In last Sunday's blog (also my last blog), I laid out a plan of how I hope to get through the next two months - which will be absolutely insane at work, it being summer - while continuing with SP. I laid out four simple goals: Good nutrition, drink my water, exercise, and get enough sleep. So to keep going on this I am going to do a weekly check in and examine how I'm doing with each of these goals.
So, here's the lowdown on Week 1.
Nutrition: Bad. Wait, make that REALLY bad. I was over on my calories every day and was so far over on some days that I stopped tracking. Ugh. Yes, last week was completely out of control at work. And yes, it was TOM. Still, those are not good enough reasons for going completely nuts and then not even being honest about it. There's just no excusing that kind of behavior if I want to keep going on this path. And I do. Soooo, must needs make plan and smaller goals for this week.
This week's goal: Track everything I eat every day. No excuses, no skipping, nada. If it passes my lips, it goes into the tracker. Punto. Also, try to stay within my calories at least three days this week. (Baby steps, baby steps.)
Drink my water: Awesome. I drank more than 8 glasses every day. Like I said last week, this is an easy one for me. I've done this for at least 10 years, waaay before I joined SP.
Weekly goal: Keep up the good work!
Exercise: So-so. I only exercised 4 days this week and did not do a single hard workout. But I made time half the days I worked this week. If this were a pass/fail test, I'd barely give myself a pass, lol.
Weekly goal: Do one gym workout and one yoga session during the week. Do something active - like walking or Wii fit - for at least 10 minutes every day this week.
Sleep: Pretty good. I logged just under 8 hours (7.5ish or so) every day I worked this week then slept a lot over the weekend. Still, the fatigue really weighed on me and definitely contributed to my poor eating. I usually need closer to 9 hours a night during TOM and when work is as insane as it has been. So a small deficit made a big difference this week. Lesson learned.
Weekly goal: Get 8 hours of sleep every night. That should be much easier to achieve this week since I don't have to leave the house as early to get to meetings first thing in the morning. (That's what really killed me this week.) Still, getting my happy butt to bed at 10 every night is going to be key. Yeah, I can do that.
Overall: Bad week. Must do better.
Weekly goal: Listen to
. But that's why this is a journey, right? Setbacks are just part of it. The trick is to fall 7 times, get up 8 and then take 2 steps forward.
Also, I set an overall goal and reward for achieving it. If I finish all four of my major projects at work (one down, three to go!) and stay on the SparkWagon, with or without a weight loss, until August 1 I get to take a whole week off from work and spend some quality Jen time with myself. Each pound I lose earns an extra reward for my week of Jen time. I haven't decided yet what they will be, but probably along the lines of a spa day, massage, or new shoes/clothes. I'll choose those later - it'll give me something extra to look forward to and motivate me even more.