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April 25 – May 1
This week was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I hope that it is because I spent a day driving to southern Florida and a day driving back. Having said that there was a day I was there that I met the calorie burning and standing goals per my Apple Watch © but I did not work out at all. Not a minute. I also learned made a humorous discovery but more on that later.
Here are my goals
- Walk at least 2 miles per workout 4 days a week.
- I walked 13 miles. That is great. I only worked out by walking once while I was gone. I did the rest by swimming. The rest was just a half mile here and a half mile there. It is still walking but not what I wanted to do.
- Walk 10,000 steps every day.
- Not even once. I got closest on the day that I did my workout in the neighborhood I was staying in. But I was 12 steps short. I should have looked that night. I could have gotten those 12 in walking to the bathroom.
- Do yoga or pilates 2 days a week.
- This one I did. I even did some stretches in the car on those long rides. Car yoga? Surely that a thing, right?
- Follow advice of Nutritionist. (Appointment is not until mid-May)
- I did however get sugar free gelato when everyone else got regular gelato and I feel I should get ALL KINDS OF CREDIT for this.
One of our writer’s, the lovely and talented Amber Sapp, has helped me come up with a training program for a 5k. That is what I have been doing for the last while to get in shape. My brother has given me some advice to work on hills and other than those things I have just been trying to take the steps instead of the elevator, park in back of the parking lot, and so on.
Well, the night we arrived I was antsy after being in the car for 14 hours and my friend has a pool so I decided to swim laps for about an hour. It was great exercise. I was exhausted in the best way. When I woke up the next morning I could not move my arms. Could barely dry my hair. It dawned on my I had been working out my legs for a couple of months and my arms have been neglected other than a little yoga. I am going to have to really strength train them. Or get a haircut.
All in all I think I am making progress. Progress not perfection as they say.
This week was not great as I didn’t meet many of my goals for the week. I am going to be honest and admit that I often struggle with making the right choices for my health. Some moments/hours/days are really good and then I self-sabotage and it takes me a while to turn it around.
These were my goals, let’s see how I did….
- Walk at least 2 miles, 5 days a week
- I walked a total of 10 miles this past week. Though 4 of those miles were at the zoo in one day. While I met my total goal, I was not great at moving each and every day.
- Strength training 2 times a week.
- I did manage this goal. One day was a total body workout with yoga. Let me tell you, if you want a workout that requires virtually no equipment and really makes you work, try yoga. Also, did 2 other workouts – one for my upper body and one for legs.
- Avoid added sugars, fried foods and drinks with calories.
- This was iffy. I didn’t quantify this one. Avoid is subjective! Ha However, I did make avoid all drinks with calories. This week all I drank was water, black coffee or unsweet tea.
- Leafy greens in at least one meal a day, 5 serving of vegetables a day.
- Okay this one might be where I need to clarify drinks with calories in the above goal. I do drink smoothies for breakfast most mornings. Since that is an intentional meal, I don’t count it. I might need to update the above goal to ‘empty calories’, such as sodas and sugary drinks. That said, I had smoothies with spinach blended in 5 mornings this week. The other days I had salads for lunch. Also, while I eat a lot of veggies, I noticed that I still don’t quite meet my 5 servings goals. I am working on meal planning to work them in better.
I think the most important thing I am working to change is my thinking. This is a journey. I will make mistakes and that’s okay, so long as I keep my eye on my goals. Remembering that I am doing this for myself, for my own health. Also, keeping in mind that I am my children’s first and most influential teacher. I want them to see me model making choices for myself and that I am valuable enough to take the time for my health.