Friday, March 4, 2016

FIT & OLW Update

It occurs to me that I haven't really updated on my FIT and OLW (SIMPLE) journey since I posted some ridiculously embarassing numbers at the beginning of the year.  Here is what has been happening:

I closed out January with this mini layout. Just because I loved the meme when it popped up on Facebook!
My starting numbers and plan for February. Change is happening excruciatingly slowly, but it is happening!

I upped my daily step goal to 5500 steps.

 And I tried to keep the FIT mantra in mind as I was checking (or not checking as the case may be) boxes ... strive for PROGRESS, not perfection!

By the end of February, I had met my step goals 20 out of 29 days. That is roughly 66% which wasn't enough to convince me to push the goal to the next level just yet. But in the process, I've gone from rarely working out to going regularly to a Fitness Class, Tai Chi, and visiting a gym with my friend Rachel where we get to talk while hitting the treadmill for a half hour. That has been a HUGE change for me!

The prompt for One Little Word for February was "Practice" something for 30 days and chart it. I decided to "practice" making sure to log my food everyday. I managed 25 out of 29 days.  I have found being out and about on the weekends makes it harder to track. It may be time to download an app to my phone and stop making excuses.  Wanting to add that little enamel dot every day really helped keep me honest.  And keeping honest led to this:

My numbers for March 1st.  I am down a total of 6 pounds and 6 1/2" from the beginning of the year.  It is slow, but it is all in the right direction. I'm somewhat amazed at how much WORK it takes to get rid of a single pound and I'm hoping to keep my attitude and my work ethic strong so I can accomplish my goals.  I have had a few days (hmmm, maybe more than a few) where my inner critic has strongly suggested that I throw in the towel and eat the cookies. I've succumbed a few times, but I am finding it is getting a little easier to resist that nasty little voice in my head!

The March prompt for One Little Work is to create a vision board of our word.  I had so much fun playing with a digi version:

I uploaded this one in a slightly larger format, so you should be able to click on it and make it bigger to read all the smaller items.  Although my vision board doesn't seem all that focused on the concept of "SIMPLE", it is clearly focused on the things I am working on right now.  And I plan to make a cut and paste version too, but need to source some magazines first.  I'm also reusing February's prompt and will be practicing decluttering for the month of March.  Seriously hoping to fill that card!!!

Even if you aren't in these classes, are you practicing anything specific in March?


eklay said...

Love how you share your heart on your blog!

quiltingfool said...

Congratulations on your progress! Any weight loss is a good thing, and you are doing better than what Weight Watchers asks for...a pound a week. Slow and steady wins the race, and all that other stuff. But really, you did great so far, and it will get easier as you go along. Pretty soon it will be habit. Good effort, and good job.

Carola Bartz said...

Every little step - or pound lost - involves so much hard work. We are in the same boat here, Cheri. It frustrates me to no end how slow it is and how often there is no change at all. I'm not like you - I don't track my food on the computer, but I used to do that and still remember the numbers. That actually helps me. After a loooong time of complete standstill (at least the numbers weren't going up) the numbers are moving in the direction more of my liking. I hope it stays like this.

Good luck for you - it seems to me that you are doing everthing right. Just tell that inner critic to shut up!!!

Karen said...

The older I get, the harder it is to get the scale to move. I've had some progress, have kept some records, but haven't done nearly as well as you in recording my progress. Although I'm determined to keep on track with eating and exercising while on vacation, four days in the car certainly hasn't helped any! I figure I'll do an update come May when I've actually had enough time at home to figure out how to document it all. Congrats on your progress! Remember: slow and steady wins the race!

Patio Postcards said...

Yeah you! Well done - weight loss is one of the hardest things to do.

Sian said...

Slow is good! That's the way to keep it off. Good for you.

Melissa said...

Way to go on the weight loss!! I don't think I'll be down any this month as we've just returned from a long road trip . . . but I did check a couple more things off my 50 Things list. :)