February Goals

What a great month. It’s started off well, and I’m planning on pushing through the rest of it. My goal?

EXERCISE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EVERY DAY OF FEBRUARY!

That’s it. No big mileage goals (though it’s still an annual goal). No month-long eating restriction (though we really only made it through 3 weeks of Veggie Month). No crazy challenges. Just exercise. And 30 days of it.

It doesn’t mean that I have to jump on the treadmill or elliptical or bike every day for 30 minutes. It just needs to get my heart rate elevated (so a brisk walk would be fine). And be intentional (though if a bear chases me for 1/2 an hour, that would be impressive!).

This is going to be a great month!

What are your goals for February?

Weekly Totals:
95 minutes of Cardio
1 day of 6 Week Training
Daily Prayer
Daily Devotional
Daily Bible Reading
Calorie Deficit:
Monday: <1,582>
Tuesday: <1,910>
Wednesday: <1,885>
Thursday: <2,337>

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Triggers (& Last Week)

Anna and I were talking last week, and she told me that I’m too positive on my blog–that I rarely tell about my struggles. I feel that I talk about my struggles a fair amount, but I know I’m not clear about them. I talk about generalizations; about how I “trip up.” But it’s always with a hopeful view. An uplifting ending.

And I can’t stop that now!

(Sorry, honey.)

As a recap of last week, I hit some of my goals…mostly.

Last Week‘s Goals:
150 minutes of Cardio DONE
2 days of weight training 1 DAY
3 days of 6 Week Training 2 DAYS
15 miles run/walk 8 MILES
Date night with Anna DONE
Daily Prayer DONE
Daily Devotional DONE
Daily Bible Reading MISSED
Calorie Deficit:  1,500/day (additional goal this week)

I guess I didn’t do too bad. But I sure could have done better. Much better. Especially with my 1/2 marathon coming up in about 5-6 weeks!

So this week, I’m keeping my goals at the same level. I know it’ll be tough. And I know it may be folly to try to hit that which I missed last week. But why not try? Why not stretch?

Tonight, I also wanted to talk about triggers. Those foods that I’ve tried and tried and tried, and I know I can’t control. I used to feel like this is weakness. That not being able to control myself shows that I am a failure.

But having the weakness isn’t failure. And struggling isn’t the problem. Ignoring my temptations is the issue, and pretending like I can have “just a little” of my trigger foods is very dangerous. You know, that’s the thing about trigger foods: they can easily lead to an avalanche of indulgence.

I know I have trigger foods. There probably could be a lot, but my two largest ones?

  • Chocolate
  • Pizza

Yeah, these are my worst. Of course, I can have a slice of pizza. Or a piece of chocolate. But I also know that it’s so easy for me to grab another piece of either…and another piece…and another…and sometimes sneak a piece or two. And then that one little bite or snack that I was going to have turns into another whole meal!

Today, as a case study, started out with a fast. It was my fast day. And I was going strong until 3 pm. And then I had a B-day celebration for a co-worker (with chocolate cake and cookies and pie) and a pizza dinner (with too much pizza). And I ended up blowing my Calorie allotment. For the day. In two meals. TWO MEALS. I’m pissed.

So what am I going to do? Stay away from my triggers. Avoid all chocolate. And only eat pizza with Anna (in front of her, not just when she’s “around”). I think that should help. But we’ll have to reevaluate if I have more struggles.

So those are my struggles. What are yours?

Up To Monday:
Daily Prayer
Daily Devotional
Daily Bible Reading
Calorie Deficit:  1,582

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Fits & Starts

Yup, that’s how it’s been around here.  With the snow and then the rain and then the ice, it’s been an obstacle.  It’s been difficult for me to convince myself that it’s time to go; it’s time to run; it’s time to STOP eating.

And let’s face it, I’m my own worst enemy.  And you’re your own worse enemy.

But I (we) can get through this. And persevere. And grow. And succeed!

I chose to go into the gym and workout today. And it was…fun? Yup! It was fun. I actually enjoyed my time. My time.

And tomorrow, I’ll go again. And Wednesday. And Thursday.  And Friday.

My goal? Hit the gym for 5 days straight!

