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March reflection & April goals

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Reflection of March:

The good........
1. I have been active. I have been running 3 times each week (approx. 2 miles runs 2 x week and 1 longer 5 mile or so run).
2. I do Bikram yoga, walk, or swim on most non running days.
3. I walk an average of 10,000 steps each day tracked with Fitbit.
4. I have been sleeping 7-8 hours each night.
5. I registered for a 10K race in May and a sprint triathlon in October.

The bad.........
1. Too many dinners out.
2. Alcohol with weekend dinners out.
3. Not always tracking foods on food log.

The ugly......
1. My weight just keeps going up! I had set a goal to lose 2 lbs each month, but my weight is going up, not down! Uggggg.

Goals for April:
Focusing on weight has not been working for me. So, maybe I just need to stop thinking about the weight alone and I need to shift my focus to my food. Although most of my food choices are generally healthy, when I am not tracking, it is easy to eat too much. We often eat dinners out with friends on the weekends. My dinner out choices could be healthier or portioned smaller and the empty calories from alcohol add up.

1. Skip appetizers and choose healthy dinners when eating out.
2. Limit alcohol to 2 drinks each weekend.
3. Log all food.
4. Only weigh self once week. Stop focusing just on weight!
5. Continue to prepare for 10K on May 4th.
6. Continue to plan physical activity 5 days week.




  
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CORNERKICK 4/4/2013 12:14AM

  You can do it!!

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Tried something different....a snowshoe race

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I tried something different yesterday. I ran a 5K snowshoe race. And, I am so proud to have finished in 42:37 seconds. I went into this race with an option to run 5K or 1 mile. All week I have been debated whether or not I could even finish "running" 5K though the snow. Even as I drove to the race I wasn't 100% sure that I would not wimp out and run the shorter distance. I have never actually "run" in snow shoes at all.

When I arrived at the race I found that all of the other participants looked VERY fit. The race allowed participants to rent "race snow shoes." I was a little scared to find that only 3 participants needed to rent race snow shoes (2 of the 3 included me and my 13-year-old son), meaning all the other participants have done this before!

The race snow shoes were super light, the weather was nice, and I would look at this as just another workout. I decided at that time I would do the full 5K. With the competition, it was likely I would come in last and that did not matter. My hope was to finish in less then 1 hour.

I finished last, as expected. But, I ran it in less then 45 minutes! I actually felt pretty good. I will do this again even.

My son finished in about 24 minutes. And, the race benefitted Autism Speaks. A good day, overall!

  
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GORDONFREECHMAN 2/24/2013 11:00AM

    Switching it up is a great thing to do! Congrats on the positive experience.

When I first read your title, I was reminded of the snowshoeing races in the winter camping competitions I did in scouts. But that was TANDEM snowshoeing...much trickier, slower, and easy to fall flat on your face. :)

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BILL60 2/24/2013 10:33AM

    Well done. Way to venture into the unfamiliar.

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January 2013 Review & February Goals

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I have had a healthy January. I have made many positive steps.

1. I have been tracking my foods most days. I think I only missed 2 days in January-both weekend days- both days I knew I wasn't eating well and was avoiding being accountable! BUT, I did turn myself around and start tracking again, even on days I went over my calorie range.

2. I have worn my Fitbit everyday....love it! It definitely pushes me to move more, especially on days I did not have planned activity.

3. I have included a lot of variety in my exercise....so important because I get bored easily. I have reconnected with Bikram and swimming. I tried Zumba for the first time. I also love to run and walk, but the cold weather had pushed me inside. I am not a fan of walking/running on a treadmill.

4. I started listening to books on my iPhone (audible.com) and this keeps me wanting to walk or run longer on warmer days when I can get out.

5.My son & I have replaced some TV time with more active Wii games (we used to use the Wii all the time and forgot about it). Wii is great on cold days when it is hard to get out. As a reward for reaching 155 lbs., I ordered Just Dance for Wii. Can't wait for it to come in!

6. Although not perfect, I have made a conscious effort to get 7 hour of sleep.

7. I found the sprint triathlon I plan to do in September.

8. I plan to register for the 10K I had to skip last year (husband had heart attack night before my race).

9. I lost 2 lbs. in January.


I know I need to work on recording foods, making healthy food choices, and staying active when I have an increase in commitments (stress). See previous blog. But, I guess recognizing this is the first step.

