Saturday, May 05, 2012
So, my goals this week were good, but I didn't do them all like I meant to. Toward the end of the week, I did that on purpose.
My goals this week were:
Work on my Arabic for a minimum of 5 minutes per day. -- Nope. I did this twice. And I'll do it again after I finish Sparking (and reading--see below).
Read 16 pages of my book per day. -- I was behind for most of the week, but I did average over 16 pages daily, assuming I get my pages read today, which I'm going to do right after this blog.
Measure and track everything I eat. -- I started out not doing this, and in fact, I forgot about this goal completely. And yet, somehow, it became the most important thing (I'm footnoting A LOT for a short blog, but see below, anyway!).
One relationship-building activity per day. -- My favorite one, and I always do it
Monday: I went to trivia with my friends...and even got a friend out who doesn't normally come out. And I think he secretly had fun! There's a tournament for the next two weeks, and I hope he'll come out for that, too.
Tuesday: I wrote on a FB wall of an old friend.
Wednesday: I think I might not have done it, but I made up for it on Friday. And I think I may have talked to Amy on Wednesday...Amy?
Thursday: I talked to my other sister.
Friday: I emailed my grandmother and prepared a note that I should have done a little while ago, and went back-and-forth on FB with one of the friends I've been calling for the last week as part of this goal.
This one is such a good goal, and it's been really important to me...AND, what's neat is the way it comes back to you. I mean, of course, when you reach out to emotionally connect with someone, that comes back from THAT person. What I didn't expect is to be contacted by OTHER people, whom I hadn't yet been back in touch with. What a world!
Three not-normally-daily chores this week. -- I've only done one. But my MIL is coming in a couple weeks, so husband is in serious cleaning mode right now, so I can get my other two tomorrow.
Goals for Next Week:
I'm paring them down...A LOT. That's what I meant when I said that I didn't complete my goals and toward the end of the week, it was on purpose.
I'm going singleminded here.
I want to focus only on my Spark goal of losing weight.
The other things like reading, Arabic learning, cleaning, all that, is going to become incidental to losing weight.
I AM keeping the relationship-building activity goal, however. I heart that goal, and it's been really great. And it's SO important, because it doesn't really matter how healthy and hot I get if I'm regretful about missing out on my friends and family. =)
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Today, I woke up and decided to be single-minded. I'm going to focus on losing weight and eating less than I burn. I made some rules for myself, wrote them down, and decided that these were the rules, and they weren't for breaking.
One of the rules I made is, no eating anything I can't measure (and do!).
I track my food. I track everything I eat, but I don't measure. I eyeball, I guess, I estimate, I select something another SparkPerson put in and just decide I had whatever their 1 serving is.
But I'm not going to do that anymore.
So I knew I had to say no to everything people offer me, because I couldn't measure.
Holy cow! My coworkers are extremely generous! I wrote down every time I turned down food.
I just said no to GRAHAM CRACKERS!
I just said no to CHEESE PUFFS!
I just said no to a piece of CHEESE SANDWICH!
I just said no to CARROT JUICE!
I just said no to DARK CHOCOLATE!
I just said no to a PLUM!
I just said no to UNIDENTIFIED LUNCH!
I just said no to an APPLE!
Now granted, not everything I said no to was bad...most of it was very healthy, but I couldn't measure it. And probably, we're looking at 700 calories if I had said yes to everything instead.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Okay, so here are my goals from last week:
One relationship-building activity per day
- Monday, I called my BFF from college
- Tuesday, I wrote on one of my German friends' FB wall
- Wednesday, I called another old friend and sent the card to my Grandmother
- Thursday, I went out to support a friend at an event.
- Friday, I didn't do anything, but I did two on Wednesday, so I feel okay.
- Saturday, I returned three phone calls just to talk.
Keep better records of my accomplishments each morning (had a hard time summarizing on Friday night) , kinda. I kept better records, but not great records
Read 16 pages of my new book each day
I didn't do it on Thursday, actually, but I read 32 on Friday to make up for it.
Eat within my calorie range each day. I did okay, but not perfect.
