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Third Quarter Results

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

At the beginning of the year I set out to accomplish a few goals. This is how it is going.

Goal: emoticon Swim 75 miles in the course of a year. I swam 55 in 2012, and I want to swim more in 2013.

At the beginning of the year I had an injury that got me to a slow start. I have swam 33.8 miles for the year. Then, I moved. Things slowed again. I did not swim like I would like in all of September.

I did not see this move in my plan. This new commute have made swim time more difficult to schedule. Perhaps I'll need to modify my goal for the rest of the year to simply get out to swim laps once a week or once a month. I live closer to the bay where I practice open water swimming, so I can make progress on that front. I'm not sure. Right now, I'm still getting used to my commute.

Goal: emoticon Run one mile in one shot. emoticon

I did it! I practiced during the summer. I worked my way up on a trail near to my (old) home. When I realized I would no longer have that awesome trail nearby, I pushed it in to high gear and got it done. I did it on a track, on a trail, and on a treadmill! I've found that running is not for me. I might do it now and again, but I much prefer fast walking.

Goal: emoticon Go on the stair mill at 60 steps per minute for 15 minutes. emoticon

I did it early before my gym membership expired in early Spring. It was good to get one out of the way quickly as it is a great sense of accomplishment.

Goal: emoticon Have an average weekly calorie consumption within suggested limits 75% of the time.

Well, this one has been hard to measure and hard to accomplish. I tried being in limits for a day a week and then adding more days each week, but I always came back to the bad habits of eating when I'm not hungry at the end of the day or on the weekend. I've been working on tackling why I eat too much at times. I have read a few books on the topic. Lately, it feels like I am doing well on this as I have dropped some. I need to start measuring this goal again.

Goal: emoticon Do one unassisted pull-up.

Wow, this one has been tough! For the begging of the year I had a shoulder injury. Then I found a program to get me to eight pull ups. Then, I hurt my bicep. I am back on the program again this week. I will continue working at it. Even the negative pull-ups I am working make me feel stronger, so if I make this goal or not, I am still stronger for having attempted this.

That is where I am at. The ones I need to figure out are pull-ups, swimming, and nutrition. I need to go think about this now...
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  • RUDITUDI2000
    You so inspire me! Love the goals and the go after it attitude you have !

    And oh by the way...your comment on my blog about eating too many nuts...LOL! You are what you eat! I needed that laugh. I was under control yesterday with my nut habit! Today I am taking cut up celery instead of nuts. I will overcome!

    I did not like running for about 6 months, until after my first 1/2 marathon really. Then I was addicted, going overboard, getting injured and well...the rest if history. Now I stick to 6-10 miles a week, some walking, some cycling and chasing kids. I do need to work on the strength training, getting it in schedule firmly!

    I see a light at the end of October! Lets never give up. Keep moving towards the goal and we will get there! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1571 days ago
    Lots of challenges! But you're making progress. As far as the move, well, stuff happens. And when stuff happens, it's okay to adjust your goals. I do feel your pain on the commute though. I hate commuting. There are so many better things to do than waste time in the car. I wish I had an answer for you there. Congrats on the running and the stair mill!
    1572 days ago
    They are some great goals. you still have the fourth quarter left too tom improve on the pullups and swimming an nutrition. Good luck!
    1573 days ago
    emoticon You have set some challenging but doable goals. Best of luck to you!
    1573 days ago
  • MURPHI13
    Great work!!! Sounds like you are on track and everything you have done is an accomplishment already!
    1573 days ago
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