Goodbye January, hello February!
Friday, February 01, 2013
One month down and I wanted to recap where I was on my goals.
First, a NSV - Henry slept in his crib last night. Ever since he got sick (cold and ear infections) about 3 weeks ago he will not sleep in his crib. He will cry and cry until he is held, nursed, or co-sleeping with us. It made for a long 3 weeks... Hopefully this means that he has turned the corner and he will be sleeping better. And we will get to sleep better too.
Second, another NSV - I have been working on a PhD in civil engineering for almost 3 years now. I am in the home stretch. The last hurdle before the dissertation is the "prospectus", a 40 page paper and an hour long presentation plus Q&A to my research committee to convince the committee that the work I am doing is making a significant contribution to the field of water resources. I finally met with my committee yesterday afternoon and at the end of the 2 hours I had the green light and the signatures that I need to proceed to my dissertation. I am shooting to finish and defend the dissertation by early April.
Third - small scale victory. I started the month at 181 and started Feb at 180, or minus one pound. I am not stressing (as in accenting or highlighting, not as in getting stressed about, but that too) weight loss at this point. My weight bounces around a lot (high of 184 low of 177 for the month). At this point I am happy with maintaining or a slow loss. I have been eating beyond my recommended range, but I have also been exercising a lot and fueling my workouts.
Fourth - exercise is going well so far. I had a good month, running just over 100 miles and swimming 17 miles. That and averaging 6,000+ calories burned per week according to the fitness tracker. My long term goal is 1,000 miles this year, so a good January has put me ahead of schedule which is nice because there are always weeks that crop up with illness, injury, travel, or any other reason not to get in the workouts that you need.
So what do I need to do in February? I need to stay focused at school and get a lot of writing done. I need to continue to eat healthy (not give in to stress triggers to eat junk). I need to continue to exercise, aiming for 20-25 miles per week. And keep the weekend and evening time to be a good dad and husband.
Thanks for all the support from my fellow sparkers! Best wishes as you review your progress and goals!