At the beginning of the year instead of setting annual goals (too long) or monthly goals (too short), I set goals for the first quarter of the year. Since January is over I want to check in on where I am right now.
Lose 8.9 pounds to get to at least 149.9 pound – To meet this goal by the end of March, I would need to lose about 3 pounds a month. In January, I lost .6 pounds. Now, I did miss the last weigh in and I think I would have lost about .6 of a pound at that weigh in. Even so, I’m way behind on this one. But, I don’t feel that bad about it because I feel I have laid the foundation for a lot of really good stuff to happen going forward.
Eat 3 fruits/vegetables every day – Almost. I was at an average of 2.5 a day. That isn’t great, but it is much better than I was doing before. I plan to do better during February.
Exercise at least 3 days a week – I did this. In fact, I exercised on 18 days out of 31, I way exceeded this goal. What will be important to staying consistent with this over time.
Better time/activity management – I posted several times about this during the month. My word for 2015 is “Balance.” And, trying to balance my activities is very important to me. This is still a work in progress, but I have made a lot of improvements here.
Sleep 7 hours a day – I don’t have the wristband right now that I need with my current Fitbit to really track this. I do think I am sleeping a bit better. I’ve gotten onto a better sleep schedule and have been going to bed closer to 2:00 am then 3:00 or 4:00 (yes, I know even that isn’t wonderful). This is one that I made progress on, but I want to do much better.
Talking about other stuff in January, this was a terrific month. This is the first month that I’ve been back close to where I was before my leg injury. I walked the most average steps per day 4253 in January) since last April. I burned over 1500 calories a day on average for the first time since last May. My eating was basically almost exactly what my average was per day during 2014 which I’m very content with. Since I was burning more calories though, my average daily calorie deficit was 345 calories. I really want it to be 500. But….345 is the most it has been since last May.
Mentally, I am just in a much better frame of mind. I was startled by some of my medical lab results, but I have taken steps to work on the problem areas. So, even with that, I feel great about how January went, even though I didn’t have a huge weight loss.