Focus on proactive language for one day. (Today, I imagine)...I dunno. It's so hard to remember to do it. I'm going to put a big P on my hand today to remind me.
Focus on being industrious at work.--I know that's a little vague. I'm going to stay away from news and come on SP half as much as normal. I wasn't perfect, and I had some days where I was pretty useless, but I did better than normal, finished a project I'd been working on, and am getting ahead of the game.
Goals for This Week:
Work on my Arabic for a minimum of 5 minutes per day.
Read 16 pages of my book per day.
Measure and track everything I eat.
One relationship-building activity per day.
Three not-normally-daily chores this week.
There's a blind chihuahua at a shelter in Baltimore that I'm considering fostering. I'm okay with it if it doesn't happen, but if I can take her and keep her from euthanized, why not? It may already be too late, though--that's my main concern. I also have to find out what our financial responsibility to her will be if we get her, because that's important to my husband...and I guess should be important to me, too. I don't know if Suze would approve me or not, but I think if I were able to promise her it's a FOSTER, and that it's TEMPORARY, that she would approve in a matter of life and death.
Friday, April 20, 2012
I'm just going to go ahead and update those goals now, instead of tomorrow, because I am going to go see a Jeopardy! taping tomorrow and am not going to do any more than I already have done.
This week, I did NOT do as well as last week, wherein I accomplished all but my quantitative weight loss goal. Let's see how I fared, shall we?
Lose 1.6 pounds this week (this will put me at 139.7). I'm almost sure this is a nope, though we will find out tomorrow.
Finish my book.
Do one relationship-building activity each day (already finished today's. We're going to trivia tonight, and I invited housemate's boyfriend)
-Tuesday, the relationship on which to build was between me and my husband. I baked him a cake, even though I'm a seven-year-old when it comes to the kitchen. If he didn't cook, we would eat cereal and sandwiches every single night.
-Wednesday, I was invited to lunch by that delegation that was coming to the office yesterday. Last week, I asked them to hang out socially and they said no, but offered this as an alternative. My office is very strict regarding lunches and leaving the premises, so I was nervous, but I did ask, and he said yes.
-Thursday, I texted one of the friends from last week again to see about hanging out to see an old friend play a gig. She didn't answer, but I did go see that old friend play his gig. So two activities. =)
-Today, I wrote a card to my grandmother and put a gift card in it.
Organize my closet. Take those things and the un-Freecyclable things to Goodwill. .5 times I did organize my closet, but haven't taken everything to Goodwill yet.
Stay below the max for my calorie range each day. Um...I did okay. But not each day.
One Time Goal: Finish something work-related this afternoon. but late. I did it the following day.
Clear out all those branches in my backyard.
Nope. Not. At. All.
This week kind of blew, except for husband's birthday, and even then, there were my high expectations to stress me out and disappoint me. I found out some really upsetting news on Monday, and then when I was out of the office for husband's birthday, there was serious drama which I'm glad I missed, but still didn't enjoy hearing about, and today I got dressed down by my boss because a personal friend sent me an email asking if my workplace could do some charity work, and instead of discussing it with him, I sent it to the appropriate person. Those who know me know that my biggest fear in life is getting in trouble for something I didn't do or didn't know was wrong at the time, and even though I wasn't *really* in trouble, it didn't feel good. I'm trying not to dwell on it by imagining that my boss just wanted the credit for my friend's thing. I'm picturing him going to the big boss and saying, "So, I was talking to my friend Bridget the other day, and she suggested...." But it still kind of stinks.
Oh! And I was going through my SparkFriends today, and I realized I hadn't seen anything on my friend feed in awhile for a formerly very active member. I went to check my mutual friends, and s/he had removed me. This is one of those people that I think are pretty well-known in SparkLand, and I enjoyed reading his/her blogs, and commented relatively frequently. S/he never commented on my stuff, to be clear. I mean, I get it's not personal (or at least "that" personal), and it's sooo not a big deal, but I'm kind of offended and feel like I should have been the one deleting HIZZER, right???
I hope next week will be better. I'll do fewer goals next week and see if that helps.
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