Monday, January 31, 2011

Task 3 - Goal Setting

Be realistic with your goals.  Easy said than done Mish.  I am one of those classic people that set goals which are totally unreachable.  Instead of saying I wan to be able to run 10kms at the end of the 12WBT (and I can't even run to the end of the street), I would say, I want to run a half marathon at the end of the 12WBT!  I would then train flat out for the first couple of weeks, burn myself out and then sit in front of the TV with a burger and chips and make all the excuses under the sun.  Not this time.  I have sat down and really thought about where I want to go and what I want to achieve throughout the 12WBT and beyond.  I have never even thought about doing a marathon, or half marathon, although I have entered two fun runs and actually not turned up!  But why can't I do a marathon in 12 months?  What is stopping me from making that commitment.  If I remove all the excuses, there is nothing.  So I'm putting it out there people, I want to run a marathon in 12 months!  So here are the rest of my goals.  Right now, I'm hoping that they will all happen, but no doubt they will also change throughout the 12WBT and beyond.  But you have to start somewhere.

1 Month Goals

Lose 3kgs, run 3km without stopping. Stick to the eating and exercise plan EVERY DAY!!!

How I Will Get There

Start the running program. Follow the 12WBT meal and exercise program EVERY DAY!!!

3 Month Goals

Lose 7 kgs. Run 10kms without stopping. Throw away my "fat" clothes for good. Be confident about myself and my body. Don't be afraid to put myself first in relation to exercise. Make that my number one priority. Don't have a drink during the week during the 12WBT.

How I Will Get There

Follow the program. Don't buy alcohol to have in the house. Be strong enough not to have a drink during the week. If someone invites me somewhere, say I can come later or not at all.

6 Month Goals

Run a half marathon.  Maintain my weight

How I Will Get There
Follow training program.

12 Month Goals

Run a marathon. Be maintaining my weight and health. Start trying for a family. Buy a jet ski.

How I Will Get There

Training every day and following plan. Don't spend money on crap!

Task two - Getting Real, No more Excuses.

This was definately the hardest task of all.  It is so easy to come up with excuses but it is a different game hen you have to actually look at your self and why you are making the excuses.  Last round I wasn't 100% honest when I completed the pre-season tasks , but this round is all about doing things differently.  So here are my excuses and my Solutions:

Internal Excuses

I'm too tired. I'm too busy. It isn't going to make a difference if I don't excercise today. It is too cold/raining. It is too hot. I have worked hard this week, so I can have a rest. I have no motivation. I'm not worth it - I'm always going to be this weight. I have been unhappy about my weight for so long, what will I do when I reach my goal? I'm never going to look as good as other "skinny" girls.


Just get out the door and do it. It isn't going to make a difference to anyone else but me. Don't sit infront of the TV for 30 mins - go for a walk, go for a ride, do SOMETHING! There are skinny girls who were much bigger than me and they just didi it.

External Excuses Within My Control

It's raining, it's hot, I'm too tired, I have no time.


GET OUT OF BED WHEN THE ALARM GOES OFF. Remeber how good it feels to exercise.

External Excuses Outside My Control

Attending functions


If I can't exercise because I am out to dinner - make sensible decsions about what to eat. Don't blow it because of where you are. Then, exercise the next day.

It certainly was an eye opener to realise that I am my biggest excuse - now I just have to do something about it.

It starts with one step

Well here goes.  My first blog ever!  I have to admit I am a little bit excited but scared all at the same time.  I am hoping that by sharing my thoughts, fears and accomplishments throughout this journey it will help me andy maybe someone else along the way.  I don't really know what to expect but I guess I will just type and see what happens.