30,000-39,999 SparkPoints 37,055

One month into my pledge

Friday, February 01, 2013

So a month has gone by already and what have I accomplished to date?

Although the scales have not gone down by much at least I have not gained. I have continued to make healthier food choices and limit the amount of processed foods I eat.

I have walked or exercised every day in January. emoticon Of course setting a goal and having a purpose for walking has definitely helped. Since I meet my younger sister for coffee every morning and the coffee shop is only three blocks away I decided to walk there every day. Of course since I walk there I then have to walk back. I have yet to stick to a ten minute walk. The average length is 25 to 30 minutes. I have seen and felt an increase in the time it takes to walk places. When I started, it would take me 15 minutes to walk the three blocks. I can now do this in 10 minutes or less (depending on how cold it is). One morning, they were calling for rain. Rather than take the car, which I normally would do, I found my umbrella and walked there. I was quite pleased and proud of this. On days when it was too cold or miserable to walk I would pop in a DVD and do a 30 minute routine at home. emoticon

In order to keep me focused, I have printed out a monthly/daily calendar with my goal(s) typed into each day. This calendar is stuck on the door of my apartment. Every time I reach a goal a sticker is placed over it. This way every time I leave the apartment, I see how I am progressing with my goal(s). I have decided that every time I reach a small goal I will reward myself. This months reward is a bouquet of bright sunny flowers to brighten the gloomy days of winter. emoticon

Will I continue this ? Yes as I am committed to becoming healthier in 2013. Since I have over 100 pounds to lose, I will take it in 25 pounds increments. Once I lose the first 25 pounds, I will go for the next 25 pounds and so on until I reach my goal.

February's goal? To walk 15 minutes every day and to lose 2 pounds. My reward for February a new pair of earrings.

Stay tuned as I continue this journey.
emoticon Joanne
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • JUNEBUG150
    Way to go Joanne! I have pasted and copied your chart and will do some revisions on it to make it my own. I like the idea and really need to incorporate it as I have got into a slump. Haven't decided on the goal bracelet though, still thinking on that one :)
    1935 days ago
    Good plan and you are holding yourself accountable. February has arrived!
    1937 days ago
    Keep up the good work!!
    1937 days ago
    woohoo awesome you are doing great
    1938 days ago
    So proud of you!! Way to ... setting goals!! Keep on keeping on! Those pounds will drop! ;-)
    1938 days ago
    Good for you Joanne!!! I usually walk also, having at times to force myself. Attitude has a whole lot to do with it and you are on the right track friend!!! Keep on trucking :)
    1938 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.