Friday, April 12, 2013

Healthy Living 2013 Check in!

 *ETA* Well in the year since turning off word verification, I haven't had to deal with spam except the occasional piece that showed up in my comment moderation section.
But I have noticed the last few days that it is slipping into my comments here again. I have had three spam comments already just this morning. So I am going to temporarily turn on word verification for a little while. Sorry. I am not a big fan of it, but find spam more annoying. Thanks!

So far I have focused on cutting out fast food, exercising and getting more sleep, and drinking more water and giving up soda. Those were my goals for January, February and March.

Fast Food - since January 1st, I have eaten fast food twice. Once a salad at McDonald's when we went out with friends and a roast beef sandwich from Arby's when I was running errands all day two days before our trip to Mexico. In hindsight, I probably should have just packed a lunch that day knowing it was going to be hard to get home for lunch. Keeping that in mind for the future ;)

Exercise and sleep - trying to exercise at least 4-5 days per week with a mix of yoga, pilates, jogging, walking and a new series called TurboFire which is challenging and pushing me off a plateau. Plus, on our trip I think I burned 50 zillion calories with all of the swimming, snorkeling and walking we did :)
Sleep is ok. I am getting to bed before midnight 99% of the time. Whereas before on nights Mike was gone, it was often 12:30 or 1am. Just not good. Especially on school nights! It is helping, but my body is telling me that I still need to try and make it by 11pm. Not 11:30 or 11:45.
But I know it's not going to be perfect. I am just trying to make progress.

Soda - I have not had one single Dr. Pepper since March 1st! Success! A little hard at first, and still crave it every once in a while. But I had the opportunity to get one yesterday and I turned it down and chose water instead! Now to watch the juice.

So I am feeling successful. And the eight pounds I have dropped and kept off since starting this journey is proof that I am somehow on the right track.

I have decided that for the month of April I am not setting a new goal. I am just going to focus on trying to make more progress with my current goals. Avoid fast food, exercise 4-5 days per week, try and make it to be so I can get 7-8 hours of sleep, and no soda. More water!

Then in May I have a huge goal in mind. It's going to be a tough one. But if I can give up Dr. Pepper, I think I can handle it :)

Thanks for following along with me. Blogging about my goals is really helping keep me accountable!
I promise to be back with more scrap related posts next week!
Have a great weekend!


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  3. You are doing a great challenges me as I could do with exercising some more and the thought of pilates sounds lovely....never sure whether to get a video or try and find a class that fits in with my busy schedule! Well done on the Dr Pepper and all the weight loss - it's great :)

  4. Congrats on the loss and maintaining! I was doing so good not drinking soda for months and then I slipped. Trying to be good again. Good luck this month. :)

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  6. Congrats on your successful journey!! So proud of you!!!

  7. You are doing an amazing job keeping up with your goals, Mary Jo. Good for you! If you don't want to have word verification on, you can change your setting to not allow anonymous comments instead. I did that and haven't gotten one since doing it.

    1. You know, I thought I did that and I was wondering why I was still getting spam. I need to go check that now because I just don't like the word verification! thanks, Lisa.

  8. Hmmm...the only options it is giving me are
    "Anyone - includes Anonymous Users
    Registered User - includes OpenID
    User with Google Accounts
    Only members of this blog"

    I can't find a way to not allow anon comments :(
    I know there used to be that option somewhere though.
    I went through my spam folder and there was a TON in there, so wondering why it's not catching these.
    Also found a ton of legitimate comments in my spam folder though.

  9. Congrats on sticking with your goals :)

  10. Great work! I know it is hard to do! Keep it up!

  11. Big congrats! You have the right mindset. Here is hoping for more success!

  12. Well done Mary Jo, you have done an amazing job!

  13. You are doing so well with your goals! I want to try and give up soda, but it's so hard, I'm so addicted to it! x

  14. You are doing such a great job! Congratulations!!!

  15. Congrats on sticking to your goals!!!!!!
    I was sticking to one can of Coca-Cola during the weekend...well I ended up drinking a whole 2 lt the last weekend and am paying for it now.