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Monday, December 26, 2011

2011: Fitness Year in Review


So much has changed since I started blogging fitness goals back in 2004. This year was a huge change for me because back in April I made a decision to stop dieting forever. I mean, probably forever. Who knows. I don't think that I even blogged about it. I just suddenly one day decided that I'd been writing my food down since 1998 and I was tired of it and I wasn't going to do it anymore. I thought I would try a bit of intuitive eating like Charlotte does, and it worked. I lost 6 pounds, and then managed to stay within a 4 pound range of weight ever since.  That's right, for 8 months I've been just eating what my body wants and needs and I haven't written a thing down and I haven't turned into a fat, disgusting pig. Do I weigh what I would ideally like to weigh? No. But then again, I never have. Even when I was at my Weight Watchers goal weight (circa 2000), I was not happy with my body. So, why would I expect that I would be happy 11 years later, 20 pounds heavier?

I'm working on it.

So, with all of that in mind, let's look at my goals from last year and what I expect to see from myself in 2012.

Goals for 2011:
Diet and Weight Loss - Ugh.  I hate to say it, but I am going to have to lose weight again, and actually put effort into it.  Back to journaling and what not.  I'd like to be down 15-20 pounds before I run my full marathon in the fall.  I still don't want to sacrifice happiness, but I have my best chance of meeting my time goal for my marathon if I get some of my weight off.  Maybe I'll read Racing Weight.
I think it was all of this that started me on this no dieting thing. I found that I stay within this four-pound range no matter what (if you want to know, it's 168-171 pounds). If I find myself above it (maybe after a vacation, or I'm guessing after the holidays), I can easily watch what I eat for a few days and find myself back in the range again. I can also easily go from 171 down to 168, no worries or trouble at all. However, I can diet and exercise my ass off and the scale will finally say 167, maybe even 166, and then if I mess up even just a little, BAM it's back at 168 or 169 again. Enough. I'd had enough. It was too much work, it was making me too unhappy. I like cooking too much.

There's still always that whole time goal/speed thing, but I don't even care about that at this point. So, I didn't meet this goal, but I think I'm better off without it.
Running - Complete a full marathon in the fall, either Chicago or New York.  I'm not certain what to set as my goal, but I think for now my shoot for goal will be 5:30.  I'm going to settle for 5:45, though.  Either time is still a PR.  If I don't do it because of weather or other circumstances, that is fine and certainly not a failure.
Yay! I mostly did this. I was unable to register for Chicago because registration opened and closed way too early, but it didn't matter because shocker of shockers - I made it into the New York City Marathon on my first entry into the lottery! My final time: 5:46. So, I pretty much made my goal that I set at the beginning of the year. Oh New York, I love you.
Workouts - Biking!  I want to get more into the bike, and hopefully do a short bike race for fun in the spring.  Keep on weight training, and do the hardest part of cross training - find time to fit it in.
Yeah, I didn't do that bike race. I was not ready. I didn't do enough indoors during the winter, because I've found that riding your bike on the indoor trainer is about 10,000 times more boring than running on a treadmill. I also stopped cross training in the spring, although I did keep up with it pretty well before that. I got out on the bike in 2011 about the same amount of time as I did in 2010, so at least I'm not falling behind. And, I started swimming in November, which I didn't see coming when I wrote out my goals a year ago.
Diving - I see no reason why I will not be able to do 45-50 dives in 2011.  This year, I would like to see my lifetime dive total surpass 300.  Potentially get a Cavern Diving certification.
I didn't get the cavern certification, and I have my doubts that I will do it in 2012, but you never know. I did 66 total dives in 2011, an incredible amount. Most of those were in January/February in Indonesia, but I also did quite a few here in the states. Total lifetime dives - 317.

Lessons from 2011
  • When your doctor says you should walk as much as you want, she doesn't expect you to come in and tell her that you walked 12 miles on a treadmill.
  • Running in Bali? Yeah, not going to happen.
  • If your marathon starts at almost 11 am, you should just go ahead and bring your lunch with you for the run.
  • If you feel sick, check to see if it's hunger first.
    Successes for 2011
    • Continued running for another straight year!
    • Lots of weight training, March-May.
    • Jeff Galloway Training Program, including my fourth year as a group leader, and my first year training a real full marathon group.
    • Three 5k Races - Shamrock 5k in March, Pikesville 5k in July, St. George's Dragon 5K in October.
    • One 8K Race - Hadassah 8K in July. 
    • One 15K Race - Hot Chocolate 15K in December.
    • One Half Marathon - Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May.
    • One Full Marathon - ING New York City Marathon in November.
    • Dive Con for one Open Water Diver Class in July.
    • Completed 66 scuba dives, for a total of 317 since becoming certified in 2006.
    • New Personal  Records set in 2011:  8K (58:03 at Hadassah 8K, 7/31/2011);  Marathon (5:46:40 at New York, 11/6/2011).
    Goals for 2012
    • Diet and Weight Loss - Maintain my weight as best as I can. Be happy with my body and the way I look. Eat what makes me feel good, even if eating what feels good means eating something not-so-good for me. Don't track calories or points. Eat lots of veggies and whole foods, avoid processed. Bake Todd at least one apple pie. Drink wine. As Michael Pollan says: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. There you have it - BEST DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS GOALS EVER!
    • Running - Oh gosh, I'm so conflicted about what I want to do next fall. There's just a lot up in the air. I know I am running a marathon relay in January, and a half marathon in April, possibly one in March. I know I'm probably not doing a full marathon in the fall. But, I might try and captain a Ragnar team. I might do something else, so I guess my goal is to do something awesome in the fall of 2012.  
    • Workouts - Get back on the bike and continue to be more comfortable with it. Possibly do a sprint triathlon or a aquathon in June. Keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Get better and faster at swimming. Become more comfortable with the breast stroke. Do a pull up.
    • Diving - I would like to do 35-40 dives in 2012. We do already have a couple of dive trips planned, but we are not planning to do as much diving during these trips as we have been doing. I'm sure that I will get out to the quarry some, though.
    I don't feel like I've really hammered down what I expect 2012 to be, but hopefully you get the idea.

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    lindsay said...

    A busy 2011! Lots of diving - wow. And races too of course :)

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling icky and eating something solving that! Sometimes I'm afraid to eat though because I don't want to throw up.

    Good luck with the 2012 goals!

    Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner said...

    I can't believe it is time to write the 2011 recap already...I was just working on mine today. What a fun year you have had! Here's to 2012!

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