July Progress

 

Photo by Gregory Bull

Ouch!  Was I the only one that found this hard to watch?  I knew that there was an upset in gymnastics from web chatter, but I really tried to tune it out so I could watch it unfold on the broadcast.  I’ve never really understood the rule that only allows two gymnasts from each country to move on to the all-around.  To finish fourth out of 60 competitors and still not move on to the finals?

BRUTAL.

Fortunately my feedback loop isn’t so public, and I’ve still got eleven months to try to make a positive finish.  In case you missed it, on July 1 I set out to lose 41 pounds.  I picked this number for a couple of reasons:

  1. It gets me into a “healthy” BMI range, and
  2. I’m forty-one (kinda random, I know).

I also set some daily resolutions to help me make progress.  I’m a firm believer that what gets monitored gets done.  Those seven goals were:

  1. 30 minutes of exercise
  2. 7 hours of sleep
  3. Strength training 3x/week
  4. 80 oz. of water
  5. Keep a food journal
  6. 1400 calories or less
  7. 3 servings of freggies
  8. Less than 40 grams of sugar
  9. 70 grams of protein

Ideally, this is where I’d tell you my stats, but in all honesty, I didn’t keep my resolution chart for the full month.  I can’t really give you specifics.  I can tell you that I fell flat on the strength training and the freggies.  Everything else is a guess.

I did lose some weight though.  July 1 I weighed in at 183 lbs.  On July 29, my last weekly weigh-in for the month, I weighed in at 181.4.  An official loss of 1.6 lbs. for the month.

If I’m going to meet my goal for the year, I’m going to have to improve.  I need to lose just over 3 lbs. each month.  Since I didn’t do well tracking the Health and Well-Being Resolutions for July, I’m going to carry them over into August.  I’ll have two sets of resolutions to track next month.

More on August’s goal area tomorrow.

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A Moment of Transparency

When I started my happiness project at the beginning of this month, I had planned to update progress each week.

It’s the last week of the month, and I’m just now getting to the first post!  I don’t know if that makes me a bad blogger, or a busy human being (or maybe both)!

As a reminder, my goal for the month of July is to work on health and well-being.  Specifically, I selected nine daily goals such as sleeping seven hours a day and drinking 80 oz. of water, and made a table where I could track the goals each day.

The transparent part?  Well, to do that, I would have had to be good about actually using the chart, and I haven’t.  In fact, right now, I couldn’t tell you where it is.

The good news is that even without the chart, I can share some progress with you.  My starting weight on July 1, 2012 was 183 lbs.  My goal for the next twelve months is to lose 41 lbs. or roughly 3.4 pounds a month.  So far, I’m on target.  My weekly weigh-ins so far:

  • July 1: 183
  • July 8: 181
  • July 15: 175.6
  • July 22: 177

Not bad for inconsistent effort.  I think I’ll continue the July goals into August and add the new ones when I switch focus areas.