Friday, January 29, 2010

Week #4 for My Goals for the First 10 Weeks of 2010

Week #4 for My Goals for the First 10 Weeks of 2010

I'm following Steve's Perfect 10 Challenge, which is a 10 week challenge to make progress on 10 goals. The guidelines include updating every Friday on how you're doing. Here are my goals and my status.
  1. Plan out my weekly menu in advance and preferably use it to grocery shop (weekly menu comes from new Eating Well Diet cookbook or site, SparkPeople, Weight Watchers, or other healthy meals); meals should equal ~1500 calories a day
    • How I did: Just like last week--planned better than I was able to follow through. Planning meals for Hubby to cook before I get home hasn't worked well since we've both been busy. . .so this week, I'm going to try even harder to plan for really quick, almost no-tmie meals that still feel satisfying.
  2. Use one weekend day (or an weekday evening night) to cook ahead--soups for lunches, veggies for the week, and perhaps 1 dinner entree.
    • How I did: Made the tofu dish I talked about earlier as well as Meditterranean barley salad. Good stuff. Also BBQ's some chicken thighs. And my step daughter cooked ahead some sesame green beans for me.

       Plan 2 nights a week where dinner is easy--like hummus & veggies, a vegggie burger or other quick sandwich
    • How I did: Had precooked chicken thighs & green beans one night. Had pasta with pesto & some veggies another night. Not bad.
      Pack my lunches most days and eat the lunch I packed.
    • How I did: Success! Did partake in one free lunch but limited myself to the Thai veggies and a few pieces of California roll.
      Get up 4-6 days a week with Hubby to swim at the gym, and keep increasing the intensity each week. [Modified week 2 to be get up to do cardio--but not necessarily swim]
    • How I did: On Sat. I got up and went to the gym before it even opened! But I went back in the PM and did the elliptical and swam. On Monday, met with Trainer Ray and did elliptical, Tuesday: elliptical and swam :) ; Weds. Elliptical; Thurs. Trainer Ray; Friday, Trainer Ray
      Learn the breast stroke.
    • How I did: Practiced on this this week--on Sat. & Tues. But I plan to go to the pool on Sat.
      Work out with Hubby & trainer two times a week
    • How I did: FANTASTIC! See above. We started pir 3rd session this week .
  3. Ride the recumbant bike at least 2x a week and increase time at least every two weeks
    • How I did: I actually can't recall if I did this on Sat. or Mon., but I don't think I did. But I feel OK about it because when I mde the goal, I didn't realize I'd be able to do elliptical.
      Start going to church with Hubby and actively look for friends
    • How I did: Didn't go to church on Sunday because we had company. Batting 0 on this one. But I did chat with a woman at the gym who is now going to be training with us with Ray 2x a week. So maybe I'll get a friend.
  4. Make a point to be aware of and challenge negative thinking
    • How I did: Had one morning where I was irked with Hubby and added a peanut butter & jelly sandwich to my cereal, but I cut back on the cereal as I noted to myself that it was a stress response. Still working through some challenges with thinking about the scale--more on that this weekend.
Another Thrilling Secret About Me
As a kid and through most of my adulthood, I've never been physical. I remember in 2nd grade that the gym teacher gave me a volleyball to use instead of a basketball because it was lighter--and feeling ashamed by it (Looking backI think the was trying to help me .) I begged my mom to write me gym excuses in 6th grade because I'd never played T-ball and was ashamed. By 7th grade, I'd changed school systems and was stunned and overwhelmed when we had a more reasonable sized class (6 girls on the side of the volleyball net, instead of 60). I hated, hated, hated gym. It was the first class I got a "C" in. I cried regularly. I even cried playing croquet with my family or bowling. I quit band when marching band started because of the physical activity. (and Band had been my favorite thing) I had no physical self confidence. I even chose my major in college to avoid having to take PE credits. Besides walking, I don't think I did anything physical until I got married. My husband helped me get over the crying while bowling. I finally realized no one was looking at me. I learned to laugh at myself. I started doing weight training about 9 years ago because my knee hurt so bad. A trainer saw me come in faithfully and approached me, I have no idea what made me say yes--it was like a a whole new world for me. I've been to several trainers off and on since then, but this is the first time in a long time that I felt this enthused and comfortable and ready to explore this new world.


  1. Wow. That is really an interesting fact. I am so glad you have overcome that!

  2. Wow, for your darling hubby to help you get over crying with bowling. He sounds darling, Sandy. You have done SO well this week with gym, swimming and meal planning. Yum, I love sesame beans, hummus and pesto pasta. Give us a call when you next have it, OK? (lol!) I also had a stress-related peanut-butter-and-honey moment this week, for the same reason you did! Thanks for such a positive and inspiring post.

  3. I absolutely hate what PE did to most of us when we were growing up. I was never athletic and so I hated it almost as much as you. What I wish we had been taught and what I hope is being taught now is more fitness as a lifestyle. It's not about dodgeball or god-forbid gymastics or making a basket, although those things can be fun - it should be about learning how important finding an activity that you can/will do over a lifetime is an important factor in staying physically and mentally healthy. I've got an upcoming post about this very subject. Touches a nerve with me, it does!

    Good job! You are rocking this challenge and learning new stuff along the way....

  4. I wish you'd stayed in band so we could have been band geeks together :) I hated gym class, too, oh so very much! It would have been useful if that class time had been used to teach healthful exercise, or yoga for stress relief, or any number of other life skills besides choosing up sides for yet another game of jocks against the non-jocks. I think you hit a nerve with me, too!

  5. That is an interesting fact, and even more interesting since you ave overcome it!

    Overall a great week!

  6. Sounds like you did really great on your goals, yea you!


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