This year, instead of annual goals, I set first quarter goals. And, now it is time to go over them (which I am doing instead of talking about March specifically).
Lose 8.9 pounds to get to at least 149.9 pounds – This didn’t happen. I weighed 158.8 pounds at the end of December. My lowest weight was 153 on March 14th and it jumped up to 153.4 on March 21st. I didn’t weigh in on the 28th, but I don’t think it was any higher and may have been lower.
At best, I lost 5.8 pounds. While this goal was probably my “biggest” goal, I’m actually not upset about not making it. I had been on a horrendous plateau for months. And I finally got out of it. And, there was a lot that happened this quarter that made it hard. I had some times in February that were super stressful. Also, I was sick for a couple of weeks. And, we are currently in a situation where we have a lot of driving around we have to do and places to go so I’m away from home more often in situations where I really have to eat out. This won’t last forever (another month), but it made working on weight loss more difficult.
Also, as I get closer to my goal weight of 146 pounds, it is harder to lose. I feel positive about where I am overall right now in my weight loss journey and I have complete confidence that I will get to my goal.
Eat 3 fruits/vegetables every day -This was a struggle at times for me. I always intended to do it, but often didn’t particularly if I was busy or sick. I didn’t do this for the whole quarter, but by the last part of March I was meeting this consistently. One of the big themes for me of this quarter was really thinking about what I eat and how I want to eat in the future to maintain my weight loss and promote good health for me. And, by the end of March I had mostly figured out what to do and had found a way to eat more fruits and vegetables each day.
Exercise at least 3 days a week – I actually thought I hadn’t met this one. With being sick and doing so much running around I hadn’t been able to do as much as I wanted and there were a couple of weeks when I did nothing. But, I went back and looked at my workouts on Digifit and found that I had actually exercised on an average of 3.7 days per week.
Better time/activity management – This was about juggling doing different activities. I wanted to able to, in a single day, do things like reading, exercising, playing World of Warcraft, along with doing all the tasks that I need to be doing. I think I made good progress on this goal. I would say this was about 80% met. I definitely have improved a lot on this.
Sleep 7 hours a day – I struggled with this one. Certainly early in the year I didn’t do well on it. But, I have definitely gotten better. Given up diet soft drinks (with their caffeine) has definitely helped. I do drink a green tea each morning and that has some caffeine, but it is weigh less than I was drinking before. And I’m getting into bed at least an hour earlier than I was before.
Overall, even though I didn’t meet my weight loss goal for this quarter, I am very satisfied with my progress on trying to be less of a better me.