to baby blubber). I have no doubt you'll do a much better job than I did, getting back into shape post-pregnancy :-)

    1. Well, to clarify, I'm pretty sure the size 4's I have are a bit of a fluke, since when I did buy them (and fit into them), I was a size 6 most other places. I just want those particular pants to fit nicely again!

  5. I feel like I lose weight and gain weight every year! So far, day two of this year, and I'm doing good! phew!

    can't wait for you to rock those jeans again!

    1. Thanks lady! I'm hoping to pick up some good momentum and keep it up better this year than I did last year. I think around April I just kinda stopped trying...oops!


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