Saturday, November 17, 2012
It's time once again to check in on those pesky goals. Again, I feel like I'm doing pretty well sticking to all my goals, but statistically speaking, I'm not doing great on all fronts.
A few of you expressed concern that I was being too hard on myself. Maybe you were kidding a bit. Or not. Anyway, I thought I would explain the method to my madness. Get ready to see just now obsessed I am with my fitness quest.
Not only do I track all of my food and cardio on Sparkpeople, but I also keep a spreadsheet, where I track basically everything else. So I know percentage-wise how I'm doing on all my goals. When I have a goal to stay under 1550 calories every day, and I'm only managed to do that 5 days so far this month, that's a 33% success rate. If I had a 33% in 10th grade English, I'm pretty sure that would be an F. So, now you know the rest of the story.
I don't feel that it's being hard on oneself to be honest with oneself. Rather than fill my head with wishful thinking and false pride in my partial accomplishments and wonder why, oh, why isn't this weight coming off, I know. It's because I'm over in calories 67% of the time and have skipped a few more workouts than I should. Don't get me wrong -- I am pleased that I've stuck to a lot of things pretty well. And I know what I need to work on.
So. Long story short: Don't worry about me. I'm just being realistic. I'm not beating up on myself for my less than stellar performance in some areas. I look at them as areas to work harder on.
On to this month's mid-month check. Some good news, some bad news:
MOD ===== A
Tone every day ===== B
Cardio every day ===== C
Under 1550 every day ===== F
Meditate every day ===== A
I'm doing GREAT with the MOD and meditation. (WOOHOO!) Pretty well with my toning, ok with cardio. Dismal with my eating. Some days I go over a little, some days more than a little. It's so easy to do. One restaurant meal blasts calories through the roof unless you compensate for it the rest of the day.
Oh, one final note... When I say tone every day and do cardio every day, I do allow myself one day off a week. That is factored into my percentages. I've been missing a bit more than just one per week; hence the lower grade.
Now I'm off to run a 5k. All that time I took off from running in October really shows in my recent runs. Slooooooooooooow. I'm curious to see how hard I can push myself now in a race. My PR is 33 minutes. The way I've been running lately, I'm well over 35! Wish me luck!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
I thought maybe checking in every week on the goals would keep me on track better. It's funny -- I feel like I'm doing pretty well, probably because I'm doing so much better than I was last month! But... I'm actually not sticking to my goals the best.
Here's my report card so far:
Toning & cardio: B
So. I have some improvements to make. *Feeling* good about your progress isn't the same as actually making progress. Revelation!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Thanks for the tip, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT! I have some good news regarding the little boy who was in a car accident. I posted this as a comment on my last blog, but as SEPTEMBERSPIRIT pointed out, probably most of you didn't see that :)
Here's the update:
Good news!! Their little guy has been moved out of ICU and is showing good signs. They'll have a tough job now -- keeping him relatively inactive for 6 weeks while his skull heals. Can you imagine? Thank you all so much for your prayers!!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
As much as I get overwhelmed by the craziness in my own life (busy! stressed! time-crunched! unhappy/annoyed sometimes), today I am struck once again by what really matters in life, which puts my relatively minor crap in perspective.
A coworker's family was in a car accident last night. His young son has a head injury. At this point, we don't know any more than that. I'm just hoping and praying for the best. Please, if you are a praying person, would you offer up a prayer for this little boy? He's just 1, with a fractured skull.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Today I went shopping for, among other things, knee-high black boots. I tried a bunch of different stores and wasn't having any luck. Either the fit wasn't quite right or the price was too high. In the last store I tried, I had a super helpful salesclerk. She gave me fashion advice and brought me different boots that I had overlooked.
I told her what I had in mind. She looked at the boots I tried on and said they were way too roomy in the calf. She said, and I quote, "You have really thin calves." She hustled to the backroom to find something slimmer in the calves while I sat there, marveling that anyone had called me thin ANYWHERE. Me? Thin calves? ME? Is it possible that I'm... THIN?!?!?!?!
While I basked in the glory of potential real-time thinness, I overheard my helpful sales associate consult with another associate. She said, and I paraphrase here: "Can you help me? She's trying to find boots, but we need something really narrow in the calf."
I'm sorry, but this is killing me. I don't have thin anything. Except, okay, truth be told, I have abnormally bony-looking ankles.
So I'm sitting there contemplating how thin my calves are (who knew?!) when ever-so-slowly a thought enters my mind. What else could explain these abnormally small calves?
I'd rather tell a story that is just that -- oooh, lucky thin-calved me. All my hard work paid off and now I'm thin! Woohoo! But no... It doesn't work out that way. Not yet. (Someday I will tell a "Woohoo! I'm Thin!" story.)
The revelation hit me. What else could explain why all these boots are gaping around my calves? Something to do with the proportion..... Oh yeah! My ginormous feet! OH YEAH! I have a bit of a complex about my ginormous feet, which are by all accounts waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in proportion to my height. So naturally all these boot makers assume that if you have ginormous feet, you must be a tall woman with the larger proportions to fit that BIG FOOT. No, not me. Just big feet, average height.
I got such a chuckle out of this. OMG. I'm still laughing.
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