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Ending off April and into the month of May

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Another month bites the dust, and another month down, and another month down, another month bites the dust. Time to take a look at how I did on my goals for April:

1) Weight stably at or below 195.
** Not quite. I saw 194.5 one day, then had Chinese with my daughter unexpectedly that very night. Chose to thoroughly indulge my chocolate love with a dessert that was amazing. So yesterday and today have been 195.5 - which is totally fine with me.

2) Sodium intake kept below 2800 at least 90% of the month, average ideally in the 1800-2200 range.
** 6 days out of 30 were over, so 80% were below. Not as good as I'd hoped for, but only one of those was way over and several days were in the 1600-1800 range. Plus the overall trend since the beginning of the month is downward. I'm improving this steadily.

3) Eat at least 1 veggie a day - baby carrots, veggie platter, stuff like that to work for snacks so I'm not procrastinating.
** This I actually did accomplish. Having the baby carrots and pre-cut celery at work for afternoon snacks made all the difference in planning. I'd like to vary it up more, and this week proved that sometimes I need to pay closer attention to the pre-cut food (the celery was bad).

4) April 1st do fitness testing and measurements to compare against 1 January.
** Done and posted in a blog. Definitely can see my progress, which is nice. I do love challenging myself in fitness.

5) Log my sleeping habits. Nowhere near ready to change, but it's time to track it.
** Didn't actually start this until the 12th. Originally I was going to do it on SparkPeople but flat-out could not figure out an easy way. Eventually made a new Calendar on Google and have been recording it there.
** I already knew this was an area I need to seriously work on. I got to sleep before 1 am ... once in three weeks. Some nights I slept through, some I woke up a couple times (always back to sleep fast, whether it's a potty need or just awake and roll over), but only three nights did I get 8 hours or more. The rest bounced between 5 and 7.

So 2/5 goals met completely, and all of the remaining 3 done at least satisfactorily. None too shabby at all.

Oh, and I somehow had the idea in my head that my Summer goal was one of April's:

1) Replace all my old shirts.
** Given how few shirts I had to begin with, this can be considered done already. (Seriously? I had one shirt for each day at work and a couple of ratty t-shirts for the weekends and a workout shirt.) Of course, I will end up replacing these - but for now I actually have a "wardrobe" of shirts.
First two bought on trip with daughter

Next four (my "easter egg colors"):

Bought this weekend:

In looking at them and considering how my shopping went, I've realized I have something I'm calling negative style. My daughter is taking an art class and working on negative space - in which the background is solidly black and the item of interest is the "uncolored" area. My negative style is not defined by me having a clear idea what I want to look like; it is defined by the multitude of shirts I look at and go "ewwww, no way" and keep looking.


Oh, so time to set my May goals.

1) Weight stably at or below 190.
2) First chapter of The Spark read.
3) Begin to clear out old statements. I have two boxes in my room and a filing cabinet in storage. I still have copies of 1991-1993 taxes, when my kiddos were babies. WHY!?
4) Sodium intake kept at an average of 2750 or lower for the entire month.
5) Get to bed before 1 am at least 5 nights a week.

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ALIDOSHA 10/30/2012 6:45PM


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FARIS71 5/2/2012 5:01PM

    this is totally inspiring!!!!!!!!!

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MMNICKS 5/2/2012 12:49PM


Great Work!!!!

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LAINYC 5/2/2012 12:19PM


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PATIB13 5/2/2012 11:21AM

    Way to go, you are on a good path. Pretty shirts, Make sure when shopping that you try stuff on that you go ewwww when you see them on the hanger. Sometimes those are the ones you ending up liking the best.

Keep up the great work. emoticon

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/2/2012 11:02AM

    I admire your ability to set clear, concise goals and follow through. Congratulations and continued success to you.

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JIBBIE49 5/2/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. WHat an honor.

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TRACYKHOLM45 5/2/2012 9:58AM

    Congrats on making it into Best of SparkPeople Daily

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MIMIDOT 5/2/2012 9:23AM

    You're working hard. Keep it up.

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WALLINMW 5/2/2012 8:38AM

  Stay motivated!

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HEARTS116 5/2/2012 8:33AM

    Congrats on reaching so many goals!

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JANEMARIE77 5/2/2012 7:06AM

    doing great love the goals

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GRAMPIAN 5/2/2012 4:35AM

  You're doing so well! emoticon

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AGINNETT 5/1/2012 11:51PM

    great job working on your goals and reaching so many of them, Great job.

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TIFFY0906 5/1/2012 8:00PM

    Congrats on reaching some of your April goals and the ones you didn't reach, you still improve on - so way to go. Wishing you all success with your May goals - you have such determination, I'm sure you'll get it done.

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BENCGDL 5/1/2012 3:59PM

    You are so inspiring! Keep up the good work!

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APONI_KB 5/1/2012 3:53PM

    The May goals look good. I have tax forms going back to high school. I actually keep them because its kind of fun - sort of. I have however started shredding my way through the rest of the file cabinet. I have no idea why I dutifully saved credit card statements and checking acct statements especially with all that stuff online now.

I don't know how you function without sleep, but the sleep goal is a good one.


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SHERIO5 5/1/2012 12:21PM

    Good work!

