January is coming to a close and it surprises and pleases me to realize that I have been doing daily journaling for a full month on the thread Fit For My King: www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
I started with basic areas I had been tracking and have made just a few adjustments along the way. This is the progress made in each area for the past 31 days:
*Start each day reading/learning from God's Word: 30 days
*Cardio 3X @ week - at least 30 minutes: 9 days (including 7.75 miles of walking)
*Run 3X @ week - at least 10 miles total: 10 days - total of 39.75 miles running
*Strength Train 2X@ week: 9 days
*Water at least 64 oz. daily: 27 days
*Fruits at least 4 daily: 28 days
*Veggies at least 3 daily: 20 days
*Plan daily meals/snacks ahead of time: 30 days
*Journal all food eaten: 27 days
*May have a small treat only at supper: 23 days
*Don't eat after 8 PM: 23 days
*Sleep at least 7 hours: 27 days
The month started with my "journal of all food eaten" to be simply writing down changes I had made in my original eating plan. Jan. 19 I began to challenge myself with actually figuring my calories and trying to stay within my given range of 1200-1550. I quickly learned that some of my changes were causing me to go over that range and stayed within range only 5 of the past 10 days.
Some things I have learned from the past month of tracking -
1) To start each day spending time with God and studying the Bible is the most valuable thing I can do. It has helped me have better perspective throughout the day and has made a difference on some very rough days.
2) I can feel a difference in my muscles with the strength training I have been doing. I enjoy what I am doing there and the running I've been doing. Those have become priorities for me over other workouts. With that in mind and because of my time schedule, any additional cardio workouts will now be a bonus on my chart.
3) I'm usually on track with my water intake and getting enough fruit. I need to make more of an effort to get enough veggies.
4) I am doing the planning and journaling. I need to improve keeping the daily calories from going over range.
5) Allowing one treat daily and not eating after 8PM is becoming easier than what it was at the beginning of the month.
6) I am becoming more intentional about getting to bed at the appropriate time so that I get at least 7 hours sleep, but preferably 8 hours. I notice that I function much better with adequate sleep.
Tracking these areas has been a real blessing for me this month. I have enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I am set and ready for round 2 through the month of February. Tomorrow morning (Feb. 1) I will weigh in and take measurements to record my progress. But no matter how much or how little the change in the numbers maybe, I am moving forward in changing my lifestyle to keep my body healthy and strong. It may take awhile to counter balance the poor quality of seeds I sowed in years past, but God has promised "in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Gal. 6:9). So my goal for 2011 continues to be to not grow weary of doing good, to sow bountifully the appropriate seeds and to trust God for a bountiful harvest when the time is right.
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent