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Health and Fitness Goals for February

Thursday, February 02, 2017

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!

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    Grapes are a good one! I'll have to remember to pick some of those up, thank you :) I tried pears to start, and managed to eat two before the bunch spoiled. Progress?

    Yeah, the exercise one is tricky :-\
    1533 days ago
    I wish you luck on your goals. You can do it!

    Just as a side note, I really had to work at the fruits and veggie thing too. I found that hiding veggies in meals work easiest for me. For example, when I make a sandwich at lunch, I put as many sandwich veggies as I can on it. I use avocado instead of mayonnaise, etc.

    Also, another thing that works for me is keeping washed and stemmed grapes and cut up cantaloupe in the fridge. If I have those available, I will snack on those and be satisfied, not needing the other sweet stuff. But I have to be prepared for it to work.
    I hope you can figure out something that works well for you!

    As far as the regular exercise goes, sorry, your on your own for that one. No hints or tricks. I'm still trying to find just the right combo for me. :-/

    1534 days ago
    Thank you emoticon
    1536 days ago
    1539 days ago
    What I find is that you need to get into a routine, form a habit, otherwise you'll stop altogether.
    1539 days ago
    You have inspired me on my Journey, I am cutting out a lot in my diet to and it's been hard. Late night snacks is one and sugar is ver much on my list and counting my carbs. Thank you for you post.
    1539 days ago
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