Looking back, looking forward

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I started doing this a few months ago at the beginning of each month, giving myself a new set of goals for the coming month and trying to reflect on what I did the month before. Not the most exciting reading for someone else, but it's so useful to get my thoughts down and my commitments out there in public.
Today, a friend just sent me this blog
and it inspired me to look at the past month a little differently, and to address the month's goals more precisely.

I also realized what a great use the SP reports are in this process of evaluating last month:

So, as I look at this chart, I see some glaring items
-I did not track every day. My guess is that the days that I didn't track were those where I ate way out of my calorie range. Oh, yeah, and those 800 calorie days are all days when I tracked half the day, but then grazed the rest of it.
-I exercised pretty consistently, but I apparently didn't exercise on the days I didn't track. Hmm...guess those were just lazy days all around.
-The month's averages were good (for what I tracked): I exercised 200 calories worth a day, on average, and ate 1364 calories, which is nicely at the bottom of my calorie range. Considering that my foot was still in a boot for a lot of the month, that exercise average isn't bad at all.

Goals for October:
-Track every day so that when I look back next month I have a much more realistic picture of what I did and what I did not do. Then, use the averages because they will show a better picture of how I'm doing overall.
-Continue the habit of 1/2 hour on the exercise bicycle a day. That's really feeling good and working well for me. I'd like to try to do at least one day a week of an hour or more, too. Maybe "last chance workout."
-Re-establish the habit of strength training. I haven't quite decided time and frequency there. More on that goal later.
-Keep making a batch of food on Sundays to take with me to work during the week. That, too, is working well and seems to have become a habit.
-Track, track, track NO CHOICE
-Get back to planning ahead for meals. That's hard for me, because I like to eat on the spur of the moment. At least come up with ideas for "go-to" meals that are do-able. I commit to blogging that list.
-Stay within calorie range daily, with one little bump up per week allowed.

What I'm doing right:
My water drinking habit is fully back in place.
Exercise feels like a normal part of life again.
I'm watching the scale without obsession, and it is going to start moving DOWN.
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    great job - it's giving me more to think about
    3885 days ago
  • DAWNO64
    Wow, that's some serious reflection and planning. Wish I had it in me right now!
    3885 days ago
  • GIANNA345
    Sounds like some serious analysis. You are doing the right things. Keep up the good work!
    3886 days ago
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