2012 was a challenge for me. After a tough end to 2011, which included walking off a marathon course at mile 22 (on my birthday, no less), not making it to the starting line of another marathon, thinking I would be able to run a half in December (not) and begging Disney to let me defer my race to 2013, I thought 2012 would be a spectacular year. I was running in January, but my ankle wasn't really feeling any better.
In February I went to a foot and ankle specialist and on March 8th I had ankle surgery. During my recovery of no running, I gained about 10 lbs.
I started running again and thought things were back on track. Until the inside of the same ankle started hurting. Which required a second surgery (the problem was not the same and unrelated to the first surgery).
Recovery again and another 10ish lbs.
I'm running again, but being my mileage is still low. I'm building it up and feeling good about my progress, although it's slow-going.
On January 1st, I met up with some friend and we ran together. Followed by breakfast which was more calories than we burned, I'm sure.
On January 2nd, I got up for work, made coffee and as I got ready to take a shower I thought I should weigh myself. I was afraid to see what the number was and decided against it.
While I was in a shower, I was thinking - don't the best ideas come to us in the shower? - I wondered what it would be like if I didn't weigh myself for the entire year?
I decided that it could be fantastic or a fantastic disaster. Meaning I could either turn this into an awesome year of fitness or by next January 1st, I could weigh 600 lbs. But I think it's certainly worth a try.
I have no idea what I weigh right now (other than more than I should). I have no idea what I should weigh. I believe the BMI is crap. I'm 5' 2" and have a decent amount of muscle. The number the BMI tells me I should weigh isn't right for me.
So this year, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to base my goals not by a number on a scale, which quite frankly, makes me mental. Instead I'm going to go by my overall fitness level. I'm going to go by the way my clothes fit. I have a goal to get back into some of the jeans in my closet.
My closet looks like an Old Navy with all the same jeans in many different sizes? It's true and it's ridiculous.
What if I have to go to the doctor? They always weigh you when you go to the doctor. I'll ask them to not say the number out loud and I'll stand on the scale backwards. Boom!
What about food?
I'm making careful choices (i.e. not a lot of junk, if any) and not eating too much.
- Running, of course. While being mindful of how my ankle feels.
- Core Work
- Biking on the Training
- Strength Training (as soon as my pectoral pain goes away - again)
Stick around for the journey and see how it goes. I think it's going to be fantastic.