Posts Tagged ‘goals’


Week 6: Second verse, same as the first

July 6, 2009

I’ve decided that because week 5 was an absolute failure, I’m not going to be hard on myself and I’m going to give myself a second chance to get week 5 right. So I’m going to carry over the goals and get it right this time. To recap:

Week 5 6 goals:
1. Add crunches/push-ups to my home fitness routine. I will do these twice a week instead of whenever I happen to remember, which is probably every 17-35 days. Harrumph, I say.
2. I WILL NOT LOSE MOTIVATION. If needed, I will seek motivation anywhere I can find if I feel my resolve weakening.
3. I will find and try out two new heart-healthy recipes this week.

I tested a new recipe tonight and it was a GIANT success! I’ll share for those who are interested:

-cherry tomatoes
-grape tomatoes
-green onions
-campanelle pasta
-feta cheese
-hot Italian sausage

1. Brown sausage in olive oil
2. Sauté garlic/green onions on high for about a minute. Add in all tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes begin to wilt
3. Boil campanelle pasta. Dump out excess water when pasta is al dente
4. Mix sausage and garlic/green onions/tomatoes into the pasta
5. Dump in a whole lot of spinach and mix until the spinach is lightly wilted
6. Sprinkle feta cheese to taste

This recipe is DELICIOUS. Dan couldn’t get enough of it. He passed up on key lime pie shipped up from Key West to eat more pasta. There is no greater praise, people.

And finally, an old magnet of Dan’s that I found buried in the junk on our fridge:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


So here is to the new week! It will definitely be more successful than last.


Week 4 Results / Week 5 Goals

June 29, 2009

How is it week 5 already? We’re almost at the halfway point? That could be a little disheartening, but I won’t focus on the fact that I’ve barely made progress since week 2.

The State of the Union at the end of week 4:

The neutral:
-Weight still hovering around starting weight minus 4-5 pounds.
-Waist/hips still at week 2 state

The good yet possibly TMI depending on your sensibilities:
-I’m clearly still making progress on firming up some problematic areas. Dan walked by me this weekend and smacked my ass and hurt his hand.

Week 5 goals:
1. Add crunches/push-ups to my home fitness routine. I will do these twice a week instead of whenever I happen to remember, which is probably every 17-35 days. Harrumph, I say.
2. I WILL NOT LOSE MOTIVATION. If needed, I will seek motivation anywhere I can find if I feel my resolve weakening.
3. I will find and try out two new heart-healthy recipes this week.

Reward update:
The Piggy Counter is up to $30 after six workouts this week (three at the gym, three at home). That’s $30 towards a romantic evening out with Dan! Hurray! Now let me get another $30 in there this week, and we’re really getting somewhere.


Week 4 Goals

June 22, 2009

I’m a bit disappointed with myself about Week 3. I did alright, but not stellar with my goals. It was an incredibly hectic week for a variety of unexpected reasons, which made it extra difficult to eat healthy foods, an extra serving of veggies, etc. But the great thing about Monday is that it brings the beginning of a new week — and I love new beginnings.

Week 4 goals:
1. Be active even on days I’m not going to the gym. So for those keeping track at home, that would be four visits to the gym and non-gym physical activities the other three days of the week. Because I don’t want to hurt myself, I’m going to do three days at the gym and three days of non-gym activities, and move to four days at the gym next week because I’ve noticed my ankles acting up lately if I do too much.

2. I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to nibble on snacks when I’m bored. So what I’m going to do is drink a glass of water when I think I’m getting hungry for a snack. If after that I’m STILL hungry then I’m actually hungry and will have a healthy snack.

3. My main meals will be at set times. Rather, between set ranges of time. That way I won’t skip meals like I do on busy days. Here’s the schedule I’ll be trying out this week:

Breakfast: Between 6:30 and 8 a.m.
Lunch: Between 12 and 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: Between 6-8 p.m.

My idea for this week is actually a reward/motivation and I think I’ll continue it for the rest of the 12 weeks. Every time I go to the gym or an exerting non-gym activity, I’ll put $5 into a box. Physical dollars, not IOUs. And I’ll save them until my next vacation with my husband and use that money as “play money” — put it towards lodging so we can stay in a hotel a grade up from the norm, or for a night out on the town, or special event tickets. Think about it — on my current plan, that would be $30/week. So if we’re planning on a vacation at the end of the 12 weeks, that would be over $250 to just enjoy ourselves with… a good reward for me meeting goals and a good reward for Dan putting up with my complaining ;-)

Because I like graphs and piggy banks, I’m going to have a visual representation of this goal in progress on each related post. Onward and upward, ladies!


