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14 IS a Magic Number! (14-day results)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exactly two weeks ago, I set a goal to track food and exercise daily on SparkPeople. My friend, LINDAK25 had inspired me with her two blogs about a 14-day challenge. It made complete sense to set a short-term goal for 14 days. In fact, I was excited to discover what results from such a simple goal.

Near the end of the first week, I injured my foot, which has curtailed my exercise. However, I still tracked everything -- food and whatever exercise I could accomplish.

Tracking food encouraged me to stay in my calorie range. I know how much I can eat from previously tracking religiously for over a year. Yet when I do not track, I tend to add in extra snacks. When I track, I really do not like calories to go over the max. For the last 14 days, I've stayed under my calorie max all but one day. On that one day, I was over by less than 100 calories.

And how did this impact my weight? When I started the challenge, my weight was 3 pounds over goal (still within my ultimate goal of staying +/- 3%, though). This morning, my weight is just under goal. To be exact, I weight in 3/10 of a pound under goal.

Since 14 has turned out to be a magic number, I am setting a new goal to track for the next 14 days: accomplish at least 10 minutes a day of exercise, even though my foot isn't fully healed. After all, Sparkpeople has loads of videos for seated workouts, right?

How about you? Will you set yourself a 14 day goal? As LINDAK25 said (paraphrasing) "We can do anything for 14 days, can't we?"
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