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November goals report/new December goals

Monday, December 03, 2012

This is my monthly progress/goals report; I'll post about my travels to Guatemala in a couple of days (just got back last night and haven't even downloaded the photos yet). Overall November was a good month and I did pretty well on the action steps of my goals. I lost a little weight but I did not achieve my weight loss goal.

I lost 2 pounds, which is half of my goal weight loss (4 pounds). emoticon I feel that I set the goal to be VERY achievable at 1 pound per week. December goal will be the same – 4 pounds. Bottom line is I am not satisfied with my current weight, and I need to make steady and regular progress toward achieving my goal.

I kept regular and routine exercise, including on vacation and on travel days. I did not necessarily go to the gym at least 2 times per week through November 18 (when I left for 2 week vacation); but I DID increase exercise and strength training.

I logged all my food until my vacation date (and I met my minimum of 5 fruits and veggies). emoticon Although I had planned to log food through my IPhone app while traveling, I was not able to use it. However, I stuck to my eating plan at least 95% for the entire month, including on vacation.

I broke the afternoon snack habit! I replaced it with a beverage break (iced tea, coffee, or other beverage of 25 calories or less). emoticon I limited alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per week maximum. I ate too much at Thanksgiving but other than that I did very well at controlling overeating. I did VERY well with eating in Guatemala and did not overeat while traveling. Luckily the restaurant portion sizes there are VERY reasonable and are not huge servings like at the restaurants here!

Finally my sleep situation has improved dramatically. emoticon Well, why not, I've been on a long overdue vacation! But I did achieve my goals of reducing reliance on sleep medication (to sleep at night) and energy beverages (to wake up in the morning or for afternoon sleepiness) during my weeks at work also. I have not needed any medication to help sleep for the last 2 weeks; I have been sleeping very well indeed. I stopped the energy beverages that I needed when I was short on sleep. In November, I cut down use of both pills and energy beverages during first week by 50%; then used no more than 2x for week for next week; and I haven’t used them since. emoticon

Goals for December are:
1. Loss 4 pounds by January 1.
2. Keep regular and routine exercise. Increase exercise intensity by cross county skiing weekly.
3. Go to the gym at least 2x per week through December 22 (I leave for the holidays then and am not sure if I will have access to a gym)
4. Control overeating; log all food intake in my journal or on SP logger.
5. Continue with no afternoon snack habit and no energy beverages
6. Limit alcohol. 2 drinks per week maximum; 1 drink per week preferred.
7. Moderation at Christmas and when traveling. (This should be easier on Christmas than at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was moved from my mom’s retirement center to my sister’s due to quarantine imposed at my mom’s retirement center (2 health care workers and several residents had Noro virus); the facility closure was very disappointing for Mom who can’t travel. It is easier to control overeating at the dining hall than at my sister’s home! The dining hall serves moderate portions and doesn’t offer seconds).
8. Continue to work on improved sleep
9. Use sleep medication only when necessary (goal no more than 1x per week). Do not use energy beverages even sugar free ones.

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    That sounds great-2 pound loss-- even after Thanksgiving and a vacation, in what I am sure had lots of temptations! I am looking forward to you vacation/photo blog!! I have a friend who is from Guatemala - an interesting & pretty country.
    I need to do better with my staying in calorie range and my sweet tooth has come back with a vengeance for some reason. Your goals are achievable and I know you will be working hard to get it done!! Stay strong! emoticon emoticon

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I sure am glad that the armadillos were there and not a bobcat! emoticon
    1998 days ago
    You are doing great! Considering it was Thanksgiving and you travelled during that time too, your results are awesome! And the fact that you slept well is so important!!! I really hope you can maintain that aspect.
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    2000 days ago
    emoticon Glad you are home safe and sound! Can't wait to get some details about your trip!
    2000 days ago
  • MARTY728
    2000 days ago
    I admire the way you have established goals and are working toward them. You will do well in December, I am sure! Way to go!
    2001 days ago
    Hi Alison -

    Sounds like you did extremely well for November, considering that you travelled for 2 weeks.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip and seeing some pictures,

    2001 days ago
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