Sunday, December 08, 2013
I'm not going to do my usual break-down of categories, because November was just not a great month. I had a lot of emotional/family stuff going on, and everything else fell to the back burner.
Goals for December:
- Stay motivated to exercise, and get at *least* 90 minutes of exercise per week. Preferably more!
- Eat at least 1 fruit or veggie per day. So at the very least nuke some frozen veggies with dinner.
- Reach out to some friends I haven't talked to in a few months.
- Stay on top of my emotional health, and do my best to not let anyone else dictate my emotional state.
On to bigger and better things during December! Go me!
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
- Flossing & Retainer: I flossed a couple of times, and wore my retainer for a few days at the beginning of the month. Still trying for once a week floss and more consistent retainer wearing!
- Spark goals. I'm at seven months of 500 minutes per month, and Iíve tied my highest streak of 90 minutes per week for seven weeks. I almost slipped one week, but I got the minutes in! I am still surprised at how much the streaks motivate me to keep active.
- Fruits & Veggies. Not great, but I did add some mixed frozen veggies to a recent spaghetti sauce, and Iíve found myself craving veggies sometimes. So thatís good!
- Fats. I have been incorporating ground flax seed into breads and baked goods. Iíve also been substituting any butter/margarine in a recipe for either olive oil (breads) or sunflower seed oil (baked goods), and honestly, everything still tastes mighty tasty to me.
- Carbs. I love carbs, but I have cut way, way back on boxed sweets/treats. So Iím feeling pretty good in this department.
- Protein. Another so-so category. I have been eating some more meat, but this month hasnít been great for beans and fish.
- Water. For some reason, October was a rough month for water. Actually, my entire appetite, extending to even water has been pretty dulled. Itís possible itís due to a medication I am currently on. But Iíve already in the last week or so been making extra effort to get more water.
- Work. Iím part time! So basically awesome. Much less stress. Fewer hours, fewer days a week.
- Home. Due to being part-time, I have had so much more time at home to help out. Honestly, my husband has been the one for the last couple of years who works the ďsecond shift,Ē and Iím really not proud of that. I donít want either of us to have to do that! So Iíve already been much more active in cooking and cleaning around the house. And Iíve had plenty of time to relax as well. Reading, knitting, playing games, cuddling with my pets. Itís been just wonderful. And the hubs and I have gotten to spend so much more quality time together since Iím not constantly stressed and exhausted.
- Piano. Iíve taken another break. I need to decide whether it is a ďwantĒ to continue, or if it has become a chore. I bet Iíll have a good idea once Iíve been part-time for a while.
- Outdoors. October was fabulous for outdoors. The weather was really beautiful, and I got to enjoy walking on the trail behind our apartment complex quite a bit. I borrowed The Woman in White eBook from the library and listened to it on the iPod while I walked the trail. One day when I was walking with Stephen we saw so many deer! I forget the exact number, but something like 13. Another time when I was by myself, I saw a little snake with a red colored band around its neck. Iíve even *gasp* started jogging for very short bursts on some of my walks. Never thought that would happen!
- Getting Creative. I havenít worked much on the panda bear Iíve been knitting, but I did try a new pattern for a dishcloth, and it turned out really nice.
Spiritual Health (A fuzzy, but important category for me):
- Spending time outdoors
- Reading Theresa Caputoís new book, ďThereís More to Life than ThisĒ (You can roll your eyes at me! But really!)
- Watching the movie Cloud Atlas. It was just incredible. And with some similar messages as Theresa Caputo!
- For November: Try meditation.
- Important People. Iíve done a good job of connecting with some friends and not so much with others this month. I think this is due to some personal issues I have going on right now, and some friends are a better support for this particular circumstance. But Iíd like to reach out K., J., and S. this next month. I miss them, and itís been a while.
- Letter writing. No letters this month! I canít believe it! Time to make a date with my typewriter.
Personal Takeaways for October:
- Best Thing of the Month. Being part-time at work again. This has been in the works for about 8 months now, and I have needed it so badly. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me.
- Room for Most Improvement. Fruits and veggies! Will I ever get better at this??
- Highlighted Food Goal for November. Fruits and veggies! Think about them, buy them, EAT THEM.
- Highlighted Fitness Goal for November. Get consistent again. October was front heavy as far as fitness minutes goes. I need to be more even and consistent.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Total cholesterol, 254
- This number is up 24 from the last test
- This number is up 26 from the last test
- This number is down 41 from last itme
- This number is up 7 from last time
Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 4.5
- 0.0 to 4.4 is "normal," so I am really close there
How do I feel about this? Mixed, but I'm going to look on the positive side and keep working for improvement. I brought my triglycerides down FORTY ONE points, and I am crazy proud of that. I also raised my good cholesterol. So now I need to focus on:
- Maintaining good HDL
- Continuing to bring down triglycerides (I've cut way back on boxed treats)
- Lowering LDL
Monday, October 14, 2013
I have been pondering getting some kind of fitness tracker like FitBit or the Spark Activity Tracker, but I'm not yet confident enough to choose one and invest moolah into it. My wonderful hubby told me about an app he has on his phone that tracks mph, distance, time, and maps where you walk (or jog). And it's free! I used it for the first time yesterday, and I was really impressed. I could also set it to "pause" itself when I went below 1 mph. That way, if I stop to look at something on the trail, it doesn't count that as "active" time or pull down my average mph.
I'm loving it! If you want to check it out, it's called "Sports Tracker."
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Yesterday I was browsing SparkTeams, and I came across the "Where are YOU walking to?" group. I was intrigued by the idea of setting a distance goal that equates to walking to a certain place. So I've decided to give it a try!
In no timeline whatsoever (because I don't like setting myself up for failure), I'd like to walk the Lewis & Clark expedition. I was unable to find an agreed upon number of miles online, so I averaged my findings to about 7,700 miles.
While that number is HUGE, I think it will be neat to have an ultra long-term goal that has a really adventurous element to it. I like to try and mix up my workouts, so I don't walk every single time. Or I may go through phases where I walk a lot or where I don't walk very much at all. So this will be a fun addition to my walking workouts. (And jogging, if I ever take it up.)
I pondered getting a pedometer (like the new Spark Activity Tracker or a FitBit), but I've read a lot of mixed reviews on accuracy for distance tracking on all of the ones that don't cost an arm and a leg. And I'm curious about the Amiigo, which doesn't appear to be released yet. So for now I think I'll just use a combination of Google Maps and the mile markers on the trail I like to walk. (Thought if anyone has any thoughts on activity trackers that track distance, I'd love to hear!)
In the meantime: Off I go, into the wild green yonder!
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