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March Review and Heading Into April

Thursday, March 31, 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. I really want to do more walking outside. One week in March was warm and I went out walking a few times and a short bike ride.

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.
Still not doing well on this one. Not finding my motivation/reason to do this one. I know I can make time, if I can find my reason.

3. Continue to do regular strength training videos/exercises of about 10 minutes per day or about 45 minutes per week.
My main strength training has only been the pushup challenge, which is becoming frustrating. I am now in week 5 for the third time. I am so close to getting to 45 modified pushups at one time though. But if I look ahead at week 6, I am sure I would quit. So not going to do so.

Fitness: Try something new once a month.
I am going to set a step goals. I am back to wearing a pedometer after I lost the other one somewhere. Not sure what the goal will be until I review the numbers that I have written down on my calendar each day. But I suspect it will be around 2500 steps per day. (That does not include my specific cardio. I take off the pedometer for that.) This is intended to help me normally be more active, outside of the cardio workouts each day.

The other somewhat new thing, is I am going to start bicycling outside regularly, as long as the weather is nice. I am a crappy biker, as I never can seem to go up a hill without using my emergency inhaler, but with my harder treadmill sessions, I am hoping that I will do better this summer. I want to bike to work (3 miles) every Friday by mid-summer. But it is up a fairly large hill and currently I always feel like I need a half an hour rest before I can start work when I do it. But I am going to try, as long as I don't break my toe again this year!

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.)
This is going about as well as my piano practice. It isn't. Okay, it is almost 11 now, so better head to bed soon. I am going to try.

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, but have had a few more over days then I used to, but so far don't seem to be weighing heavy. I just find tracking calories and staying in your range once you are in maintenance mode, is more life long and a bit more frustratingly final.

Couponing: Clean up my coupon clipping mess and work on material for teaching a coupon class in Waukesha, WI.
Have not done this at all either.

March was a reasonable month with some problem areas, that I am going to work on in April. Sleep, piano and maybe some coupon stuff. Strength training, I think I will keep doing the pushup challenge and hopefully finish in April? (Probably not. Will probably have to do week 6 many, many times!) I am going to be trying to do more of my exercise in the great outdoors, dependent on weather. So that means some biking, walking, maybe some geocaching, etc. I like to be outdoors, but often times I exercise late in the evenings, so it isn't always conducive with being outside, but we shall see.

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