Okay, so forever ago, I set the following five goals:
- Daily: I will move. Every day. Meaning something actually
active. Preferably outside.
- Daily: I will drink water. More than just a sip or two after
brushing my teeth (which right now, I confess, is all the WATER I get
many days). I am not setting myself up to totally fail by committing
to 8 8 oz glasses a day or anything, but I plan to be drinking a
significant amount by the end of the year. And NO MOUNTAIN DEW unless I
am on a 1,000 mile road trip, or I have a migraine. (I am NOT,
however, giving up coffee.)
- Daily: My physical clutter is really wearing away at me on an
emotional level. So every weekday that I am actually home long enough
to do anything (which is most days), I will do SOMETHING to declutter my
world. Starting with making sure the living room is picked up so I can
workout inside (it's a bit lego-covered at the moment!)
- Daily: I will eat sensibly. With two birthdays, Thanksgiving and
Christmas, I'm not swearing off desserts or special foods. But I am
going to get back to eating the way I have in the past when I have
successfully lost weight -- predominantly healthy, with planned
"treats"including a day here or there that is PLANNED to be a bit more
indulgent than normal. I know I lose weight better when I have planned
- And working out: again, I am in pretty bad condition at the moment,
so I'm trying not to prescribe just what this will look like. But a
minimum of every other day, I will do something that I consider to be a
"work out" -- my hope is that by the end of the challenge, I'll be
capable of some type of a three days of workouts, one day off type of a
schedule, or even two on, one off... I'd love to get back to my FIRM
videos, or to doing Couch Potato to 5K... I want to be able to be
hiking with my Boy Scouts without worrying that they are going to have a
first aid victim...
- Oh, and I WILL check in every Friday/Saturday.
How did I do? Well....
- I moved. Daily. Frequently outside
- I drastically increased my water consumption. And I pretty much didn't drink Mountain Dew. The couple that I had were 1) because of a migraine, and 2) one night coming home when I was really, really desperately in need of caffeine in order to get home.
- Decluttering -- I did a pretty decent job of this too. Maybe not quite every day I was home, but most.
- I did eat sensibly. I didn't go crazy. No dessert on Thanksgiving even.
- Working out... I blew this.
- Checking in... you know, the easiest thing on the list? Blew this one too.
End result though is that I feel a lot better, my clothes are a lot looser, I'm no longer addicted to Mountain Dew, so it was a very good challenge.
You did make great progress and this is awesome! You go girl! Happy New Year! Hugs!!
I love your efforts!! I am thrilled you are no longer addicted to Mt. Dew. It is so hard to give up that soda!
You did a great job!!
I call that PROGRESS!! That checking in on Fridays was tougher than I thought as well.
Debra, You definitely made significant progress. Kicking the sugared caffeine monster (refered to as liquid Satan in a diet book I read earlier this year) is a BIG accomplishment.
As for 'working out', if you are not in great shape, just getting up and moving about is a good first step. Also, I'm a believer in picking yourself up, dusting off perceived failure and trying again.
You did a wonderful job, Debra! Congratulations; you have made some real strides! :)
It looks like you started some great new habits! Good job. I look forward to reading about your continuing success.
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