Friday, March 15, 2013
Yeah, I've been obsessing all day. Sue me.
I do have crazy ideas though. Not a full scale challenge like before; I can't be sure which threw me off track, or if it was both, but my exercise took a nosedive right after March 1. That was when I both 1) failed to meet my swim challenge, and 2) was sick on top of sick. I don't want to "fail" another challenge and make myself crap out on my habits again.
But I was thinking about a "kind of" challenge. Instead of trying to be my Best Ever, how about I just get back to... not horrible?
I'm too lazy to screen shot them all, but basically all my charts under My Reports look the same. For stuff where your aim is to make it go UP (water intake, fruits & veggies intake, fitness minutes, calories burned) it goes UP for July and August, then DOWN for September October, up a little for November, WAY UP for Kick August in December, down a little in January, down more in February, and is rock bottom craphole in March.
Stuff you want to go down (calories eaten, fat eaten, cholesterol, sodium, etc.) is pretty much upside down. It all goes UP for Feb and WAY UP for March.
So I thought... okay. Considering my schedule and motivation right now, there's no way I'm even coming close to the awesomeness that was December. But MAYBE.... I can make my charts look less like a pile of crap.
Basically I'm trying to get things under control faster than last time: at the start of all this, everything got better for two months, then worse for three, before getting better again. I say time to get better after two. Next time after one. Time after that, after a couple weeks instead of a month. I may still fall down on this road, I'll just get back up faster every time.
So. Operation Make My Charts Look Less Crappy begins today!
My average calories consumed for the month of March so far is 2,046. (My calorie range tops out at 1930 cals btw, so I am eating way too much way too often.)
If I can stick closer to the bottom of my range (which is 1580), say 1600 calories, for the rest of March, my average will be 1823. This is 1) in range, 2) better than February
If I can keep my water to 8-9 cups per day for the rest of March, I'll also be better than February, not quite as good as January.
Ditto for keeping servings of veg at or above 6/day for the rest of March.
I thought fitness was going to be a lost cause, but then I did the math and looked at my calendar. If I'm committed, I can get in 11 workouts before April 1 (This is thanks to not having to get up at the butt crack of dawn and drive 30 minutes to PT). If I work out for 40 minutes each time, that's 400 minutes for March added to the abysmal 21 I have so far (yes, it's halfway through the month and I've accumulated a whole 21 fitness minutes. Hence the whining and depression.) That is, once again, better than February.
If a good chunk of those workouts include swimming I'll be able to yank calories burned up above Feb as well.
The whole idea here (I'll take some screenshots soon so you can see what I mean) is for my charts, as you look at the monthly average since December, to go DOWN, DOWN, UP, instead of DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. Which is what they look like right now.
Even if they go DOWN, DOWN, STRAIGHT LINE.... that would be okay too.
So yeah. I'm trying this.