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