June Goals: Review and Reset

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Fairytales and Fitness

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What I said in January

I find June a great time to look back on what I said I would do this year vs. what I’ve done so far. I’ve done a bit of a review and I know already that I need to “reset” in some areas. Food and weight being the main topic…

Break all PR’s this year:

While I did my very best for 5K and 10K distances, I had to already change this goal for the rest of the distances due to surgery. Because I’ve only been running for a couple of weeks now, I do not think any other PR’s will happen, unless of course I’m able to run the Half and the Marathon with no walking breaks. Time will tell!

Word of the Year: Choice or Choose

This one I’m definitely resetting as I haven’t exactly been making the best nutrition choices since my surgery. Old habits and comfort eating die hard and I think even if I were to go into therapy I still would have not been able to find other ways to solve my “issues”. So basically as of 1 June have been refocusing on nutrition and weight loss. I’ve gained 4KG (almost 9lbs) since my surgery and although it’s nothing much, it means I’m actually 7 – 9KG over my marathon race weight.

Try something new at the gym

Officially not at the gym, but I have (as most of you know) been doing Pilates since end of January. There are two classes at the new gym I want to try before the end of the month.

Learn/ Practice Yoga

I think this is officially not going to happen since I’m busy enough as it is with everything else plus Pilates.

Use Stairs at home

With the exception of a couple of weeks during surgery recovery and coming back from a trip with too much stuff to carry upstairs, I have been consistently taking the stairs at home. Sometimes it’s even several times a day. Probably not a big deal but after a hard run or gym session, I really have no desire to go up 4 flights of stairs, but I do it anyway.

No Junk at work

I managed this too up until a few weeks ago when I lost it somehow on some sweets in the jar that are a particular favorite. This has been reset since last week

Fasted cardio 2-3 times a week

Also a reset and maybe renaming it to “am activity”. I’ve been working on my PT exercises at home but not consistently. So I’ve planned in a few AM sessions for this month.


This is not really the outcome that I would have wanted to post in June, had I never had surgery but it is what it is. I would love to stop hassling about my weight and calories in and out but this is also what it is! If I don’t keep track and stay on the right path pretty much all the time, I gain weight. I suppose if you’ve never really had a weight problem, it’s hard to understand why a person who seemingly is fit and healthy (and not even seemingly, I know that I am…) is concerned about their weight all the time. I suppose if you’ve never passed the “overweight” category into “obese” (or further) then it’s hard to understand why others seem to be obsessed by their weight. It’s a slippery slope, friends, I have been where I want to be now and had it all come crashing down around me and have never seen that goal weight again in my adult life. Don’t get me wrong. I am happy with who I am and what I am capable of. But I also know where I have been. And where I’ve been was the wrong side of 100KG / 220 lbs. If I can gain 4KG in 2 months, imagine how I could let it all go and gain 20KG more in a year’s time. Hence the reset. Marathon training starts officially on the 24th of June and I’d like to see 2KG gone by then.

Time to get back to work!

Have you had a review of your year so far? How are you doing on the goals you set for yourself?


  1. Chaitali says:

    Good luck with the reset! I’m the same way, if I don’t track my food and pay attention, I just gain weight magically. It happens even when I’m staying active and thinking I’m making healthy choices. So I understand where you’re coming from :)

  2. kookyrunner says:

    I totally understand that this isn’t what you imagined for June, but I hope that you still celebrate all the little victories, like having a good surgery/recovery and being able to start running again. I know it’s been a LONG road but I hope that you see light at the end of the tunnel!

    I’m in the same boat with you when it comes to weight. Last year, around this same time actually, I was down about 10 lbs but I was strictly following the WW program. Now I have gained all that weight back and I’m so pissed at myself for going off track – but I know I just need to commit to the program again and get back on track. I say that after just eating a donut for National Donut Day – sigh, LOL.

  3. Organic Runner Mom says:

    A reset is needed every now and again for sure. Having surgery is tough and can make it hard to feel like yourself and to meet goals. I cannot resist sweets. They are often my downfall.

  4. “. I suppose if you’ve never really had a weight problem, it’s hard to understand why a person who seemingly is fit and healthy (and not even seemingly, I know that I am…) is concerned about their weight all the time.”

    You know that I totally get it. I have other friends who do, other friends who are like — why are you worried? You’re healthy. You look good. Well, you GET it, I know!

    Right now I’m in a good place, but I know there are ebbs & flows and there will be a struggle again someday. It’s our drug of choice, and people who’ve never struggled with that will never get it. Now if they’d just stop commenting on it . . .

    Renee, you’re a strong woman. You’ve got this, especially now that you’re able to ease back into exercise.

  5. Liz Dexter says:

    I’m just trying to get more sleep, esp with my ultra looming. That’s it really. Do the things and get more sleep. Good to see you are bringing yourself back round from your surgery and doing so well.

  6. I am also in a bit of a reset right now with my eating after all of the travel we have done. I don’t weigh myself anymore but my summer clothes are too tight and I don’t like that at all! Take it one thing at a time! Makes it more manageable

  7. YOU totally got this reset!! You’re a strong-minded gal, and you had a major snafu with the surgery thrown at you. On a side note, I’m glad to see you’re doing steps LOL (You know I 100% endorse that objective).

  8. Wendy says:

    For the first time in my life, I’m worried about my weight. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. It seems as though it doesn’t matter what I eat or how much I work out. The pounds just seem to pack on. I’ve never had a weight issue, so maybe I don’t get it. But I’m alarmed enough to want to stop the gain!

    1. Good luck on your reset! I really enjoy tracking calories/macros because I like knowing what’s going into my body.

  9. I actually started doing yoga/pilates this year. I got certified in it so now I teach it often and I am really enjoying it more than i thought I would. A nice compliment to my running.

  10. I’ve been up and down with my weight my entire adult life and in this past year I got to the heaviest I’d ever been (except of course during pregnancies). I’ve been moaning about it for too long and finally hit the reset button hard last month in preparation for my vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Strict low-carb is my magic and since I don’t really care for sweets (I’ll take a 20 ounce steak any day), it’s relatively easy for me to do. It was tough being in Mexico and not eating tacos and drinking margaritas but I was committed! I’ve knocked off 13 pounds in a month and have about 10 more to go. Those last 10 won’t go as fast, but I’ll take the slow but sure if I can stick with it.

    Now that you are on the mend and back to running, I’m sure you will do well. But I am with you all the way. You need to be thinking of those extra pounds or kilos when they are a mere annoyance before they become a problem!

  11. Agreed, you definitely need a reset sometimes! I actually really enjoy tracking my calories/macros because I like knowing what’s going into my body. I’m trying to start doing more morning workouts to free up my evenings!

  12. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I am ready to do a reset too! I have gained 5 pounds over the past few months and I just can’t seem to get it off!! Ugh, it’s like my metabolism is at a complete standstill…so frustrating!!!

  13. Laurie says:

    You are allowed to have as many resets as you need. A reset this month is a great idea. I think it is awesome that you were able to PR the 5k and 10k distances. That is awesome!

  14. Hannah says:

    I think the mindset of resetting is helpful when something big like surgery throws you off track. I’m sure you will get back to your normal routine soon!

  15. runswithpugs says:

    It’s definitely a great month to check in and see how you’re doing and make those adjustments along the way.

    I absolutely do understand where you are coming from with the slippery slope and constantly worrying about weight. I’ve been able to suppress a lot of the chatter in my brain about counting calories and weigh-ins, but it does hang out in my mind.

  16. Holly Martin says:

    Resets are very essential because that gives you an opportunity to be exposed to something new!

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