Monday, September 5, 2011

Health Goals

Next month I will turn twenty-nine. Twenty-freaking-nine! I know that is younger than many people, but it's crazy to think I am entering the last year of my twenties.

Over the summer I haven't been feeling too healthy. I had put on some weight and wasn't exercising enough (i.e. at all). So, I made two goals for my 29th birthday.

1. Run a 5k. I have no time goal, I just want to run the whole thing without stopping to walk. Some days this genuinely feels impossible, and other days it seems within my reach. I have zero running background, but my boyfriend runner claims it is possible. I signed up for a 5k on October 9th, so I have just over a month left for training. Right now my best run is one and a half miles, walking half a mile, and then running another mile. Then Freddie made me sprint .10 mile at the end, to "simulate what I'll do in the race."

2. Lose 15 pounds. This gets me back down to what I've accepted is my ideal weight. It's not ideal in that I am a perfect physical specimen. It's ideal that I can keep it there if I exercise and keep eating relatively healthy. To get below that number, for me, takes the kind of exercise routine and eating habits that just aren't sustainable. But, that goal also gets me much happier with my body and makes me feel good about myself. I rejoined Weight Watchers (and boyfriend did too, because he's awesomely supportive like that). I've lost four pounds so far, so I've got eleven to go in the next month or so.

Both of these goals are attainable (I think), but they are definitely a challenge. I chose them for my birthday because I'm not super excited about turning 29. But, if I can associate my birthday with reaching goals for my health and (let's be honest), physical appearance, it gives me something to celebrate. I just have to not celebrate by gorging myself on a whole cake or something. Which sounds really good right now. I need to go make lunch.

I've also started religiously using night cream and eye cream after a friend my age told me she gets Botox already. (WHAT?!?!)

Do you have any fitness/health goals you're actively working towards?


  1. My goals are similar to yours. I would like to run a 5K and I'm trying to get more toned. I've also been trying night and eye cream also!

  2. Yes I am also trying to lose about 15 lbs. It straight up sucks. I hate dieting. And if there's one thing I hate more than dieting, it's exercising. Things I love include smoking cigarettes, sitting on my butt, and eating French fries. You can see why this is a serious struggle for me! (And yes, I quit smoking almost 4 years ago and I still struggle with wanting a cigarette every. single. day.)

    I'm also on WW and have had some modest success so far. It just feels, for me, like a battle, like I have to be "on my game" all the time. I don't naturally default to healthy habits and it feels like I never will. I guess what I'm trying to say is, coming from someone who REALLY has a hard time with the whole healthy lifestyle thing, I'm totally rooting for you!!!!

  3. Those are great goals!! :) Good luck! As for the Botox, (ack!!!) you take care of the inside, (healthy food, water, enough sleep, etc..) and it'll take care of your outsides!

  4. I am 29 also. uhhhhh. 6 more months until i am 30. crap

  5. I have a goal to get up tomorrow! Taught for 5.5 hours this afternoon into the evening. First day back and I am beat! Good for you starting a running program. I used to run every day and I miss it desperately, but side lined by arthritis.

  6. The two goals you have seem to go together well. Running and exercising will hopefully help in the goal to lose weight. I would also like to run a 5K. One of these days...