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.

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Quotable

It’s sometimes amazing to me that the things that seem new have actually been known forever.  Even Plato knew about the benefits of exercise, but we’re still (…some of us – well, let’s be honest – ME) fighting it.

I know that when I exercise, everything is better.  I sleep better.  I’m less moody.  I have more energy and focus during the day.  I don’t get headaches, or cramps, or other ailments to the same degree.  Yet some days it’s still hard to get off the couch.