Pre-Season Organisation Task

Right! It’s here – time to get seriously organised. I’m getting a bit scared now, although I’m not sure why because there is nothing hugely frightening about the task. I’m already a planner and a Queen of List-making. I have so many notebooks lying around where I plan weekly meals and my shopping and I have workout log books and running log books, training plans and lots of mini goals …. so why the nerves? Actually, at the time of writing I’m thinking that maybe I’m nervous today generally because I’ve got an interview coming up in a couple of hours and there are so many questions hanging over it …

Will I get it/Will they want anyone as old as me/How can I make myself stand out/Am I prepared enough/Do I really know what I’m doing/What if the job times don’t suit/What if, as usual, I come away knowing there were a thousand answers I could’ve given to those questions and I couldn’t think of any ………………….. *cue SCREAM, FOOT-STAMPING, FRUSTRATION* ….

So … I took a couple of hours to really think about this task and commit to paper and fortunately, I did this yesterday, because today I can’t think past one o’clock!!  (see, people just don’t employ 50-year-olds, do they!)

Ahhhhh!! Stop! Getting distracted again …. The task required 4, 8 and 12-week goals but I’m setting out my goals for Week 1, too …

Ready? Steady? Let’s go ….

WEEK ONE 12wbt GOALS:

Take time to understand the whole plan and what’s required

Sort meals and shopping

Stick rigidly to the training schedule for the week – print off workouts ready for each day

Watch out for knee trouble – build up to 5k by 17 Feb

18 Feb Boxercise course – Enjoy and plan snacks for red flag train journeys!!

Plan reward for successful completion of ALL goals! (that birthday massage voucher?)

Stay positive, think ahead, plan for Week 2 earlier rather than later

 

TASK No. 1 …  RED FLAG DAYS

February:  18th – possibly (Boxercise Instructor course)

March 9th – 12th – Luxembourg weekend

March 18th – Mothering  Sunday … who knows what the kids will have planned lol

April 5th to 12th – Holiday w/ in-laws and no control over food!

April 15th – Marathon …. Dinner is likely to be BIG (but think I’ll have earned it?)

 

TASK No. 2 … WHICH WORKOUTS AND WHERE

Monday –  Fitness (SSS?) – GYM

Tuesday – Fitness – Outdoors

Wednesday – Toning + Karate – GYM

Thursday – Fitness + Kickboxing – GYM

Friday – Toning – Outdoors

Saturday – Kickboxing (erm …. Rest day? Not quite, but can’t organise it any other way)

Sunday – Light fitness, core and stretch – Outdoors

TASK 3 – SHOPPING

Online shopping as always (that way I’m not tempted walking down aisles!). Thursday afternoon is when I plan the family meals (kids’ meals and OH and my meals if ‘alterations’ needed, e.g. kids hate lentils so salad instead etc.).  Shopping arrives Friday morning. I’m not planning ‘cooking days’ because I hate freezing and defrosting (don’t ask me why) … I cook from fresh every day and count myself extremely lucky that I have the time to do it.

TASK 4 – MILESTONES

4-week milestones:

Weight loss:  4 lbs/1.8 kilos

  • Tick off 4 weeks COMPLETE of 12wbt
  • Running goal:  10k-15k LSD
  • Rowing goal: 500/400/300/200/100 in under 6 minutes
  • Kickboxing:  Combos sorted and learned
  • Pilates: Try not to die of boredom *yawn*

8-week milestones:

  •  Weight loss: 6 lbs to date = 2.7 kilos
  • Be proud of Easter holiday nutrition-handling without offending in-laws
  • Be proud of exercising EVERY day in Geneva
  • Running:  2 x ½ marathon LSDs
  • 8 weeks of 12wbt ACCOUNTABILITY (expecting a few tough days …)

12-week milestones:

  •  Weight loss maintenance
  • GO FOR IT attitude for last 4-week stretch
  • Steady running and BRIGHTON MARATHON
  • DON’T RUN AWAY FROM THAT DAMN FINISH LINE (my usual habit which is not going to beat me this time. It WON’T!!)
  • REMEMBER: The road continues on the other side of the Finish Line
  • JFDI
  • CRUNCH TIME …. READY OR NOT READY FOR ULTRA?? (2 weeks to go …)
  • Kickboxing … BLACK BELT GRADING … hmmmmm!  Am thinking … November!
  • SIGN UP FOR ROUND 2 to consolidate, regroup, refresh, smash some new goals!

 

4 Comments

  1. Hey Amanda

    Good luck with your job interiew. Let me share something with you as you seem a little bit unaware of this but I know of many 50 year old women in the workforce. Surprise surprise hey?

    Great goal setting, looks like I’m not the only organized one here. I think this task if completed correctly is the cne that will bring the results. Good luck xxx

    • Thank you so much. If I had half the faith in myself as many of my friends have in me I’m sure I’d be far more successful!! You are so right about this task … interestingly, I just replied to somebody else’s blog that THIS was the task that’d really make the difference. It’s so much more ‘in the moment’ than the others and psychologically brilliant. Best of luck to you, too. xx

  2. Oh thought I’d lost you but see you’ve been busy getting organized. I’m sure this wont post here so I’ll resend via 12wbt site… I found toughmudders! Looks fab & fun. Something to aspire to… See you about! (how did it go?? The Job?)

  3. Oh look it worked!!

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