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Where I Stand, November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

So universe, how am I doing? This is the third month in a row I have sat down to write a review of my monthly progress. I think that is a NSV in and of itself. I have not yet given up. I clearly rock. That said, November has been one giant speedbump in my progress. Time for some honest assessment.

First, review the goals I wrote down at the end of October:

- Continue to eat five small meals a day and follow SP calorie and nutrition guidelines

If I were still teaching, I would give myself a B+. I have kept to the five small meals, but have been less strict on balancing each meal. I no longer eat protein at every sitting. I think I might need to balance it up better. When I was home, I kept to my calorie and nutrition guidelines, but the road trip to West Virginia was a diet slayer. There were days when I didn't even track. I have been back on track and on program for three days, and I am working to stay focused.

- Drink two litres of water a day

Again this would be a B+. I did an excellent job when I was at home. I splurged on some decadent herbal and rooibos teas that have really helped me get the water in. For some reason my body revolts at the drinking of two big jugs of water, but is perfectly content to glug two full pots of tea. When I was on the road, I fell off the wagon and landed directly in the soda fountain. I was back on Diet Dr Pepper and Fresca, hardcore. I credit this with the water weight I gained over the course of the trip.

- Exercise a minimum of twenty minutes a day

This would be a B or B-. I pulled a muscle in my neck that took time to heal in the first few weeks of the month, and I fell off all my exercise regime when I was away. I did manage to keep up with walking (except for the trip away) but did not get much more strenuous work done.

- Write a minimum of 1667 words a day on novel

This one makes me sad. I did soooooo well with the writing all month up until the trip. Something about the shift in routine on the trip completely derailed me, and I got slammed with a bad case of writer's block. I still haven't gone back to the writing. I am pretty mad at myself about it.

- Continue keeping kitchen clean

In the past month I have gone to bed with dishes in the sink three times. On the whole I think that is a good result.

- Stay on plan over the American Thanksgiving holiday.

HAHA. Sob.

In all this has been a tough month. I was put off course by the holiday and the travel. I need better strategies for staying on track away from my own kitchen.

Weight: since August 27 I am down 26 pounds. Three of those pounds were lost in November. This has been a tough month for weight loss, I was in a plateau and then I went off the cliff with the trip. I need to up my game to lose more in December. In terms of inches, I have lost about an inch - a single inch - from my hips, waist and bust since August. I have not had much physical transformation.

Exercise: I slacked off due to the neck injury, but I did finish the walking 5K. I also started doing more light exercise on the wii fit while watching tv. But I really need to get more strenuous exercise in regularly.

Water: Loving the herbal and rooibos teas. One up side of the colder weather, hot water beverages are much more appealing. I usually get two litres in each day. I am slightly concerned about how easily and naturally I grabbed for diet sodas on the road. That habit is not active, but clearly still bubbles under the surface

Looking ahead to December...

- Continue to eat five small meals a day and follow SP calorie and nutrition guidelines
- Drink two litres of water a day
- Exercise a minimum of twenty minutes a day with more strenuous exercise three times a week.
- Continue keeping kitchen clean
- Stay on plan over the Christmas holiday trip and mother's visit.

I feel more sober about these goals then I did last month. My derailment over American Thanksgiving was a bit of a shock to the system.

Happy holidays everyone! Enjoy all the sparkles December brings!
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    Simply not throwing in the towel and giving up is super commendable! You are an inspiration to me and your little girls. You Rock for sure!!!!!

    1998 days ago
    The goals seem do-able to me. Sometimes it's hard to do them no matter what. I think you at least DID lose the 3 pounds! I gained 2 and had to relose them and I'm where I was back when I went on and on about my plateau. It's a long plateau! I am trying to minimize wheat products in an attempt to kick this metabolism into overdrive! Happy sparking!
    1998 days ago
    I agree, you rock. thanksgiving is one day, Christmas is another.... Two out of three hundred and sixty five is statistically insignificant.

    I wish I were a tea drinker. water has been really hard for me to get in.

    Off to fill my bottle instead of whining about it. Spark long and prosper.
    1998 days ago
    You are right, you "clearly rock"! Regardless of the didn't dos, you had a BUNCH of DID dos, and that's a victory over the long haul. I always tell my kids that a hard "B" is as good or better than an easy A. November and December are tough months to get a "B" in and you made it through. Good luck on the writing...I've always wanted to write. Don't know why I don't try. I think I am going to have to blog about all the things I've wanted to do and figure out how to do them! Happy December!
    1998 days ago
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