Hey guys! Some of you know that I used to play soccer in college, run half marathons and be overall super into fitness. I even wanted to be a physical trainer at one point. But, I fell off. There’s no other way to describe it. I went the cliche route of getting hurt, gaining weight and doing nothing about it. So here I am, 30 years old and finally trying to get back to normal, fitness-wise. Now there were definitely things I needed to do to get back to that point. The first thing was to realize that I needed an accountability partner. If it was like a 5 pound weight gain then probably not because… well, five pounds doesn’t really affect my ability to run efficiently. But, we’re not talking 5 pounds, folks! We’re talking 25 pounds of excess weight. 25 pounds more than I have ever had before in my life. I seriously had to say to myself “Get real girl! This is past your type-A willpower. Get….Some….Help!”.
Once I was able to recognize this fact, my husband Alex and best friend Nicole agreed to be my accountability partners. This works because it will give me two different ways to be motivated. For my best friend and I, we're just being really encouraging/competitive, weighing in (including measurements) and placing a gentlewoman's wager involving a certain French Patisserie. And on the other side of the spectrum, my husband and I will be going to the gym together and making sure our meals aren’t sabotaging our progress.
Next thing that I did was sit down and really be honest with myself about my "why." That means being really specific, looking at realistic goals and not bullshitting yourself when you know some of the main reasons you want to get back to where you were are vain as hell. You know how you’re like, "I want to have a business to save the world” but you never seem to mention the fact that you own a business because you like fashion and actually want to make money? Yeah, well people do that with their fitness “whys" too. Maybe it’s something about not wanting to sound vain or selfish, who knows. But, be a little selfish girl and make that money! I for one know that a very vain reason I want to get back to my old body is because I have a lot of vintage items that fit my old body. I worked really hard to curate a bold and sustainable closet, dammit! For a less vapid reason, I truly feel great when I workout. I have more energy, my mind is completely clear, and to go back to being vain, the acne that I sometimes get as an adult leaves and replaced by a radiant glow. I’ll Smeagol that glow always (My Preciousssss…).
The last and most important thing I did to get my head in the mindset to tackle the 25 pound feat was use S.M.A.R.T goals. If you don’t know what I mean by this, it’s a mnemonic meaning Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. So obviously the goal is to lose weight, but the specific body type I’m really working towards is lean and pure muscle. Just like the good ol' days. So my S.M.A.R.T goals look a little something like this:
- Workout 5-6 times a week
- Focus on all aspects of the body, including flexibility
- Run my first half marathon in October!
- Fit myself into my blazers again by December
- Manage about a 1-2lb per week weight loss
- About 15-17% body fat by the end of the 25lb loss
I think this could be the start of something beautiful for all of us. Looking good, feeling fine and most importantly being healthy for years to come. What are some of your S.M.A.R.T goals for getting into shape and getting healthy? Let me know in the comments below!