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Week 03: Progress in the Right Direction

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Week 03 was definitely progress in the right direction. I took some small positive steps that led me towards my goals and although I'm not yet where I want to be, I'm a lot closer! I improved upon all of my stats this week and even lost a little bit of weight. My calorie average is still high, but it's better than last week, and it's something that I'm working on. I'm doing better with water, drinking a little bit more, and that's something that I'll continue to work on. But overall I'm happy with how I did this week because I improved a lot from last week.

emoticon Active Minutes: 149 (Weekly Goal 150)
emoticon Calories Burned: 653 (Weekly Goal 1500)
emoticon Average Calorie Balance: 2426 (Weekly Goal Below 1800)
emoticon Miles Walked: 13 (Weekly Goal 21)
emoticon Average Glasses Water: 3 (Weekly Goal 4)
emoticon Weight: 193.8 (-1.4 lbs. Goal for Week 4 193.3-192.8)

I started the week feeling doubtful but by the end of the week I felt totally amazing--on top of the world! I really felt like the plan I had made for the year was a good one and that I was ready to do this, to lose the weight and focus and I felt really motivated and good in general. When the weekend came I started feeling a little doubtful again as my healthy habits went to the wayside a little bit and I wasn't sticking to the plan so much anymore and wasn't quite sure how to handle my plan on the weekends, but mood is starting to lift again and I am starting to strategize and work on ways to keep up with the plan even on the weekends and I'm optimistic about working things out in the coming week and being more prepared and getting my healthy habits more cemented so that I don't let them go on weekends.

I had some proximity cravings early in the week, which led me to make some bad decisions, and then I found that a lot of binging happens due to anxiety from when I get ahead of schedule and then find myself with free time that I'm not sure how to fill. There's always plenty of options, but for some reason when I don't have a plan and I start to get anxious about what to do with my time, I feel overwhelmed, and then I turn to food. So I need to start working on making Plan Bs for these scenarios so that I don't feel so anxious about what to do.

Didn't get a lot of sleep this week. I averaged out at less than 7 hrs this week and my sleep time went down by 9% this week. I felt restless this week and was waking up often after just sleeping a few hours. I need to get my sleep schedule straightened out and get to sleeping better hours.

Energy is definitely improving! Was feeling very energized at the end of the week. I had a lot of enthusiasm and motivation at the end of the week and was feeling very positive about my plan. Still feeling a measure of that energy, although over the weekend my enthusiasm got dampened a little bit. I feel as though I need to get a better handle on things, get my diet straightened out, and get back on a better schedule. Energy is building back up.

Taking it slow this week with exercise. Easing into simple exercise felt reasonable. My back was sore from doing some lifting at work, so couldn't take on too much, but I did make a start. I got some cardio and peak heart rate minutes, increased my steps a bit, and I did some simple exercises to get started; I had a very busy week this week, as well, so time was limited. I'm hoping to get a lot more done in the coming week with exercise, steps, and my plan in general.

Moving more than last week, but not where I want to be yet. I'm still getting only about 4K, which is a far cry from 10K a day which is where I want to be at. We had a lot of bitter cold this week, which makes it hard to get in steps, but I am going to try to commit to more activity in the coming week no matter what the weather.

The highlights this week were fleshing out my routines so that I'm accomplishing more and making it easier for myself to get things done, started meditating again and did a chakra cleanse which was very rejuvenating, seeing the chiropractor which felt so great for my back, especially when she adjusted my mid back, I really felt it in there and I just felt such a lightness of being after leaving her office, going shopping this week and getting some great groceries and toiletries; I hadn't been shopping in a long time and it was nice to be able to go and get all the things I needed--I even found some variety of things that I didn't expect to find. Losing a bit of weight this week! I didn't do so good on calories this week, so losing a bit of weight was a good surprise. And going to see Star Wars: Rogue One with my son, my sister, and my cousins this weekend was so much fun! It was an awesome movie and we had a great time together.

This week's biggest challenges were feeling doubtful at the beginning of the week and feeling some doubt over the weekend, just not being in the right space for growth. Not entirely trusting the process, even though I know the plan is solid and when I'm working it, I see so much success. Anxiety binging is a big challenge, which is the biggest thing I'm going to address in the coming week. Working on some solutions.

Right now I'm ready to take on Week 4 and hoping to make even more progress, with the goal of lowering my calories a bit more and upping my activity a bit more. Overall this week was a pretty good one, so hoping to make Week 4 even better.

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  • WHYTEBROWN
    emoticon on improving all your stats from last week. Sorry to hear that you struggled a little on the weekend and with your sleeping but hopefully you'll do better this week. emoticon emoticon
    1180 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Wishing you a good sparking week. HUGS
    1181 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you had a good week!
    1181 days ago
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