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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!
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HAKAPES 2/4/2013 12:10PM

    That's an awesome calorie burn for the week!

I experienced that when burning 3000 kcal per week, I can eat already quite "nice", and when it goes up to 5-6000 kcal per week, I can eat really nice meals, or desserts.

You mention injury.
Do you use some special technique for the running?


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TANYA602 2/3/2013 4:20PM

    Congratulations on rounding the corner on your PhD. What an amazing accomplishment! And for staying in the maintenance range during the busiest part. What a fabulous example you set for your family!

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JESSIKA_56 2/3/2013 9:37AM

    Wow great month! Best wishes on February!

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CARILOUIE 2/3/2013 8:21AM

    Your mileage is awesome! Good luck on the dissertation!

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BLITZEN40 2/2/2013 11:56PM

    Congratulations on completing your prospectus and good luck with your dissertation. Nice job getting all the running and swimming miles in as well! With all that going on and the duties of family life along with it, I don't know how you find time to spark too... Amazing! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/2/2013 5:06PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for balance:) I am a stress eater too and I find hitting the gym nix the cravings.
Hope your son is much better and that you are able to get some sleep. My hubby was sick for 2 weeks and neither of us slept well. A good night's sleep makes such a difference in the day.
Hope you and your family have a great rest of the weekend!

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DORAL33178 2/1/2013 8:20PM

    Congrats to you on your January goals. You have a full schedule to juggle between family, exercise and school but you are managing everything well. Glad to hear your son is feeling better. I just read on spark a few weeks back that it takes about 3 weeks for a cold to work through your system.

Have a fabulous February.

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WINDSURFNERD 2/1/2013 6:23PM

    emoticon Sounds like you've started 2013 with a BANG!!
Thanks for sharing, your blog reminded me to look for NSVs too, and I found that I've run over 100 miles (barely, 100.13!) in January, whoo hoo!
emoticon for the inspiration, here's to success in February!!
Naomi

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ROXYZMOM 2/1/2013 5:41PM

    Good for you! Balancing school and your health! You got February!!

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GRATTECIELLA 2/1/2013 2:09PM

    This sounds fantastic. Glad you and your son are getting better sleep, and congrats on all the other victories!

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COOP9002 2/1/2013 12:58PM

    Nice job on achieving your goals. Best of luck in February.

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2013 12:07PM

    Excellent victories!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/1/2013 11:02AM

    Congrats on the green light to proceed! That is a big step!! And your priorities look right to me. Good job on all that activity and exercise. When I have big writing projects (mostly grant proposal writing) I tend to gain if I'm not very aware of my eating and exercise. Congrats on a great January and best wishes for a successful Feb!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/1/2013 11:00AM

    How amazing are you! I can't believe how much you get done between Grad school, family, and exercise. You always remind me how petty my excuses really are!

Look forward to hearing about your February! Thanks.

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