August 1st Goal
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Well, it's been about 2 weeks since I re-evaluated my goals and decided I needed to get serious about this. True to form, right after setting goals and recommitting, I got sick. I've had a cold kind of thing for 2 weeks now. The first week, I fought against it and exercised according to my plan anyway (3 days of cardio, minimum 15 minutes and 2 days of strength training), but the 2nd week, I felt even more run down, so I took a couple days off. I also wasn't doing so great with staying in my calorie range. I was so busy with work, I didn't have time to track, but I wrote down what I was eating to put into my tracker later. Well, by the time I did that, I'd find myself over my calorie range. Unfortunately, I tracked 3 days later, so I was discovering this a little late. Then, this past weekend was the weekend of the cookout. Cookout at our house on Saturday and 2 cookouts on Sunday. I didn't even try. I had stepped on the scale Friday morning, and then again Sunday evening, and had gained 3 pounds in that time! By Monday afternoon (Aug. 1st), 2 of those pounds were gone again, so I'm guessing it was just timing of the day/water weight kind of stuff. Definitely a wake up call though and a reminder that even if I behave with my eating all week, I can't go and blow it on the weekend because it will negate all my hard work.
So, my goal for August 1st was to be 168. I didn't make it, I'm at 169. Why?
1. Bad food choices with too much temptation. Not using the temptation as an excuse, just that it was a factor.
2. Not getting my exercise in.
3. Stress. Work has been crazy, both boys are back into football practice and I spend at least 2 hours of my day running someone to or from practice. School starts next week, so that'll actually help - the kids will be out of the house and the older one will just stay after school for practice, so I just need to pick him up when he's done. The younger one will still have to go to practice in the evening, but that's ok because while he's practicing, I take at least 30 minutes and go walk the trails at the park. My husband's company is restructuring, and 3 people in his department will be losing their jobs. The management is supposed to make their decision by this coming Friday, notify their decisions next week, and then if he is one of the 3 laid off, he will be out of a job come October. Scary to think about, since my paycheck cannot carry us far at all, and he's been with the same company for almost 12 years. Add to all that I couldn't find a spare hour to do my one round of yoga the past 2 weeks. I think I need to find that time.
With all that said, I guess what I've learned is if I'm going to be "serious", I need to really take it seriously. I can't half-a$$ it. I need to track my food throughout the day so I know where I stand. I need to make time for my workouts. And even if I'm not tracking on the weekend, that's not an excuse to eat whatever crosses my path. I can still make good choices.
September 1st goal: 165. I have a little ground to make up since I'm a pound away from my Aug. 1st goal, but I'm going to try to do it. If I don't get there, I'll re-evaluate.