Monday, March 03, 2014
Time to issue my February report card.
54 / 60 : 90% A
I did really well with this goal and that's why I had a great loss this month (more on that at the end). I basically proved (yet again) to myself that I'm not some special snowflake who can still eat only junk (and too much in general) and lose weight. The "rule" is "eat less to lose weight" and it definitely applies to me. *sigh* I wish that wasn't true but it is. I need to just accept that once and for all.
11 / 20 : 55% F
Big fail on this front. I wasn't really surprised. I got sick about mid month (for about one week) and after that I just didn't want to try and rally my grade (which wasn't going to be that great anyway). So I basically decided to just let this grade slide and double down on acing the nutrition grade (and I did, so I feel justified for letting this go).
41 / 56 : 73% B
I slipped a bit on this and it's all thanks to the last day of the month. I was so happy with my net loss for the month (again, more on that in a minute) that I chose to go out on Saturday. While I only had two drinks but technically that was consuming calories after 8 p.m. And I got home late and totally forgot to lotion/teeth. So I almost bombed one day (only had one teeth/lotion for that entire day). Combine that with missing the no 8 p.m. goal two other days and that was plenty to drop my grade. But I'm ok with it. I still got all the house tidying done and am darn solid with these good habits so. . .
I don't give this one a letter grade but I do like to track what I accomplished. I completed:
--8 guinea pig toys for the Fluff Project
--8 zipper pouches for the first quarter project via Hopeful Threads (technically that was completed this weekend which is March but I'm counting it for February) Note: I'm EARLY getting this project DONE. WOOT!
--1 personal sewing project (a v-day fabric card for my sister, which got to her on time, too)
--1 painting (from the Little Portraits set--I want to revisit one other in that set of three and then the whole set will be completely done)
--Numerous swaps. There were dotee dolls and stuffed toys and patches. I made a unicorn, a tiny rag doll, and an octopus's garden (among others).
I also started a new painting (which I'm hoping to complete this semester--but I missed a few painting days due to being sick so. . .) which is meant to be fast and loose so I won't be able to obsess over it (or not as much!).
OK, now for the most exciting part of my report card. How much effing weight did I lose?
Yes, 5 pounds.
I started at 181 and ended at 176.
I'm *this close* to being back at my Never Again number (175). I want to just blow past that this month. I'd love to see another 5 pound loss for March but I'm going to try and really up the exercise (and I had to adjust my calorie ranges due to the total 7 pound loss since January first) so I'm not setting any extra challenge for that. Wait, I am.
Challenge: 3 pounds loss
That would make my total loss 10 pounds (since I started) which would be HALF of my total goal loss (goal is to lose 20 pounds by the time I go on vacation and vacation is in late June so. . .chop chop)
Ok, next up are the March goals.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Time to set the goals for the month. I'm not changing them up too much since I really need to just focus on bringing up my grades from January.
Track calories (and stay in ranges): pretty straight forward. I'm still using the calorie cycling numbers I used for January. I'm not going to change up the numbers until I've lost 5-10 lbs in one range. Or if I suddenly see the loss stopping.
Min 5 f/v daily: again, pretty straight forward. This isn't a super hard thing, really, but when the weekends hit I get l.a.z.y., y'all.
Still on the "no pop" challenge, too (I'm going for a year pop-free).
Total 5 days a week exercise, minimum 30 minutes per event (but trying to do 45-60)
2x/week yoga: going for one of those two to be studio yoga (usually Mondays because I like that instructor)
2x week ST
1x week cardio: this can be running or walking or a dvd
I also want to walk as much as possible but the weather is still bad so that's flexible.
No eating after 8 p.m. This means no calories consumed.
Lotion/teeth: lotion up my skin 2x day and brush teeth 2x week. I just like this goal so I want it for one more month before I start fiddling with it.
Sunday tidying: I'm adding every other week sheet washing to the tidying day.
Big PERSONAL goal: Organize craft room. I gave up on this goal last month so I need to do it this month.
I made a chart to plan out what projects I should do so I'm making sure I complete everything I want to. I'm not going to grade this chart, I just want to be more organized with this topic. I have three different classifications for creative: swaps, charity, and personal.
