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At the beginning of the year I set 13 goals that I want to accomplish this year.  This is part of the 13 in 13 challenge I am taking part of.  Here’s an update on some of those goals:

Run 360 miles this year - I ended up running 30 miles this month (29.7 to be exact) which brought me to 25% of my goal which is right where I wanted to be.  


Give up diet soda - 92 days strong. I almost had some diet Coke this past Friday when I went to a baseball game & my mom bought it for me.  I almost drank it because I felt bad that she spent the money but at the same time, I didn’t want it.  That has been the only real temptation the past 3 months.  


Continue with the healthy lifestyle by following Weight Watchers - I’ve tracked off & on for the month of March. I really haven’t made it a priority and last week I renewed (once again) my commitment to tracking - both on MFP & WW.  I did well the first 4 days but it was downhill from there.  Hoping April will be a fresh start and that I will improve this month. 


Participate in 12 races (plus one more for good luck) - I participated in my second race of the year in March - The Biggest Loser 5K.  I’ve also signed up for two more races which will be in June. 

Work on lowering debt  & create a budget - these are the goals I will be working on this month.  Now that I am employed (yay!), I’ve reactivated my Mint account and will be creating a budget that I can follow. I’ve never really had one but since I am not making the same money as I used to I need to make sure that I spend my money wisely especially if I want to reduce my debt.  

March has had it’s ups & downs but getting a job is definitely the most memorable thing that happened.  I didn’t realize how much I like to have a routine and structure and now that I will have it, I hope that it will help me reach my goals for this year.  


I had 4 goals set for 2012:

Get a job - Finding a job has proven to be difficult. It hasn’t been for my lack of trying or not lowering my expectations. I have applied to all types of companies. This journey has taught me patience and how to handle rejection. I can’t let something that I can’t control affect me in an adverse manner.

Continue working towards a healthy lifestyle - in the past year I managed to lose about 32 pounds. Do I wish it were more? Yes! But I had many ups & downs during the year. A lot of emotional eating and at times just not caring. I am happy that I lost 30 pounds & have to focus on that. During the year I discovered clean eating, stopped Weight Watchers, counted calories & went back to Weight Watchers.

Run - I participated in 13 races and I did start to run. I wanted to be able to run a 5K without stopping by the end of the year and that didn’t happen. I started Couch to 5K twice and realized that it wasn’t for me. Getting over the fear of running in public was probably one of the things I am most proud of.

Take more risks - Completing Bay to Breakers and signing up for my first half marathon were probably the two biggest risks I took this year.

When I look back at 2012, it all feels like one long Groundhog day. A lot of has to do with fact that I spent most of it at home. My routine hasn’t varied much so in looking back I feel as I haven’t accomplished more. I could probably look back more closely and realize that I did accomplish more. But I think I will also find a lot of regrets.

It’s time to look forward and concentrate on the next 12 months. For 2013, I will be joining the 13 in 13 challenge being hosted by Rebecca at Weight Wars. Setting 13 goals for myself that will challenge me & help me become a better version of myself.

Goals for September were:

Lose 5 pounds : I lost 4.6 pounds this month.  Would’ve been over 9 pounds if I hand’t gained 4 pounds these last few days.   With TOM, being sick and a bit of laziness, I didn’t track as diligently as I have been and a lot of it was due in part because I made poor choices.  If I didn’t track it, it didn’t happen, right?  WRONG.   I did do better with the not drinking diet soda.  I wasn’t 100% but it was an improvement from August.   I probably ate clean 60% of the time which was not my target for the month. I need to do better because when I do, I feel better.  I must remember that.

Be active: I did ok for the first half of the month and pretty much sucked for the second half.   I lost my mojo and I need to find it again.   

September was a half ass month.  Let’s be real.  I could’ve done so much better but I didn’t.  I had these grand plans which fell flat.  However, I think I found a tool which will help me end 2012 with a bang!


If you don’t follow Theresa, you should.  She is someone who inspires me with her posts and also offers a lot of support.   For the remaining of 2012, she has created the iPromise challenge.  

This challenge is completely in your hands. Only you know what you need and want in your life and only you know what you can handle. It’s time to be honest and accountable to yourself and prove doubt and fear wrong. Don’t do this alone, let others hear your voice and reach out - we are in this together.

