May Recap & Future Monthly Goals

Mid-May, I changed my goals. My new goals were:

  1. Walk at least 10,000 steps a minimum of 4 days each week.
  2. Start the C25K program.

While I didn’t officially succeed at either of these goals, I am making an effort towards both of these. I will do some jogging intervals when I get outside for a walk. And I am making progress at increasing my steps each day. I am doing little things to add some steps to my day, and finding my step goal really encourages me to do some extra exercise. Right now my daily goal is to get 7,000 steps. Once I’m hitting that goal for a few weeks, I will increase it.

I’m not sure that setting monthly goals is working for me. Perhaps more short-term goals are better. Daily and weekly goals seem to be working better for me right now. I’m finding my goals are changing as I go, partly due to injury and other body pains! As long as I continue to make healthy changes and keep working to be more active, I feel like I am succeeding.

I was hoping for a bigger weight loss this month, but am still pleased to report I lost 4 pounds! Historically, I lose very slow. When I lost weight years ago, I was lucky to lose 2 pounds each month, so I am very happy with 4.  I am not going to put a timeline on my weight loss. As long as I continue to lose, I know I will eventually reach my goal. And keep it off!

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FitBit, C25K, and Mid-May Goal Change

I ordered a FitBit pedometer and it arrived yesterday! For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a highly accurate pedometer. You can read more at www.fitbit.com. I am really hoping this helps motivate me to keep moving. Today is my first full day of wearing it, so I’ll see how many steps I reach in a typical day with no official exercise. It’ll be a good baseline to start with.

Thanks to Sharon at http://mimigettingfit.com, I am considering doing the C25K, or Couch to 5k, program. You see, I’ve had visions of becoming a runner. This is something I never, ever thought I would be serious about. Yet the visions are still there. I think running will be an excellent stress reliever for me, moreso than most other exercises I have tried. I enjoy walking, but I like the idea of burning more calories and relieving stress in a shorter period of time. My life is busy, so I need something that will be the most time efficient. I will make out a “training” schedule and stick to it the best I can. I do need to be somewhat flexible, depending on the weather and when Marcus is in the fields. But it’s only 3 days each week, so I can make it work.

I also am revising my goal for May. Originally, I said I was going to log my food every single day with MyFitnessPal. I admit, I am really struggling with this the past few days. I had it set to lose 2 pounds each week, so perhaps that is what has gotten me off track. I have changed my goal to lose 1 pound each week, which gives me quite a few more calories each day, so hopefully it doesn’t leave me feeling deprived, which only leads to bingeing.

My new goals for the remainder of the month are below.

  1. Walk at least 10,000 steps a minimum of 4 days each week.
  2. Start the C25K program.

These goals really go hand-in-hand. If I do the C25K program, I will be that much closer to getting my 10,000 steps in those days. If I get my 3 days of training in this week (I’m off work Thurs and Fri, which will make it easier), I should be able to get my first 3 weeks of training done by the end of the month.

I am excited about this! I know diet plays a big role in weight loss, but I also know I feel better when I exercise, regardless of what I’m eating. I will still log my food, but am going to focus more on exercise right now. And hope my calf doesn’t act up.

Anyone else have a FitBit? What do you think?

Has anyone else done the C25K program?

April Recap & May Goals

My calf injury in April really threw me for a loop. I was establishing a nice exercise routine, then BAM! Out of commission. The good news is it’s almost healed so I think I can safely get back to some exercise.

Here is a recap of my April goals and results:

  1. Stairs. Continue taking the stairs to the office at least twice each week.
  2. Exercise. About 2 weeks ago I started exercising in the morning. This is going really well and I want to continue it in April. I am also working to add walks at home when Marcus is around and I’m able to go.
  3. Circuit. Since I’m on an exercise roll, I’m going with it. I want to come up with an exercise circuit of sorts, with exercises like jumping jacks, squats and planks. I need to finalize my list. My goal is to complete it 2 days each week.

These were all a BIG FAIL!! I will not give up on them, but won’t make them official goals again quite yet.

The good news is that I managed to lose 2 pounds in April! I am down 19 pounds total.

Onto my May goals:

  1. Counting Calories. This month is going to be all about calories. I will continue to eat as clean as I can, but will log my food every single day at MyFitnessPal.com. If I decide I can’t resist some ice cream, I need to be responsible for it and log the calories.

That’s it for official goals. I will also start getting back to a regular exercise routine. I am also working on putting together a binder of motivational images and quotes. I took some progress photos of myself this morning, my first official ones. I will post them here sometime. For now, they are going in my binder. I think I will appreciate having them someday – hopefully soon!

March Recap & April Goals

It’s time to announce the results of my March goals, and to make some new ones for April. I am doing this a day early because I’m afraid the ham today will cause me to retain water! And because I have already exercised today (yay me!).

First, a recap of March and my results:

  1. Sugar Strike. This one was a big fail!
  2. Stairs. My goal was to take the stairs to my office at least twice each week. Success!!
  3. Weight loss. I wanted to lose 10 pounds this month. Another big fail! I actually gained a pound.

I am not happy with gaining a pound this month, but I’m glad it wasn’t more. I’m still down 17 pounds, and I’m doing much better with exercise. I know diet is what will really help the weight drop, so I need to get in my groove with clean eating.

