OK… 2010 Was a Big Bust. Here’s The Reason Why.

My ambitious project of habit-forming fell flat on its face within in the first few months this year. Looking back now at my posts, I realize I didn’t share anything at all about what was really happening in my life at that time. Nor did I share the ultimate reason I ended up going bust, mainly because none of it was really clear until now – in my 2010 hindsight.

My attention and focus became immensely distracted this year. Yes. But what really happened was that my Dad fell ill. As a result, my focus shifted. And when my Dad fell ill, after his surgery, my time, more and more, became re-focused on caring for my Dad and my Mom – and less on me and my personal projects. Everything fell by the wayside. As the year progressed, so did Dad’s illness, through both general decline and subsequent, surmounting complications to his condition. My Dad died the day before Thanksgiving.

In the wake of his death, over the last few weeks, I find myself tying up loose ends. I’m finding and reviewing everything I dropped when Dad fell ill. And as what naturally happens this time of year, I’m reviewing everything tying up loose ends everywhere. In wrapping up of this year’s loose ends, I see now that this particular habit-forming project really had very little chance of surviving amidst the shifting background that was my life this past year. So I’m going to go ahead and forgive myself for my failure to complete this particular habit-forming project.

Now facing next year’s blank slate, I’m wondering “Should I take another whack at it?”

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OK. Februrary Did Not Go So Well.

OK. February did not go so well. Between issues with my toe, my back and my schedule I cannot claim any real progress made toward my stated goal. However, my eating has, for the most part, stayed consistent- save for some cheat days here and there. So I’m happy about that and about remaining steadfast. Looking forward to making March work out better. The toe is feeling better. My back is feeling somewhat better, but not 100%. My chiropractor has given me some exercises to do specifically to strengthen my back. So I’m going to at least start from there. Giving some thought today about what I’m going to do for my March habit. Whether I re-intend my February one, or start fresh with something new. More later.

Still Here!

Still here and at it. Been a crazy few weeks and haven’t been able to post very much. I’ve managed to exercise a few times this week. and feeling firmer. No noticeable change in states. Holding fast. More later…

Okay, I’m Back!

It’s been a week or so since I’ve checked in. My toe is feeling a bit better and I’m gonna give the exercising habit a good shot now, starting today. So I’m back.

I can see over the last few weeks how things can unravel, once one thing goes awry. Even my eating plan has unravelled a bit. I’ve eaten a few more starches than I should. And I binged on peanut butter and crackers late last night before I went to bed. I told myself “I shouldn’t do this. It’s not part of the plan”. And myself told back, “I’m gonna do it anyway.” Seems there’s two people in here! I remember Eckhart Tolle talking about this concept of a ‘me’ and a ‘myself’  in his books The Power of Now and A New Earth. I think I’ll give him a listen today.

UPDATE at 5:00 p.m.: I did this Turbulence Training workout. I just did it once through, to get myself warmed up to working out again and used to moving again. These are interval training workouts which are more oriented to fat loss. Looking forward to amping it up through the week, maybe with a goal to make it through the interval at least 3 times completely in a workout by the end of the week. I like this workout concept because I do not have a lot of time to play with now. That seems where my P90X workout fell apart,because you need about an hour and a half to do it each day, and I just don’t have that kind of time to spare now.

Not Going So Well

Well Habit 2 (Exercise) has had a slow start. Yes, I DID stretching for the first 2 days. But didn’t do ANY last night. Then, in the middle of the night, I stubbed my toe on the bed post while returning from a bathroom run. OUCH! My toe still hurts this morning. Hope I didn’t fracture anything. May have to make some adjustments to my plan. Still developing… In the meantime here’s a picture of my nemesis.

Habit 1 (Eating) progress check in: 170.1 lbs today, with 39.7 lbs. of body fat or 23.4%. So I’m still hanging in there.

UPDATE: It’s official. I fractured the top part of my 3rd toe on my right foot. I may have to re-work my strategy here and perhaps switch to another habit this month and commit to the working out on a later month. Best laid plans…!

Accumulation Begins

Day 1 & 2 of Habit 2 (Exercising or working out everyday) went well. My workouts were only comprised right now of the stretches that my chiropractor has I do to get my lower back into shape. I’ve managed to do a good yoga based stretching session (30 minutes) last night and will do one again tonight before I head to bed.

Day 31 & 32 of Habit 1 (Maintain my Eating Plan) have worked fairly well. I did resort to some Zone perfect bars for snacks the last 2 days. Can remedy that with some better planning for snacks. Made an awesome meatloaf last night that we cooked and ate tonight. and it was delicious. I LOVE Cooks illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen!

Habit 1 Completes As Habit 2 Begins

Had a crazy weekend so I wasn’t able to post. But I’m still on the wagon and declaring my Habit 1 (Eating Plan) month successful and complete. I feel strong in my new habit. Have gotten lots of feedback over how I look.

Today I weighed myself and I was 170.9 lbs. overall  with 39.7 lbs. or  23.2 % body fat. When I started this eating plan on January 1st my official starting weight was 175.2 lbs. overall with 42.7 lbs. or 24.4% body fat. That’s down 4.3 lbs. overall and down 3 lbs. or 1.2 %  body fat from January 1. Since last October (186 lbs. with 51.5 lbs. or 27% body fat) I’m down 15.1 lbs. and down 12.2 lbs. or 3.8% body fat. I’m very pleased that I am maintaining and overall down trend.

I’m now beginning Habit 2 today, which will be to commit to at least 5-6 days a week with a 45 minute to 1 hour workout or physical activity. Due to a recent injury to my back I’m not sure exactly how it will look. It will begin at least with Yoga, in order to be gentle on my back while strengthening it. It may morph into returning to a few work out programs that I’ve successfully done in the past (P90x being one of them), or a possible new work out program. But I’m at least staring a new commitment to a physical workout today which will be Yoga today. We’ll see how this all develops over the month.