Friday, February 28, 2014
For February, I used hard data to set goals and track my progress.
Goals - did I meet them?
PAWS shifts (the no-kill shelter where I volunteer) - goal was 8, I did 7.
Running miles - goal was 25, actual mileage was 29.37. I am thrilled about this number, especially given how stinkin' cold it was this month! I got out there and ran in all kinds of weather - snow, cold, rain, sun, wind... every day running in the winter is a day closer to spring!
Apples for workout days - goal was 23, actual was 15. Sigh... while running was pretty consistent, my trips to the gym were not.
- I lost 3.4 pounds this month! I seriously cleaned up my diet (no dairy, no added sugar, almost totally vegetarian, no processed foods) and am feeling great. I am drinking water like crazy, and it took me less than a week for my body to get used to this way of eating. I wanted to be realistic for my life, though. I did go out to eat a few times, I had some dessert, and I had some drinks. The most important diet change for me is eliminating dairy - my skin is SOOO much better because of it, so when I went out, I stuck to the no dairy rule.
- My sleeping improved like crazy! As part of my diet cleanse, I eliminated caffeine/coffee. I can't say that this was the only reason I've been sleeping much better, but I imagine that it's certainly helped! I'm sleeping a full eight hours a night, hardly ever hit the snooze button, and no more nighttime snacking. I didn't give up coffee cold turkey - I knew if I tried that I'd end up with horrible migraines (it's happened to me before). I had some decaf in the fridge, so I changed the ratio of caf:decaf for about two weeks until I was finally done with the coffee. I still have a cup of green tea in the morning, but the caffeine level in that is so negligible that I gladly make this part of my new diet.
6 PAWS shifts. I will be away next week, so I adjusted this number. Starting when I get back, I will be taking photos of the adoptable animals to post online. I'm super excited about this, and it will add more volunteer hours!
20 apples - I REALLY knocked this down from February's goal. I gave myself two rest days a week instead of one; I'm anticipating that with the nicer weather (I hope!) I'll want to get out of the house more and walk to the gym. It was really difficult for me to get motivated to leave the house when it was below 20F, which happened quite often this month. For March I'm going to write my gym workouts into my schedule, like any other commitment I have.
75 miles running - While this is a big jump from February's 25 miles, I know enough to pay attention to my body and take care of it. I am training for the Broad Street Run, a 10-mile run on May 4th. I am primarily working to increase my miles, so speedwork is not part of my training. And since the run is pretty much downhill, I won't be training hills either. This might be some relatively easy training!
90% food tracking - either writing it in my wellness journal or logging on Spark. This number comes from my successful 89% tracking rate in February, which I'm sure contributed to the scale pointer moving down this month. In days, I aim for 28/31 days tracking food. Looks like I'm taking my food journal on vacation!
So there they are - results and goals, hard data. I feel kind of like I did when I first started Sparking, which is a really good feeling. I'm using the goal-setting principles Spark suggests and I'm making an effort to participate in my teams a little more regularly.