Goal Weight – The Final Frontier

Lose weight I have this little problem that’s dogging me like a cheap wine hangover…it’s the last few kgs that I need to lose to get me to goal weight. It’s weird really; I’ve never made it there, this is completely new territory for me. The final frontier to cross to complete my journey.

I’ve pondered this for a few weeks and finally came to a conclusion that it’s now or never. What jogged me out of the holding pattern I’ve been in since the festive lunacy, is the realisation that, in a few short weeks I will reach the 18-month anniversary of the fateful day when I got on the scale and had the psychological and emotional equivalent of being dunked naked in bath of ice. July 4th is the day and it’ll be exactly a year and a half since I began my journey.

Statistically, only 5% of people that embark on a weight loss journey actually reach goal weight and keep it off. Only 5% make their lifestyle stick and I’m sure as heck not going to be in that 95%, not after the major investment I’ve made in the new me.

I want to celebrate this little milestone, and my plan is to run a full marathon. No, I haven’t actually chosen a marathon to run, but there’s bound to be something happening close to that date. And if not, I’ll rally the family troops and make them set-up water points just for me – I’m doing this, no holds barred.

My plan is simple: tackle my nutrition plan, up the training and introduce a bootcamp of sorts. Actually, for the fundis out there, I have a more concrete running plan which has been inspired by the club coach and it goes something like this:

  • Monday and Wednesday – interval training
  • Tuesday and Saturday – 30-40 minutes light jogging
  • Thursday – 8km time trial
  • Sunday – long run, distance to increase every 4 weeks.

On 4 of those days I will add 30 minutes of yoga to improve my flexibility as well as 30 minutes of full body strength training. And while I’m at it, I’ll find a cure for AIDS…no problem.

16 weeks starts Monday 14 March, I’ll check in every 2 weeks to provide an update but watch me work – the final frontier is mine, and I’m not just gonna own it, I’m gonna make it my slave!

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3 Responses to Goal Weight – The Final Frontier

  1. Aileen Kennaugh 17 March 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Brilliant – one step at a time. But don;t forget to reward yourself as well when you need it.

  2. Catherine 17 March 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    You are an inspiration………….right behind you,Carol.

  3. Chris 9 April 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    You go girl!!
    You’ll do it because you really want to!

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