Well, I'm here to provide an update on the goals I set out in my previous goals blog on January 31st. So I haven't been doing too well! I haven't been purposefully performing each and every goal like I originally wanted to. Nevertheless, I think I may have - less purposefully - achieved some of them to some degree.
Goal 1: Cook completely nutritarian meal once per week.
I haven't been cooking at all. That isn't to say I haven't been EATING at least one completely nutritarian meal. I often have salad, and on evenings when my fiance's mom makes things like beef, I'll eat only salad with beans or (like last night) only steamed broccoli, collard greens, and a potato. So I guess I do all right with eating a nutritarian meal every so often, but it's not enough of a habit yet to stop the weight gain I've had since moving here.
Goal 2: Cut out sweets for the challenge
This is the worst! I can't stay away from sweets; they're all around me all the time. Some days during that week's challenge I was really good about avoiding sweets, but not every day. And then as soon as that week ended, I was all about sweets again. It's not hard for me to give up meat, but sweets? This feels nearly impossible!
Goal 3: Cardio twice a week
I think I've mostly managed this one, though not at the times I laid out. Also, I thought I would be doing more running, but it's mostly been walking. Well, you gotta start somewhere, right? There was probably a week I didn't manage even twice, though. I like walking the neighborhood, especially when it's beautiful weather like it has been lately. Somehow I haven't been able to make myself do it ALONE yet. It's like I'll only go if someone's willing to go with me or someone else suggests it.
Goal 4: Strength/flexibility once a week
Well it hasn't been yoga, Pilates, or martial arts, but I've been managing a little bit of this. Generally I do some sit ups and push ups and hold a plank position. Sometimes I'll also lie on my stomach and raise up my torso to work my back and balance things out. I suppose it's better than nothing, but my former strength and flexibility has really dwindled. I pulled my right hamstring a while back, so it sometimes gets in the way when I'm walking and I try not to stretch it.
Goal 5: Track weight/BMI
So I've been getting on the scale plenty, but I haven't always been entering my weight on SparkPeople and I haven't been calculating my BMI. I'm about 138 pounds currently, just shy of 140. I used to weigh 150 last summer, so I've managed to hold onto SOME of the weight loss. But I know if I continue in the way I've been living here, that 10 pounds will easily return, and perhaps then some.
Goal 6: Track progress
Okay, well I haven't really been doing this at all until now. But this counts! I just haven't been tracking and monitoring as regularly as I had planned.
The whole point of this is to alter my goals now that I see how I'm doing with them. I think the main thing for me right now is to focus on just one or two goals and not try to be doing so much all at once. The hardest, seemingly most impossible thing is my eating. I feel like once I move out of my fiance's parents' house I can take better control of my eating, but while I live here, it's really kind of a superhuman effort that would be required and I know I'm not up to it deep down. So I'm going to shelve that one for now. That doesn't mean give up, that doesn't mean don't try, it just means it won't be my focus right now. I feel like I can't do it, and until I work on that attitude, I won't be able to do it.
So, my focus instead will be my fitness and physical activity. I will focus on my cardio twice a week goal and my strength/flexibility once a week goal. I will keep my cardio goal where it is and I will track each time I do cardio. For my strength/flexibility goal, I'm going to ask myself to do a little more. I'm going to do it twice a week, and I have to break a sweat in each session. Otherwise I'm not challenging myself and I'm letting my fitness slide.
Goal 1: Cardio twice a week
Goal 2: Strength/flexibility twice a week breaking a sweat
Track both each time I do them.
All right. Now I'm ready!