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March, 40, and looking forward

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

March came and went so quickly, didn't it? I can't say it was an overly successful month in terms of my healthy lifestyle, but it also wasn't so bad. I turned 40 late in the month and I'm actually feeling good about it and how far I've come in the several months leading up to the big day. Namely, I've lost 24 pounds and brought both my cholesterol and blood pressure into the normal range - awesome!

I lost sight of my goals in March so the numbers below aren't anything to write home about, but I guess that's all part of being accountable along the journey.

March Goals:

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
GOAL NOT MET - I ONLY GOT IN 9 ST SESSIONS FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH.
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
GOAL NOT MET - I GOT IN 1,520 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH.
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day a minimum of 21 days this month
GOAL NOT MET - I ACHIEVED 10,000+ STEPS 18 DAYS FOR THE MONTH.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
I LOST .4 POUNDS IN THE MONTH OF MARCH - GOING FROM 113.4 TO 113.

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 8 diet sodas for the month
GOAL NOT MET - I DRANK 13 DIET SODAS FOR THE MONTH - YOWZA!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 28 days this month
GOAL NOT MET - I STAYED IN RANGE 27 DAYS FOR THE MONTH.

Personal:
1) Put at least $350 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
GOAL MET!
2) Commit to cleaning house at least 1 day per week
GOAL MET!
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
GOAL NOT MET - I WASN'T EVEN CLOSE WITH THIS ONE.
4) Read at least 2 books during the month
GOAL MET!

In looking forward, at least for the month of April, instead of setting a number of really lofty goals I'm simply aiming for balance. Balance in work, at home, in managing a healthier lifestyle, etc. I plan on spending less time tracking various goals (I will still track food and fitness minutes!) and participating in challenges and more time actually living. Sounds simple enough, right? Wish me luck!

  
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40LESSOFERIN 4/3/2013 11:23AM

    HaPpY Belated birthday!!!! I think your goals for April are pretty AWESOME!!! You can do it!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/2/2013 10:39PM

    Balance is important. I find it easier to make smaller and a lesser amount of goals for myself personally. That way I don't feel so overwhelmed. You're doing great!!

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ARW715 4/2/2013 7:19PM

    Love these goals, esp. the non-weight loss ones. Good luck on April!

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ALICIALYNNE 4/2/2013 1:34PM

    Good luck! I think we all need to take it easy every now and then, and reevaluate what we hope to achieve with our actions. Focusing on finding your balance may be just the ticket.

At least you made some of your goals for March! Much better than nothing.

OH - and congrats on getting the cholesterol and BP into normal ranges! That's a big deal for your health.

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FITFOODIE806 4/2/2013 1:24PM

    Happy Birthday! Balance is a great goal. That's where I am too. Since this is a lifestyle, that's what we need!

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KIMCOLLINGS 4/2/2013 1:17PM

    Sounds like a good plan and happy belated birthday! You have been doing awesome. Hope your knee is 100% very soon!

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LYNSEY723 4/2/2013 1:05PM

    You can do it!!! Your numbers were great for March - you had your fall which affected a lot! Balance in April sounds perfect... emoticon

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Goodbye, February. Hello, March.

Friday, March 01, 2013

As I do at the start of most months, I was feeling good about what I could achieve in February. Then the month progressed and I just fell off track. No legitimate excuses, I just got lazy. That said, below is how I did with my monthly goals and be warned, it isn't pretty.

February goal accountability:
Starting weight = 114, BMI = 21.5
Ending weight = 113.4, BMI = 21.4

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
75% - I ACCOMPLISHED THIS 3 OUT OF 4 WEEKS. I GOT IN 11 ST SESSIONS IN FEBRUARY.
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
76% - I DID NOT MEET THIS GOAL. I HAD 1,528 MINUTES OVERALL FOR THE MONTH.
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day a minimum of 20 days this month
85% - I DID NOT MEET THIS GOAL. I HAD 17 DAYS THIS MONTH WITH AT LEAST 10,000 STEPS.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
30% - I ONLY LOST .6 POUNDS FOR THE MONTH.

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 8 diet sodas for the month
88% - I HAD 9 SODAS IN FEBRUARY BUT I'M SUPER EXCITED BY MY PROGRESS ON THIS ONE. THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN I'VE DONE IN PREVIOUS MONTHS!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 25 days this month
92% - I STAYED IN MY CALORIE RANGE FOR 23 DAYS OF THE MONTH.

Personal:
1) Put at least $350 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
100% - I MANAGED TO PUT $700 INTO SAVINGS IN FEBRUARY - YAY!
2) Commit to cleaning house at least 1 day per week
100% - I WAS SO MUCH BETTER ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH HOUSE WORK IN FEBRUARY AND I'VE BEEN LOVING IT AND FEELING WAY LESS STRESSED ABOUT IT.
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
20% - I ONLY HAD 2 OF THESE WHICH MAKES ME REALLY SAD. I JUST WASN'T FOCUSED AND THOUGHTFUL IN THIS REGARD.
4) Read at least 2 books during the month
75% - I FINISHED ONE BOOK AND AM HALF WAY THROUGH A SECOND. I'M REALLY GOING TO TRY HARD TO FINISH IT THIS WEEKEND AND GET IT BACK TO THE LIBRARY.

Given that I wasn't overly successful in February, I'm going to keep nearly the same goals for March. I turn 40 near the end of the month and I really want to bring it in on a positive note in terms of eating and exercise. That said, let's go!

March Goals:

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day a minimum of 21 days this month
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 8 diet sodas for the month
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 28 days this month

Personal:
1) Put at least $350 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
2) Commit to cleaning house at least 1 day per week
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
4) Read at least 2 books during the month

  
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OPTIMIST1948 3/3/2013 9:56AM

    The plan and reflection is awesome. I dont know,if I would,make it. I am thrilled with your progress on all fronts!

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CELIAMINER 3/2/2013 8:42PM

    Love the way you plan!

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/2/2013 7:37PM

    Great job setting goals and recording your progress. Though you might have wanted to achieve more you still did a lot. Here's to another great month! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/1/2013 10:31PM

    I think you did great! You really worked and met or came close to many of your goals. emoticon

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 3/1/2013 2:15PM

  I think your February sounds fantastic, even if it fell short of where you hoped it would be :) Cheers to a new month

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/1/2013 1:41PM

    Honesty - 100%!!! You'll do great! Let's kick it together this month! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 3/1/2013 1:32PM

    You can do this!!! March is going to be our best yet!

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FITFOODIE806 3/1/2013 1:23PM

    High five on the soda. I know that's a hard one. happy March!

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ALICIALYNNE 3/1/2013 1:01PM

    You can do it!

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JENAE954 3/1/2013 12:58PM

  emoticon great progress!

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CHRISBEM 3/1/2013 12:51PM

    the great thing about a new month - that psychological reboot! time to start fresh - this is the first day of the rest of your journey!

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January is over, February is here, and I'm feeling optimistic!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Happy February, everyone. January felt like a really long, tough month to me - I was overly emotional and didn't feel motivated to accomplish much of anything. I regrouped this weekend and am feeling so much better about things. I'm ready to make February count and to keep moving in a positive direction! Come join me!

Looking back - January goal progress:
Starting weight = 117, BMI = 22.1
Ending weight = 114, BMI = 21.5

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
emoticon I HAD 17 ST SESSIONS IN JANUARY!
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
emoticon I HAD 2,050 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH!
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day 5x per week
I DIDN'T MEET THIS GOAL. I DID MANAGE TO GET 21 DAYS, HOWEVER, OF 10,000 STEPS OR MORE.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
emoticon I LOST 3 POUNDS FOR THE MONTH!

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 10 diet sodas for the month
I DIDN'T MEET THIS GOAL. I HAD 12 DIET SODAS DURING THE MONTH. ON A POSITIVE NOTE, THIS WAS 2 LESS SODAS THAN I HAD IN DECEMBER!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 29 days this month
emoticon I WAS WITHIN RANGE 29 OUT OF 31 DAYS IN JANUARY!

Personal:
1) Put at least $250 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
emoticon I PUT $500 IN SAVINGS IN JANUARY!
2) Get the house more organized (clean out closets and donate what we don't want, clean cabinets, book shelves, etc)
emoticon CLOSETS AND CABINETS CLEANED OUT. CLOTHES AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS DONATED TO GOODWILL!
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
emoticon IT TOOK ME RIGHT UP UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH, BUT I JUST SQUEAKED OUT MY 10 ACTS AND IT FELT GREAT!

Looking forward - February goal establishment:

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day a minimum of 20 days this month
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 8 diet sodas for the month
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 25 days this month

Personal:
1) Put at least $350 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
2) Commit to cleaning house at least 1 day per week
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
4) Read at least 2 books during the month

  
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ARW715 2/5/2013 6:48AM

    These are great goals! Could one of your random acts of kindness be coming over and cleaning out my cabinets? #jealousofyourcleancabinets

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KIMCOLLINGS 2/4/2013 5:46PM

    You did a great job in Jan. So glad you're feeling good and ready to tackle Feb!!