Big goal for February Creativity: complete guinea pigs and pouches for charity and complete two personal sewing projects (or work on on-going personal projects).
Personal projects do not include painting. That's it's own thing (with a dedicated day already built in since I pay to go to studio for painting).
I'm also continuing my "fabric fast" of not buying any fabric for 6 months (this is month 2, I didn't buy any for January so I'm doing well).
I'm aiming for (once again) a net loss for the month. I'm really aiming to improve on my paltry 2 pound loss from January (that's not an overly lofty goal, mind you).
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Using the sticker to track makes it easier to grade.
So, here's my report card for January.
Nutrition: F I had a 55%, so that's a big fat juicy F.
Exercise: C I had a 77% which feels more like a D to me but google says it's a C so we'll go with that.
Personal: A+. I had 100% for my two trackable personal goals (which were skin/tooth care and no eating after 8 p.m.)
So I can clearly see where I'm weak. Not that I didn't already know that but now I have percentages and real letter grades and that's really motivating me. Nutrition wise I've just been slacking so hard on weekends that it was dragging me down. Same with exercise. But with the exercise I'm trying to plan it so I don't have a lot of exercise on weekends. I'd rather do a tiny bit more during the week and not have to think about it on the weekend. And I know exercise is more fluid than nutrition. Exercise will be easier (and more fun) to do once the weather gets nicer and all that. So I'm not as concerned about the low grade on that one (I know that one will be easier to bring up) than the nutrition one.
I did have net loss for the month. Down 2 pounds. That's nothing to crow about but given how poor my grades were, that's just what I deserve for the amount of real work I put in.
I'm going to keep the same mindset for February (tracking with stickers and all that). But I'll make a separate post with all the details for that.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Please don't take this an obnoxious ad or anything like that.
Honestly, I really like both of these services and want other folks to have a good review of them so they can decide if they'd like it too.
That said, I've been having healthy snacks delivered to my lazy butt via Graze and Nature Box.
So I'll chat up both of them so you know what they're about.
Every two weeks you get a box containing 4 snacks (single serving). Each snack is individually packaged and contains all nutrition information. You can go online and block certain things you don't like (or are allergic to) and can delay shipments or cancel any time. Cost: $6/box (I think that's right)
Foods range from dried fruit and nut mixes to savory crackers to chewy granola style bars. Packages are not re-sealable
Overall I really like Graze because it's all portioned out but it doesn't last long (because you only get 4 portions total). I tend to slurp up the whole box in one day (well, I'm better now that I'm really trying to stay in my ranges). You can rate the stuff you like so you'll get it less/more/never again, too.
If you sign up using a friend code you can get your first and fifth box free! (if you want my code, just message me and I'll share it with you)
Every month you get 5 packages of snacks, each package containing 3-4 servings. (there are other options with more packages and more cost, but I just do the basic one). Each package is resealable and has nutrition stuff on the bag. You can pick what you want in the box or let it be surprises (or a mix, my preferred thing).
Drawback: you can't currently remove foods you don't like/are allergic to like you can on Graze. Not a huge deal for me since it doesn't appear they have a lot of hazelnut options (which I'm allergic to).
Foods range from dried fruit/nut mixes to savory cracker and crisps to cookies and bars (like fig bars but with other fruit). (my first package had the Nom Nom peanut butter cookies which are great--even though the name is dumb as hell).
Price: $20/box (that's the 5 package option). So if you break it down it's reasonable per serving (you're not really paying much more than you would in the store for the same "frou-frou" snacks).
Overall: I like this service too because I get more. Yes, it's a challenge to portion it myself but I need that so it's ok. I like having the variety, too (five different things per box OR all the same if I wanted).
(again, I have a code for this service too, message me if you want it)
I like both services and it's really turned me on to some snacky foods I thought I didn't like (hello, raisins--I thought I hated you but really I love you and your yogurt covered cousins and some of your other dried fruit friends). It's also helping me continue to change my tastebuds and appreciate the less processed more natural sweet/savory flavors than the hyper sweet candy bars and such I was used to.
And I like getting mail. Especially edible mail.
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