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January (& Feb) Progress Report

Friday, February 17, 2012

Well, no surprises here, 17 days late on reporting progress. Good news is that I am slightly better at meeting goals that writing blogs.

This February is a different month for me because my little family is going on vacation!! We are going away for 8 days (for my work and for vacation to Disneyland). It is also a short month and I didn't meet all of my goals for January. I did think about this at the beginning of the month, I am not a total slacker. So, I decided to keep almost the same goals going - plus my motivational collages are so nice and I am not ready for new ones!

Here were the Jan goals and how I did in January:
House:
-Pick up desk pile - did not do it yet, I moved my computer instead, haha
-Organize clothes - nope
-Organize bedding - nope
-Organize closet - only part of it
Financial:
-Pay USM bill (taking 1 graduate level class this month - my first!) - done
-Set up Mint (online budget making and tracking) - not done
Nutrition:
-Set guidelines for clean eating - not done, got thrown off by new veg lifestyle in
-Eat non-yogurt breakfast 1x per week - EXCEEDED!
-Track food daily - did almost every day in Jan
Health & Exercise:
-Floss 2x per week - did pretty well
-Go to kickboxing once - didn't make it, my life seems scheduled around zumba love
-Go to gym 2x per week - EXCEEDED (but I knew I would), went 12 times
Work:
-Get to work by 8:15am 2x per week - happened sometimes, but not 2x per week
Misc:
-Read for 20mins 2x per week - done, class made this easy
-Follow school board - done

So. . . it was pretty good. House stuff is clearly low priority in my mind, and exercise and nutrition stuff is higher priority and is easier for me to do. I also think it is more important so I am fairly pleased with myself. I have also done fairly well at saving money, especially recently. I have resisted the urge to go out to eat many times, and have mostly limited myself to 1 lunch out a week, usually less than $10. I also have not been going out to bars on weekends like I had been, which has saved some substantial cash, although I am starting to feel antisocial because that is how I usually see most of my friends. Good thing my two closest friends come to zumba with me at least once a week.

For Feb. I have mostly been focusing on saving money, getting to the gym, not eating dairy for breakfast as much, and on completing my reading / classwork. I am not tracking food this month because I knew it wouldn't happen over vacation. My weight is staying down and I am remaining mindful of what I consume.

I am stalled on the clean eating because when I started reading through recipes there was a lot of meat. My partner is not eating meat anymore and he cooks, so I am only eating meat when it is too good to turn down (superbowl wings at Mom's house, taste testing chilli at whole foods, etc.). We still eat fish about once a week. I do want to get back to tracking in March and pay close attention to protein and make sure I am eating enough in general, because I did notice a calorie drop when I was tracking in January.

We leave in 4 days, and I am SOOO excited :)

  


January 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I have always been horrible at keeping a consistent blog or journal. Ha!

It is 2012 and I have joined the spirit of goal making, with my own twist. As I have learned through SparkPeople, it is very important to make ACHIEVABLE goals. I have set goals for January, because month to month makes more sense to me and allows me to be more specific. So instead of "keep the house picked up" I have a few things I want to get organized this month. . . then I will continue, and likely repeat.

My January 2012 goals are posted on my refrigerator with a little box for each week (divided if there are multiple times per week) and I will check them off as I go. I do love to check and cross things off that I have accomplished!

House:
-Pick up desk pile
-Organize clothes
-Organize bedding
-Organize closet
Financial:
-Pay USM bill (taking 1 graduate level class this month - my first!)
-Set up Mint (online budget making and tracking)
Nutrition:
-Set guidelines for clean eating
-Eat non-yogurt breakfast 1x per week (trying to cut down dairy but love my yogurt!)
-Track food daily
Health & Exercise:
-Floss 2x per week
-Go to kickboxing once (I have been doing zumba only!)
-Go to gym 2x per week
Work:
-Get to work by 8:15am 2x per week (supposed to be here at 8, but no one cares and it is more often 9 for me)
Misc:
-Read for 20mins 2x per week (I never read, and have lots that I want to!)
-Follow school board

Sooooooo. . totally do-able, especially because I already go to the gym 2 times a week and have been very good about tracking nutrition in the past.

New for me is that I made a motivational collage for the first time ever! I even made 2! They are the same pictures, one for home and one for work to remind me of my goals.




I also need to SAVE MONEY because my mini family is headed to DisneyLand on Feb 21st and I failed miserably at saving money through the holidays. The upside is that the easiest way to save money is to not go out to eat. . . which is also the easiest way to meet my nutrition goals! Just need to keep telling myself that every day!