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40LESSOFERIN 2/4/2013 4:29PM

    great accomplishments, sounds like we both had a rough start!! Here's to making February a better one!!!

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LISAINMS 2/4/2013 4:09PM

    What a great way to accomplish so much! Lots of good things for you in January!

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LYNSEY723 2/4/2013 2:50PM

    You did GREAT in January!!! You will do even better this month!!

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FITFOODIE806 2/4/2013 1:31PM

    What an awesome month. You accomplished A TON!!!

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ALICIALYNNE 2/4/2013 11:30AM

    WOOHOOO, great job! Keep it up!

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January Goal Accountability - Update #2

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hi, everyone. Is it just me, or has January been a really tough month? I started the month feeling really energetic and hopeful and that spirit has just seemed to leave me as the month moves forward. I know that most of this is mental - my husband's health has weighed heavily on me recently. He had a liver biopsy earlier in the month and the results were less than positive. Additionally, he's had a bug for a few weeks now and even a round of antibiotics hasn't helped. I married him knowing full well that we would face health hurdles (if you read my earlier blog about his upcoming book release, it shares a bit more about his condition, but in sum, he's a severe hemophiliac with an HIV-HCV coinfection). I'm strong and I know I can do this, I just need to find some inner strength and a positive outlook. Have you faced similar challenges in your life? If so, how did you get through them?

We were in Richmond over the weekend attending an event sponsored by the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation. It included watching the "Bad Blood" documentary and a panel discussion with Ryan White's mother. It was tough and I'm feeling especially deflated today. I know this will pass and that I'll find motivation. Motivation to get my fitness level back up, motivation to clean my house, and motivation to simply make progress on some front. In the meantime, I'm just taking small, manageable steps. I know I can do it! That said, here is where I'm at with my monthly goals:

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
ON TRACK. I HAD 4 ST SESSIONS IN WEEK ONE, 3 IN WEEK 2, AND 3 IN WEEK 3.
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
I'M STARTING TO SLIP HERE. AS OF YESTERDAY I HAVE 1,336 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH. EACH WEEK MY MINUTES HAVE DROPPED OFF SO I NEED TO CORRECT THAT TREND IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK.
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day 5x per week
GOAL WILL NOT BE MET. I ACHIEVED THIS GOAL FOR WEEKS 1 AND 3 BUT MISSED IT IN WEEK 2.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
ON TRACK. I'M GUESSING THAT THIS MONTH'S WEIGHT LOSS OF ALMOST 4 POUNDS IS LIKELY STRESS RELATED.

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 10 diet sodas for the month
THIS IS DEFINITELY BEHIND. I'VE ALREADY HAD 9 DIET SODAS SO FAR THIS MONTH AND I STILL HAVE 10 DAYS TO GO!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 29 days this month
ON TRACK. I'VE STAYED WITHIN RANGE 20 OF 21 DAYS SO FAR.
Personal:
1) Put at least $250 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
ON TRACK. I'VE HAD ONE PAYDAY SO FAR AND PUT MONEY INTO SAVINGS AS PLANNED.
2) Get the house more organized (clean out closets and donate what we don't want, clean cabinets, book shelves, etc)
I STARTED OFF THE MONTH WITH A BANG BUT HAVE MADE NO PROGRESS SINCE. I HAVE A GOODWILL DONATION READY TO DROP OFF AND NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THAT THIS WEEK.
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
THIS IS ALSO BEHIND. I'VE HAD 4 RAK THIS MONTH SO FAR AND HAVE 2 MORE PLANNED. I NEED TO BE MORE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT THIS AS IT'S TRULY SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL GREAT!

  
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CELIAMINER 1/23/2013 9:30AM

    Sorry about your husband's health, Vicky! I know the feeling somewhat, as DH's virtual physical revealed several issues requiring follow-up. First was a brain MRI, and we are awaiting results.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/22/2013 10:25PM

    While I'm not facing the same challenges as you, I sure am facing some of my own so I do know how it can affect our efforts and motivation. Hang in there and talk, talk, talk. I think it really helps to bounce our thoughts and concerns off on others. emoticon

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40LESSOFERIN 1/22/2013 5:10PM

    You are strong, i wouldn't be able to stay focus with all that you have on your plate right now. I'm sorry to hear about your Husband, what a courageuos couple you must be. Many blessing to both of you and i hope he starts to feel better soon and turn around for the better. You can rock your goals this month!!
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LYNSEY723 1/22/2013 2:03PM

    I'm so sorry things are so rough right now. I can't imagine the stress you are feeling and I have no good advice for dealing with it. I know that when my sister was in the hospital for liver failure (they gave her 9 days to live when she checked in) I was a wreck. All of my family was out of town, my mother unreachable on a cruise. If it weren't for my husband (we had only been dating a couple months at the time) and my friends, I don't know that I'd still be sane right now. By the way, my sister is alive and well 2 years later.

