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January Review and Goals for February

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Here is how January has shaped up.

1. Continue exercising about 40 minutes per day about 5 to 7 days a week
I have continued to exercise about 40 minutes per day. This has changed from my earlier goal, as I am trying to get into a maintenance mode. In December, I kept my calories what they were while trying to loose weight and reduced exercise from 60 to 45 minutes every day. I continued to loose about 3 pounds during the month of December and early January. So the exercise has been reduced to 40 minutes per day. I will reevaluate in mid February and if I am still loosing, will up the calories but just a tiny bit.

2. Practice piano at least 30 minutes 1 time week and 15 minutes 2 times a week for an average of 60 minutes a week.
Only been practicing about 30 to 45 minutes once a week. Will continue to try and add more practice in. I am shy about practicing with my family in the room and it is too cold in the sanctuary at work/church for me to practice at this time of the year.

3. Continue to do regular strength training videos/exercises of about 10 minutes per day or about 45 minutes per week.
I haven't been quite as good at this the later half of January for some reason. But am also adding in a few different things. Someone referenced the 100 pushup challenge training program. So I tested myself, and completed the first day so far. Will probably try and make this a regular thing. Doubt it will be three times a week like they suggest, probably more like twice a week. Also have been throwing in a how many crunches can you do at one time, once a week too. Still doing the videos, but probably only did two last week, and the pushups challenge test and day one. So need to work on keeping this up.

Fitness: Try something new once a month.
This month, I tried the pushup challenge and added in climbing stairs once a week. Managed to do 900 steps in 23 minutes. Hoping to work up to 1,048 steps with no worry about how fast I do them. Just that I can do that many without stopping. That is many times up and down my stairs at home. So it is interesting to try and the ipod keeps it interesting.

U (You): Get 8 hours of sleep every night. (Means in bed by 11:00 PM every night. I know this will be my problem area.)
Here is another failing of mine. I exercise in the evening, esp. on Tuesday and Wednesday, as I have other things those nights and if I exercise until 10:30, I can't seem to go bed until midnight. So it is hard to get it all in. But I will keep trying to go to bed earlier, as my husband and I have started taking a nap on Saturdays, because we are so tired by the end of the week, that we have to.

Nutrition: Continue to track and remain in my calorie range for 6 days out of 7, even though I am in maintenance mode.
Still nervous about the no count day, but did do one this week, as we ordered take out Chinese. I did okay and didn't eat too much. Well, okay, I did eat a tad too much, but my IBS did not object and I did not weight heavy the next morning. So I don't think I overdid it too much. Did quite well at this in January, but this month breads have been my problem. I love carbs apparently, perhaps even more than chocolate and sweets.

Couponing: Clean up my coupon clipping mess and work on material for teaching a coupon class in Waukesha, WI.
Haven't really made in progress in this area as of yet.

Looking forward to February the exercise will remain 40 minutes most days a week, with my calories remaining at 1820 for 6 days a week, with maybe a once a week no track day, trying to add more piano practice in each week, and more regular sleep each night. When it comes to strength training, I will be trying the pushup challenge for awhile and see what happens and will continue with strength training videos from spark and crunches. Not sure what I will do for trying something new for fitness. Will have to see what sparks some interest.
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  • LAURIE-RN
    Looks like you did pretty well for January and have some good plans for February. Great job!

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    2724 days ago
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