Friday, January 11, 2013
I think I want to start a weekly recap so that when I look back I know what I was up to at this point in time in my journey. Part of my new plan to get healthy is to keep motivated using a variety of different strategies! I wanted to tackle 3 main areas of my life!
3) overall health, stress level, sleep, etc.
I have at the moment 1 strategy (or program) for each!
This week my nutrition goal correlated with my new favorite weight loss book- the 4 day win. I posted about this in my previous goal. My challenge for my first 4 days (ending yesterday) was to track everything that I ate! I then rewarded myself everyday with an episode of my favorite TV show and a piece of dark chocolate. My 4 day goal is to make a yummy smoothie! So here is what I learned from my first challenge-
1. 4 days is the right amount to get you started and really motivate you
2. it is a bad idea to have dark chocolate in my house right now! Struggling with self control.
3. I am a pretty good tracker! I know I missed a few small things here and there but overall I think I did a great job.
My goal was simply to TRACK my food. Not to necessarily stay within my calorie range. However, I did find that I tended to make better choices when I really thought about having to write it down. And despite having some splurges I still tracked them! I don't expect a big loss this week because I would say if I had to guess that my overall weekly calorie trend will be right at the upper limit of my range or a hundred calories or so above it. BUT I do know that I have already started making better choices in this direction and I am excited to slowly lower my caloric intake. I am more likely to stick with a goal that is not drastic and quick.
I am doing great this week in fitness! Despite the fact that it was the first week of school, first week of work AND I am in the process of moving I still found time to get 2 gym workouts in and I have 1 more for the week planned on Sunday! I joined an awesome program called gympact which fines me when I miss workouts. It also pays me for every workout that I have done if I meet my goal funded by the people that missed theirs. What a cool idea! Therefore, I have 2 strong incentives- 1. not to lose money 2. to make some! Being that I am college kid poor....those are some pretty strong incentives for me.
Overall, I am getting back into running. I ran my first 5K in the late fall of 2012. I am so proud that I stuck with it and trained every single week. However, after my run I stopped training. I would like to be able to run more 5Ks and eventually work up to a half marathon. So this week, the training began again! Luckily, I am in much better shape now then when I started last time. I am really looking forward to running The Color Run which I am signing up for next Tuesday. I am even trying to get my boyfriend to do it with me! But I also plan on doing much more serious runs as well throughout the semester.
Other health goals:
I started the stress buster challenge this week! I love that sparkpeople has challenges- I think that is the greatest idea ever. Anyway, I am still in week 1 and my main tasks were to identify my current stress level, keep a stress journal, and identify key goals that I want to get out of the program. This could not come at a better time considering how much I have going on in my life right now. Here are my goals:
1) finish moving (this saturday!!) and when I do- keep a clean place by doing 10 minutes of cleaning and picking up a night rather than lots at once.
2) get back into the habit of meditation
3) get back into the habit of scheduling!
4) create a stress reliever kit (my favorite mug, a magazine or book, and a piece of dark chocolate!)
5) learn all I can to try to beat stress
Anyway, that is my Friday update! I want to try to remember to do this every Friday so that when I complete my journey I will be able to look back on every step of the way. Also, tomorrow is officially 6 months with Denny (and unofficially 11 months!!) Yeay!