Some people asked if I lost weight. I said, ‘Maybe a pound or two.’ That is what the scale shows. I’m not sure what they see. Maybe my face does look thinner, but my abdomen feels the same. Nonetheless the first quarter is done and it’s time to look at the year’s goals and see what needs to be done to continue with a good year.
I am happy with my fitness goals. I am a little bummed that my shoulder is not yet back to where it was at the end of last year. I’m going physical therapy and even got suckered into doing chiropractic care. I’m not sure they are helping, but I was so dissatisfied with my situation, I was willing to give these things a try.
The year’s goals:
Swim 75 miles in the course of a year. Last year, I jumped in with others on a SP team that had a goal of 100 miles. I learned that was a little too ambitious for me. I made it to 55, though. This year, I’ll aim a little higher.
1/25 0.33 mi, 2/1 0.5 mi, 2/20 1 mi, 2/25 1 mi, 2/27 1 mi, 3/11 1 mi, 3/13 1 mi, 3/18 1 mi, 3/20 1 mi
total: 7.8 mi
Comments: After taking a break for the beginning of the year due to my shoulder, I am back in the pool. I focus on kicking a lot more than I would like, but things look on schedule. I’ll keep up my twice weekly swims.
Run one mile in one shot. In the past, I’ve gotten soar hips, knees, or shins while trying to run. I finally found a surface that seems to agree with me. It’s the bark covered trail near my home/office. Currently, I can throw in a few steps of jogging with my walks. I’ll make them add up to a mile by year’s end.
Comments: I've made progress on this. I found a good pace to run at on the treadmill. I have gone up to 2 min. at a time in intervals at the pace. At the moment, I’ve put the running on hold because my chiropractor suggested this. I plan to focus more on running as the summer kicks in.
Go on the stair mill at 60 steps per minute for 15 minutes.
Monday 07 January 2013, Sunday 03 Feb.
Comments: My gym membership is going away at the end of the week, and I might not renew, so I’m glad I got this one out of the way quickly.
Have average weekly calorie consumption within my suggested limits 75% of the time. (39 weeks) In 2011, when I lost or gained nothing, I’m assuming I did what I needed to do 50% of the time. In 2012, I must have done well at least 51% of the time. So, this year I’ll aim for 75% of the time. (I realize the math is missing lots of variables, but hey, I need a goal and this seems like a good one.)
week 1, week 3, week 4, week 6, week 7, week, 8, week 12, week 13
Comments: I am having trouble with this one. I need to work on this next quarter.
Do one unassisted pull-up. This is probably the biggest stretch. But, hey, aim big, right?
Comments: My shoulder has kept me from working on this, and it is still a big question mark how much progress I can make on it.