Fitness/ Health Tips/ Motivation

Plans and Progress… Why am I Not Getting Anywhere?

On Monday I shared with you my new fitness “plan”:

  • MON – Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
  • TUES – BodyPump class at the gym (6 am), 5k run with Amber to pick up Sierra after school  (weather depending)
  • WED –  Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
  • THURS –  BodyPump class at the gym (6 am), 5k run with Amber to pick up Sierra after school  (weather depending)
  • FRI –  Weights at the gym (6 am), 5K run in the afternoon with the kids (weather depending*)
  • SAT – REST
  • SUN – Sneak out for a LONG run

Then yesterday I lamented about how I wasn’t seeing any progress, or weight loss.   Did you notice something about those two  posts – a crucial thing I forgot while making my “plan” and complaining about my lack of progress?   I’ll give ya a hint… It starts with the letter “G”…


I didn’t share any goals… So how can I expect to be successful, stay motivated and meet my goals if I don’t really have any?   Sure I’ll be active, and theoretically I’ll probably gain some strength, lose a pound or two and see some cardiovascular benefits just from the sheer volume of exercise – but what  will I REALLY  accomplish? And more importantly, how will I know I accomplished it?

From Wikipedia:

A goal or objective is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve “a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

So I started thinking about my goals…

  1. Weight Management – Wii Fit says I’m back down to my wedding weight (Yay!).   I worked HARD to get back here, but now that I’ve reached that goal I’ve found myself slacking off in the intensity of my work outs, and the choices I make with my food.   (Remember the TEN cookies I ate on Monday?)
  2. Body Fat Percentage – while I’ve made it back to my goal weight, I still have a fair amount of body fat (maternal fat stores?) – I would really love to get more toned.   I’m still a size larger than I was before kids, and I’m walking around with a cute little muffin top. I’d love to reduce my body fat %age.
  3. Happiness – its no secret that I had post-partum depression after my two previous pregnancies.  I battled my way out with exercise and healthy eating and I intend on staying HAPPY by staying active.

I originally thought my goal was to run a half marathon this year (I’ve already register for TWO) but I just haven’t been able to really get into my running – instead I enjoyed the mommy/baby bootcamp classes and now I’m enjoying my gym workouts.  I think my lack of focus in my running is because it’s really not an important goal for me — the other activities are satisfying my gaols and needs much more.

So… those are my plans and my goals… What are yours?


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  • VirgoMommy
    April 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    WOW, that is an awesome workout schedule! How in the world do you find the energy to workout everyday at 6am? Can you please bottle it up and send some my way? 🙂
    Great list of goals, I need to make a list for myself.
    <3 your posts!!

    • Janice
      April 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      I go to bed early – like 9:30 early… And then I “sit around” the house as much afterwards as a mom with 3 kids can without feeling guilty cause I know I already got my tough workout in. Oh – and coffee helps – lots of it 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    April 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I certainly have my goals! I still have about 10 lbs (guessing) to get to my “happy place” and definitely would love to tone up a little bit more. I figured the more toned part won’t happen until I’m done b’feeding though. That’s what happened after M at least.

    I also want to keep seeing progress with running. 🙂

    • Janice
      April 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      I found that too! As soon as I started menstruating again I dropped 5lbs, then after weaning I dropped another 5lbs quickly.

      Keep up the great workouts and you’ll reach your goals in no time! You’re always inspiring me to be my best (which is the topic of tomorrow’s post) – stay tuned!

  • Weight Loss Trainer
    May 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

    For the month of May, I plan on dropping at least 4-5 more pounds (taking me from 195-190) while maintaining muscle mass.

    A difficult but achievable goal!


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