Monday, March 22, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 12

I tried to make this a "green" week and came so close but for 3 minor slip ups. I forgot to take my morning vitamin one day. And once I do that it's hard to make up for it once I'm at work so I had to accept a yellow there. I also missed one training session with Claire. I intended to do some work on her "stand on command" on Saturday night but I went out for dinner and by the time I came home I completely forgot. My third oops was with the goal to eat fruit. I had two servings but need three for a green square. I knew that one would be a challenge so I need to be more vigilant about planning for those fruit servings.

On the plus side, my weak point last week (getting 5 work out sessions in per week) was not only met but surpassed as I exercised all 7 days. They varied in activity and intensity so it wasn't too much... I just lived an active lifestyle this past week :)

This coming week is going to be tricky because I'm going to a dog show this weekend. Dog show weekends are challenging for anyone on any kind of diet as the food offerings are generally unhealthy and packing enough healthy food without a way to store or cook it is an extra challenge so I'm guaranteed to eat out a lot. And I'll be very busy at the show and tired at the end of the day but I wouldn't call it a workout so I'm sure that goal will fall short. So I'll do my best but I'm bracing myself for some yellow and possibly red squares this week.

The new goal for the week is to keep track of what I eat. I'll write down everything I eat in a spreadsheet. Have a great week!

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 11

This week I tried to be sooooooo good so that I would have a full green line on the chart but I fell short by just one little workout. Argh! I'll have to try again this week. The solid green line will become harder and harder as time goes on but I'm determined to do it :)

This week my goal is to put my jacket away whenever I come in the house. I've gotten in the bad habit lately of throwing my jacket on the living room floor when I come in. I used to throw it on the loveseat but since we rearranged the living room furniture I can't do that so now I just throw it on the floor..... not good! It'll make my living room a better place to be if there is less stuff on the floor.

Monday, March 08, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 10

This was a pretty good week. I only have 2 yellow squares. I missed one training session with Claire (pretty good considering how often I have trouble with this one) and I went to bed after 10 pm 2 nights. But those weren't due to just staying up late... I was at events (an archery shoot and the annual SABA banquet) and arrived home well after 10pm on both occasions.

Here is this week's chart......

Although I like to think I eat fairly healthy I do struggle in a couple of areas. I've addressed some of them already but this week's goal is not about foods I need to avoid but instead foods I need to eat. I enjoy and eat a lot of vegetables but I seldom eat fruit. I just don't like many fruits. Apples, oranges, bananas... not interested. I'm more interested in berries, melons, and tropical fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, and mangoes. Unfortunately these are some of the more expensive fruits out there, especially in the winter, but my taste buds just don't care about my wallet ;)
So my goal is to eat a serving of fruit at least 3 times a week (for me, that's a lot). For the purposes of this goal I do not count tomatoes as fruit as I eat a lot of tomatoes but I need to diversify. I can use juice only for one serving but would prefer not to use juice at all. I tend not to drink juice unless I'm sick so that shouldn't be a problem.

Monday, March 01, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 9

So this wasn't my all time best week but as each week passes they get more and more complicated so I think my "best weeks" are behind me.

I missed one workout this week (whoops!) and two training sessions with Claire (double whoops!). And one day I forgot to take my morning vitamin so that's 3 yellow squares. Oh yeah, and apparently I have no self control around sugary treats LOL! In spite of my efforts to be good, I had a cookie, candy, or donut 8 times in the course of the week. 5 is my maximum allowed and that really should be more than enough. I'm going to try much harder this week.

This week my new resolution is to put my laundry away within 24 hours of folding it. I wash, dry, and fold my laundry on a lovely schedule each week. And then my clean and folded laundry sits in a laundry basket in the bedroom and I choose my clothes out of the laundry basket when I SHOULD be choosing them out of my closet or dresser. I don't know why I can't seem to do that last step. I don't mind putting stuff in drawers so much, it's the hanging up of all my shirts and dress pants that I particularly hate. But if I don't hang them up then things get wrinkled again. So it's in my best interest to just put them away already! LOL. So that's my goal for this week :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 8

This week was a little more normal than the last few weeks have been (because of Claire being in season) but we had the Family Day holiday and it was reading week which threw a bit of a wrench into things. My fitness classes were cancelled but I subbed 2 classes. It was a short work week but a very busy and stressful one.

