Monday, October 22, 2012
Here we are halfway through BLC round 20. My progress has been slow, yes. But it's been progress.
Here are the original goals I jotted down at the beginning of the challenge back in September:
Use my 30 minute lunch for the gym 3 times each week.
Exercise on weekends.
Have a brighter smile, healthier nails, and clearer skin.
Create a recipe rotation for 'prepare ahead' recipes.
Lose 20 lbs!
Have to buy NEW jeans because even my size 8s are too loose!
Here's how I've been doing:
-I have not been using the gym at work 3 times per week: The gym at work has been sporadic at best. I need to re-focus on this goal and make a better effort to achieve it.
-Exercise on weekends: I AM getting better at this. In fact, this past weekend, I made a real effort to exercise both days. Typically, I've found that I'm very motivated on Saturdays but not so much on Sundays. If I'm able to get moving on one of the two weekend days, I'm halfway there! I'd say halfway through the challenge is a good place to start work on getting the other half of this goal going. I need to take advantage of time away from classes and work on Saturdays AND Sundays, and I need to start doing that now.
-Have a brighter smile, healthier nails, and clearer skin: I am working on this one. My nails actually look great. My skin still sucks and my smile is probably the same. (I know this is a totally strange goal, but I wanted to focus some attention on it because of the wedding coming up.) The real problem here is my water intake. If I drank the water I was supposed to everyday, all of these things would be beautiful. Real goal: drink LOTS of water. Some days I do great at this, other days I forget to drink water until like 6pm. Starting the day off with water should help me remember this throughout the rest of the day. So starting now, I'm going to focus on starting with water.
-Create a recipe rotation for 'prepare ahead' recipes: Unfortunately, I've found that I simply haven't even had time to plan for meals nevermind actually prepare them ahead. I think I used the crockpot once so far this season. Poor Mike does about 99% of our cooking. I'm changing this goal - I'm going to do my best to show him how much I appreciate this by committing to making him dinner at least ONCE each month for the rest of the year.
-Lose 20 lbs!: Well, I've lost 2. Clearly, this goal is no longer attainable - and I'm okay with that. I'm changing this goal to "Lose 7 pounds over the next six weeks." This is an attainable goal, and it will get me into the 140s which is where I REALLY really want to be.
-Have to buy NEW jeans because even my size 8s are too loose!: I've halfway achieved this goal. Unfortunately, it wasn't my size 8 jeans being too lose though. I needed new work pants and purchased 4 pairs of size 10s. After I purchased them, removed the tags, and washed them, I found that they were ALL too big. (Umm, what, they fit perfectly when I tried them on!) I'll call this halfway to this goal. A few more pounds and I really will be walking around pants-less because they'll all have fallen off. Lol.
So there you have it. My progress and my adjusted goals for the final six week stretch!
Here we go!