getting buff

Thursday, April 13, 2006

First goals

Okay, I think that it is important to have some goals to work towards. Globally I have some big goals. For weight I want to get to about 70ish kg. From there I will be inside a "healthy" BMI so while I will probably want to continue losing weight from there on in, I won't make a particular number an ultimate goal in that regard. Once I reach 70kg I would prefer my goals to be much more based around fitness and those sorts of acheivements than a particular weight number. I don't want to be one of those normal sized people who obsesses over the scales. So my steps towards achieving this are joining the gym and taking a more healthy look at my diet.

Fitness wise I have an overall goal to become fit enough that I can get back to running for pleasure. In my late teens and early twenties I was a fun runner. I would run two to three times a week for about 5km a time and was a participant in the fun run circuit. While I am the first to admit that I often hated it while I was actually running, I loved actually being a runner and particularly the feeling after just having completed a run. One of the things I have always wanted to do once in my life is complete a marathon. I would still like to do that one day. A couple of times when I have tried to get back on a fitness kick it has been to start a running program or similar, but I am just carrying too much weight and am too unfit to make this practical at this stage and I ended up getting majorly discouraged. My birthday is coming up and my sister is going to get me a subscription to my favourite runners' magazine from back then (Australian Runners' World). Of course it will just be fitness porn for the next little while, but I am hoping it will inspire me to keep going.

My short term fitness goals are going to be tied up with my gym program. I want to complete at least 20 workouts within eight weeks, by the 7th of June. This is more or less the number of work outs that I have to do before my next fitness assessment. To complete 20 workouts, I will have to go an average of two and a half times a week, which I think is achievable. I want to make sure that I steadily improve my results, so my aim is to do better each time on my weights (even by one rep). My reward for accomplishing this goal is to get a massage from my sister who is a Myotherapist. I haven't had a massage for years and I figure after doing that much work in the gym, I will be ready to have some kinks worked out.

This year I set a goal that I would like to lose 10kg. In truth, I would like to lose a lot more than that this year, but I figured that I wanted to make my first goal achieveable even if I never got around to doing anything about it until later in the year (it was a New Year's resolution thing). So my immediate weight goal would be to lose 10kg (which would bring me down to 97.5kg from where I started). My reward for this one is to get myself a pair of crocs. I think that they are cool and have wanted a pair, but I couldn't justify the expense. But once I am 97.5kg, I will be marching around in my fantastic funky shoes.

So those are my goals and rewards. I kind of half wonder whether it is healthy to give myself rewards for achievements but bugger it. It is not like I am planning to reward myself by eating a tin of pringles. I figure as long as I keep my rewards pretty modest and as long as they are things that are not counter-productive, then I should be right.


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