Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I realized today that January's as good as done. This is the first time I've written out my goals (I am not calling them New Year's Resolutions because that will make me forget about them!), so I thought I'd take a peek at my "reports" section here on SP to see how I did.
Doggone...I think I did pretty well!
One of my goals was to do core exercises & strength training at least 2x/week. Because of doing the onehundredpushups program on M-W-F, I found myself doing strength training 3x/week, with a day of rest in between each one, and keeping up with it because of having it written in my "other goals" section here. Yes, I'm one of those people who likes lists and checkboxes so I know I've accomplished things.
Another goal: yoga stretches at least 3x/week. My sweet hubby bought me a yoga mat for Christmas, & I've enjoyed doing yoga almost every day. I hadn't realized what a difference the mat would make -- our old farmhouse has old rugs and old padding under the old rugs, which makes for some pretty uncomfortable floor work. I also hadn't realized how much of a difference the yoga itself would make, either, until I skipped a couple days in a row and then stretched this morning. I felt stiff and not-so-flexible until I got warmed up. A side bonus: I don't need to keep changing from my left side to my right all night long while sleeping because my shoulders are sore.
Taking my daily vitamins was another goal, and I've checked that little box off more often than not.
Doing the onehundredpushups program was one of my written goals, because I know the limits of my brain and figured I'd get all excited about it right away and then forget more often than not. Doing this with two of my kiddos (the 17yo son and 12yo daughter) has made it fun (in an awful, "we're all in this hell together" definition of fun) and has kept me accountable. I've not missed a day of it yet, and have progressed from a total of 30 (4 small sets plus as many as possible after the fourth set) to a grand total of 130 (4 much larger sets plus a whole lot more after the last set). And I'm only halfway through the program! I can't wait to see how strong I can get.
My other goal for January had nothing to do with weight or fitness, but was more of a personal challenge. Our household is very musical; I sing, but I'm not so great with playing an instrument. I have a good ear and can pick out melodies on stringed instruments or keyboards (one note at a time), & have taught myself chord structures so I can accompany myself on piano when I practice at home. It's nothing anyone else wants to listen to -- keyboard with headphones buys a lot of goodwill -- but I have fun with it. Since we have a lot (a LOT) of guitars and other stringed instruments around the house, I decided I was going to practice something at least six days a week in order to expand my skills. I played bass guitar in college; honestly, I was never that good. But I've picked up my bass again and have been re-learning what I used to know, & learning new techniques from our oldest son (19yo) who is a bass player. I've also been having fun on one of the ukuleles we have, and have taught myself a handful of chords. (Evidently I have more talent when I limit myself to four-stringed things.) I consider this a success on two levels: not only am I meeting my goals for practice/learning, others in the house are more likely to pick up instruments to play along with me.
February will see me keeping these goals and adding only a couple things to them. I'll be doing an Old Testament challenge that my church provided, reading from Joshua through Esther from February - July. The other goal is one I've started already: plan the week's meals in order to streamline each day. Our main meal is at 1 p.m. due to my hubby's work schedule, so there's no time to think about it or wonder what to make once the day is underway. If I have five meals in mind (always pizza on Friday in our house!), I can flip which ones are on which day, but the thinking is already out of the way, and the groceries are bought for those meals. The meals tend to be much healthier when planned ahead, too.
I'm hoping I have a blog entry at the end of February with the same title: GOALS MET!