Missed May, because busy (re:lazy), so I’m combining the 2 months into one.
Lose 50 pounds
I still haven’t lost anything since my last check in. I’m about halfway through the year, and have been hovering at just over 20lbs lost for most of that. I’m a little discouraged, but I know this is my own fault. I’ve been having a really hard time following my meal plan. When I was on 3 weeks of steroids, I was blaming my insatiable appetite on that, but I don’t have that excuse to fall back on anymore. I need to stop making excuses, and start doing it! I have ideas on how to make that happen, but it isn’t fucking easy.
As above, I’ve been having a hard time following my meal plan. This is what I’m trying to do daily:
Breakfast: Soylent, 24 oz water finished before snack
Snack: Apple/Banana/Orange, 24 oz water, finished before Lunch
Lunch: Salad with dark greens, multi colored veggies, seeds & nuts, sometimes beans. 24 oz sparkly water finished before snack
Snack: Home made popcorn or granola bar or peanut butter bread (whole grain of course), 24 oz water/sparkly water finished before dinner
Dinner: 4oz meat (usually boneless/skinless chicken), cooked veggies, raw veggies, and whole grain something (rice, bread, or pasta), water or sparkly water to help wash it down
Dessert: fresh cut fruit or berries
Of course this is a rough idea of my day, it isn’t always exactly the same, depending on the week. Also, if I don’t have prepped food, I tend to eat shitty. My problem always comes at the end of the day, after eating dinner I don’t feel full, so I eat dessert right away. I’m still not full, so I eat more and more food until my stomach is bulging. This is the habit that I need to break next, I need to stop eating after dinner, and find a different way to feel satiated at the end of the day. More water? I dunno, there has to be a way.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
I’m still going strong here, 176 days today. I had ~4oz of beer at the Hasher beer check during the R&R half marathon. It was delicious! I gave away all my other free beers that weekend, so it was fine. I decided that this will not start my alcohol free days count over. I have been tossing around the idea of ending this goal and stop doing marijuana instead, thinking that it would help curb some of the end of day munchies. I decided that I’m not doing this goal as one or the other kind of intoxicant. I will stick with no alcohol through the end of the year, and if I decide to stop with weed, it will be a separate endeavor.
Still doing well here. Since my last update I have done the following races:
5/28/17 Emerald City Bike Ride (25 miles)
6/10/17 Flying Wheel Bike Ride (46 Miles)
6/17/17 R&R 5K
6/18/17 R&R 1/2 Marathon
After the 1/2 marathon, I decided to give myself a week off before really starting to train again. My body was hurting something fierce, and needed some down time. Now I’m getting back to it. I have another 1/2 marathon on 9/17/17, and I will be doing a bike race the following weekend. I’m not going to follow a specific training plan, but here’s what my idea is for each week:
x3 Runs (Two 3-4 miles on week nights, one long increasing distance run on weekends)
x2 Bike Rides (Biking home from work 14 miles)
x5 Strength Training a week
Running and Biking will not have overlap days, but strength training will be overlapping with the running and biking. No rest days, I at least have to do Ab workouts.
Get more serious about my career
Still trying to find the answers to my question: What do I want my career to be? This is really what I need to figure out. There are career counselors, right? Maybe I should talk with a professional about the options out there. I want to travel, and I would like to do that for work. How?
Work on my focus issues
I think this is going great. I’m focused on these goals, and I’ve been increasing my focus at work.
Get additional training/certification *for current position
I think I need to realign this goal. So I am officially making this about my current position. I will work on getting better training for Project Management. There are courses available to me through Lynda, and I can try to get other certifications. Now I can stop putting it off until I have an answer to the question I have above.
Get my finances together
I’m doing awesome here, probably my best of all the goals. In the 6 months since I started working on this, I’ve been able to increase my credit score over 100 points! I finally have been able to dig myself out of the hole I was in from my twenties. It’s like I’m a real grownup!
Curb unnecessary spending
And done. I’ve got my budget where I want it, so at this point this goal is just to make sure I haven’t gone off track.
My savings are definitely on track, and this is also now a place holder to make sure I don’t go off track again.
So again, while weight and healthy food are still a struggle, I am feeling great about my goals overall. I’m glad to be halfway through the year with the progress I’ve made, and I’m looking forward to see what the rest of the year will hold for me.