I'm finally getting around to recapping my November goals. Good thing I didn't have a goal to timely recap my goals, eh? Onward!
Goal: Keep a food diary.
PASS! There were times this was hard to do, but only because of the limitations of the food diary software. I ended up having to input a lot of items, which took more time than the task in general should have. I've switched programs now, and the new one seems to be a much better system.
Goal: Aim for 2000 to 2100 calories a day.
PASS! My average calorie intake for the month of November was 2124. My average expenditure was 2676. Based on that, the program says I should have lost 4.4 lbs. I didn't. I lost 1.6 lbs. That's okay.
Goal: No fast food drive throughs, with the exception of McDonald's breakfasts (but only on a day I have already done a run) and Taco Bell (but only on bellydance nights).
FAIL! Bah. Fighting flu-like symptoms, I willingly went to Burger King on November 15, although being sick I would have ordered the same had I gone inside. I did do Taco Bell on non-dance nights, but I also didn't go to Taco Bell on three dance nights because I didn't go to class. I also did at least one other drive-thru adventure right around the last day of November. That involved a pre-migraine situation. No excuses, though; it's probably a big part of why I didn't lose more weight in November. But my clothes do fit pretty well lately.
What's up for December?
With that pesky migraine, I've taken a few days off between monthly goals. The stress at work is piling on, leaving me with little time to set up for good choices if that makes sense -- it's been tough to grocery shop, to prepare meals. I also don't want to add to my stress by setting goals that I'm about 99% certain I will fail at. So I think I'll be a bit poopy and do this for my December goals, starting on December 7:
Goal: Keep a food diary.
Reason: It's keeping me accountable. I also don't beat myself up as badly when I can see exactly the extent of the damage I did, rather than figuring that I ate a billion calories and I'm a loser. With a food diary, I can see that I only ate half a billion calories. Depending on the day, I may or may not subsequently still feel like a loser ;)
Goal: Consume no more than 2500 calories a day.
Reason: 2500 is supposed to be the maintenance level, what I burn by existing. I won't lose any weight, but I shouldn't gain any weight either. My intent is to still aim for 2000 to 2100 calories per day, but again not put any extra stress on myself.
Goal: Run five times between December 7 and December 31.
Reason: Sleep and things like bathing, laundry, etc., have been winning in the choice between that and the gym. But I need to burn off some stress and stay in shape; real marathon training starts in just over a month. I don't want to lose what progress I've made over the past few months. I plan to run more than five times this month, but this is a workable goal that will still require I expend some effort to meet.
Well, that should do it for now. Stay tuned for more Kracked Kristmas Karols!