It’s mid-year. Time to check in with my goals to see how I’m doing.
Back in January, I woke up with a start when I found that even my fat pants didn’t fit anymore. I resolved to:
- Walk 5 days per week for at least a half hour
- Do 3 days of strength training (specifically with a kettle bell dvd)
- Do 2 extra afternoons of walking
- Walk a 10k in March
- Be able to do 15 push-ups by my birthday in July
- Lose 25 lbs by my birthday in July
So, how am I doing? Well, not as well as hoped.
I’m doing great with the walking. I am now up to between 30 and 50 minutes every morning, 6 days a week. I wasn’t able to walk a 10k in March due to plantar fasciitis, but I was able to walk one in May. I am not, however, exercising at the end of the day. I’d like to be motivated to do so, but usually the siren call of the couch gets me.
Strength training has not been a linear progression. I’ve started, stopped, started again. I can’t get myself motivated to watch the dvd at all…. so I have started doing a set of upper-body and ab exercises with free weights during commercial breaks 2-3 evenings a week. I can do 6 real push-ups right now.
Will I be able to double that in a month? Not likely, but I’ll continue working on it.
I had hoped to lose 25 lbs by mid-July. I had a good initial start to the diet/weight loss adventure, then had a major setback and gained back most of what I lost in February, but since March I’ve been on a pretty steady path of 1 – 1.5 lbs per week. Still, I’ve only lost 15 lbs at this point, I think losing another 10 in 5 weeks is a bit unrealistic. Revising that goal to 20 lbs lost by birthday. And it’s probably realistic to scale down the goal of losing 50 lbs by Christmas to 45.
- Lose 20 lbs by July 21
- Lose 45 lbs by Christmas
- Increase morning walking time to 45 minutes most mornings
- Walk another 10k in August (improving on my time of 2 hours) and start training for a half-marathon in early 2014.
- Increase strength training and be able to do 10 real pushups by July 21 and 25 real pushups by Christmas
What do you think? Do you check back on your New Year’s goals and see how far you’ve come mid-year?
I’m aiming for a gradual and permanent change… and I hope, step by step, that I’m getting there. I’m not as far along as I’d hoped, but I’m a lot further than if I’d kept on dreaming and not actually working.
Here’s to another half year of progress, not perfection…