Saturday, April 06, 2013
When I woke up on April 3rd, two full months using SparkPeople to keep me on track were officially behind me, and I was starting month three -- without hitting the snooze button.
I learned a surprising thing about myself along the way. I'm goal and reward oriented. I really want that "gold star" for the day, and I am really looking forward to some darn good rewards for good performance. So much so, that this week I've even started grading my performance at work. Five points for each morning and afternoon, fifty for the week. Any score above 45 for the week earns me a small treat, like a craft or gardening magazine -- something inexpensive but enjoyable. And perhaps maybe I should include chores in the mix? Getting a tulip bulb for every toilet cleaning gives a bit more to look forward to than simply cleaning the toilet again. And again.
My whole life will soon be structured around goals and rewards. I'll be very healthy, productive and broke. I'm 38 years old, overall a productive member of society, and fairly self aware -- at least not utterly clueless -- how did I not know this about myself before now?
So, two months and I'm feeling very good. My body is very happy with me and it's letting me know in lots of little ways, many of which I've remarked on before. Even when I caught a cold and should have been miserable, it tried to go easy on me and I felt great while sneezing and coughing. It's gratitude, I think.
For the stats, my wholly unreliable scale shows a loss of around about 24 pounds for the first two months. I completely expect that the rate of loss will slow. I hope so, anyway, it's kind of unhealthy to lose weight quickly. Most of my weight appears to be lost in my extremities: face, neck, hands, wrists, feet, and ankles. Add that part of the abdomon beneath the breasts and above the gut, too. (Basically, everywhere SP didn't tell you to measure.) Even so, 3.5 inches is off my waist, 3 off my hips, 2 off my right thigh, 1.25 off my left upper arm and a whopping 0.5 off my right calf. I'm right handed in case you were wondering.
ACCOUNTABILITY (IN DETAIL AND ABRIDGED)
Tracking: I was right in range for my calories 42/56 days; high 8/56; low 4/56 and didn't track 2/56 days (wrote accountability blogs each time). I try to be as precise as possible with my tracking, but really not worried about hitting the calories goal. As long as it's close the majority of the time, I'm happy.
Wheat-free: Achieved 56/56 days. (One more month until my first reward!)
Corn-free: Achieved 56/56 days. Even limiting my processed foods, the occassional corn derivative may have slipped in and likely has at least twice. But I didn't intentionally eat corn. I swear it's harder to avoid corn than wheat, and that's saying a lot.
Dairy-free (cow milk): Achieved 2/2 days. Weaned myself off cow milk products in March. Only get to count two days in April, so it's kind of easy to get 100%.
8 Glasses of Water: Achieved 35/38 days that I've been tracking this separately.
7,500+ Steps: My pedometers have broken, going to order another. I'll resume this goal once I have a means to track it.
Walking the Dog 1x per Day: Achieved this goal 41/43 days that I've been tracking this.
Extra Movement (Additional Dog Walking or 10-15 Minutes of Exercise): Achieved 31/35 days that I've been tracking this. Still getting this goal by walking the dog again.
Strength Training: Nothing formal. Spent four weekends gardening. Have you lifted a 60lb bag of sand?40lb bag of soil? Brick after brick? I think it counts.
Waking Up without Hitting the Snooze Button: Achieved 36/36 days! Grrr