For this first week…

#iPromise to aim to eat clean 80% of my meals

#iPromise to drink 100 oz of water a day

#iPromise to work out at least 3 times 

#iPromise to only have two cheat meals: Wednesday (lunch) & Friday (dinner)

#iPromise to only have two cocktails on Friday night.

#iPromise to try a new recipe

#iPromise to continue with #plankaday

#iPromise to track my all my food on MFP

#iPromise to control my portions & not let my portions control me

#iPromise to be kind to myself

I know that if I commit fully to this challenge and do the things I have promised, I will be successful.  

Goals for August were:

  • Lose 5 pounds - actual loss of 5.8 pounds.  

  • Continue with Couch to 5k - currently on Week 3 Day 6.  I will be doing this day today.  I am repeating week 3 because that second 3 minute running interval is kicking my ass.  But I will keep repeating it until I can run it without difficulty.   I also logged 95.1 miles on the recumbent bike.   I am going to aim for 100 miles next month.
  • Track all my food -  I didn’t count points at all this month. It was all about calories and  I met my weight loss goal for the month.  I think this is the first time that it’s happen this year.  I can safely say that clean eating (at least 75% of the time) and calorie counting works for me.   I will be breaking up with WW.  

I was very, very pleased with these results.   It gives me more motivation to keep going and work hard.  I want September to be even better.  That means I have to work harder & make better decisions.   

Goals for September will be:

Lose 5 pounds.  What’s my plan of action?

  • Continue to track my food and stay within my daily calorie goal. 
  • No more diet soda.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been drinking more diet Coke simply because it’s in my house.  I should be reaching for water not a yummy carbonated drink.  
  • I am going to work towards eating clean 100% of the time for the month of September.  I did it in May and part of June so I know I can do it.  I need to stop with the “treats” and “cheats” as they become more frequent rather than the exception.
Be active.
  • Continue with C25K no matter what.  Doesn’t matter if I have to do repeat weeks several times. Just keep at it. 
  • Be active every day.  It shouldn’t be that hard. On the days that I don’t go to the gym, I can do Zumba or TurboJam at home or go on a walk. 
Two goals for the month of September.   I know I can do it.  It’s just a matter of doing it.  Sunday I am spending the day with friends wreaking havoc in the city (muahaha!) so that’s the only day that I won’t be on plan.  But I plan on making this a great month. 

Goals for July:

  • Lose 5 pounds - actual loss of .6 pound
  • Workout 4 times a week which includes Couch to 5K - not met
  • Track all my food - tracked every day. yay!
July was pretty much a fail as far as achieving the goals I set out for myself. I seem to have lost the momentum I had going for reaching my 100 pound loss which was back in the beginning of June. That means for the past two months I’ve been gaining and losing the same 3 or 4 pounds. That’s unacceptable. I know I can do better. I have done better.
Goals for August:
  • Lose 5 pounds - that’s 1.25 pound a week. So doable!
  • Workout 4 times a week - Restarting at week 2 of Couch to 5k. I need to make this a priority.
  • Track all my food - will solely be relying on calories this month and not counting points.

With this week’s gain of 1.6 pounds that makes my total loss for this month of 1.4 pounds.  I am really disappointed that it was so low but between birthday celebrations and going out with friends throughout the month, I know that I wasn’t as strict with my food intake.    

I had three goals for June:

  • Lose 8 pounds
  • Track all my food & activity on WW 
  • Earn 40 Activity Points per week

I didn’t reach my weight loss goal and I think for July, I am going to lower it to 5 pounds.  I think 8 pounds is expecting too much as that would be an average loss of two pounds a week.   I did track all my food every day so that’s a plus. I am remaining accountable to myself even if my food choices are not the greatest.  Will continue to track as this helps me tremendously. 

Now that I have my HRM I know exactly how many calories I am burning & I was overestimating my activity points on WW.  My fitness goal for this month is to continue with Couch to 5K along with doing other types of cardio such as Zumba.  My goal is to work out at least 4 times a week.  

On Sunday I got up early to drive over to Alameda to participate in the See Jane Run 5K. There’s also a half marathon that takes place. See Jane Run is a women’s sporting store sort of like Lululemon & Lucy who sponsor these events for women (although men are welcome to participate).