  


January Challenge Results

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

January flew by! I couldn't find my camera so never posted the "after" pictures of December / "before" pictures for January. My boyfriend just found it this week, so I will try to take one by tomorrow and it will just cover 2 months!

emoticon Weight loss goal: Reach goal weight of 164 and still be at or below by the end of the month. And REWARD myself when I get there. With at least a haircut if not also a massage and/or a new piece of workout clothing.
Ok, I have been struggling with this. . . my weight has totally been fluctuating! I use my wii fit to weigh myself (irregularly) and here is what has been going on:

12/20: 168.9
12/27: 167.8
1/6: 164.2 (woohoo, so close to goal)
1/15: 162.7 (was ready to celebrate, but cautious)
1/17: 163.6 (OK maybe this is real)
1/23: 166.9 (grrr!!)
1/24: 168.7 (Ahhh!, same as a month ago, right back up!)
2/1: 162.3 (yipee again)

But seriously, that is some crazy fluctuation. I have been doing the SAME exercise and pretty much the SAME calories this whole month of January, so I am not really understanding why I gained 5 lbs in a week and then lost 6 lbs the next week.

I have been measuring, and there is really hardly any difference. I am not sure if it is like time of day, super sensitive scale, bloating, or what, but it is certainly frustrating (and as you can see, resulted in my not weighting myself that much).

I want to celebrate and set a new goal, but it is tough when I feel like I haven't nailed the original goals.

I did buy myself 1 reward though, Zumba toning sticks, which I will use on my Friday night Zumba toning classes. I am rewarding myself for my dedication to the gym and for sticking with a routine! I do need a haircut though!

emoticon Fitness goal: Attend a group fitness class at least twice a week. My hope is to Kickbox Monday and Wednesday and Zumba on Friday and Sunday. I also want to keep paying attention to my knees, they are still aching sometimes. My goal is to do my knee exercises every time I go to the gym.

I kicked some total booty on this one! Yippee! I can't believe how dedicated I have been to the gym! It started in the middle of December, so it must be a habit by now, right?

We have been getting a lot of snow in Maine, so that has made it a bit of a challenge, but I have still been meeting my goals - and feeling happy and proud about it! I have noticed that going to classes is good for my body and my mind.

(of course my fitness reports aren't showing up on my computer right now, grr!)

week 1: 1 zumba and 1 kickboxing (I had to travel for work this week)
week 2: 1 zumba, 1 zumba toning, and 1 kickboxing. + 1 day of shoveling
week 3: 1 zumba, 2 kickboxing (and 1 date night so no toning!)
week 4: 2 zumba, 1 zumba toning, 1 kickboxing, and 1 30mins on the recumbent bike because I got home from work late and was mad to miss kickboxing!)

Go me! And I did zumba on Sunday the 30th and kickboxing the 31st.



emoticonNutrition goal: Track my food and stay within my range. Recalculate once I hit goal weight and consider all of the new exercise I have been doing. December's goal of no night snacking was tough. . . I would still like to reduce / stop night snacking, but this month I just want to keep a close eye on it and work on reducing it. I found that sometimes snacks were still in my calorie range and I don't want to be hard on myself about that. My new goal for night snacking will be to keep it at a minimum, keep it within range, and MEASURE it out first. No more containers of trail mix at the coffee table!

I did figure out how to recalculate, and then was scared because it went up SO MUCH and it was based on estimated calories burned during my fitness classes. My friend has a heart rate monitor but she weighs slighly more than me, and of course everyone works out at different levels. I have tried to base my calories burned on that. She burns about 600 calories in Zumba and I usually low ball it to about 400 for me. Kickboxing, I let Spark People calculate and that usually comes in around 600 calories. I have set my goal to burn about 360 per cardio day - 4 x a week (which I don't always meet). So this puts me in the calorie range of 1,850 - 2,200 which is up from like 1,300 - 1,500 which is what I was doing before I made this adjustment. It seems scary (especially since I had the mid month weight gain). It is hard for me to grasp that this all counts "over time" so eating 1,800 calories on Thursday when I am not exercising seems odd. I have really been hovering around 1,500 calories a day, some days more, some days less.

I have been tracking EVERY DAY! (even alcohol and poker night snackies)

I have curbed the late night snacking, but haven't kept as great track of that so I can't really report on it. I did stop buying the trail mix ;)

I took my measurements at the beginning of the month and will post my changes at the end of the month. I will take my December after / January before photo VERY soon!

yes. . .this is STILL coming soon. . .

