Monthly Archives: April 2013

April check-in

It’s been three months since I started this blog, and it’s time for an update and accountability, especially since I missed that exercise last month. Here’s my progress toward my original outcomes goals. 

After   one month

After   three months

Size 14

Size 14 (but they’re looser, and I can wear my jeans without a   shaper)

Touch toes on third yoga sun salutation

Touch toes on second yoga sun salutation

Winded after one and a half flights of stairs

Winded after two flights of stairs

Fairly consistent six hours of sleep/night

Still just fairly consistent and still just six hours of sleep/night

Weight moves up and down the same 5 pounds each week – see more information   below

5 pounds seem consistently lost; weight moves up and down the next 3   pound range

BMI 28.2

BMI 27.9

So, I’ve made a little more progress toward flexibility and stamina, and even apparently lost five pounds! Now, the accountability; of all the commitments I made at the beginning, climbing the stairs at work is the one I haven’t wavered from.

What   I Committed To

What   I’ve Done This Month

Record what I eat every day. Every day. Be honest.

I stuck with this for about a week. But I eat basically the same   thing every day, so it was boring. Still, it only takes a few minutes a day,   so I should do better.

Start with yoga at least three times a week.

I’ve changed this to yoga one time a week, with strength training two   times a week. I buy groceries on the fifth day.

I’ll add more as I get this schedule under control.

I’ve been consistent with yoga once a week. I’m looking for the   discipline to add yoga on Saturdays, too.

Walk up the 3 flights of stairs to my office every day.

I’m still walking up the stairs every day I’ve been at work, both when   I get to work and at least four additional times each day.

Add cardio and strength training after a month.

I’ve added a strength workout twice a week, but I’ve only been   intermittently consistent about it. I haven’t quit, though, and I’m working   on improving consistency.

Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. After a month, think about going to bed   30 minutes earlier than that.

This is still a weakness, but I’m still trying.

This has been a month full of disruptions. It’s so much easier to be consistent about working out when my schedule is consistent. And I know that – since this is hard for me, the most consistent thing I do is look for excuses. So it’s easy to allow disruptions in my schedule to keep me from being consistent about working out.

But one of the things I’m trying to improve my consistency on is the discipline to keep coming back to the workout when I allow disruptions to interfere. And that’s a step-by-step process. It’s a step-by-step process I’m getting better at.

And what about meeting the nutritionist’s advice?



Aim for 1300 calories on days when I have a moderate workout

I still eat about the same thing every weekday and about the same   thing every weekend (though different from weekdays). Mostly, it’s 1300   calories or less.

Aim for 1500 calories on days when I have a tough workout

Still not up to the tough workout part, so still not increasing my   intake to 1500 calories

Commit to working out at least 3 times a week at first

I’m managing to work out at least three times a week about 75% of the   time, but not 100% of the time

Commit to working out at least 5 times a week after a few months

I’m aiming to start this in May, after aiming to improve consistency   in April

Aim for at least six hours of sleep a night, but seven hours is   better

I’m still working on this one; I crave the sleep, but it’s still hard   to go to bed before 10:00

On the “what I eat” front: my kids are an inspiration to me. My daughter is helping me on this quest. She’s sending me a lot of information about gluten sensitivities, following up on the first article she sent me from the food allergies blog post in The Idea Room. So I’m researching how to eliminate gluten for a month. I plan to start that in May, too.