I fell slightly short in 2 areas. I missed one traning session with Claire and I missed one workout. If I could have counted archery more than once I would have been fine on the workouts as I went to a competitive shoot on Sunday which took all day but couldn't count it and didn't have time (or the energy) to do another workout on top of it.

My latest resolution went well though. I was allowed 5 candies/cakes/cookies and had 4. And no chocolate :) I'm going to try for even less this week. Baby steps for me.

In the past couple of years I have really slacked on wearing my retainer after having braces for a few years. So my goal starting this week is to wear my retainer one night a week. My teeth are starting to creep back to their old crooked positions so hopefully this will stop them and bring them back to where they are supposed to be.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 7

I'm making a slight change to the format of my weekly new years resolution blog post. I hate to focus on the negatives but for practical reasons I'll only be highlighting where I went off the rails each week. As the goals add up I'll have lots to keep track of without rehashing the details and I don't really think anyone cares how much water I drank or what time I went to bed. The goals will still be there and I'll write up anything that was other than expected.

So this week I had only one real slip up and overall did okay. Claire was still in season (her last week so next week I have no excuse! LOL) so her training sessions went by the wayside. I did 2 sessions but that fell short of what I wanted to do so I got a red square.

As this week contained Valentine's Day, a day traditionally celebrated with chocolate, I saved my day where I'm "allowed" to have chocolate for that day. So my chocolate-free time came to an end after 4 weeks.

This coming week's goal was going to have sweets (cakes, cookies, or candies) no more than twice a week. However, I had 2 already in the first day LOL! So I changed it to 5 times a week thinking that would be a more reasonable goal that I can attain. It certainly gives me something to reach for but hopefully is more realistic for me. If I choose to have chocolate in the week, that will be separate from these 5 sweets.

Although chocolate wasn't too hard for me to give up, I think sweets, specifically candy, will be very hard to give up. My weakness is caramel candies and gummy candies. I must be strong and resist! :)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

New Years Resolution 2010 - week 6

Well, this was rather an unusual week.
  1. Water - no problem :)
  2. 20 mins exercise X 5 - I did 4 formal exercise sessions plus 4 archery sessions. Given that archery is physical activity but not very strenuous I've decided that I can use only one archery session per week as an "exercise session" for this challenge. So for this week I met my 5 exercise sessions goal.
  3. Claire training sessions X 5 - unfortunately Claire was in standing heat this week so no obedience or agility class for her. And as I spent so much time doing archery in the evenings I didn't make the time to train her at home. I did 2 training sessions but that's not enough for a yellow square so I have a red one this week.
  4. Chocolate only once - I haven't had any chocolate again this week. It really wasn't that hard to give up chocolate I'm finding. I still have sugar and other desserts but none contain chocolate.
  5. Take vitamins twice a day - I had one minor slip up. I missed one evening vitamin but didn't realize it until the next day when it was too late to make it up. So... yellow square.
  6. No food after 8pm X 6 - Well, this happened to be one of those weeks where my schedule was not what I expected. With Claire being in season and me unable to take her to class I was free to go to archery shoots in small towns in Southern Alberta. Unfortunately this made for some very late nights and twice I ended up having supper after 8pm. I'm allowed one slip up but two = yellow square.

One side effect of all the late nights this week is I was absolutely shattered by Friday as I hadn't had enough sleep. Thus, the inspiration for this week's challenge. My goal is to be in bed by 10pm most nights. Some forgiveness is allowed on the weekend but I would like to be in bed by 10pm even then, if possible, so 6 nights a week is the goal.