We got to the start line pretty early since we were told that parking could be an issue. We got there at 6:30am & it was freezing. We waited around an hour and then they had a 80’s music warm up which was fun. Then it was time to get my 5K on. I wanted to beat my previous time of 53:07 which was back in November during the Davis 5k race. I figured that I had walked a lot more and lost weight so that I would be able to do it.

You can’t tell but I was freezing in this picture.

My mom took this picture from the back. I can definitely see a difference in my body especially in my legs.

Great views of the bay.

This lady was running the half marathon wearing these shoes. What?!?!

I finished the race in 51:20 (yay beat my previous time!!) and then I got a pretty medal.

The real reason why I participated - chocolate & champagne. I thought we would get a glass and be sent on our merry way. Boy was I wrong. Champagne was unlimited. I can’t even imagine how many bottles they went thru. I only had one glass as I had weigh in the next day.

Happy that we finished and got our treats.

Things got a bit goofy. I blame the bubbly.

I really enjoyed the race and the event afterwards. I think this is one event I will be participating in annually.

Speaking of races, I registered for the SF Marathon’s Progressive Marathon as my reward for reaching a 100 pound loss. Who would’ve thought that I would reward myself with exercise? :)

I had three goals for the month of May:

  • Lose 8 pounds
  • Track all my food & activity on WW
  • Earn 40 Activity Points per week

Since I weigh in weekly I don’t really have a May 1st weigh in number so I am using the last 4 weeks which is what I have done in the past. I lost 5.4 these past 4 weeks. I am really happy with that number. 3 losses and one week I stayed the same. I am so close to a 100 pound loss that it’s motivating me to not eat crappy food and to work out.

I think for the first time ever this is the first month where I tracked every day. So cool! I didn’t think I had. As you can see fitness wise I did great the first three weeks. But then the last week wasn’t that great and that was due to my knee. But 149 activity points is pretty damn good! I feel great about my accomplishments for the month of May.

Setting the same goals for June but also adding that I will try to eat clean as much as I can. I really can’t measure that I am eating clean but I will know. Since June it’s my birthday month, I will allow myself a couple of planned cheat meals.

My goals for April were:

  1. Lose 8 pounds: actual pounds lost were 2.2
  2. Workout at least 1000 minutes: actual minutes were 485 
  3. Walk at least 50 miles: actual miles were 6.2 miles
  4. Workout at least 21 days: actual days were 12

I didn’t work out the first part of April. I feel like I have gotten my groove back in the latter part of the month. I’ve been getting bored of the treadmill so I’ve been doing the Boot Camp Challenge app and cardio DVDs at home. Having the variety in my exercises has helped me remain motivated. But I need to get back on the treadmill to get ready for Bay 2 Breakers which is on May 20th.

I tracked both calories and points this month and i wasn’t very successful. To be honest, when I was tracking points I would worry about the calories and vice versa. I wasn’t giving my full to either method. I lost the majority of the weight following Weight Watchers so I am going to go back on it full time. I am even contemplating going to a meeting here and there to get more tips and information about Points+. I’ve been looking at the website and it’s somewhat confusing sometimes. I think it helps to have an actual person answer questions and explain things rather than a website.

After thinking about it for the past couple of days, I decided on my goals for the month of May:

  1. Lose 8 pounds. I really wanted to be at a 100 pound loss by Bay 2 Breakers and right now I know that I will have to work so hard to get there as I need to lose 8 pounds in 19 days. I won’t be giving up. It is doable as I lost 11 pounds in December.
  2. Track my food & activity points on Weight Watchers app. If I bite it, write it. If I nibble it, scribble it. To get an accurate picture of my eating habits and exercise, I need to be diligent in tracking.
  3. My weekly activity points (AP) goal will be to earn 40 AP’s weekly. I was looking at MFP profile and when I filled it out it recommended I burn 2,880 calories a week for a projected loss of 2 pounds per week. On the Points+ plan, 80 calories equal 1 AP so 2,880 calories equals 36 AP’s. I am going to push myself to earn 40 APs per week. In my past workouts, this is how the APs break down:
  • 45 minutes of low impact aerobics = 6 AP
  • 26 minutes of boot camp (calisthenics; moderate effort) = 4 AP
  • 50 minutes on the treadmill > 3.0 MPH & < 5.0 MPH = 7 AP
  • 40 minutes of kickboxing (basically Turbo Jam) = 14 AP

I am ready to kick some ass this month.