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February Review and Looking Ahead to March (and maybe less snow?)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

1. Continue exercising about 40 minutes per day about 5 to 7 days a week
I have continued this alternating between stationary bike, treadmill and occasionally climbing stairs.

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.
Have been failing at this one. Just can't seem to find the interest/motivation. Not sure what my reasoning is on why I am taking piano lessons. I will never be able to play anything like a piano virtuoso, etc. But maybe I could make music? Something I could enjoy? Maybe? Maybe someday I could play something with my son or husband who are better musicians than I will ever be?

3. Continue to do regular strength training videos/exercises of about 10 minutes per day or about 45 minutes per week.
I have not been doing this either. Continuing the pushup challenge, but finding it a bit difficult and frustrating. The first two weeks, I did column three, the hardest column. Then I did the how many pushups you can do to exhaustion test and wound up doing weeks three and four on column two. I am afraid when I do the exhaustion test again, I will be on column one for weeks five and six, but we shall see. The last day on week four today was nearly undoable. I can't seem to do anymore pushups now then before I began. I will be continuing the pushup challenge this month and should add back in some other strength training.

Fitness: Try something new once a month.
Recently added in the pushup challenge and stair climbing. Not sure what to add/try in March. Ideas anyone?

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.)
Managed to do this some, but far from regularly still.

Nutrition: Continue to track and remain in my calorie range for 6 days out of 7, even though I am in maintenance mode.
Did okay at this, but ate a tad heavy a few times, oh, Valentine's day. (Bacon wrapped fillet mignon, twice baked potatoes, homemade bread, green beans and almonds, salads) But I am maintaining and I think I have found the spot where I maintain, not slowly loose. So 1830 calories on exercise days and 40 minutes a day of exercise 6 days out of the week with one day a week of going over calorie. (Sometimes this is a non-track day and sometimes, it is just an over day.)

Couponing: Clean up my coupon clipping mess and work on material for teaching a coupon class in Waukesha, WI.
Managed to get my mess cleaned up a bit, but did not get anywhere on teaching a class yet.

So overall, a decent month, if a bit rough. The 5% challenge has begun again, so will be seeing how all those challenges are working out. I have begun to keep my sodium under 2,300 more often than I used to. Reading labels and seeing what is lower sodium, trying to limit my pasta sauce on my pasta, and how much pizza I eat on pizza day, etc. But I still need a good low sodium pasta sauce recipe. Ideas?

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    These sound like great goals! Planning this all out if half the battle. For piano motivation, maybe watching a movie about a pianist you like could help? Have you tried going to a Zumba class for your fitness goal? or maybe a belly dancing class?

    Have a great March!! emoticon
    2948 days ago
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    How about for your new thing for March trying some flexibility training? I see you have goals for cardio and strength.

    I find sleep to be a huge issue for me as well. For me to get in 8 hrs, I need to be asleep by 8:30, and since my oldest doesn't go to sleep until 8:30-9. I strive for 7hrs, but am happy with more than 6.

    Good luck!!
    2949 days ago
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