Goodbye, January. I’m actually very sorry to see you go because I didn’t do as well as I’d planned and I’d like more time to put things right. Here’s what happened (or didn’t happen):
Progress on My Existing Goals
1. I want to have a healthy “BMI” (18.5 – 24.9).
On January 4th, my current BMI was 38.0; now it’s 37.4. That’s good, but had I met my weight loss goal, it would have been better. This will continue to be a goal going forward.
2. Eat within my calorie range every day and record EVERYTHING in my food tracker.
Only thing I can say is, “Too much snackin’ and not enough trackin’.” Somewhere along about the middle of the month I got lazy. There were whole days I didn’t track at all, nights when I ate more than I should for my snack and didn’t track it, and too many days when I just plain ate too much of the wrong things. This goal is being carried over and I plan to make darn sure that I do better this month.
3. I want to cook dinner at home instead of going out to eat 5 nights a week.
I’m doing pretty well with this, but I’m finding I can’t really cook at home 5 nights a week. Why? Because I have too many leftovers that end up getting thrown away. I’m not going out to eat dinner more than twice a week. I AM eating and enjoying my leftovers, so I don’t really count leftover nights as nights I cooked at home. It doesn’t seem fair to count the same cooking experience twice. It would be like double-dipping. So, I’m counting this as a goal met and amending it to 4 nights a week.
4. I want to lose the first 10% of my body weight.
Now it’s on to the second 10%, which will bring me to 189.4 lbs. This won’t happen in February, but it will in March.
5. Lose 10 lbs. for the month of January.
I only lost 5.4 lbs. for the month and am very disappointed in myself. I was doing great and just got lazy. I never went totally off the rails, but I slacked off enough to inhibit my progress. I knew it was happening, but I didn’t do anything to correct my course until the last week of the month, so it was impossible for me to meet this goal in the time frame I specified. Guess what my goal for February is? That’s right. To lose 10 lbs. even though this is a short month. How am I going to do it? Eat right, drink water, TRACK EVERYTHING, and build more steps/activity into every day. Tracking my activity will be easy and motivating since I got my Fitbit Charge.
6. New goal: 15,000 steps on every day I don’t do 60 minutes of water aerobics. Fitbit doesn’t give me steps/activity credit for time in the pool and that time definitely counts toward my fitness. On the days I do water aerobics, my steps goal will be 10,000 steps per day (three days/week)
7. Strength Training, 3 times per week. Goal met and will continue.
8. I met my cardio goals for January and will continue them going forward. I plan 60-minute cardio workouts, 6 days a week to include outdoor walking/jogging, treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary cycling, my Leslie Sansone 4-Mile Walk dvd, and water aerobics.
9. One of my on-going cardio goals is to be able to jog a continuous mile.
I didn’t make much progress with this because the weather really didn’t permit much outdoor exercise. I did manage one jog of a 3/4-mile, which was better than my previous best of 1/2 mile. I will continue to stretch that distance bit by bit in preparation for the Running of the Gates 5K in June. Hopefully the weather will be better over the course of the next 4 weeks and I’ll be able to accomplish this by the end of the month.
10. Reduce stress by spending time in nature and solitude.
I tried. I even went away to a bed and breakfast and ended up coming home a little bit early because the inn keeper’s father (who was staying at the b&b) died while I was there. Will keep trying.
11. I NEED to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night.
I’m doing well with this. My Fitbit Charge HR, which I got last week, monitors sleep and, while I’m usually getting enough hours, I can see how many times I wake or become restless during the night. Sometimes, the number of times I’m “restless” is in the mid- to upper-teens, which means I’m not getting good quality sleep for most of the hours I’m in bed. I assume that’s due to my sleep apnea and I’m looking forward to seeing if that improves as my weight goes down. Stay tuned.
I’m glad I reviewed my goals from last month. I’d been pretty disappointed with my progress for January until now, but, in doing this review, I actually had to re-focus on what my goals were, consider my progress, and make appropriate revisions. What I found is that I actually did better than I thought I did and made some good progress.
Was I perfect?
Not by a long shot.
But that doesn’t mean I was a failure or that I won’t reach my goals.
It does mean I have to continue revising what I’m doing (or not doing) and stay focused on the ultimate prize – getting to a healthy weight and cementing my healthy lifestyle.
One thing that just occurred to me: I haven’t been as diligent about reading my list of reasons I want to lose weight. This afternoon, I read through my list and realized that I’ve already satisfied one of those reasons: I wanted to lose weight so that I could cross my legs and sit comfortably. I can now do that. Had I been reviewing my list as diligently as before, I would have seen that reason and been reminded that I’ve already accomplished it every time I read it. That would have been something positive I could give myself credit for – a tangible, non-scale victory – and use as a motivator to stay on track.
Note to self: Remember to review your list of reasons for losing weight at least twice a day.
And now . . .
Hello, February! Bring me whatever you got because I’m READY for YOU!
Don’t Give Up!