A key component to my weight loss success when Adam was away at training last year was setting goals for myself. Goals such as my first sub 30 minute 5k (check), my first sub one hour 10k (so close!), sub 2 hour half marathon (not as close as I wanted but closer!), complete my first triathlon (check). Madeline from Food, Fitness and Family gave me some great words of advice via twitter and I really got to thinking about goals and setting my post baby fitness goals.
So what are my post baby fitness goals? (You know, to get back on topic and to NOT make this an entirely momariffic blog…)
1. Compete in first post baby 5k by July 2013
Assuming I can get back to working out by my 4 week post-op follow up at the end of April, I’ll be able to slowly start running. My plan to get back at it is two fold, start small with the couch to 5k program and pick a small race – mine will likely be the Women’s Distance Running Festival 5k here in Annapolis. Last year I ran it just before my triathlon and it was the last road race before baby. It’s middle of July so even if I don’t start running til mid May, I’ll have plenty of time to train.
2. Compete in first post baby Half marathon by October 2013
I’d love to run the Baltimore Half this year, and assuming I’m successful with goal number 1, I’ll register for the Baltimore and Annapolis Half Marathon’s for October and December respectively. I’m not going in with any time goals specifically, at least not for Baltimore, will reevaluate for Annapolis.
3. Run the Army 10 miler with Adam by October 2013
We were supposed to run it together last year and because I was sidelined through most of last fall, I ended up selling my registration to a friend of ours. This year, I really want to complete it with Adam. I’m certain family or friends would come out to cheer us on with baby Schmidt. We both really want to set a good example for him as he gets bigger about being happy with himself and enjoying the outdoors as much as we do.
4. Get back to pre-baby weight and continue pre-baby weight loss goals by working out regularly and taking time for me.
I was about 10 lbs away from my weight loss goal of 125 from 157 when Adam went off to do his army training. I was at 138 when I got pregnant, and could not for the life of me figure out why the scale was stuck and kept going up. Alas, about five weeks later we figured out the issue. I gained about 26 lbs total during my pregnancy, and a week post partum, I’m already down from 164 to 153. While the weight loss is less important than just getting into shape and I’m trying not to focus on the number, I’m kind of amazed how quickly breast feeding is assisting the efforts. Once I’m cleared by my doctor, I’ll focus on toning and getting my overall fitness level back but if I can get back to my pre-baby weight by the time I can workout again, I’ll be much happier. How will I do this? My goal is to run 3 days per week and practice yoga once/week. This may be unrealistic some weeks but it’s best to have a goal to shoot for and adjust once I’m actually able to see how it works, but we have a jogging stroller and Adam and I loved running together last spring when he got home… and mommy and me yoga is starting soon over at Prana I heard, sooo what’s my excuse once I can get moving again? Until then? I want to start going for short walks – hopefully I’ll be able to start this week with my mom and sister since I know they both enjoy walking as well.
5. Eat healthier and post 1 baby friendly recipe each week
I was NOT a poster child for healthy eating during pregnancy, granted it wasn’t all crap, but I did enjoy my fair share of Taco Bell black bean burritos over the past 40 weeks. But because I enjoy focusing my blog on healthy living, I want to showcase here that you can eat healthy without a whole lot of extra effort because lets face it, when you’re feeding a newborn in 2-3 hour intervals, it doesn’t leave time for much else.
How do you set goals for yourself? What are you working towards now?