Goals, Goals, Goals: May Goals Week 2

I’m sure you all are anxiously awaiting my marathon recap, but it’s turning out to be a much more difficult post to write than I ever expected it to be.  Hopefully by the end of the week.  Anyway, on to the goals starting with a review of last week’s goals. Things were going very well to start last week, but between my marathon, marathon recovery, and the wonderful cold I picked up during the marathon, things pretty much fell apart over the weekend.

  1. Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.) Well,  I tracked like a champ until Saturday.  I only ended up tracking 5/7 days
  2. Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon) This was actually a totally unrealistic/ poorly planned goal on my part.  I should have expected that I’d be eating out for most of my meals on Saturday, and that I probably wasn’t going to be up for much cooking on Sunday or Monday.  Plus Nik and I had planned a lunch out on Monday.  However, I didn’t  eat out at all prior to the marathon which was really the intention of this goal.  So even though, I ultimately ate out 5 meals, I do consider this goal somewhat of a success.
  3. Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily. I didn’t track on Saturday, but even without Saturday, I drank a total of 791 oz of water which averages to 113 oz a day.
  4. Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times I did this on Wednesday and last night. 2/2
  5. Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night. I was actually fully packed (minus a few things I needed on Friday morning) and ready to go before I went to bed Thursday night.  This is a major victory for me since I’m usually scrambling to pack at the last-minute. 1/1

So despite not reaching my tracking and eating out goals I had an overall success rate of 83% this week.  Not too shabby considering. So this week’s goals.  My main goal for the week is to get my eating back on track.  Now that marathon training is over I need to get back to sticking to my daily points plus target.  I also want to make sure I’m getting some light activity in to help my poor little legs recover.  With that in mind here are my goals:

  1. Food Journal 5 out of 7 days.  The goal here being to make sure I’m actually hungry when I’m eating.
  2. Stay out of the pantry after dinner.  If I’m hungry after dinner I have to stick to the fridge; ya know, where the fresh fruits and veggies live.  If I’m not hungry enough to eat fruits or veggies, I probably don’t really need to eat.
  3. Light exercise 3 days.  I’m hoping to get an easy bike ride in tomorrow night with Nik, and him, and I are planning our first hike for this weekend (provided my legs are feeling up to it.)  That leaves me one other day to fit in a light workout of some sort.
  4. Repeating the water goal: 100 – 150 oz daily particularly on the weekends which is when I struggle most with hydration.

Weight Watchers Wednesday: Track Attack

(Dear Readers: Please forgive my horrible post title.  It’s lacking in everything except cheese; I know. xoxo, Stina)

Last week I talked about how I’ve more or less given up on losing during marathon training.  Weight gain during training is not uncommon and weight loss can be a sign of inadequate fueling which can lead to more stress on the body, injury, yadda, yadda, yadda.   Nothing has changed on that front.  I’m still looking to just maintain during the remainder of training (which by the way, is a mere 31 more days! eek!)

However, this past week something has been becoming glaringly obvious to me.  I’ve been abusing marathon training as a reason (excuse?) to slack off with tracking.  I haven’t tracked a complete week out of the last four.  While I haven’t been posting my weigh-ins, I have still been weighing-in, and the pounds have been creeping on.  I’m only up about 4 pounds total so it’s not like I’m riding the crazy train here.  But I’d be lying to myself, and all of you, if I didn’t recognize that these gains are at least partially because of my shoddy tracking skills as of late.

So I have a single goal for the week: track.  If I track 7 out of 7 days (yesterday through Monday), I’m going to reward myself with a new necklace (or accessory of some sort) from Charming Charlie’s.  I had intended to go there a couple of weeks ago but never made it.  If I track, I go, and I buy.  I’ve also enlisted my bestie Laura to hold me accountable not only for tracking but also for rewarding myself since I have a tendency to blow off the actual reward part of the equation.