I am starting to feel some progress towards my goal weight. After last week’s post, I set out to achieve a few main goals that would help jumpstart my progress and also allow me to measure them.
We all know that goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Actionable/Achievable, Relevant and Time bound. After finally defining my goals, I have actually been able to see the difference, and actually kick my butt in gear to move forward.
We traveled this past week to Florida, so it may not have been the best time to start a lot of my goals. However, I could not put it off any more, and dove right into it head first.
The first goal I set was to work out 3 times a week either at the gym or running. I went on two runs this past week, one on Wednesday around the neighborhood logging 3.7 miles in just under 30 minutes. The second run was while we were down in Florida, when I ran 2.4 miles in just under 20 minutes.
I forgot what it felt like to run in that heat, and I saw a noticeable difference in my per minute times, averaging over 8:30 in Maine, and under 7:45 in Florida. I guess there is a quick gain from being back down there.
Overall, 2/3 times isn’t bad. I still have this evening, but with a work dinner it is not looking promising. I just have to start first thing tomorrow morning with a good run, and go from there.
I also set a goal of averaging 10K steps a day each week. I got my weekly report yesterday, and clocked in around 8,400. About a day’s worth of my goal steps off the mark, but spending so much time in the car and on planes, I’m happy with this number right now. It also keeps me motivated to do better and hit that goal of 10K/day.
Healthy Eating Habits
My second main goal was to watch what I was eating, by going Weight Watchers. Traveling usually allows me to sit, have a few beers, eat a good dinner, and be happy and sleepy when I hit the seat. However, I watched what I ate, got a salad on the way down, and only had 3 beers on an extended layover due to a delay.
I tracked my points for 5 of the 7 days, and I felt that after the first few days I had a better rhythm to stay full and not binge eat garbage towards the end of the day. I didn’t track everything, but I didn’t go over my allotted daily totals for 4/5 of the tracked days. The 5th was the extra beers, which came out of my extra 39 weekly points.
Clearing my Mind
I had set the goal to either meditate or practice yoga 3 times a week, and the yoga matt stayed rolled up in the spare bedroom. It will eventually make an appearance, but just hasn’t yet.
As for meditation, I haven’t actively done that either. I have had a few moments of reflection, but have not dove into clearing my thoughts, focusing on my breathing, and relaxing my body.
0/3 on this category, drastic improvements needed.
Finally Forward Progress?
I had the idea that this week was going to be my first weigh in under 200 in months. I was excited about the opportunity, and happy to see that this past week made a difference.
There’s just one problem: I FORGOT to weigh myself!
I usually do it first thing in the morning after my shower, and had moved the scale back upstairs to do it this morning. However, I just failed to do so.
I’ll weigh myself tonight and see how that turns out, but no matter what, I know it won’t be an accurate measurement because it is later in the day, I’ve eaten 2 meals, and my body has burned some calories.
I’ll just remember to do it before that dinner!