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Day 226: Fail to plan, plan to fail

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today, the last day in January, I'm taking stock.

It's been a great month, not going to lie! Though, for as great as it's been, I definitely find myself subject to a learning curve.

By the numbers:

30 miles ran
720 Fitness minutes
4lbs banished
1069.8 Average daily calorie deficit
2 Races

When I look at the numbers like that, I'm really happy. Really, really happy. I mean, I've done some work! I think what I want to improve upon (and will improve upon) are my numbers in minutes, mileage and poundage.

You see, I spent the last month playing it by ear and allowing the weather and work to dictate how and when I worked out. So, my minutes are pretty low - five days taken completely off certainly didn't help with that number. In truth, I need to stop paying as much attention to the minutes calculated by BodyMedia and more attention to the minutes I know I do intentionally for exercise. Of course, what's made matters worse is that I didn't set a plan for how I was going to accomplish my goals last month - I literally played it by ear and that just doesn't work for me!

With more miles come more minutes, with more minutes come more pounds banished. It's all a very easy cycle.

So, I've recallibrated my projected weight loss curves for next month (Aiming for between a total of 4 - 6 pounds in February) and I've also added much more specific minutes targets. I can't believe I thought I could get away without projecting my minutes. If you don't set a goal you have nothing to try and achieve!

I also had my check-in call with the Study last night - the idea is to discuss things that are impacting our weight loss to date. The things I know I need to do are 1) track EVERYTHING. Yes, that means tracking the candy-dish, too; 2) eliminate convenience foods like canned soup; 3) Get back on track of running over my lunch. I do admit that I had two very contradictory thoughts: I'm so glad to continue to make downward progress; but, I'm also disappointed that things aren't happening faster! "It's like YAY 1 pound gone forever" and "Boo, just one pound!" Happening at the same time. I'm sure you guys can relate.

So, the revised planned totals for this coming month (February)

58 - 67 miles ran
1150 Fitness minutes
4 - 6 lbs banished
1000 Average daily calorie deficit
1 Race

I know, you're probably looking at what I did this month and saying: Good God, she's doubling or QUADRUPLING her numbers! Why is that? Because I have a PLAN to execute it.

Mileage: Well, my miles are prescribed by my Half Marathon training program. The low number is based on missing 1-2 runs in the month. The high number is based on reaching the minimum mileage set for the month
Minutes: A few things went into this. First, I calculated out my slowest mileage (12:30 pace) for my miles and applied that to the training program; I also signed up for a 60 minute cross training class on Wednesday mornings (I have to pay for it, so you know this cheap, cheap bastard will be there!); Finally, I'm assuming one day a week I can get to the gym and kick the Elliptical's ass. Or bike. Or something for a total of 30-45 minutes.
Pounds- Based on a 1lb - 1.25lb / week loss projection
Race: Already signed up for a 5K

Sample week's plan (My weeks start on Tuesdays):
Tuesday: Prescribed hill repeats (5 miles / 60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cross Training for Runners class (60 minutes)
Thursday: Prescribed mileage (3 miles / 40 minutes)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Long Run (5-7 miles / 60 - 80 minutes)
Sunday: Off / 5K
Monday: Eliptical (Unless preceding day was a race)

Those are all completely do-able numbers. I just have to hold myself accountable to get them done!

The best / worst part of the Wednesday class? It's at 6AM. That means I have no excuse not to go. Except that it's at 6AM.

So, how did everyone else's January stack up? What has the first month of the year taught you about meeting your goals?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Great planning!
    1906 days ago
    I admire you perseerance and dedication. Keep up the good work. Sometimes you need to slack off or back off a little just to gain perspective on what does and doesn't work among what you were doing previously.

    1907 days ago
    I admire your dedication and I think you plan a lot more than most of us including myself. Way to go! emoticon
    1907 days ago
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