Tuesday, November 13, 2012
As part of the Biggest Loser challenge on SparkPeople, I had to set goals the first week. Here we are 10 weeks later, with weigh-in looming for the final week and I am looking back at those goals.
The original question that I had was . . . is setting a higher than usual goal setting myself up for failure, or providing a challenge?
My goals 10 weeks ago were . . .
1. Participate in the RTC and ITC goals, while encouraging others on the team and celebrating our success. I have already started working on this one, and this blog post is a part of this week's goals.
Truth be told, I could have done better on this. Life just got in the way. I will definitely try to do better in future challenges. DEFINITELY!
2. Track my food daily and stay within my range to continue and extend my 105 days on the road to healthy eating! Well, today was Day 107, so I feel like this one is moving by momentum at this point.
O.K. - let's talk about that one a bit. Yes - I had this goal of staying on track day by day by day. When I went on vacation, I felt that if I broke that cycle it would all come tumbling down. However, there were some days where I didn't count the way I could have. NOTE: I said "could" have, not "should" have. I was on vacation. I tracked my food every single day with the exception of three days on vacation. Did I overdo it on those three days? No . . . I just didn't track.
3. Make plans to get through a two week vacation that falls right in the middle of this challenge I will battle having no kitchen, eating restaurant food, and try to stay active to maintain or lose during this time frame. This one is a big one. I have never stayed healthy on a vacation. The temptation of eating out and "being on vacation" is just a tough one for me. However, this time will be different. There will be healthy snacks. There will be water. There will be structure. There will be evening blogging on Spark (if possible) to stay accountable. There will be one large meal a day surrounded by smaller ones. Let's just say, I've got some plans. I have to make it to Day 175 (which is the last day of the challenge).
Reality is that regardless of whether I stayed on track every single day, I still made it to Day 175 without gaining weight. Let me rephrase this in big bold letters. I WENT ON VACATION AND DID NOT GAIN WEIGHT. That was 13 days . . . and for me personally, that is HUGE!
4. Revive my blog and post at least three times a week. This is a must, and should not be a problem.
This is one that I could have done better on. Time just wasn't on my side. So it's a goal for the upcoming Winter Challenge, right?
5. Find a way to increase my fitness level, which is the one thing that has really been a problem for me over these last 105 days. This one is the toughest for me, because I still have an unexplained medical issue that is still in the process of resolution and has taken a backseat. When I exercise, even a small amount, I have muscle aches similar to flu the next day. The more I do, the worse the pain. And so far, it is unresolved. I've been "managing" the pain. Does it keep me from exercise - absolutely. Nothing worse than getting out of bed with a myriad of aches and pains and trying to make it to work each day. But this is something I have to mange and get better at, until a solution is found (still in the works).
Yes - I could have done better on this one. I did learn that I am capable of much more, and that's a great thing. Did I use that capability as best as I could? Probably not. So there is room for improvement.
So here is the deal . . . 14.5 pounds was my goal over the 10 weeks. I will be surprised if I make that goal. However, anything over 10 is success given that I went on a 13 day vacation.
I say SUCCESS! But we'll see how the numbers pan out on Thursday morning.