Thursday, May 10, 2012

What's next?


Well, marathon training is quickly coming to a close. Can you believe it?! Jessica and I have been training for nearly 17 weeks for ONE race! I keep asking myself, "What next?" Because really, how do you follow a frickin' marathon?
I need something to focus on during the summer, and I've decided to put a long-term goal back in the front of my mind: Get to my "official" goal weight of 133. I know I'm always working on this, but when I think about it, I'm not really trying my best. There are things that I know I could improve on, and it's time I actually do it. So my new goal to focus on is to lose the last five pounds!

In addition to what I'm already doing (tracking my food, running 3-4 times per week), I'm going to try and do the following to kill these last five:

1) Go for a two-mile walk in the afternoon each day. The afternoon is when I tend to binge eat, and I really need to replace that habit. Getting out of the house will be the best thing I can do at that time.
2) Limit my night time snack to 300 calories or less. Sometimes I will eat as much as 500-600 calories at night, and I really should use those calories earlier in the day--a bigger breakfast or lunch.
3) Begin strength training after the marathon.

I think that with the right focus and determination I can reach my goal weight. I've signed up on Under Armour's website called "What's Beautiful: A competition to redefine the female athlete", and I'm going to track my progress there.

It's actually a really great website, combining two of my favorite running things: Under Armour and goal setting! You all know how much I love my Under Armour gear for running. The "What's Beautiful" site is actually a competition to reach goals that you set. I'm not in it for the competition with others but more to keep myself accountable.

If you strive for competition and have the right determination, you might want to think about doing it to win--they're going to pick ten people who will each receive $1000 in gear (you can check out the Under Armour site to see what interests you--I'm loving the "slash capris" in green--maybe for the marathon?? I couldn't find them in stores yesterday, but I think I will buy them online), and a couple of uber lucky winners will get to be the new "faces" for UA, with a ton of prizes to go along with the title.

Since Under Armour is sponsoring this post, you can have a chance to win a $500 UA gift card! This is a sweepstakes and the rules can be found below. You can enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment in the form below after checking out the Under Armour site and telling me which UA item you'd like to try. See sweepstakes rules (and other ways to enter) below.

SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY RULES
Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 5/10-5/21
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