Back in January, I proclaimed my goal for this year on this site. It’s the same goal I’ve had for the past three years and have failed at it. Loosing 30 pounds. I set a number of things I needed to do to get there:
- Review my goal, the reasons I am focusing on it, and how I plan to get there daily.
- Exercise five days a week.
- Adhere to a schedule of 2 days per week being meat free.
- Log food and activity points with Weight Watchers daily
- Stay within my allotted points
- Track weight weekly
- Reduce my consumption of alcohol.
Among the many things that I failed to do over the past few years to achieve this goal was a regular check in. That’s different this year. I’m consciously looking at my goal in a written format almost every day. I’m tracking my food intake daily and my weight weekly. And I’m seeing results. I’m down 7.8 pounds since December 21, 2012 and that’s feeling great. My pants are getting loose and I’m going to probably have to get some taken in soon — A good problem to have. So, it seems reviewing my goal daily, tracking my food daily and tracking my weight weekly are helping. (That’s 1, 4, and 6 above that are on track.)
So, how am I doing on 2, 3, 5 and 7?
Exercising 5 days a week — I’m doing better than before, but I’m not at a 5 day per week schedule. In January and February, I averaged 3.5 days per week. I’m certainly not meat free 2 days a week. This is something to work on. I am cooking from my vegetarian cookbooks more often, but I haven’t been able to maintain a rigid 2 day per week meat free schedule. In terms of staying within my daily points, that’s not working out so well either, but I am staying within my weekly points which is why I’m loosing weight. Overall, I have definitely reduced my alcohol consumption. I’m not where I want to be, but the input is down and that’s helping on this weight loss journey too.
The old me, would be beating myself up right now about the fact that I’m on track for less than 50% of my stated plan, but this is a lifestyle change and it takes time. I’ll get there and more importantly even if I’m not 100% on plan, I’m moving in the right direction and losing the weight.