My biggest challenge in reaching my ideal state of fitness has been overcoming psychological challenges such as laziness, bad dieting habits, and general discouragement. it's easy for me to start a training regimen; but after a couple of weeks, the regularity quickly dies off and I slump back into half-hearted efforts.
Using this two week course as a diving board, I hope to completely change my mindset towards working out, and develop good habits to stay consistent in bettering myself.
- Get down to 180 lbs: I've been hovering in the 185-190 lb range for the past 3 months, so this seems like a very attainable goal.
- Start a regular and attractive workout schedule to both build lean muscle and cater to my love of running. It's been a very long time since I've done any kind of real strength training, so this will most likely be more difficult for me.
- Pin-point bad dietary habits (eating too much sugar, unbalanced meals, etc.) and work to transform my diet into one of my fitness strengths.
- My idea of working out for the past year has been pure and simple running; however, (especially after watching the first video for the class) I realize that this is not very effective for strength training. So, for the first week I plan on incorporating multiple sets of pushups and situps into my excercise regimens, as well as a visit to the gym to gague my level for bench press and other weight-lifting activities. During week two, I plan on switching to gym time as my main focus for working out, with running as more of a warm-up or off-day activity. Since the weather is fairly horrible for outdoor running where I am anyway, I don't think this transition will be too difficult.
- Nutrition has become hugely attractive to me recently, and I've been moving to eat a majority of fruits and vegetables at lunch and dinner. However, I have a real problem when it comes to sugar, it is my proverbial Achilles Heel. Over the course of this class, I want to get into the habit of monitoring my meals (perhaps through an Excel spreadsheet) and especially my sugar intake. I think this will be an invaluable tool in reaching the most efficiant dietary practices to meet my goal.
Looking at these goals written out, I believe that they are very attainable, and that there is definitelt;y room to exand as I grow into more healthy habits.
I look forward to reaching my goals over the next two weeks and launching off into a better life style that will help me succeed in my more long-term goals!