March Goals-Results and Insight
Saturday, April 02, 2016
March felt like a good month. Could have done better but as far as the areas I was focusing on I think I got a lot of goals turned into habits which is what this journey is all about. It's a lifestyle and it takes time for these things to be what comes natural vs what you have to really focus on to make happen.
Goals for March
1.) Basic-Drink 10 cups of water a day
*I hit my goal or close to most days. The weekends is where I really struggle. I have a 24 oz cup at work and my goal is to have one down every three hours that way by the time I leave work I have had nine cups. I should just get one for home. Very close to being a habit and I can tell how much I crave water vs feeling hungry which is huge. A little more progress and I'd say this is close to being a habit.
2.) Basic-Log into SparkPeople everyday
*Ugh forgot to on Wednesday and ruined my streak! But every other day I did:) I'd say this is a habit now:)
3.) Wear my pedometer everyday to gage my activity level avg at least 7,000 steps a day by the end of the month
*Goal met!! I would have needed 217,000 to hit a daily average of 7000 steps and I hit a little over 266,000 for a daily average of about 8900! Wearing it and taking my step breaks at work are habits:)
4.) Organization: Use to-do book again
*Not so much, barely used it at all actually. Needs lots of work.
5.) Organization: Organize bill book/create budget/continue debt reduction
*Not so good on this front either. Hopefully with continuing this goal and having some other habits down pat this one will become a easier. I need an actual outline of how I am going to accomplish this rather than just listing it. Same with the to do book
6.) Take measurements and weigh in once a week
*Did this:) I weighed myself on Thursdays and measured myself on Saturdays. Sadly I didn't see much change but on the other hand I wasn't gaining either which has been a ten pound issue since I stopped pumping so on a positive note I was able to stop that steady climb up that was freaking me out. I did have a spike up three pounds on the tenth but it went back down so that's good too:) It is so important to know how to maintain weight and if anything this past month taught me what will be needed if I wanted to keep at this weight. I would like to get more muscle back so I will want to build off this.
7.) Drink a smoothie four times a week for breakfast
*Knocked it dead:) Weekends, again, not so much but during the week before work it is for sure getting down pat and I'm haivng them each day instead of just four! What I would like to do is build of this as well to mix up what I am putting in it but at least the action of doing it is a habit!
8.) Track what I eat 5 days a week
*Fail! I think I paid so much attention to my steps and stairs and tracking that it left little time left to track my food. So what I'd like to see myself do to hit two goals in one is dedicate one page in my small purse size notebook to to-do for the day and on the back write down what I eat so that way if I don't have time during the day I can plug it in at night. I really want to learn more about the food I have been eating, I feel like I eat pretty healthy and I know those around me at work think I eat healthy in comparison to most others around us but I also know in the past that when I start my journeys again tracking food is so important because you really can forget just how far off you are from daily recommendations and nutrients.
So I made five of my eight goals near habits or actual habits. I'd have to say over all that is an awesome start and I am proud of myself. As far as far as my health goes though the three I didn't hit are things that cause stress and the tracking food is very important if I want to keep building and growing my healthy habits. On the positive note I was able to see where and why these were hard and come up with some simple action plans that will make these simple and none time consuming habits so that April will be a successful month in these areas.