My goals for February 2013:

1. Add strength training to my workouts (2 times/week).
2. Register for 10K in May.
3. Register for sprint triathlon in September.
4. Continue to do at least 30-60 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise (Bikram, swim, run, walk, Zumba, etc.) at least 5 days week.
5. 10,000 steps on Fitbit, especially on days I am not doing moderate-to-intense exercise.
6. Be down 2 lbs. more by end on February (153 lbs.).

In January I wrote these 2013 Goals. I am reposting them in this blog to keep them in my mind.

1. Remember to enjoy my family & friends.
2. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
3. Make exercise a priority- I will adjust my fitness goals on a monthly basis to keep myself from becoming bored. (January exercise plan: yoga 4 x week, walk 10,000 steps each day-COMPLETED IN JANUARY).
4. Journal food daily.
5. Blog at least monthly to keep connected to my goals & to monitor my progress.
6. Budget to pay down credit card debt.
7. Finish one triathlon by October.
8. Run in one 10K in May.
9. Be at goal weight of 135 lbs by 2014. (Approx 20 lb loss).



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CORNERKICK 1/30/2013 12:49AM

  Sounds like you're on the right track

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EJRANVILLE 1/29/2013 2:32PM

    Great goals and nice progress too! Keep it up and keep sharing those success' with us all. It's motivating! emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/29/2013 1:16PM

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My observations.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I have been working hard to stay active and eat well. I am progressing toward my January goal. I have made note of a few of my patterns:

1. I walk more throughout the day when I were comfortable shoes. I have been monitoring my steps with my Fitbit. I have found that I walk a least 2,000 more steps at work when I am wearing comfortable shoes. I think I will need to plan to reward myself with comfortable shoes for work to replace a couple of really uncomfortable one.

2. When I am stressed I eat more junk, when I eat more junk I do not log my foods, when I do not log my foods, I neglect to check in on SP. i had an unmanageable amount of work to catch up on this past weekend and I have reflected on how I do not take care of myself when I am overwhelmed. I need to break this cycle. I know I have a busy weekend coming up. I AM going to log everything I eat. I AM going to heck in on the SP website for just a we minutes each day.

3. When I am overtired, I go into the cycle of not taking care of myself (see #2 above). I NEED to get at least 7 hours of sleep this weekend as I already know I have a lot to do.

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/29/2013 1:16PM

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BILL60 1/23/2013 10:19PM

    But most of all you need some self-discipline real bad. Good luck!!

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Review of 2012 & Goals for 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2012 has not been the best year for me. My focus on my own health has been up and down throughout the year. I am up about 5 lbs since last year at this time. I had planned to be 25 lbs down by this time.

Bumps in the road:
1. Husband had completely blocked coronary artery & a heart attack in May.
2. Husband diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in September.
3. As husband in self-employed, money has been tight with husband out of work some due to illness .
4. Used credit cards too much!
5. I did not compete in any triathlons or 10K races in 2012 (Had to skip my planned 10k due DH heart attack day before the race).

Blessings:
1. I am generally healthy even though I am overweight.
2. My kids & extended family are healthy.
3. Husband is doing well now.
4. We have wonderful, supportive friends.
5. I have a stable, rewarding job that I love.
6. We have held finances together.
7. I ONLY gained 5 lbs.

2013 will be a better year!

Goals:
1. Remember to enjoy my family & friends.
2. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
3. Make exercise a priority- I will adjust my fitness goals on a monthly basis to keep myself from becoming bored. (January exercise plan: yoga 4 x week, walk 10,000 steps each day).
4. Journal food daily.
5. Blog at least monthly to keep connected to my goals & to monitor my progress.
6. Budget to pay down credit card debt.
7. Finish one triathlon by October.
8. Run in one 10K in May.
9. Be at goal weight of 135 lbs by 2014. (Approx 20 lb loss).

  
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BILL60 1/2/2013 10:04AM

    Good luck on your great goals.

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TEEPHOTO 1/1/2013 10:47PM

    Sounds like a good plan. So happy your husband is doing well. May you both have a happy, healthy, loving and prosperous new year. Best wishes.

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