Onto my April goals:

  1. Stairs. Continue taking the stairs to the office at least twice each week.
  2. Exercise. About 2 weeks ago I started exercising in the morning. This is going really well and I want to continue it in April. I am also working to add walks at home when Marcus is around and I’m able to go.
  3. Circuit. Since I’m on an exercise roll, I’m going with it. I want to come up with an exercise circuit of sorts, with exercises like jumping jacks, squats and planks. I need to finalize my list. My goal is to complete it 2 days each week.

I guess my goals this month are all exercise related! That’s okay. I’m building a solid habit and it will help my body composition as I (finally) get some more weight off. Of course I will also continue to improve my diet. Perhaps I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself. Who knows, but I will be working on that as well.

Well, kids are frantically searching for Easter baskets so I better wrap this up. Happy Easter!

February Recap & March Goals

It’s time to announce the results of my February goals, and to make some new ones for March.

First, a recap of February and my results:

  1. Drink more water. I did okay on this. Not perfect, but it’s feeling much more routine.
  2. Exercise. I did okay with my wii Biggest Loser program. I did miss a couple of days when I let life’s stresses get to me, but I’m back on track!
  3. Diet. I think the month started out okay, but by the middle of the month I wasn’t eating well at all. Thanks to my current sugar strike, I’m back on track.

Now, to report today’s weigh-in. I am pleased to report I lost 4 pounds! I’m down a total of 18 pounds. I feel like I have some good momentum going right now, so I am excited to see what I can do in March.

Onto my March goals:

  1. Sugar strike. Continue with my sugar strike. My birthday is coming up, so I won’t be strict that day, but basically I want to be on track more than off this month.
  2. Stairs. I will take the stairs to my office at least twice each week. I’m only in the office four days, and some days I just don’t feel like climbing them. This will give me some off days, while helping to build the habit.
  3. Weight loss. I’m almost afraid to throw this out there, but I want and need this. My goal is to lose 10 pounds this month. Even with my birthday. I will do it!!

I am excited to see more success this month. Just a little more weight off this body and I’ll have a bunch of “new” clothes in my closet that haven’t since I got pregnant with Kody. He’s almost 2, so it’s time…

January Recap & February Goals

It’s time to announce the results of my January goals, and to make some new ones for February.

First, a recap of January and my results:

  1. Drink more water. I did really well on this one and feel like I’m back in the habit of drinking water. There were a handful of days that I didn’t drink 64 ounces, but I feel good about my progress.
  2. Sugar strike. I didn’t do so well with this one. Okay, not great at all.
  3. Exercise. I’ve been very consistent with exercise, thanks to my wii Biggest Loser program I’m doing. I might have missed one scheduled session this month, but that’s it. I am feeling stronger and it feels good.

Now, to report how I fared on the scale. I am pleased to report I lost 6 pounds! That’s a total of 14 pounds down from my highest weight. I’m not quite to where I was before the holidays hit, but I will get there.

Onto my February goals:

  1. Water. Continue to drink at least 64 ounces each day. No excuses. Just do it.
  2. Exercise. I will continue with my current wii Biggest Loser program. I’m worried about adding too much too fast, or I’ll get overwhelmed and quit. So for now I’m sticking with 4 workouts each week at less than 20 minutes each.
  3. Diet. My ultimate goal is to eat clean the majority of the time. This month I will continue to make progress by trying more healthy recipes, planning meals and reducing evening snacking. We have birthdays every month through April, so it’s not realistic for me to do a sugar strike right now. But I will in the near future and hope you’ll consider doing it with me.

My biggest challenge this month is going to be those evil Girl Scout cookies. Cameron starts selling them tomorrow so my car is loaded up with them. Once I start eating them, I can’t stop, so I am really hoping my family stays out of them until sales are over in March and we know what we want to buy. Then the key will be to ration them out reasonably.

I am excited for the new month and a fresh start. What are some of your goals?

January Goals

Today is my first serious day, diet-wise. I’m excited to make some progress. Here are my goals for the month of January.

I will continue to focus on drinking enough water each and every day. I love water, and I feel better when I drink it. Actually, the more I drink, the more I crave it. This is one easy thing I can do for my health.

I am also on a sugar strike. Well, except for sugar in my coffee. Let’s not get crazy now. One change at a time! I need my coffee and I’m not about to give it up anytime soon. And I need to doctor it up. I used to use flavored creamer, but basically gave it up about 6 months ago. That’s a big step for me. Now I use sugar, milk and a little cinnamon. I know there are better options, but one thing at a time. But back to my sugar strike. Other than my coffee, I am not going to consume sugar, which means no sweets or low calorie beverages with artificial sweeteners. (Except for maybe ONE piece of cake on Marcus’s birthday later this month. I’ll see how I do the next couple of weeks.) I am also avoiding pasta and bread. Both are trigger foods for me. I don’t feel satisfied and end up eating more to satisfy my craving. It’s a vicious cycle, so I’m better off without them. I will focus on eating enough protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

I started an 8-week Biggest Loser program on the wii about 2 weeks ago. I’ve done okay, but missed a few days due to Christmas and New Year’s. So I’m going to restart it today. I really enjoy it and find I do well since it creates a schedule for me. I know when I’m expected to exercise, so I make the time to get it done.

Official weigh-ins will be the first of every month. I won’t post my weight here, but I will report how much I’ve lost.

Here’s to getting back on track and winning the battle against sugar!!