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November's Mid-Month Check

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's time once again to check in on those pesky goals. Again, I feel like I'm doing pretty well sticking to all my goals, but statistically speaking, I'm not doing great on all fronts.

A few of you expressed concern that I was being too hard on myself. Maybe you were kidding a bit. Or not. Anyway, I thought I would explain the method to my madness. Get ready to see just now obsessed I am with my fitness quest.

Not only do I track all of my food and cardio on Sparkpeople, but I also keep a spreadsheet, where I track basically everything else. So I know percentage-wise how I'm doing on all my goals. When I have a goal to stay under 1550 calories every day, and I'm only managed to do that 5 days so far this month, that's a 33% success rate. If I had a 33% in 10th grade English, I'm pretty sure that would be an F. So, now you know the rest of the story.

I don't feel that it's being hard on oneself to be honest with oneself. Rather than fill my head with wishful thinking and false pride in my partial accomplishments and wonder why, oh, why isn't this weight coming off, I know. It's because I'm over in calories 67% of the time and have skipped a few more workouts than I should. Don't get me wrong -- I am pleased that I've stuck to a lot of things pretty well. And I know what I need to work on.

So. Long story short: Don't worry about me. I'm just being realistic. I'm not beating up on myself for my less than stellar performance in some areas. I look at them as areas to work harder on.

On to this month's mid-month check. Some good news, some bad news:

MOD ===== A
Tone every day ===== B
Cardio every day ===== C
Under 1550 every day ===== F
Meditate every day ===== A

I'm doing GREAT with the MOD and meditation. (WOOHOO!) Pretty well with my toning, ok with cardio. Dismal with my eating. Some days I go over a little, some days more than a little. It's so easy to do. One restaurant meal blasts calories through the roof unless you compensate for it the rest of the day.

Oh, one final note... When I say tone every day and do cardio every day, I do allow myself one day off a week. That is factored into my percentages. I've been missing a bit more than just one per week; hence the lower grade.

Now I'm off to run a 5k. All that time I took off from running in October really shows in my recent runs. Slooooooooooooow. I'm curious to see how hard I can push myself now in a race. My PR is 33 minutes. The way I've been running lately, I'm well over 35! Wish me luck!
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    We each have to find what works best to help us see where we are progressing and where we aren't. I think that friends just worry about each other and without knowing each other in person per say, it is hard to really understand where each of us is coming from. Glad you have a system that works well for you. If I was to use that system, I would fail as it is too detailed for me. To each our own!

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  • COOP9002
    Looks like you're moving forward.
    1925 days ago
    I love your tracking system. I never thought of doing that. I know you are going to do great on your run. Good luck.
    1925 days ago
    Everyone has their own way of tracking their progress and sounds like your way is both very organized and useful to you. When I was losing weight, I hit four plateaus but only three of those were what I consider true plateaus. The one in May occurred when I was going over my calorie range pretty regularly and it was taking stock of my eating and the scale that helped me get back on track with what I needed to do.

    Good luck!
    1925 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    1925 days ago
    Keep up the good work!
    Have a great week end.
    1925 days ago
    You could see it as 33%... but how much are you going over your calories? If it's 50 calories, then framing it as a very low failing grade may actually be too hard on yourself. Your other grades look great! Isn't it tough how diet makes up 90% of our success? I think that's the hardest thing to change...
    1925 days ago
    Sounds like you have a handle on things
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