Right, new month, so let's take stock.
Last month I planned to do the following:
* Track Regularly
* Exercise Regularly
* Track Smarter
How'd I do?
Tracking Regularly: I did a decent job, right up to the end of the month. My engagement with any of my goals bottomed out at the end of January and my motivation to track reflected that. I've suspected for a while that calorie counting wasn't a sustainable model for me, since my adherence would eventually be too low to matter, and it appears I might already be at that point.
Exercise Regularly: Insert prolonged bout of laughter here. Yeah, that didn't happen. I managed to pull off at least one long walking session a week and usually another one while running errands on the weekend, but that was it.
Track Smarter: This I pulled off, because most of what I picked was automated. Again, didn't work so well with the food, but all the FitBit-related stuff is still helping out, especially the nice little "you are not getting enough sleep" graph.
So now what?
My plan was to make a push on the food front for February and I'm still going to do that, but I'm going to try it without calorie counting. That may fail spectacularly, so I'll reassess in March.
Goals for February:
1) Reduce Added Sugar: I'm planning to make a stricter cut in March, so this month will be preparation for that. Usually I have snacks in the afternoon with some sugar (today will be chocolate-covered raisins) and I need to cut those out. I'm going to try and start working in more fruits and vegetable snacks, and try to get over forgetting to eat them. (I very much identify with The Oatmeal's "My Relationship With Fruit" comic: theoatmeal.com/comics/fr
2) Exercise Regularly Take Two: Before Christmas I had a nice "long walk three times a week" schedule going. That fell apart with scheduling issues that do not appear to be going away any time soon. So, I'm hanging onto the once a week I seem to have reclaimed, I'm going to keep doing the long errand walk (which tends to involve carrying heavy groceries home), and I'm going to look at getting one strength-based session in on what would be the third day. I'll see about expanding after that, but I need to start small if I'm going to make a successful change.
3) Sleep Better: As mentioned, I am not getting enough sleep right now. Part of it is that I've worked to get up earlier and succeeded. Trouble is, I haven't pulled off the going to sleep earlier part. Goal for this month is to keep getting up earlier, but work on reigning in when I got to sleep so things hopefully level out.
All three of these are going to be a challenge for me, so hopefully I can pull at least one of them off. Here goes!