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LGAR519 5/1/2012 11:41AM

    Nice shirts. I need to get my Summer clothes out and try them on. I might be able to replace some of them. I go to bed early but it is almost impossible to sleep in this house. I realize that getting the proper amount of sleep is very important! We need to work on that!!

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CELLISTA1 5/1/2012 11:37AM

    Well done! Maybe there is a fashion goal in your future :)

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CHUBRUB3 5/1/2012 11:30AM

    You are doing great!
Keep up the awesome work and you will reach this next month's goals too.

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MNJONES2 5/1/2012 11:22AM

    Really appreciate how you keep track of your goals and how well you did. Fantastic!! I need to be more organized like you!! Thanks for the update!

As always best wishes on your journey to good health.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 5/1/2012 11:18AM

    Great reflections and plans for the month of May. emoticon emoticon

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TORIAMAE 5/1/2012 10:51AM

    Congratulations on your goals met! Sounds like solid goals for the month ahead too!

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 5/1/2012 10:40AM

    Well then...If I would have to say... good job well done! emoticon emoticon
Remember no one ever said it was going to be easy. I really wish it was !! Every step forward is toward that goal. Now in May, We are going to see great results,I just know it ! A new month is always a new you. emoticon emoticon !! Keep Faith !
YOU are doing a GREAT JOB !!!!!
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FLYBABY54 5/1/2012 10:02AM

  Great blog! You are on the right track and have a plan. You have inspired me to get rid of more shirts. emoticon For today, though, working on arts/craft in bedroom closet and purging my (old) collection of purses. Have a great day!! Looking forward to reading more! Thanks for sharing....

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TANYA602 5/1/2012 9:29AM

    I love that you are both reflective and forward-looking, I need to set similar monthly goals and I will be coming back to you for some ideas.
I like how light and airy your new shirts are! Beautiful! Maybe this will be the summer I don't hide behind sweatshirts (I live on the coast and always tell myself I like to stay warm and snuggly - yeah right) and baggy t-shirts.
I just began reading The Spark, also. Check out the team page as well as the bonus page to help earn points.
Have a wonderful May Day!

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TERRITOONS 5/1/2012 9:12AM

    I love your goals. I don't know HOW you function without plenty of sleep. Sleep is ALMOST my number one priority, because when I am tired I get cranky (to put it mildly) and cranky is NOT a good thing to be when you work with kids all day. And, of course, it is when I am tired that I want to eat.....sigh...

So.....I get up at the crack of dawn (3:55am) but I also got to bed between 8:0pm and 9:00pm, and most days I get a little cat nap during the kids naptime.

BTW, I don't know if you have an iPhone, but I know there are several apps available to track your sleep patterns. :)

Good luck!

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AMYTRIPP 5/1/2012 8:44AM

    Well done!! I love the shirts! A nice mix of colors.

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-SONIA- 5/1/2012 8:39AM


You're starting your sleep goal tonight, right? It's a very important one!

You're much more sane than me (LOL) -- so I'm not sure how well you do with lack of sleep -- but I know I am a complete mess. I had an epiphany yesterday. I don't think I'm actually an emotional eater. I only overeat when I'm overtired AND stressed -- and it's a lot easier to get stressed when I'm overtired (DUH) -- so... If I go to the source -- SLEEP -- I rarely get stressed, and I rarely overeat!!

If I'm sad or angry, I'm fine with food -- it's only stress that does me in -- and I only get stressed when I don't get enough sleep (90% of the time, I'd say -- the other 10% is stress that comes even when I've had a good night's sleep.)

Anyway, just something I've noticed ;)


Here's to a Marvelous May!!! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 5/1/2012 8:00AM

    You had a great April and are gonna have an even better May. emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 5/1/2012 7:38AM

    Well done for April! Great plan for May!

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RG_DFW 5/1/2012 7:35AM

    Way to go... goals are essential and you're doing great

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KSCHRAUT 5/1/2012 7:10AM

    Way to Go! Nice new shirts! Great job with the goals, and good luck with May!

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QUASIOR 5/1/2012 7:07AM

    Nice colours though in those shirts. emoticon your doing an awesome job, I need to do this too!!! I'll blog and do some monthly goals tomorrow. I did my first semi-successful couch to 5k jog/run today. YAY go me!!
Now, please tell me why sodium is so important???

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SASSYLJB 5/1/2012 6:45AM

    Those are some great goals and the shirts look comfortable. I think making monthly goals is something I need to maybe start tracking! You do such a great job of them. Keep up the great work!

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KARL1266 5/1/2012 6:39AM

    Great job with the goals. I've never had much luck with goals like these, but admire those who can stick with it. Way to Go and Congrats on a great job!

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SLIMXTINA 5/1/2012 5:31AM

  Love your shirt colours - they look super comfortable. Like your idea with the goals and good luck with the boxes. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 5/1/2012 3:34AM

    sounds like a good plan!

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ILOVEMALI 5/1/2012 2:29AM

    Great goals, and great progress. Clear out those statements -- it felt great to toss all of my stacks of shredables yesterday! And getting new shirts! YAY!!! Didn't this feel good? xoxo Deb

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AHTRAP 5/1/2012 2:25AM

    Don't stop (you) now, you're having such a good time...

Good for you, setting and tracking the smaller goals. That's something I haven't had much success sticking to.

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