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One month into my pledge

Friday, February 01, 2013

So a month has gone by already and what have I accomplished to date?

Although the scales have not gone down by much at least I have not gained. I have continued to make healthier food choices and limit the amount of processed foods I eat.

I have walked or exercised every day in January. emoticon Of course setting a goal and having a purpose for walking has definitely helped. Since I meet my younger sister for coffee every morning and the coffee shop is only three blocks away I decided to walk there every day. Of course since I walk there I then have to walk back. I have yet to stick to a ten minute walk. The average length is 25 to 30 minutes. I have seen and felt an increase in the time it takes to walk places. When I started, it would take me 15 minutes to walk the three blocks. I can now do this in 10 minutes or less (depending on how cold it is). One morning, they were calling for rain. Rather than take the car, which I normally would do, I found my umbrella and walked there. I was quite pleased and proud of this. On days when it was too cold or miserable to walk I would pop in a DVD and do a 30 minute routine at home. emoticon

In order to keep me focused, I have printed out a monthly/daily calendar with my goal(s) typed into each day. This calendar is stuck on the door of my apartment. Every time I reach a goal a sticker is placed over it. This way every time I leave the apartment, I see how I am progressing with my goal(s). I have decided that every time I reach a small goal I will reward myself. This months reward is a bouquet of bright sunny flowers to brighten the gloomy days of winter. emoticon

Will I continue this ? Yes as I am committed to becoming healthier in 2013. Since I have over 100 pounds to lose, I will take it in 25 pounds increments. Once I lose the first 25 pounds, I will go for the next 25 pounds and so on until I reach my goal.

February's goal? To walk 15 minutes every day and to lose 2 pounds. My reward for February a new pair of earrings.

Stay tuned as I continue this journey.
emoticon Joanne

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUNEBUG150 2/4/2013 4:26PM

    Way to go Joanne! I have pasted and copied your chart and will do some revisions on it to make it my own. I like the idea and really need to incorporate it as I have got into a slump. Haven't decided on the goal bracelet though, still thinking on that one :)

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BABYSOX 2/2/2013 11:41AM

    Good plan and you are holding yourself accountable. February has arrived!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/1/2013 8:55PM

    Keep up the good work!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/1/2013 5:47PM

  woohoo awesome you are doing great

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DADDYS_GIRL6 2/1/2013 2:54PM

    So proud of you!! Way to ... setting goals!! Keep on keeping on! Those pounds will drop! ;-)

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NOWSDATYME 2/1/2013 12:41PM

  Good for you Joanne!!! I usually walk also, having at times to force myself. Attitude has a whole lot to do with it and you are on the right track friend!!! Keep on trucking :)

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