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November Monthly Goals Update

Monday, December 01, 2014

Stopped doing much of anything to take care of myself and track my goals around the middle of the month. Kept tracking sleep. Having a very tough time, feeling drained, lonely, stressed by my personal issues, not great marriage and not having a regular schedule.

Calorie Burn Goal - Burned more calories than consumed on 12 days this month - goal was 21. Tracked 20 days. Weight is up 7+ pounds, back into obese category, perilously close to 200#.

PT Goal - Did 18 sessions, when goal was to do 45 sessions of 15 minutes each of my home PT exercise. These exercises are to improve problems with my feet and and right knee so that I can someday get back to running. At my last regular PT session, the PT and I had discussed taking a break from any running, even the teeny intervals of run/walking I was doing to see if that helped my knee recover. Somehow that break has morphed into a break from any exercise. The primary symptom of limping for awhile after sitting after having been on my feet for a long while has been reduced. Not exercising at all feels off, not like me. I've been so tired and worn out that I haven't cared much.

Sleep Goal - 8 hours - Average was 7:13 per night, but I think that is overstated and not indicative of the quality of my sleep. I'm tracking by writing down when I lay down and when I get up. These numbers do not account for waking up during the night and often not being able to get back to sleep. Also, 7:13 is not nearly enough. I have always needed somewhere between 8 and 9 hours to do really well. Looking back on the data, with acknowledgement that I haven't tracked every single day, my averages have been 7:50 in October, 8:07 in November and 7:49 in August.

December Goals - I am likely going to revert close to the goals I successfully (or nearly so) achieved in October. Sleep average 8 hours. Burn more calories than I consume on 50% of days (in order to encourage tracking every day). Exercise 15 minutes daily on 24 days (75% of days).

I already told my husband that I need to talk with him tonight about us supporting each other in healthy living.


Savoring Food Exercise - I took a great opportunity to do Spangle's exercise to savor food - at Thanksgiving, I took six bites of one Frango mint, focusing on the taste and mouth feel of it. It was good. I did well with food on Thanksgiving, which was made easier by the fact it was my husband's family foods and I was there a limited time since I had to work that night.

The problems with sleep and feeling rested are key in my relationship with food and taking care of myself- hopefully this will get better as I keep trying to improve how much and how well I sleep.

Perhaps it is good timing that I see my med doc today to check in about how I'm doing and get new prescriptions for my antidepressant and help-me-get-to-sleep med.

I am off to pack my doc notes and gym bag. :)
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    1469 days ago
  • BA5454
    Hey you have goals for December and I think that's half the battle, the other half is aiming high and going for' em--which I know you can do. I recently had a knee injury that still nags at me, although I have started running again. I found that running in a pool and swimming were my lifesavers, but I know I'm luck because my gym has a pool. Hope you hang in there! emoticon emoticon
    1470 days ago
    Best of luck to you with your doctors visits and with the talk with your husband!
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    1471 days ago
    OK December is here! Although you seem like you're not satisfied with your November goals, you did do some! That is always the way with my goals. My eyes are bigger than my ability to get the goals done! Also ask your doc if some of your meds are giving you trouble sleeping. That could be the case. I know for me, a good workout/run in the morning does help me sleep better at night. If I work out in the evening I don't sleep as well. Go figure. Good luck with your goals!
    1471 days ago
    1472 days ago
    New Month = New Start
    Very positive move to go and see your doc for a review of meds - good luck with that - and with your dialogue with your husband tonight.
    Your statistics show that you've achieved a LOT! Well done!
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