So last time I reported that I was starting the Revelation Fitness program. A couple of weeks ago, Jim, one of the owners, came over, told me about the program, took my measurements, and help me set goals. Then he told me to track my intake for two weeks and, at the end of that two weeks, we’d start the actual program, which involves nutrition oversight and training sessions three times a week with a personal trainer.
I’ve been tracking my intake, and I’m realizing that I eat very, very little protein and quite a bit of fat. Some of it is good fat, but not all of it. And either way, it’s more fat than I should be eating. I also realize that I’m eating more at night and later at night than I should. So I’ve learned quite a bit about my habits.
Last week, I met with my trainer, Christina. She’s young and fit and seems very to the point in her communication. I think I’m going to like her – and probably hate her at times. She told me not to waste her time and to never say I “can’t” do something. I’m allowed to say it’s hard, but I’m not allowed to say that I can’t do it. I like that. She also told me to think about how I want to look and to ask myself with each food decision I’m making – will this help me get there? If not, then I shouldn’t do it. That sounds so simple and makes so much sense. I’m going to ask myself that over and over for the next twelve weeks.
She also told me to make my vision board. So I did. I took poster board and created twelve spots – one for each week – so that I can post my pictures of myself week after week as a reminder of where I’ve been. I also listed my goals and put some photos of people I want to look like as a reminder of where I’m headed.
My goals are:
(1) 124 pounds (down from 140);
(2) 10 percent body fat (down from 20);
(3) 5 pullups (from 0 pullups);
(4) 15+ mph bike on October 17 (from 13.5);
(5) a sub 5:20 marathon on November 7 (from 6.00); and
(6) a totally indulgent beach vacation at the end of the program, which I’m already working on scheduling.
I was also told to set a negative goal, which are goals that are essentially punishments if I fail. I set two:
(1) I will not be permitted to read for pleasure for 6 months.
(2) I will have to pay for my sister Caroline to do this program.
I thought about posting my “before” picture here, but decided against it for now. I hate it. HATE IT. I need to work on posting it or at least being willing to post it when I’m all finished.
The other thing I did was buy the bikini I want to wear at the beach. It should arrive in the next few days. When it does, I will hang it in my room as a reminder of what I’m working towards.
I was told to buy an outfit for my photo shoot. A number of the “after” shoots I’ve seen pictures from are girls in bikinis. Some are in workout clothes, but many are in bikinis. I don’t know if I’ll have the nerve to do the photo shoot in a bikini. We’ll see. Maybe I can work up the nerve to post the before picture and to wear the bikini for my after pictures. Man, that sounds like a lot of nerve!
I’m excited about my goals. I’m excited about my vision board. I’m excited about Christina working with me. I’m excited to think about how I could look 12 weeks from now. I’m excited to wear the bikini I ordered. I’m excited to figure out how to eat long term. I’m ready to go.
Tomorrow, I take the first set of photos (front, back and both sides) to send in to Christina, and I start tracking daily my weight, calories taken in and calories burned. We officially kick off this week.
Stay tuned. And if you want to hang out during the next few weeks, let’s do something other than a meal. Coffee, perhaps? Or a walk, run or bike?
And away we go…