Goals
150 minutes of Cardio
2 days of weight training
3 days of 6 Week Training
15 miles run/walk
Date night with Anna
Daily Prayer
Daily Devotional
Daily Bible Reading

Up to Today
40 minutes of Cardio
1 day of 6 Week Training
Date night with Anna
Daily Prayer
Daily Devotional
Daily Bible Reading

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Snowy and Cold

So, the last couple of days have been pretty cold. And Anna and I have been keeping warm in the house. But instead of just lounging around in front of the TV, we’ve been enjoying each other’s company; curled up on our couch, or in chairs with warm water or tea or coffee; and reading. Books!

It’s funny how different one feels after spending a couple of hours  reading compared to watching TV.

Now, don’t get me wrong. We’re still watching too much TV. But we’re also reading and learning. 

And that’s a great thing.

On the exercise front, I didn’t make myself go into the gym today (and may not tomorrow). But that’s because its time for my company’s National Sales Meeting, and I really only have two says to do what usually takes five! So it’s work, work, work. And I’m definitely okay with that!

It does make things interesting, though. 

But life comes with obstacles, and routine can never last too long. So if I can’t navigate through this week without breaking or hindering my goals, I really have a lot more work to do in terms of learning to live a healthy life!

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Rock the Needle

So, I asked this question a couple of days ago and didn’t get much response, but I still thought I should put it up here:

My work is raising money for charity. I’m thinking of doing 1 mile/10 min cardio for each $10 sent to me to donate. Would you be interested?

That’s what I’m looking for.  Money.  But for charity.

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Here’s my contribution to this cause:  For every pledge of $10, I will either run 1 mile or complete 10 minutes of cardio (your call) before the end of the month.  That’s it.  You pledge to send me/BDA Cares Foundation any multiple of $10, and I’ll do it.

Please send this on to as many people as you can–I’d love to donate as much sweat and money to this cause as possible!

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Here’s a little back story:

My company has formed the BDA Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to manage and funnel all of their charitable giving.  And the headliner charity that we’ll be supporting is Susan’s Rock, a charity named for a member of our team and family who was a victim of domestic violence.

The message of the charity is, “To be strong, to be there for someone, and save lives.”

Susan’s Rock – Stand Strong Against Domestic Violence focuses on the prevention of violence against women and children by supporting causes dedicated to three key pillars:

  • Stronger Education of Young Men – Domestic violence awareness and prevention programs aimed at coaching young boys what it means to be a real man and not commit these crimes.
  • Stronger Empowerment and Networks for Women – Improve the resources and services that provide domestic violence survivors options for safety, healing and hope for themselves and their families.
  • Stronger Legislation & Enforcement of our Protective Laws – Strengthening and improving the criminal justice system/laws (state and federal) that deal with domestic violence criminals.

Please note, for this fundraiser, I’ll need all pledges (with email address in the comment submission section) by 10:30 PM PST on Wednesday, Jan. 18. I will sum up the total and submit one large check.  However, donations are 100 percent tax-deductible, so if you need tax receipts, please let me know and I’ll send you the mailing address (Checks and money orders should be made payable to: BDA Cares Foundation) for the donation–those checks would need to arrive by Tuesday, Jan. 17. I will ensure you receive tax receipts.

And another cool thing about this fundraiser?  We get to climb the normally inaccessible staircase of the Space Needle!

Yes, that Space Needle!

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Rekindling Running

Whew.

Back to the beginning.  I haven’t been running consistently, so when I decided it was time to sign up for my 1/2 marathon, I knew that I needed to get cracking on the running again.

Especially if I want to beat my PR of 2:04.

So I got out there.  And took off.  And got winded after about 5 minutes.  Then it was a constant challenge to keep up with myself.  From aching joints, to tight muscles, I just didn’t really have it in me.  But I kept on going.  And walking and jogging and running.

I clawed and scraped to finish strong.

But, in the end, I ran 4.69 miles in 54:18.  A (relatively) slow 11:34 pace.  I did have a top speed of 8.6 mph, though, so there is some optimism.

I’ll be taking another run tomorrow.  And I’ll beat that.

Here’s the chart from today:

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