Monday, February 6, 2012

January in Review & The Non Diet Diet Update

January goals from the beginning of the month:

Do more yoga.
Check-ish. In the beginning of the month I slacked alot on this. I went once the first week, then we left town for Dan's sister's wedding. When we got back Monday night, our running was all whacked out so we ran on Tuesday and Thursday (yoga nights) instead of Monday and Wednesday. But I stepped it up better in the second half of the month for a total of 6 yoga classes in January- I bought an unlimited month that ends Monday to encourage me to go (after all, I need to get my money's worth) and it seems to have worked!

Eat more fruits and veggies.
Honestly haven't tracked this one very well, but I feel like I'm doing pretty well at it. I've been adding extra fruits to my overnight oats for breakfast, and eating clementines, bananas, and apples for snacks instead of other snacky foods.  Plus experimenting with some new veggie dishes for dinner.

Training plan.
This has been going ok. We signed up for a 10k officially in March so I extended the previous training plan out a little. Also between some early vacations and now the night shift, I know we aren't hitting our long runs as far or often as I'd like. Good thing this 10k is a practice run for the main event 10k in Illinois in April.

Then there were the annual goals:

Home cooking challenge.  
So far so good. One veggie dish and one entree per week, and not one has been skipped yet. However I have been pretty liberal with definitions. Veggie dish is anything that contains vegetables and not meat, entree or side (like the spinach and mushroom lasanga). Entree is anything that is eaten as an entree. Also I have sometimes let my boyfriend do the recipe picking. But I have decided its not cheating if I help with the cooking. (and the eating!)

Half marathon
I am now leaning more towards Disneyland Half as my half-marathon debut. I've only been to Disneyland once and my bf has never been (actually I had to teach my poor, Disney deprived bf which was which- World vs. Land) so it might be fun to explore it together. Also it's on my birthday. (This violates my personal rule against doing anything that might cause me to die on my birthday, but it also sounds fun and exciting) Although I do want to do the Wine and Dine Half at some point, this year is not looking like the right year.

And the mid-month addition:

The Non Diet Diet.
So, for starters I bought a new scale. It is fancier than the last one, in that it doesn't have a dent from a previous move, did not come from Ikea, and also uses bio-electric impedance to check body fat % and muscle %. Plus is reads about 1.5 lbs less than the other, which is always a plus.

Anyways, I have lost a total of about 4 lbs there and body fat % has gone down a bit, but what's more exciting is that I'm back in my middle pants. Like many out there, I have dress pants of different sizes based on how fat I am today. When I started January, I was definitely in my biggest dress pants. Friday night I put them on to head to console and they were all baggy- at the waist, at the thigh, at the crotch. So back to the closet they went and out came the middle size. This is awesome news! Regardless of the scale, I know I'm doing something right if my pants are getting bigger.  I do still have smaller pants (interestingly, all 4 pairs of pants are a size 10, but each manufacturer's size is different from the next) that I used to wear and would like to wear again.

As for the eating better, I think I am. I haven't been counting calories, but I have been looking up some nutrition info along the way and deciding if I really want to eat that or not. Especially true before I buy something, I look at the facts and decide if I even want to have it in the house. It was working out well, but being on overnights has whacked out my hunger cues. Sometimes I'm starving, and sometimes I'm totally nauseous. Sometimes I'm both at the same time. And sometimes I eat before going to bed even though I'm not hungry so hunger doesn't wake me up mid-day. Lets just say this won't be a good week for weight loss.

Feb goals:
Let's keep it simple:
1. Stick to the 10k training plan.
2. Keep up the Home cooking challenge.
3. Get into the smaller smaller pants.

Think I can do it?

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great idea, I love the idea of setting personal goals at the beginning of every month! It gives you a chance to focus on yourself and to create a conscious effort to do something you will be proud of! If I were to create goals for this month, I would include the goal to do more yoga, too. That is something that I have always been interested but never pursued.