First things first... I can't even begin to tell you how much Erica's point of breaking down your big goals into smaller, more attainable goals helped me. For the last few weeks I've strictly been focusing on January. If my mind ever started to wander ahead to the big picture, I had to reel it back in and just think January. I can't stress the importance of that enough... it was super helpful and I'll continue doing the same thing in February. I'm not worrying about how I'll keep this up long term or how I'll continue to juggle it all... instead I'm thinking about those 28 days of February. I can do anything for 28 days, even if I don't like it, which is the same thing I told myself all month long in January. My focus in January was on 4 things, and today I'll be talking about 3 of them (I'll do a separate post for No-Spend January as well as a more elaborate post on CrossFit).
H2O - towards the end of 2013 I had managed to kick my diet coke habit so this goal wasn't a far stretch for me. I did have to be mindful of it though to make sure I was getting in enough water each day. My goal was 100 oz. each day but as long as I hit 64 oz. I would be fine with that. Most days I found myself in the middle, or so I thought until I went back into my food journal and added it all up. Total for these first 28 days of January I drank 195 glasses (1,560 oz.) of water. That averages out to 55 oz. per day, which is obviously far less than my goal, but there were days where I didn't track my water so that brought down the average significantly. Overall my water consumption this month was a success, I just need to be more mindful in February of tracking it all and being a little more aware of how much I'm drinking throughout the day to try and push that 100 oz. mark as much as possible. Thinking back to just a few months ago, there were many days where I wasn't drinking any water at all so even though I fell short of my original goal, this month was a huge win in the water department. Next month I'll just aim to make it a little better.
Healthy eating - win, win, win. I've absolutely succeeded at eating healthy this month and dare I say that it's actually been pretty easy for me. I think the eating part of all this has finally clicked for me and the biggest reason for that is because I'm focusing on overall health instead of weight loss. I eat mostly clean and I track everything using MyFitnessPal. Tracking is absolutely another big key for me and this month I tracked 26 out of the 28 days. The two days that I didn't? Those were cheat days. And to be honest, I should have tracked those days, no matter how bad they were, because the second that I stop tracking, even if only for a day, it's very easy for me to fall off track completely. Luckily this month I was able to reign it back in immediately after those cheat days. And speaking of those cheat days, let's talk about them for a second. They included old bad habits... Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, and pizza... yikes. I know I just said that I've been concentrating on my health and then I go and tell you that I ate McDonald's... but it's the truth and I'm not perfect. 3 bad meals out of the 84 meals I've eaten so far this month? I can't beat myself up over that. And to be honest, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I only had three cheat meals all month long.
CrossFit - Much more to come on this topic next week but yes, I joined CrossFit and yes, I'm still going. I was scared as hell, felt way too out of shape to do the things they do, but it's been a great choice for me. It's not all roses though as there are many days where I think "I don't belong there, I should just not go anymore" but when I'm there, I always leave with the biggest smile on my face. I'm stronger than those thoughts so I just keep going. I know CF is going to be a big factor in this weight loss game for me so no matter how much my mind tries to convince me otherwise, I am going to just.keep.going.
Ok, so down to the nitty gritty... the numbers...
With the fairly successful month I had full of mostly good choices, I lost 17.8 lbs. and 7.5 inches.
I'm very happy that the number on the scale and the inches have moved as much as they have this month... very happy. I'm just a little discouraged that it hasn't amounted to more noticeable change. That all takes time and I know that, I just need to keep trusting the process and the rest will come. It's just a never-ending frustrating process until you get to where you want to be! But these last four weeks? Definitely a success and I'm looking forward to even more success in the next 4 weeks!
Any questions on what I've been doing this month? Want to know more about my CrossFit journey or about what exactly I'm eating? Shoot me an e-mail and I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have!
Now that we're a full month into the new year, how are your resolutions / goals going? I'd love to hear!