Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Near the beginning of this year, I created a list of goals for myself. Sadly, this has been a rough year, goal-wise. Here's a summary of my progress (or lack thereof in some cases):
• Cardio at least 4 times a week (DVDs, recumbent bike, walking, etc.)--I got a walking buddy earlier this fall, and we have been relatively consistent with approximately 3-mile walks 2-3 times a week with our dogs. We took a couple of weeks off after she was in a nasty car accident, and now we've got the problem of it being dark by the time we get home from work, and also the rapidly cooling temperatures.
• Incorporate strength training by middle of July (DVDs)--when I was at Lake Austin this summer, I got a strength training program. I've been very sporadic with it, but the exercises are very doable.
• Plan out week’s workout schedule each weekend--this is typically done in my head, but I really need to schedule it in my planner and/or on my phone.
• Do stretching/yoga 3 times a week (DVDs)--not happening often enough, which puzzles me because I know just how calming and centering it is for me to stretch or do some yoga poses.
• Track exercise in SparkPeople exercise tracker--Successful at this one--when I exercise, it gets tracked. (Granted, the key part is "when I exercise...")
• Wear pedometer daily, track steps on SparkPeople--I keep forgetting to put the stupid thing on my pants each day. This is pure laziness and forgetfulness.
• Eat breakfast at home--that involves getting up earlier. As a non-morning person, this is pretty much impossible. I am, however, making healthier choices to eat on the way to work or once I get to school. Working very hard to cut back on the Starbucks and McD's stops.
• Eat at the dining room table (meals, snacks)--this is hard because Matt and I typically have our table covered with junk.
• Eat away from my car--I've tried to do this the past few weeks since I had my car thoroughly cleaned.
• Carry a water bottle with me to drink from--I do this...but I rarely actually drink the water.
• Limit McAlister’s sweet tea to 1 time a week--pretty successful at this one, only going on the weekends. So some weeks, it's 2 times a week.
• Track food in SparkPeople nutrition counter--not as diligent at this as I should be, especially on days when I splurge or just eat total crap.
• Use smaller plates, bowls, glasses, silverware, etc.--I am definitely good at this one, when I have control of it--so mainly when I eat at home or pack my lunch for work.
RELAXATION/STRESS REDUCTION/SANITY SAVING
• Listen to relaxing music--highly successful at this one! I have CDs that I play in my classroom and music on my iPod for relaxing at home and helping me fall asleep at night.
• Work on “zen book” (binder full of calming images and words)--I got a very nice binder to put my pages in. I worked on lots of pages over the summer, but haven't worked on it since the fall. Again, this is a calming activity for me, so I need to do this more often. Perhaps scheduling it in?
• Use neck pillow--I don't do this consistently, but it has definitely helped when my neck and/or shoulders are really bothering me. I started seeing a chiropractor, which has also helped.
• Do stretching/yoga DVDs 3 times a week--see above
• Eat dinner with Matt—at the table---see above
• Check planner daily—keep in purse---I'm really bad about this. I've got a great planner, and I know how valuable a written planner has been for me in the past--but I constantly forget to use it.
• Make the bed 4 times a week--this happens in spurts, despite knowing how happy this makes Matt.
• Go through Cooking Light, Clean Eating, and Healthy Cooking magazines to find recipes I'd be interested in making, and then recycle the issues---I worked really hard on this earlier this summer and got several good recipes from each. The issues are starting to pile up again, though.
SUMMARY: Some areas have been rather successful, but I still have a long way to go in several areas. As I looked over these goals tonight, I realize just how simple so many of them are—I’m just getting in my own way. This is my biggest problem—I know exactly what I need to do, I just don’t do it, or make excuses, or get busy and let it slide. Reposting these goals has helped to refocus me. I’m turning 30 in a little over a month and would love to drop below the 200s beforehand. I need to get into gear, and I definitely need some help. I’m going to set up some Outlook reminders to remind me to drink my water during the day and to get out of work early to do my exercising.