Belated Week 3 Goals

June 18, 2009

Hello lovelies! I’m back from Miami and miss it already — the sun, the sand, the water, the people… I can’t emphasize enough how nice it was to speak with people in other languages again! That’s one of my pet peeves here in Cleveland. I’ve met people who think it is weird that I’m not monolingual.

But that is besides the point! I promised goals, and goals you shall have.

My week three goals were the following:

1. Continue goals from weeks one and two
2. Maintain my exercise routine while on vacation. I find that when I’m really in a gym routine it all goes south when I leave town. I didn’t want that to happen this time.
3. Eat healthy while on the road.
4. Find ways to reduce my stress levels.

So far so good! I’ve done a good job with the continuation of goals. I maintained my exercise routine while on vacation, albeit there was zero centergy and elliptical. I made up for it with swimming and water sports! Got a healthy tan, too! I no longer glow in the dark, but will again after a month or two. Harrumph.

I indulged a little bit in foods I simply can’t find here in Ohio, but nothing too crazy. Pastelitos de carne, croquetas de bacalao, batidos de trigo… YUM. And in moderation! Really just a taste of each of those. And I ate healthily the rest of the time, too, so overall much better than I’d have done before these 12 weeks.

Stress is bad for heart health and your waistline, so I’ve been looking for ways to decrease my stress levels and have found a few ways. I’m becoming less guilty about occasionally telling my husband that I need me time and disappearing into my sunroom for a couple of hours with a good book or knitting. I normally read 4 or 5 papers a day and I tend to get stressed out from too much news, especially given that I work in the industry anyway. I took a “news fast” while on vacation and it was glorious to ignore everything going on in the world for a few days. And I’ve found that by lightening up a bit on a regular basis, it gets a lot easier to brush things off that would have had me fuming otherwise — stupid people on the road, especially hated chores, and, please forgive me, going to the gym.

That’s all I’ve got for now!


Week 2 Goals

June 8, 2009

Time to make goals for week two!

Goal 1: Maintain Week 1 goal of breakfast every morning without refined sugars. Hit the gym three times this week. I think I need to alter my workout schedule to alternating between weeks of four workouts and weeks of three workouts, just so I don’t completely burn out. Last week has caught up with me; I came back from Centergy class tonight as my first workout of week two and passed out from complete exhaustion. So Dan recommended I take things slowly to get my body used to that much gym time. Two-three visits to the gym per week to four visits a week is a pretty big jump!

Goal 2: Add a serving of fruits/vegetables to my daily intake. I started tonight with an extra big heap of green beans with dinner. I’m not too fond of green beans, but that’s life, I guess. I get apples tomorrow. Wheeeee!!

Goal 3: Allow myself one can of Diet Coke per day. I’m fairly sensitive to caffeine, so I know if I just cut it all out I’ll get endless caffeine headaches, so gradual is the name of the game. I’ve already been working on this for the past two weeks and I think I’m ready for the plunge into the one-a-day rule. I’d admit how much I’ve already cut out, but I’m actually a bit ashamed. Let’s just say that my office keeps a giant fridge full of free soda for all workers and I took full use of this work perk.

Reward: I’m not sure what my reward should be this week; I’m a bit stumped. I’ll be in Miami at the end of the week and should take advantage of that. One of my favorite places to buy jewelry is a tiny kiosk in the airport (I realize how unlikely that sounds, but they actually have really good, affordable necklaces. I got a lovely red coral necklace last time and it is beautiful). However, that kiosk is in a different place every time I fly through MIA and no one ever seems to know where it is.

I’d say that I’d take the luxury of a whole day to myself to sit in my sunroom with a shiny new book, but I know myself. I’d feel guilty doing that and would be cleaning the kitchen by lunch time.

I’d say I would get a couple new skeins of wool — they have lovely new malabrigo in the yarn store — but I have too much yarn in my stash anyway. Hmm. This IS a dilemma.

