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January Results, February Update

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I am delayed in doing my update blogs and my new goals, not to mention my report on January results! This was due to yet another flying trip to California to be with mom; I returned early Tuesday a.m. Mom did stabilize again, and I am back home and back to work.

I usually weigh in monthly on my Wii Fit which keeps a neat graph of my weight loss. But when I went to weigh in on 1/31 (one of my 3 days at home before mom’s second health crisis), the Wii Fit was not working at all. I also realized on the same day that my home computer was non-functional. The tech support guy who fixed my computer said the power cord was fried and I most likely had a huge power surge that burned out my surge protector while I was away. I may try to see if the Wii can be repaired, but in the meantime I bought a digital weight scale at CostCo.

I stopped tracking on my Spark weight tracker about a year ago, because I had entered my weight with results at the doctor’s office; then for a few months updated with my old scales (GREAT weight loss but I think those scales weren’t accurate); changed to the Wii (which gave me a nice weight and BMI graph). And now I have a new set of scales altogether. With the prior 3 changes, my weight varied considerably with each scale. So – weight results may vary!

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Current weight: I gained 1.7 pounds.

I was doing great with my January goals for the first three weeks. Then travel, stress due to mom’s critical illness and her heart attacks, and illness intervened. So I give myself an A for January 1-22; and I am being kind to myself and giving myself a “excused” for the last week of January and first week of February. I didn’t track food for those two weeks when I was travelling, I ate out every meal, and I didn’t exercise when I was sick.

Goals for February beginning today, February 6:
1. Work on improving sleep and reducing energy drink consumption AGAIN. Sleep was disrupted do to the crisis and I started to drank diet energy drinks to try and make it through the days.
2. Limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per week (I met this goal in January)
3. Track all food intake (achieved for the first 3 weeks in January; I started again as of today)
4. Exercise daily at least 10 minutes. By February 15 (when I hope to be completely recovered from bronchitis), start cross country skiing again and taking Zumba, which are my higher intensity activities
5. Stretch at least 3 times per week
6. Lose 3 pounds by the end of February


These are more limited goals but they are achievable! I can do this even if I get another crisis call that I have to fly to California. (I can modify the cross country skiing and Zumba to hiking the hills if I am in Calif.)
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    You did great! You are an inspiration... Each travel and stress of any kind often lead me to overeat or give up my fitness goals. What you are doing is the solution, I know: get back on track as soon as possible. I look forward to your achievements next month.
    1836 days ago
    emoticon Despite the extra stress and travel, you are staying focused on your healthy goals! I think your goals for February are very realistic and you are even allowing for an unplanned trip back to CA which is great. I hope you can get your Wii fixed, but for now, I'm glad you have a new scale to use. I haven't used my Wii Fit in awhile, but I like the graph, too. May February bring good health to your mom so you will be able to be home for awhile.
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    1838 days ago
    emoticon Good Goals! May there be no crisis spots in February for you. emoticon
    1838 days ago
    Considering all the stress you've been under, and all the travelling, you did great! I'm glad that your mother is being kept comfortable, and I hope that you will get a chance to spend more time with her. Be gentle with yourself; you'll get back on track when things calm down.
    1838 days ago
    I think you've done amazing under the conditions! Hope you get over your bronchitis soon - the most important thing is to take care of yourself! And if you want company to hike in Calfornia, I can show you some trails east of Sac.
    And hope you have a safe trip driving in the mountains today!
    1838 days ago
    It's tough maintaining your fitness while taking care of an aging/sick parent. Hang in there. Glad you're a fan of Zumba. I am crazy for Zumba or any type of dance class, really.
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