Monday, December 31, 2007

The Numbers are In!

I finally did all my calculations (miles run) and here they are:

  • In the month of December 2007 I ran 94.87 miles.
  • In all of 2007, I ran a whopping 1,128.69 miles! This is compared to 614.13 miles in 2006.

I have to say that I am extremely proud of these numbers. Earlier this year I set a goal of 500 miles. I never really had any idea how many miles I could cover in a year and since I was pretty close to 1,200 for this past year I am going to keep my goal for next year at 1,500. I am also planning on creating a body transformation goal because I am NOT happy with the way I look or feel. I'm also looking forward to how my better body will help my running.

I have also been able to get my lifting started again. I have been starting slowly, so I don't get too sore, and I've been pleased with the sessions. The Afterburn series has a set of exercises that you do (2 different days) for weeks 1-4 and then you switch the exercises. You lift 3x per week and alternate the 2 days. For the first 2 days, I did just one set of the exercises and today (my first repeat of day 1) I increased the session up to 2 sets and increased some of the weights. I'm trying to concentrate on going through a full range of motion rather than going for heavier weights. Especially since I lift at home, I think it will give me greater ability to progress at home.

My weight hasn't dropped in this first week of getting back into things. I know it is because my eating has not been very good. We still have cookies in the house (leftover from Christmas) and I have not been able to stay away from them. I don't want to throw them away because the rest of the family is enjoying them and I don't usually have things like that in the house so it is a special treat for them. I know I should either throw them out or stay away from them but I haven't been able to follow through with this as of yet.

I also need to find a good leverage. My biggest problem with that is that I'm not a very materialistic person except for my exercise equipment. I can't really give that away as a leverage because I need it to reach my goal. My finances also aren't in a position where I can put up money. My dh also isn't open to the idea of using our joint money as leverage (things are pretty tight - lots of Christmas bills and car repair bills). If any of my fellow LL's are reading this and have a suggestions PLEASE share them!

Time to get the kids off to bed. Until next time!


Julie said...

Wouldn't the fact that you can't reach your goal without your exercise equipment be the perfect leverage?? I would think you would make dang sure you wouldn't lose it to temptation. Just a thought! It seems exactly what a leverage should be. Your statement makes it sound like you plan on losing your leverage instead of being confident you won't.
Can't wait to see what 2008 brings you!!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your comment. It's funny how you get locked into a way a thinking. I am in the process of re-listening to the CDs I got with the LL program and one of the leverages is to take a prized pocession and give it to someone to hold and then get them back when you reach your goal. I just assumed that I would need to "give away" the equipment in order for it to be an affective leverage. But, the problem would then become how do I reach the goal if someone else is holding onto the equipment that I need to use?

Does that make sense? I just wonder if it is an effective leverage if I still have the equipment in my posession the entire time. I will definitely give it some thought though! Let me know what you think as well (if you don't mind).

Julie said...

I see what you're saying. You were thinking that someone would be holding your possesion for you while you were working TOWARDS your goal, and I was thinking of it more as a takeway. Like, if you don't reach your weekly goals, your equipment is removed at THAT time. Thus, you would be making an informed choice at the time of any temptation that your equipment would be lost if you gave in.

Leverages are always a hard one. So many of them can be broken. When you find THE RIGHT one for you, let me know. I always have trouble with these. $$ just does not do it for me personally. It has to be something that will embarass the hell out me if I naked pics of me on the get my point.