Friday, March 02, 2012
MLIANNE inspired me to actually take stock of a month just to see what the numbers were. Maybe I can make this a new habit. Time will tell.
Weight loss: 0.5 pound.
During February, my scheduled weight loss line on my graph dipped below my actual weight loss line for the first time since I started this journey. However, I haven't been too bothered by that, since my brain thought 150 was a good goal from the very start. I revised my goal down just to give myself a pad to define a maintenance range that would top out at 150, but when 150 appeared, I stopped trying to maintain my calorie deficit every day, and honestly, I didn't exercise as much. Think I'll see what the next few weeks hold, then decide if I want to declare victory or go for 145 as the center point of my maintenance range.
- Meditate at least 10 minutes daily
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
Goals Not Met:
- Walk 10,000 steps per day. Made 10,000 steps 15 of 29 days. Best week all 7 days; worst week 3 days.
- Move 25 minutes per day (Virginia Sparker Team Goal). Made goal 17 of 29 days. Best week 5 days; worst week 3 days. Have to figure out how I could not give myself credit for moving 25 minutes if I walked at least 10,000 steps.
- Yoga 2X/week. Six yoga sessions during the month. Best week 3; worst week none.
- Strength training 2X/week. Seven ST sessions (close on average). Best week 3; worst week none.
- Sleep at least 7 hours 5 times per week (I Need Sleep! Team Goal). Slept at least 7 hours 15 nights. Best week 5 nights (made goal 2 weeks); worst week 2 nights.
- Declutter at least 15 minutes 7X/week. Eight decluttering sessions. Best week 3; worst week 1.
- Sign into work gym 12X (average 3X/week). Two measly times. Need to reassess this goal to keep, pitch, or modify.
Observations: Did very little cardio during the week when time was short, then piled on the cardio/ST/flexibility on the weekends. Also, did very little while on travel, even though I had time and access to the hotel fitness center, but I was also suffering with a pinched nerve in my neck, so that didn't inspire me to lift weights or do a lot of bouncing around, so I walked a lot.
There you have it. Or I have it. I don't expect that anyone else wanted to stay awake through this whole thing ;-)
Friday, January 20, 2012
Finally Friday, and I'm so glad. Last week I was evaluating how much time I spend online and looking to cut down to spend more time on relationships and fitness. Then what happens? Our fearless leaders post a challenge that requires *even more* time online to complete. Being the driven person I am, I put off the "less time online" goal to help my team. Now I can get back to the goal. I'm not saying "buh-bye" to everyone; I just won't be checking e-mail, Facebook, and SP as much during the day. Enjoyed reading all your blogs, though!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Forgiveness is tough for me, whether forgiving myself or others, and holding onto guilt and grudges is just too fatiguing. This year, I will cultivate an attitude of forgiveness. I have already added the following statement to my daily affirmations:
I forgive myself and others for hurts, real or perceived.
In addition, I will add at least a short forgiveness meditation to my daily remembrances. Finally, I will find at least one reading a week on forgiveness.
I'm open to suggested readings!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
DH and I said a few weeks ago we would do this, and we have not made any move to get started. So now it's time to start working toward the Yellow Jacket 5K on April 14 at my trainer's son's school. Although I ran 5K and 10K races when I was younger, I've shied away from races these days because of arthritic knees, but Spark friends have told me there are races that are walker-friendly. Since I already participate in walking events of 10-20K a day, walking 5K is not a real challenge, and I still jog a bit, so to make it a challenge, I will aim to complete the 5K with a combination of my "running" (a slow shuffle-jog that's not so hard on the knees) and walking in 40 minutes. I hope that's a reasonable goal for outside. My past virtual 5K's have all been on the treadmill, some flat and some with random incline, and have ranged from 50 minutes (last February, when I started SP) to 36:41 (running before the knees got too painful).
Today: Measure out a trail in the neighborhood
Walk/jog at least 3 days/week with interval work to increase speed
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm working on the decluttering effort, as I posted yesterday, and, while getting rid of clutter is a component of organization, it is not the same as being organized. My organization challenge is that, whether at work or at home, I tend to do the next thing that comes along, especially if it's a job I think I can knock out quickly. Well, "quickly" is a relative term, because while I'm busy at one small task, I get sidetracked by others I see, and before long I have a bunch of partially finished small tasks and not even a start on major projects. So here's what I'm gonna do in the next 15 minutes:
1. List my work projects.
2. Outline the subtasks in each project.
3. Assess where I stand in the subtasks.
4. Prioritize the top 3 subtasks for today.
In the last 15 minutes of the work day, I will take stock of what I accomplished to see if I used my time wisely and if I was a good judge of the time needed. Then I will set up a *prioritized* list for tomorrow (as opposed to my usual exhaustive list of nit-noids with the big things never getting attention).
When I get home this evening, I will spend 15 minutes on home projects, especially financial, so we don't get into the tax filing crunch again.
Signing out to work. Carry on.
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