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Don’t laugh, but I’m going to do a triathlon

I have blogged about how I love watching marathons (and triathlons). The women and men who compete are so focused and determined. Positively inspiring. Then, recently, I read a post about a woman of size who completed a triathlon. And my dream began! (Oh, that I would have kept that post in my favorites. Sigh. I’ve been googling since and haven’t been able to find it — if you do, let me know!)

Then I discovered the book Slow Fat Triathlete. Wow. What a funny, inspiring book! (I’m changing my Facebook and Twitter statuses to my new affirmation from page 105 — friend or follow me and check it out!)

And THEN I read Why You Need a Bigger Goal than Weight Loss this morning. Is the universe sending me a message or what? I freak myself out when I just focus on weight loss. In fact, I was at that place yesterday, focused on the number on the scale and the pressure of losing half my body weight, and ended up eating crap and feeling like crap. I always end up gaining weight when I focus on the numbers by themselves. *But* when I focus on other goals… the weight loss happens in spite of myself. (Trying to take ownership of my accomplishments, not just responsibility for my failures. One of my “Issues”.)

I will focus on a few big and small goals that aren’t tied to the number on the scale. A triathlon is a good SMART goal — specific, measurable, achievable and realistic (now that I see it can be done), and time-bound. I will post my goals here in the next few days, when I have formulated them.

Now, I want to spend the day at the pool and on the track, not at work!

Wed, August 27 2008 » Motivation, Strategy

6 Responses

  1. Sarah August 27 2008 @ 11:37 am

    What a great idea. I’ve actually been secretly thinking about one as well. :-)

  2. Alexia August 27 2008 @ 12:35 pm

    Not a secret any longer! 😉

  3. Marshmallow August 27 2008 @ 3:34 pm

    Good for you, girl – nothing to be laughed at at all! I did a triathlon earlier this year, I can attest that it is great to have something to train towards and something that you can tick off and say I FREAKING DID IT.

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Alexia August 27 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    Marshmallow, you rock. You are one of the people who motivates me!

  5. JoLynn Braley August 29 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    Woohoo Alexia! Go for it with the triathalon!! I think that is soooo cool, and I’m totally on the same page with ya re: if you focus on the #’s on the scale you can start playing games with yourself – like you said, focus on your health, fitness, and bigger life goals, and you’ll do just fine. 😉

    And thanks for the shout out!! :)

  6. Alexia August 29 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    Thanks, JoLynn! And I just took step one — dragged my bike out of the garage, icky spider webs and all, and took it to be refurbished! I get to pick it up next Wednesday! Whee!