31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions - Jan 2 and 3
Monday, January 03, 2011
Well, that was a heck of a start, missing Day 2, wasn't it?? I missed it because yesterday, which should have been a laid back, relax day, ended up being a very busy and productive one. My boys went to the Patriot's game, leaving me a 12 hour window to do whatever I wanted/needed to do. So I went to Mass, came home, decided I wasn't ready to take down all my Christmas decorations but did take down some (window candles, Christmas cards I had up all over my doorways, Christmas cut out decorations we still put up on our bedroom doors upstairs), then I finally completely cleaned out and emptied my refrigerator and washed all the storage containers, etc, then I went upstairs and cleaned out little T's drawers of clothes that no longer fit him, and replaced them with his new Christmas gifts, then I cleaned out my carry around bag, then I actually started my project of filling a new address book, since my old one, if not lost forever, has been hiding for several months now, then I folded and put away two loads of laundry, then I finally, at about 6 pm, sat down, read the Sunday paper, and read my kindle for a while. It was a busy but fulfilling day, but the long and short of it is that I never really got on Spark..
So today, I tackle two days worth of "unbreakable resolutions" tips. Have I said that I don't really believe any resolution is "unbreakable"? Well, I do feel that way, not to be negative, but to acknowledge the humanity in myself, and not to set myself up for that "perfection" trap that only leads to binging..both on the eating front and on the not exercising front (a "binge" week of not exercising, if you will).
For Day 2, Spark cautions that our written goals should be specific. So here goes:
1. Make good eating choices, no mindless eating. I guess to be more specific, I should say stay within my calorie range and no nightime eating, but honestly, I think the original goal is quite specific as is.
2. cardio 30 to 45 minutes a day. For me, cardio usually means riding my exercise bike, and it continues to mean that. But this new plan calls for 3 days a week, I'm upping it to 4. So here is the plan:
Monday the hardest workout of the week, Wednesday, moderate, Friday, light, Saturday, another hard workout. I have a great guide spark published a while ago about how to do high intensity intervals, which is my plan for Mondays and Saturdays, and on Wed and Fri I'll just do one of the bike's pre-programmed programs.
3. ST twice a week. A complete, 30 minute program, on Tues and Thurs. Perhaps using the Wii Fit, perhaps using Spark exercises, not sure, still formulating.
4. Weigh myself once a week. On Mondays
5. Use spark trackers for food, exercise, weighing and measuring, specific enough.
6. At the beginning, and for as long as it seems to be working, aim to lose 10 lbs per month. Is that ambitious? He!! yes, but it is doable and completely within reach.
Post your written goals somewhere you can see them, or in several places. That will be done today.
And before I run out of time and keep myself from accomplishing my first day of hard exercise, I'm done..over and out!!