Second Quarter Goals

And, with the end of the first quarter, it is time for 2nd quarter goals.

Lose 7.4 pounds to get to my goal weight of 146 – On paper this should happen as it only requires about 2.5 pounds per month.  In reality, it is getter harder to lose weight as I get closer to goal.  I can’t really cut what I eat any more (I aim to average around 1200 calories per day), so as I lose weight I lose more slowly as a smaller body burns fewer calories.  Still, I think this is a realistic goal and would really like to meet it.

Exercise at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity – I was trying to decide whether to say 4 days a week or 5 days a week, when I realize minutes probably work best.  My standard aerobic activity is to do 40 minutes when I am using the treadmill or exercise bike.  Walking outside is usually 45 minutes, but occasionally longer or shorter.  So, 4 times a week of 40 minutes is 160 minutes.  Or, if I have a day that is shorter, then I can get there through exercising 5 days a week.

2 days a week of strength training – Right now I’m not doing anything.  I am planning to set up personal training at the Y, but my schedule has been so horrendous the past month and a half that we haven’t been able to find any time to go there.  I am hoping to get there this month.  If not, next month.  I have to be careful what I do at home since I have to be very careful on lower body exercises (due to my knee).  But, I could be doing upper body (I have dumbbells) and could be using exercise bands from when I did physical therapy to do some light work on the lower body.

Eat 5 fruits/vegetables a day and improve my overall way of eating – Yesterday I had 6 servings of fruits and vegetables and have a plan that should get me to eating at least 5 regularly.  As far as the improving my overall way of eating, I will be making an entire post about what I am doing on that front.

Continue better time/activity management – I made progress on this last quarter, but still have work to do.  One big project that I need to do is to do some decluttering.  We did quite a bit of this when we moved to this house (3 years ago) but there were some things we moved into this house and I said I would figure out later what to do about them.  Later never got here.  Also, I need to reorganize the kitchen and our bedroom closet.  I keep intending to do all this, but never get around to it.  I want to dedicate some time each day to this.

Sleep 7 hours a day – I also made progress on this one during the last quarter.  At the start of the year, I was really doing terribly on my sleep (lifelong insomniac here).  But, it has gradually gotten better.  And, giving up soft drinks (and the caffeine that came with them) seems to have helped.  I do drink green tea but only in the morning.  Still, I am not yet as consistent on this as I would like to be.

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