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October Goals: Progress, not perfection. November goals.

Friday, November 02, 2012

A brief report on my October goals. I DID make progress, but I by no means achieved perfection, or even my very moderate weight loss goal. Part of this was due to crazy work hours (I had FOUR days where I worked either all night, or had midnight to 3 a.m. meetings to attend. Plus 7 out-of- town/overnight travel days)

1. Lose 4 pounds by the end of October – Not achieved. I did make progress and I am now 2 pounds lower than when I started. emoticon
2. Keep regular and routine exercise – I DID THIS! emoticon
3. Go to the gym at least 2x per week -- I improved gym attendance but did not make it there 2x per week. October average slightly over 1x per week (up from zero in the prior 3 months) emoticon
4. Control overeating; log all food intake in my journal. -- I did MUCH better at controlling overeating, but I lapsed from this approx. 15% of the time. I logged food most of the time (dates where I was unable achieve this were work/travel related)
5. Break the afternoon snack habit -- MUCH improved. I have had occasional snacks but I have SWITCHED from unhealthy coffee shop/empty calorie snacks to fruit. emoticon
6. Limit alcohol. 2 drinks per week maximum. Work toward 1 drink. -- ACHIEVED emoticon
7. Limit eating out to social or work occasions. No eating out strictly for convenience. GREATLY improved (think I ate out 2-3 times, compared to 15+ the month before. Cooked at home at least twice as much as in prior month)
8. Get enough sleep even when working long hours. (I admit I resorted to asking my doctor for medication to help with sleeping during this tough period of very long work hours/very irregular schedule. This helped a lot. I have still been very short of sleep on occasion). emoticon

Well, I thought November would finally be the month where my work would slow down and I can get a more regular schedule and catch up on sleep and health and fitness. Wrong. My co-worker will be gone for the entire month and I have been assigned to cover her assignment as well as my own.

I STILL should be able make progress and improve. Here are my NOVEMBER GOALS!
1. Loss 4 pounds by December 2. emoticon
2. Keep regular and routine exercise.
3. Go to the gym at least 2x per week through November 18. (I leave on vacation November 18 – one week in California, and ten days in GUATEMALA!! WOO HOO! I’ll keep exercising but can’t expect to have access to a gym. I’ll be walking through Mayan ruins instead) emoticon
4. Control overeating; log all food intake in my journal or on SP logger.
5. Break the afternoon snack habit
6. Limit alcohol. 2 drinks per week maximum; 1 drink per week preferred.
7. Moderation at Thanksgiving and when traveling. Make healthy choices whenever possible – but still enjoy the new foods when traveling to a foreign country.
8. Continue to work on improved sleep. Cut down on sleep medication: 50% dose for one week; then stop regular use. Use only when necessary (goal no more than 2x per week)

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    Here's to the best month you ever had...I know I am aiming for that!! Good goals... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1939 days ago
    You really did make serious progress toward your goals! We have to make these healthy habits fit our lifestyle and you are doing a great job with that! What a wonderful trip you have coming up~can't wait to hear all about it. So glad you've joined the Book Club November challenge, too.
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    1941 days ago
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    1941 days ago
    It seems to me that you are really doing great with your progress!! Here's to a great November (toasting with a cool glass of water) !

    1941 days ago
    You are making progress and that is great! Good luck on achieving November goals.
    1941 days ago
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