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February Achievements, March Goals. Vacation!

Friday, March 01, 2013

My February goals were fairly successful:
1. Work on improving sleep and reducing energy drink consumption: I did pretty well! I cut out the energy drinks – but I substituted more coffee and Starbuck refreshers (carbonated mixture of fruit juice and green coffee). I am using pills to help me sleep occasionally.

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2. Limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per week: WOO HOO! Achieved

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3. Track all food intake – I achieved this when I was home. Unfortunately not so much when traveling. And I was traveling 25% of the month. I tracked MOST days after I re-committed.
4. Exercise daily at least 10 minutes, and start cross country skiing again and taking Zumba. WOO HOO! I did this

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5. Stretch at least 3 times per week WOO HOO! I did this
6. Weight: I did not reach my goal of 3 pounds lost. I lost 1.3 pounds.

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Re weight loss, our local hospital has kicked off a Healthy Lives program for employee, that results in points and cash bonuses for achievements in improving fitness/weight/blood pressure etc. over one year. For weight goals (if you are overweight or obese), they set a goal of losing 5% of your weight in one year . At the end of the year, you get some points if you just didn’t GAIN any weight; you get more points if you lost SOME weight; and you get full points if you lost 5% of your weight. I think this is very achievable for someone like me that loses weight slowly!

My March goals are similar to February. BUT I am adding one additional goal: to improve on moderation in eating. I’m trying to phrase that goal in a positive manner – BUT my real goal is to cut down on binge eating. When I am stressed I am more inclined to binge. And that DID occur several times over the last couple of months. I don’t need to lapse in negative destructive eating patterns – or to beat myself up for occasional treats. So here are the March goals:

1. Work on improving sleep and reducing energy drink consumption
2. Limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per week
3. Track all food intake
4. Moderate eating, focus on healthy foods
5. Exercise daily at least 10 minutes daily. Include higher intensity activities at least 2 x per week
6. Stretch at least 3 times per week
7. Lose 4 pounds by the end of month


I am planning a vacation! I actually am doing this on short notice, because my employer has a “use it or lose it” policy for all annual vacation accruals. (I thought I would have to take a block of time off due to my mom’s health, so I didn’t schedule long vacations). I have 2 weeks I must use in the next 2 months. If I don’t take vacation, I will lose 96 accumulated hours on May 1; they will probably let me carry over 2 days. So 80 hours to use or lose – and I have NO desire to donate any vacation. I already work a TON of unpaid overtime. My current plans are to combine a fun vacation with visits to California to see elderly frail Mom, so here are the options. Most of these are 1 week trips, and I will pick 2 of them. (With the adjacent weekends, a week trip can equal up to 9 days)

Option 1: 3 days at the Oregon Coast (Gold Beach) visiting my friend John who is an avid hiker and birder, one day in Ashland at the Oregon Shakespeare festival, plus 4 days in California with mom and sisters
Option 2: Drive to California; spend 1 day with my brother in Sacramento; spend 1-2 days skiing in Tahoe area (Royal Gorge Nordic ski area – I can stay pretty cheaply at Clare Tappaan lodge); spend 1-2 days in Yosemite; and spend 3 days with mom
Option 3: 3 days skiing at Glacier National Park; take the train from Portland there (to Isaak Walton lodge) and back. Then fly from Portland to California for 4-5 days.
Option 4: 4 days at a yoga retreat (Mt Madonna?) or fitness spa (Napa Valley?), and 3 days visiting family
Option 5: Spend a full week in San Francisco bay area: 2-3 days with my sister, hiking and visiting art museums. 2-3 days with my other sister, helping her pack for her move and hiking (she also loves to hike). 2-3 days with mom. Plus day trips to special area (Pinnacles State Park? Yosemite?)

I usually plan trips with friends, but in this case, I am traveling on short notice and can’t coordinate with anyone else. Several of my friends ALREADY are just back from great vacations (Skiing in Yellowstone! Skiing in the Dolomites!) So I am going to plan a solo vacation and HAVE FUN. (My co-worker who had to “use or lose” her vacation used it very grudgingly, and didn’t leave her home. I know she ended up working during her “vacation”. I actually think I deserve the time off!)
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1BEACHWALKER 3/3/2013 11:56PM

    emoticon Great job on your achievements!!!

Ok, I vote for Option 3...due to selfish reasons, because I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Glacier National Park...I think from the pics I have seen, it has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!! Although all your options sound great, but I am hoping you choose that. Whatever you choose, have Loads of fun and take lots of pics!!! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 3/2/2013 11:31AM

    Definitely take the time off and have FUN! Your vacation options sound wonderful - I would enjoy every one of them. When I worked for the City of Toronto, we had a similar vacation issue - use it or lose it - and like you, I was already donating way too much time to the City (used to wish I was unionized so I would get paid for overtime), and had no intention of donating one minute more.

Love the program your hospital is offering, and I think your March goals are realistic and achievable. Mine are similar. I plan to lose 5 lbs./month until I reach goal (end of June if I achieve these monthly goals).

Were you able to find anything for World Day of Prayer? Years ago it started as Women's Day of Prayer, and each year's program is written by the women of one country, but now the program is for everyone.

have fun this week-end,
Gail

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/2/2013 4:21AM

    Woohoo, vacations are awesome! I loved Option 1 and Option 4, but they all sounded great! I'll look forward to hearing about what you do at the end!
And good for you for doing so great on your goals for February. The Healthy Lives program is such a great idea... very feasible, which means you can do it at your own paste, and still feel encouraged! Go for it!

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MICHELELYNN777 3/1/2013 7:48PM

    emoticon You did a great job with your goals in February! And even though you didn't lose the exact amount you wanted to, you did lose! Yes, you do deserve time off for a vacation! You have a tough decision to make as each one sounds wonderful :)

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MADAMES 3/1/2013 4:53PM

    Wow...great work on your goals! I admire your vacation planning, and YES you do deserve it!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2013 2:56PM

    I think you deserve the time off too!

As I have never been on the west coast I think ALL your vacation options sound FABULOUS.

You have great goals -- good luck!

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AEGISHOT 3/1/2013 1:24PM

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