  


January Challnege / Goals

Monday, January 10, 2011

I really liked having a set of things to work on for December and I think monthly goals make a lot more sense than yearly goals. I have made some significant changes in my life at kind of "random" points this past year, so I don't want to try to lay it all out for a whole year.

First, I will say that in 2010 I: joined Spark People, lost 16lbs overall, quit drinking Diet Coke / dark soda in general (still have occasional Ginger Ale), and joined a gym.
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I am starting a bit late here in the first week of January, but I have had an incredible time adjusting back to things after the madness of new things for Christmas, needing to reorganize and clean the house, coming back to work after almost 2 weeks of vacation, and getting an IPad and spending tons of time with it and not on the internet / Sparking as much as in the past. (Although I have been tracking nutrition daily!, going to the gym, and thinking about my goals!)

emoticon Weight loss goal: Reach goal weight of 164 and still be at or below by the end of the month. And REWARD myself when I get there. With at least a haircut if not also a massage and/or a new piece of workout clothing. I am lucky to have lots of supportive people around me who will also share my happiness when I hit my goal!

emoticon Fitness goal: Attend a group fitness class at least twice a week. My hope is to Kickbox Monday and Wednesday and Zumba on Friday and Sunday. I also want to keep paying attention to my knees, they are still aching sometimes. My goal is to do my knee exercises every time I go to the gym.

(For week 1 I went 3 times because I had a work related trip on Monday)

emoticonNutrition goal: Track my food and stay within my range. Recalculate once I hit goal weight and consider all of the new exercise I have been doing. December's goal of no night snacking was tough. . . I would still like to reduce / stop night snacking, but this month I just want to keep a close eye on it and work on reducing it. I found that sometimes snacks were still in my calorie range and I don't want to be hard on myself about that. My new goal for night snacking will be to keep it at a minimum, keep it within range, and MEASURE it out first. No more containers of trail mix at the coffee table!

I took my measurements at the beginning of the month and will post my changes at the end of the month. I will take my December after / January before photo VERY soon!

  


December Challenge - final post

Monday, January 10, 2011

I enjoyed having a challenge for the first time, but feel that December was definitely a challenging month for a challenge!! I didn't quite meet my goals but I was definitely happy and proud of myself for what I did do.



emoticon Weight Loss Goal: My goal was -4 lbs by 1/1/11 (to reach goal weight!)

I was bad and didn't weigh myself until 1/6/11 and I was just above 164! So I am SOOO CLOSE but will not count it as victory until I am seeing it a bit more consistently. Either way, after indulging in Christmas cookies and egg nog I was happy to see a weight loss

emoticon: Goal was: Exercise at least 3 times a week: at least 20 minutes of Wii Fit + knee strengthening exercises OR 30mins / 115 cals of Wii Fit OR 20 minutes of My Fitness Coach

Well I didn't stick to the Wii Fit thing, but instead I joined a gym and started going to group fitness classes. I will have this as my goal for January. I feel like I exceeded my goal here and exercised at least 3 x a week for all weeks except Christmas when I was away, I think.

emoticon Nutrition Goal: Goal was: Reduce snacking after dinner (have been doing it pretty much every night and want to cut down to twice a week at the maximum)

Well I definitely reduced snacking but did not get it down to less than two nights a week much. Christmas was especially tough. This was certainly the most challenging aspect this past month!

emoticonChallenges that I overcame:
+ Exercise. I have not consistently exercised for a long time and am so proud of myself for squeezing it into this busy month. I took the exercise out of my home, which has made things easier.


emoticon I hope that by January I will have:

I hoped to:
+ A more toned body
+ Better balance
+ Non achy knees
+ A huge smile because I DID IT!

And ALL are true! I am not at goal yet, but so close I can feel it. I have noticed my balance has gotten a lot better. My knees are still achy at times and is something I will be working on in January, but I think it sometimes comes from how I sit on the couch (haha) which is more than exercise can fix. I cannot say enough how much happier I have been this past month just from going to group exercise class. It has been so good for me in many ways and I am planning to keep the momentum up for months to come!

I am going to count it has a 3lb loss. . . and I lost 1" in my waist and 1" of my "flub", as I call it, which seems below my waist and above my hips, so I decided to measure it on it's own! Every other measurement stayed about the same. I will post my "after" pictures ASAP, still need to take them emoticon but better late than. . . later

  


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