Thursday, October 18, 2012
Hey all, I was just reading over my post about my goals for this year, and I figured I'd give an update on how each of them is going.
1. Lose 40 pounds this year.
The likelihood of accomplishing this is now close to nil. But, I'm totally okay with that. I just broke a plateau that I've had literally for months, and I'm exercising at least twice, usually three times, a week. I can feel myself getting stronger, and leaner, and AWESOME! Granted, I don't see much of it yet, but I know I will. Getting under 220 really boosted my spirits, and it was unexpected at that.
2. Complete the 100 push ups challenge: twice.
Honestly, I didn't even do this once. Probably not even for more than about 2 weeks. Well, such is life. Again, I am fine with not having done this. I didn't do much of anything over the summer, and that's my own problem, so I got back to it and handled it like a grown woman. Setbacks happen. I mean, it's taken me about 4 years just to lose 50 pounds, but even when I gained some back, I got back on the wagon and fixed myself again. Also, I've started going over to the free-weights area in the gym, and it's less intimidating once you're over there and you do exercises. Nobody watches, and nobody cares.
TLDR: Working on my strength in a different way.
3. Exercise at least 30 minutes, three times a week.
I have pretty much done this consistently, even in summer. Since I take a 1-hour tai chi class once a week, I am only 30 minutes away from that in any given week. Now, I've been exercising more like 60 minutes three times a week, plus walking fifteen minutes from my classes to my apartment three days a week. That number has decreased since the beginning of the school year, by the way. Used to be it took me twenty.
4. Drink at least 6 cups of water each day.
Yeah, I pretty much blew this one out of the water (seriously, I despise that there is a pun in there, but that's the only expression I can think of at the moment). I got an app during the summer that alerts you every hour to drink water, and wanted me to get about 110 oz. It was really annoying, and effective. I just got rid of it about a month ago because I now drink more than 8 cups regularly. Actually, I feel better if I drink about 10-12. More energy, less hungry.
So, I didn't totally screw up my resolutions. In fact, 50% is not bad, considering the average person does about 1/52 - 4/52 of completing their resolutions (equal to number of weeks they keep their resolutions). I am happy, and I feel really great. Also, I am working toward a wedding in a little over a year, and what better motivation could there be? I'll be sure to keep working hard and pushing myself to get stronger, faster, better. And that's all that really matters.