Does anyone have reward ideas? I feel like I skipped straight to heaven with a pedicure reward for week one (and I get it on Thursday!).


Happy Week 1!

June 1, 2009

Today marks the official beginning of the 12 weeks! I celebrated by getting a low-grade cold. Hurray!

Some background information that will pertain to this week’s goals and rewards:
I got a trial membership to a new gym, since my current gym is kind of boring and only offers classes at times that are inconvenient for me.

Pros and cons of each gym:

Original Gym:
Pros: Across the street from work. I’ve been going there for nearly three years and the staff is really nice. Pool.
Cons: Classes aren’t at good times. Classes are on the boring side. Abs class is run by strangely perky medieval torturer (or so it seems). Hours kind of stink.

Trial Gym:
Pros: Awesome BTS classes. 80 classes per week to choose from. Open Sundays. Friendly staff. Movie theater full of cardio machines(!). TVs on each cardio machine (!).
Cons: No pool. A bit out of the way for home/work. Husband probably won’t like it, so no family package deal.

I’m all about the new gym, but Dan isn’t 100% convinced since he really wants a pool at the gym. We’ll see.

ANYWAY, I have goals!

Goals for June 1 – June 7:
-Go to new trial gym four times. Twice for yoga/pilates combo class called Centergy for toning, twice for cable TV. I mean cardio. Days should be: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday.
-Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast can’t include refined sugars.

This week adds an extra day of working out to my schedule, as well as a new activity. I’ll continue on the elliptical for cardio (aiming for 35 minutes at intensity level 6-8). The new activity is the centergy class. This week also marks the first time I’ve decided to eat breakfast every morning. I’m rarely hungry in the mornings, but this should boost my metabolism. And let’s be honest, I’ll need it with this extra day of working out!

WHEN I accomplish these two goals, I will reward myself with a pedicure before I go to Miami in two weeks. Everyone should have pretty toes in sandal-land, but it isn’t something I indulge in too often because I usually feel guilty treating myself to frivolous things like that.

Tune in tomorrow and hear about tonight’s centergy class! I expect to not be able to move, but in a good way.


Blogging to a Better Me

May 20, 2009

The lovely Joshilyn Jackson, author of several best sellers, has become a spokesmodelblogger for the American Heart Association’s 12 Weeks to a BetterU Program. While the use of “BetterU” drives the editor in me slightly batty, Joshilyn has inspired me to join the program so I can be an Awesomer Me by the end of the three months (hey, if the AHA can make up words, so can I).  

I thought I’d blog along for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I can see into the future, and the future tells me that all sorts of wonderful women will be trekking towards a Better Them and we can all support each other. The main reason, however, is because I am hoping that by exposing my goals to the world, I will be more consistent in trying to reach them.



I’m trying to set reasonable goals; after all, this program is only 12 weeks long. I’ll obviously continue past that point so I can continue a healthier lifestyle, but don’t want to get too crazy here. 


Quantifiable Goals:

Current BMI: 29.1. YIKES. That is overweight. 

BMI Goal: 26.6. Still overweight, but more manageable, especially since BMI calculations do not take muscle mass into account, and I do have me some muscles.


Waist Size: 33 inches.

Waist Size Goal: This week was the first time I’d measured my waist since my middle school chorus dress fitting, so I’m not sure what a reasonable 12-week goal would be in this category. An inch? Maybe someone more experienced in this measurement will come along and suggest something. That would be lovely. 


Non-Quantifiable Goals:

1. I really want to wear those sexy knee-high boots in the fall. I hear you saying that this is just a 12-week program and there is plenty of time to slim my calves enough for that; however, I’d like to point out that I live in Cleveland. It is May 20 and spring just got here. I’m expecting it to be fall around September 1. 

2. It really bugs me that the widest part of my body is actually around my upper thighs instead of my hips. I want that to change, because my hips are certainly wide enough to comfortably carry the title of Cathy’s Widest Parts. 


So, I’ll be posting here at least once a week with my experiences, struggles and progress with AHA’s program. I try to be active now as it is; I go to the gym 2-3 times per week, do occasional bird-watching hikes and archery excursions with my husband, etc. I try to eat healthy and keep track of what I’m putting in my body. But I still have confidence that the 12 Weeks to a BetterU (grrr…) program will do me some good. 


Here’s to June first, when all the fun begins!


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