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One week and one pound

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Here it is, Tuesday night again - exactly one week into the new year. How many of us have already broken our resolutions? How many of us put too much pressure on ourselves and gave up already? I know last year when I was still a member at Curves, January was the busiest month with new members flooding in. By about the 3rd week of the month the flood had slowed to a trickle, and by mid-February only those few who were truly determined were still coming. That's what I was afraid of, and why I set baby-step goals instead of resolutions. I know they're the exact same thing, but in my mind the word "resolution" is shouted with a scary reverberating echo (think the "God" scene in Real Genius), while the word "goal" is spoken in a normal tone of voice and not frightening at all.

So I set 3 baby-step goals for January:
1. water
2. workout
3. no night-time snacking

and my overall goal for the year is to lose 52 pounds in the 52 weeks of the yera

I'm going to call week a C-. Here's the breakdown:

1. water - I set a goal of a minimum of 64 ounces every day and to try for 96. I drank 96 ounces or more every day but Sunday (with only 32). Overall I give myself an A- for water.

2. workout - I said a minimum of 3 - 30 minute workouts per week. Last week I made 4, and this week 2 already. I really thought I was going to hate the new exercise bike but would force myself to use it anyway. Turns out I actually kind of like it. Who knew? Anyway - I give myself an A+ there.

3. no night-time snacking - here's where the GPA drops. I think I made it 2 nights with no snacking. That means 5 nights I did snack. Solid F territory.

I did make my 1 pound lost per week goal though, so I'm happy about that. I would be ecstatic if I had lost more, but then we go back to the night-time snacking so I'm just glad I lost something.

Good thing I gave myself the month of January to work these 3 goals before I add anything more. This week I'm going to keep up with water and workouts, and show a little backbone with the snacking.

Those of you who thought my Christmas tree war was funny - you'll be glad to know that I had the last laugh. I packed away the ornaments and stored the tree for another year. I had two very sad kitties. One is over it, the other is still looking around like he expects the tree to appear from thin air. Poor, poor kitty. They may have won the battles, but I won the war.

and I almost forgot - I was browsing the Kindle bookstore tonight and found some fantastic news. Stephen King is releasing a new book in September. I almost squealed with glee. Description: Doctor Sleep "Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining. In this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals." Maybe that'll be a weight loss reward - serious motivation.
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  • BLUEROSE73
    You can do this. Babysteps. As long as they are steps in the right direction, you will get there.
    1628 days ago
  • CELESTE_B
    Wahoo! Great goals and Wahoo on the pound.
    1631 days ago
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I think I'd give you a C+. Two out of 3 isn't bad at all! Plus you lost a pound! emoticon I think you are wise to do small goals and if you can get these 3 down for sure then you can gradually add on more.

    Aw, poor kitties! You're a mean momma for taking away their tree! LOL Animals can be so funny!

    Ooh, I like your reward!! That book sounds really interesting too!!
    1631 days ago
  • SVELTEWARRIOR
    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1631 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    You are doing good - hey 2 outta 3 ain't bad?!? emoticon You are going to make January wonderful!

    Poor kitties! Mean mamma took their play place. LOL - I took Gypsy's hiding place so I'm getting looks too!

    I like your reward - I'm going to have to look into that one myself!
    1631 days ago
  • FITNESSLOVER74
    One pound is not shabby! I think you are smart to work on little goals at first. I am all about those small victories.

    Oooh! New Stephen King book? I'll be looking for that. Hubby got me a Kindle for Xmas.

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    1631 days ago
  • LIBRA73
    Way to go on the pound gone! Awesome!

    I think your goals are completely doable and here's to being in solid A territory next week!

    Yay! I can't wait for the new book! Thanks for the heads up!
    1632 days ago
  • SUSANBEAMON
    go for the goals. i'll take my stephen king in paper form.
    1632 days ago
  • CARPEDIEM1982
    emoticon

    I really like the idea of small goals... That is what I am doing too.
    Increased water intake
    Smaller portion sizes
    Not eating after 8:00pm

    Carpe Diem!
    1632 days ago
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