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An end to the no-snooze streak

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My "getting up without hitting the snooze button" streak ended at 403 days. Since 11/3/2013 I have gotten up without snoozing, often even before the alarm went off. But today... today I just could not do it. Not only did I hit snooze, I hit it TWICE!! Now, that's enough of that. Starting a new streak tomorrow morning, and on January 19, 2016 I will hit a new record. For Saturday, I 'm setting the alarm for noon!
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FOR_THE_DUDES 12/12/2014 9:52AM

    Ha! What a fun thing to keep track of. I actually have this extremely strange talent related to this. The only times I've used an alarm clock at all over the past 20 years have been when I have to catch a flight extremely early in the morning. Otherwise, my internal clock wakes me up whenever I need to get up. Strange but true.

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An end to the no-snooze streak

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My getting-up-without-hitting-the-snooze-butt
on streak ended at 403 days. Since 11/3/2013 I have gotten up without snoozing, often even before the alarm went off. But today... today I just could not do it. Not only did I hit snooze, I hit it TWICE!! Now, that's enough of that. Starting a new streak tomorrow morning, and on January 19, 2016 I will hit a new record. For Saturday, I 'm setting the alarm for noon! emoticon

  


Goal Review thru November 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

>KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE, achieved my activity streak-a-versary on 9/9/14. Woo-hoo! Now on day 447 aiming for 1000, which takes me out to 6/5/2016.

>DAILY CALORIE RANGE (exceed range no more than 5 days a month and not exceed by more than 200 cal) Hit it twice since July's update. Average calories over goal is going down.
February 22 of 28; March 19 of 31; April 22 of 30; May 18 of 31 days; June 21 of 30; July 15 of 31; August 20 of 31; Sept 25 of 30!; Oct 29 of 31!!!; Nov 21 of 30.

>ESTABLISHED- cooking on the weekends for my lunches during the work week. I will call this an established habit. No need to keep it on my goals. Bye bye.

>CHANGE OF APPROACH in planning activities ahead of time. I intended to plan a week at a time, but have realized that making a plan in the morning, or perhaps the day before is about all I can rely on in Wisconsin. So, with that new angle, I'm doing alright, though sometimes (like tonight) find myself winging a workout late in the day.

> PHYSICAL ACHIEVEMENTS - My "Drop and give me 20" push-up goal was derailed by some long-lingering joint pain. Finally got on top of the pain, and am starting slow to get back into it. Adding a new goal: touch my toes without bending my knees. I am NOT flexible, so this is a real stretch goal. ;-)

  
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JEANINNEWCASTLE 12/1/2014 9:44PM

  Great review. Congratulations on being able to retire a goal once it has become an estabilished habit. And good job realizing how to tweak your goals to make them more workable.

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DAKARISAH430 12/1/2014 9:35PM

    Wow!

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July month in review

Sunday, August 17, 2014

>KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE, aiming for 365-day activity streak. Completed day 325 on July 31 (still on track today). The end is in sight, but I suspect I'll want to keep it going beyond day 365 on 9/9/14.

>DAILY CALORIE RANGE (exceed goal no more than 5 days a month and not exceed by more than 200 cal) alludes me still.
--February ended with 22 of 28 days within range, but averaged 270 calories over.
--March was 19 of 31, average over goal was 118 cal. If I toss out the two outliers, I'm over by an average of only 45.
--April started well with 15 of the first 17 days within range. Then things fell apart, and I ended up within range for only 22 of 30 days, averaging 231 cal over goal on the days I went over. I have to find ways to deal with work stress that don't involve cookie dough and dove bars before supper.
--May ended up 18 for 31 days, with average of 206 calories over on the days I did exceed my range. For the most part those were the "eating out" days, so that is an obvious area where I can improve. Overall my food selections were good, but the quantity was a bit over.
--June was 21 for 30 days within range and an average of 104 calories over on the exceeding days. Going in the right direction but still WAY off what I was aiming for.
--July effort amounted to on 15 of 31 days within range and an average of 170 calories over on the exceeding days. My big "over" days have again been travelling days, so I need to focus on that, especially because I will be on the road a lot this fall.

>SOLID - cooking on the weekends for my lunches during the work week has pretty much become a habit. I've found some go-to combinations that are easy to prepare and easy to pack. Plus, with so many fresh fruits in season, I have had delicious variety there.

>EXPECTING MORE OF A CHALLENGE in planning activities ahead of time. Once again, because I'll be travelling a fair amount this fall, I'll have to be ever-conscious of when and where I'll be able to find 15 minutes or more for a real workout.

> CONTINUING TO GET BETTER: PT for my writs and shoulder has helped a TON! Not 100% there yet, but have been able to resume tricep dips, start wall pushups, and do some side planks from the elbow. Not quite ready for straight-arm side planks or floor pushups, but I feellike it will happen. I even shot a couple free throws in the driveway the other day - something I couldn't imagine a month ago. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  
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BEACHDREAMS 8/20/2014 8:55PM

    Amazing--wow! I'm excited for you to hit your streak-aversery!!! emoticon

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 8/18/2014 2:36PM

    Cooking your lunches on the weekend is a good idea! Thanks for sharing that. Me too, on the planks. Not quite where I want to be yet. You sound like you're doing great!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 8/18/2014 10:09AM

    Holy cow! What an incredible streak. You've got to do something special on 9/9.

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Results through June 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

>KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE, aiming for 365-day activity streak. At day 294 on June 30, about 80% of the way there.

>STILL NOT HITTING THE MARK on the daily calorie range goal (exceed goal no more than 5 days a month and not exceed by more than 200 cal).
--February ended with 22 of 28 days within range, but averaged 270 calories over.
--March was 19 of 31, average over goal was 118 cal. If I toss out the two outliers, I'm over by an average of only 45.
--April started well with 15 of the first 17 days within range. Then things fell apart, and I ended up within range for only 22 of 30 days, averaging 231 cal over goal on the days I went over. I have to find ways to deal with work stress that don't involve cookie dough and dove bars before supper.
--May ended up 18 for 31 days, with average of 206 calories over on the days I did exceed my range. For the most part those were the "eating out" days, so that is an obvious area where I can improve. Overall my food selections were good, but the quantity was a bit over.
--June was 21 for 30 days within range and an average of 104 calories over on the exceeding days. Going in the right direction but still WAY off what I was aiming for.

>SOLID - cooking on the weekends for my lunches during the work week has pretty much become a habit. Feeling good about this one. Yeah!

>HOLDING STEADY: Planning activities ahead of time continues to be a challenge because of the unpredictable Wisconsin weather, but having my kiddos home a bit has given me the chance to play some front yard soccer, road tennis and a little baseball. It's certainly not necessary to plan ahead all the time. Spontaneous exercise is fun, too!

> STARTING TO GET BETTER: Wrist pain has subsided quite a bit, but the shoulder is still limiting some of my activities. Got a little PT to do to try to strengthen what has gotten weak, and am seeing a bit of progress there. Slow going, but sticking with it!

  
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JEANINNEWCASTLE 7/10/2014 11:53PM

  Great results! emoticon

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