Yesterday, I tied my longest step goal streak of 20 days – and today, I almost flushed it down the drain.
Although I felt better momentarily after my last post 10 days ago, I’ve continued to struggle. I’m still not getting enough sleep or even trying to do so. I’m all over the place, not just emotionally, but mentally too. I just can’t seem to get back into a routine. Life feels unnecessarily chaotic.
Fortunately, I managed to make a little headway this week. I’m not anywhere close where I want to be, but it feels like I’m finally on the upswing. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s why my near miss tonight feels significant. Despite how awful I’ve felt lately, I’ve stuck with my step goal. To mess it up now would have pushed me back into that hole.
Here’s to a 21-day step streak and to pushing through when the going get’s tough.
When I committed to giving this challenge another try, I told myself that I would stick to one goal or habit at a time. Once I was able to successfully keep that goal/habit for at least seven days straight, then (and only then) I could consider adding another one.
But me being me, I went ahead and modified my goal tracking spreadsheet after my most recent Bod Pod, and put a whole bunch of stuff on it. I didn’t set any new goals or anything, and I didn’t commit to religiously tracking everything, but I did tell myself that I would at the very least try to track these things. And I have for the most part.
I don’t know what it is about spreadsheets, but I love them. I find them motivating. I like having data to analyze, and being able to see how the different things I do affect how I feel and look, and what I am able to do. It makes this whole process seem a lot less like work and a lot more like some fun science experiment (which would explain my earlier Experiments 1 and 2). It may sound silly, but approaching this challenge and my goals in that way has made it so much easier to stick with it.
My spreadsheet also serves as a great visual reminder for me to stay on track towards making the positive changes I’ve committed to. I hung it up on the pantry door in my kitchen. There’s nothing else hanging there, so it doesn’t get lost among other papers (like the stuff I hang on the fridge does), and I see it everyday. Granted, I guess it could make me feel bad by putting my “failures” on display for all to see, but so far, I’ve found it to be motivating – for the most part (it doesn’t seem to help much with my steps).
Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under a pound. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations quite a bit this past week, so I’m not too concerned about it.
I also took some updated measurements yesterday. In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, and calf; and 3/4 of an inch from my hips.
Since Day 1 of this challenge, I’ve lost 7-8 lbs, 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, 1/2 an inch from my chest, thigh, and calf, 2 and 1/4 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
8/4/18 8/20/18 9/20/18 10/03/18
Weight: 131.2 lbs 131 lbs 126.4 lbs 123.6 lbs
Measurements (in inches):
Bicep 10.75 10.75 10.75 10.5
Chest 35 35 34.5 34.5
Waist 31 30 29 28.75
Hips 37 37 35.75 35
Thigh 22 22 21.75 21.5
Calf 14 14 13.75 13.5
I’m really happy with my progress so far. Although I’d rather not keep losing inches from hips, I’m happy to see my thighs finally start slimming a bit. They just weren’t budging. Now, I just need to get my next Bod Pod scheduled and hopefully see some real progress in terms of losing body fat.
Happy Thursday everyone!
Current step total: 1,724
I woke up at 6:00 am today and skipped my morning workout. I wasn’t feeling so great when I got up, but it’s still pretty early in the morning here, so there’s no reason why I couldn’t try to get a workout in later today. Even if I don’t though, it’s ok. I told myself at the beginning of this challenge that my goal was to walk 15,000 steps a day, not log my food, or eat healthier, or workout every day. I’m hoping I’ll begin to do those things consistently as a result of this challenge, but I’m not there just yet.
Rome was not built in a day.
Since I’m feeling a tad blah today, I’ve decided to remind myself of the small wins I’ve had since starting this challenge late last week. Hopefully, it’ll motivate me to get back up and moving. Especially since it’s raining outside. In order to hit my step goal today, I’ll need to get creative, or wet; which means I need all the motivation and willpower I can get.
My small wins:
- I’ve managed to hit my step goal every day. This alone is a huge accomplishment for me; especially considering how easily I get distracted. In the past, whenever I’ve tried to set a step goal like this, I’ve failed because I regularly forgotten to check how many steps I’ve taken until it’s too late.
- I’ve made a conscious effort to walk to places I would normally drive to. Instead of picking up the little one at daycare on the way home yesterday, I drove home first, then walked to the daycare to pick him up. On Sunday, I walked to the grocery store a couple of times, and since Friday I’ve taken the kids to the park way more often than I normally do. This may sound awful, but it’s pretty hot and muggy outside, so I avoid going out there. I prefer the comfort of air conditioning.
- I’ve become more active at home. I’m doing a much better job of moving around more and sitting way less. I try to get up every so often and just take a quick lap up and down the stairs, or pace around for a bit to get a few steps in. I’ve noticed that the extra activity has decreased the intensity of my usual afternoon slump feeling.
- The scale has started to move. I’m sure it’s water weight, but my weight has dropped 2 lbs since Friday.
Overall, it’s going pretty well, right? I can’t give up now – I’ve got a streak going. I may still not feel 100%, but I’m finally ready to do some walking. Happy Wednesday!
Current step total: 870