Everybody deals with this stress differently and there is no easy way to deal with it at all. If you ever need someone to talk to, just to vent to, a "shoulder", you know where to find me.

Otherwise - you are doing great on your goals considering the stress you are under! Keep your head up and keep pushing!!

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PJZIELIN 1/22/2013 1:12PM

    Wow, GingerHawk, you have alot on your mind. I have a brother in law who is a hemophiliac also. He now has a very scary hepatitis infection that will require $70,000 in medications. I will pray for you husband that he will regain his strength.
I have also found it hard to get off to a good start, however, I am now very committed, as I have health problems and have been feeling lousy lately. I need to get better for my family/grandkids, but mostly, for me. I only used this program a few months last year, after going off nutrisystems. I thought I could do it alone, but I guess I wasn't ready then. I am now! Stick with it and we will both stay on track!

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January Goal Accountability - Update #1

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hi, everyone. So far 2013 has been busy but fairly on track. I'm nursing a cold right now that I got from my hubby, but feeling okay just the same. Below is how I am doing on my monthly goals as of 1/9 (which means the month is about 29% over):

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
ON TRACK. I HAD 4 ST SESSIONS IN WEEK ONE AND 1 SO FAR IN WEEK 2.
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
ON TRACK. AS OF THE 9TH, I HAD 631 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH.
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day 5x per week
ON TRACK. I ACHIEVED THIS 5 DAYS IN WEEK 1 AND 1 DAYS SO FAR IN WEEK 2.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
THIS IS BEHIND. MY STARTING WEIGHT WAS 117 AND THIS IS ALSO WHAT I WEIGHED ON MY FIRST MONTHLY WEIGH IN ON 1/5.

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 10 diet sodas for the month
THIS IS DEFINITELY BEHIND. I'VE ALREADY HAD 5 DIET SODAS SO FAR THIS MONTH AND WE ARE NOT YET AT THE HALFWAY POINT. I NEED TO BE BETTER IN THIS CATEGORY!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 29 days this month
ON TRACK. I'VE STAYED WITHIN RANGE EVERYDAY SO FAR THIS MONTH.

Personal:
1) Put at least $250 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
N/A. MY FIRST PAY DAY OF THE MONTH IS THIS FRIDAY.
2) Get the house more organized (clean out closets and donate what we don't want, clean cabinets, book shelves, etc)
ON TRACK. I'VE CLEANED OUT MY KITCHEN DRAWERS, THE DINING ROOM, THE BOOK SHELF IN THE LIVING ROOM, AND THE LINEN CLOSET. I'VE DROPPED OFF 2 DONATIONS AND STILL HAVE 1 TO GO.
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindess/pay it forward actions
ON TRACK. I'VE HAD 3 RAK THIS MONTH SO FAR. I NEED TO STAY FOCUSED ON THIS TO MAKE MY GOAL OF 10.

  
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KIMCOLLINGS 1/14/2013 4:27PM

    You are doing terrific! Way to go!!!!!

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CELIAMINER 1/12/2013 9:06AM

    You are SO inspiring! I'm finally through with the holidays/travel disruptions and am ready to get BACK on track. Thank you!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/10/2013 11:47PM

    Awesome update! Nice you take the time to see exactly where you are, I need to work on that!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/10/2013 8:45PM

    NICE JOB! You're so precise on tracking and following your goals. Hope the cold goes away quickly and that you're back feeling strong. emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/10/2013 12:41PM

    Great job, especially not feeling 100%.

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LYNSEY723 1/10/2013 12:29PM

    You are doing awesome!!!! I hope you kick that cold soon!

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ALICIALYNNE 1/10/2013 12:00PM

    You are a total BEAST with the exercise! Awesome work!

You've reminded me how well I did when I was making and tracking goals this way. It's late in the month, but I'll probably go ahead and make one up for the last three weeks. So, thanks!

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FEB_SHOWERS16 1/10/2013 11:40AM

    Wow!!! That is a great update! Great job! emoticon

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