Golden Goals

The past week has been quite wonderful for progress in my life!   Motivated by the success I have had with my weight loss so far this year, I took advantage of the beautiful weather California was having and spent nearly every day outside either walking, hiking, or jogging around.

Aya, myself, and Kristin on our first hike ever!

I spent my Saturday with my two best friends, Aya and Kristin down in San Jose.  Even though we’ve been friends for thirteen years now, this was the FIRST time we have ever gone hiking together!  Typically we would spend our time together getting Snow Bubbles (bubble tea) or wandering through Target talking about the guys in our lives.  This time we decided to hit the dirt path instead, prepared with water and trail mix and ready for a hike that would get our hearts moving as fast as our mouths do when together.  I convinced Aya that we would be able to take it easy as she’s fresh to beginning to exercise again after brain surgery from a disease called Moya Moya last year.  Aya toughed out the hills as her and I followed Kristin, steadily keeping a fast pace up in front of us.  We all had a lot of fun over the hour and hopefully it won’t take another thirteen years for us to hike together again!

Sunday I accomplished a goal that I had on my “Things to do by 30″ list.  I made this list a few years ago and originally started out with thirty things to do by age 30.  Some of those goals proved to no longer be priorities as my goals in spending months abroad became evident as more important… such as owning my own dog or living on a farm.  One of the goals I knew I could accomplish though was to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.  I’ve lived in California for about eighteen years now and never once have made it anymore than halfway across the magnificent piece of architecture that my city is so famous for.  The weather was gorgeous yet windy (as to be expected) as I proudly made myself across the 1.7 miles of the length of the Golden Gate, dodging tourists of all sorts in eager hopes of reaching the other side.  I passed a woman wearing a shirt that said “This is was gangster looks like” with her short hair slicked back yet riding on a rented tourist bike.  I chuckled to myself as I noticed another woman, dressed in incredibly high heels and a short dress with a thin jacket as she tried to walk comfortably with her husband towards the first tower.  Another woman, probably in her eighties, jogged past me with skin only a few shades lighter red than the bridge itself dressed in a neon wind breaker and Ipod headphones.  There was such an abundance of different types of people on the bridge that day and it made me feel so happy that they were all probably feeling the same excitement as I was as we looked out upon the ocean and the city of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge Adventures
Golden Gate Bridge Adventures

 

All this exercise surely will help me with my weigh-in on Thursday.   I have decided since I typically do “Weigh-in Wednesdays” to change my day to Thursdays so I would be able to have something to write about on Fridays in terms of my progress!   Last week I was down another 1.6 pounds I believe, bringing my total weight lost for this year to 14 pounds.  Woohoo!

I also managed to find some tennis appropriate shoes for only $5 on clearance at Sports Authority.   I WAS SO HAPPY!  They’re not super cute, just plain white, but for $5 I would wear any type of tennis shoe.  Now I just need the weather to get warmer so I can start rocking those cute little tennis skirts I bought!

I have 2 1/2 more weeks until I turn 30 and quite a few things on my list to accomplish.  Some of things I’m hoping I can get done involved taking a swing dance lesson, running a mile without stopping, and to start rollerblading again.  I think going to the skating rink twice will qualify for “starting” again so I’ll try to accomplish that this weekend without running over any teenagers in puppy love.

Do you have any sort of list of goals you would like to accomplish by a certain age?  I remember my goals I had for when I was a teenager to accomplish by age 30 are things like getting married, having babies, and owning a house.   HAH!  I’m so far from  those goals but it’s quite alright.  I’m loving the way I chose to spend my 20’s and I’ll address those as my birthday gets closer.  ;)

Lots of love,

AprilSignatur

April’s Two Month Check In

Well, dear readers, I wish I could write a joyous post like my sister did yesterday revealing her AMAZING 5 pound weight drop within a week but no… I must write a post of the opposite side of the spectrum:  failure.

I was doing pretty good for the first six weeks; I lost about six pounds.  Then the dark shadow of November came over me bearing down grief from the death of my cousin Josh, too much school, and a horrible neck injury that left me messed up and in pain for two weeks.

Whatever weight-loss wagon I was on, my fellow riders clearly booted me off for sitting on the couch and watching too many reruns of “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” instead of attempting to go for a walk or eating something that didn’t come from a box.

But whatever, like my last post regarding my battle with math, my failure of the past month will only make me try harder.

I decided to take this past Sunday as a day to get in some fun exercise by walking for miles around the marina region of San Francisco.  I practiced my photography and trekked about four miles up and down the gorgeous water front overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.  I tried to keep my pace up enough to get my heart rate going and every time a neon spandex wearing jogger trotted past me, I only gained more motivation to boost up the speed.  I should have kept track of the amount of damn joggers I saw within my two hours of being at the marina.  Probably 100.  Of course, it was 65 degrees and totally clear in San Francisco that day, which is pretty rare for a December afternoon so I can’t really question.  Plus one day I’ll be a “damn jogger” rather than the “damn girl taking up the sidewalk with her walking”.  Oh, how I look forward to getting to the point when I look forward to running instead of dreading it.   I was there once, and it wasn’t really THAT long ago.   I just need to get there again.

Getting exercise by the golden gate bridge!

In January I will be joining up with some other friends from around my area in a weight-loss competition.   The contest goes for three months and has a $50 “buy-in” so the ending pot could end up being quite the pretty penny for whoever wins.   If I were to actually get serious about my weight loss, who knows!?  Maybe I could win!

I’m still enrolled in my Pilates and yoga classes for Mondays and Wednesdays.  I  also could utilize my free three-month membership to 24-hour Fitness and just get obsessive like my amazing homegirl Melody did and make the weight fall right off me.  With the combination of exercise and eating my “clean slow carb” diet,  I know that whether I win the contest or not, I could still finally get out of the 200’s and have a 1 for my single digit weight for the first time since I was 16.

I look forward to my future.  ;)

How about you guys?  Have you or would you ever do a weight loss competition?

Peace and monkeys,