Four Weeks of Getting my Crap Together

I don’t like setting monthly goals.

I know. It’s strange, but I’ve never worked well with setting goals that start on the 1st and end on the last day of the month. Rather than set monthly goals based on the calendar month, I prefer to set mine based on any 4 week period that starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.

I did this back in the fall and it worked pretty well for me- until a double dose of the flu, work, a Stepbet, and the holidays brought me down. I was absolutely on fire. I was working out 7 days a week, taking my vitamins, going on walks before sunrise. In comparison, I’ve been dragging lately. My workouts have been virtually non-existent and I seem to only go about two weeks before I stop tracking and start stuffing my face.

So, I’m kicking it into high gear.

Now, I’m not going to share every single one of my goals on here. For one thing, I’m still not sure what all of them are myself. However, I do have some plans in place for the next few weeks.

Getting out of this Weight Decade

I have been playing around in the same weight decade for weeks. Every time I get close, I end up self-sabotaging. That. Needs. To. Stop. Now. Now, my ultimate dream would be to lose about 17 pounds in the next 7-8 weeks, but for now, I’m just hoping for 7 pounds in 4 weeks. Ambitious? Eh. Not really. To be honest, those numbers are based on last week’s weigh in where I was up almost 6 pounds. It’s likely I’ll only have 1-3 pounds to worry about losing over the next 4 weeks.

So, I have a plan in place to help me reach that goal:

  1. Stick to my Wendie Plan Points Target every day
  2. Drink 1 gallon of water daily
  3. Exercise 6 days a week
  4. 10,000 steps daily
  5. Use my Cubii during scheduled virtual WW workshops and Livestreams when I’m usually tied to my desk for 30 minutes to 2 hours
  6. Prepare and drink a Fab 4 smoothie for lunch on work days
  7. Go back to taking my multivitamin and collagen daily
  8. Finish eating before 9pm. (I’m trying to see if I can realistically make this earlier- I probably can, but I’m not sure what a realistic “kitchen close” time for me is quite yet).
  9. Early morning walk (around 5:30-6am start) most days. (This one is also being tweaked a little. I would love to get ahead on my step goal first thing in the morning, but I also want to make sure I’m not sacrificing sleep for the sake of an early morning wake up time.)

Now, for exercise, I actually have a plan in place beyond just “I’ll probably do some kind of Leslie Sansone video.” A few days ago, I made the impulsive decision to try the Liift 4 sample workout after I found it on Vimeo. I needed to see what Brianna has been raving about. I pretty much loved it immediately. Now, I wasn’t super thrilled with the HIIT part of the workout. I found that I wasn’t getting an effective workout there because I was too focused on trying to do the moves. Eventually, I decided to pretty much just do my own thing. I figured, as long as I was moving, that’s really all that mattered.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that workout since. So, I decided that I might as well try doing the program- or at least a very slightly modified version of it. On the days that are interval training or pure circuit training, I’ll do the full workout to the best of my ability. On the 50/50 days, I’m giving myself permission to opt out of the HIIT section. On those days, if I decide not to go with the HIIT, I’ll do a Leslie Sansone workout in its place. I’ll also do a Walk at Home workout Wednesday and Saturday. Sundays, for now, I’m just going to do my walk outside and hit my step goal. I may decide to add in some kind of stretching/yoga type workout in as well, but “officially” Sunday is rest day.

Other Goals:

Now, I’m not going to go into as much detail about these today, but I may do so in the future.

  1. Read Everything is Figueoutable for the Diva and the Divine Book Club.
  2. Finish my rainbow kitten diamond painting
  3. Strip wash my bedding
  4. Keep my bedroom organized
  5. Grow this site
  6. Select colors for my Golden Birthday Temperature Blanket project (and decide on a pattern/temperature scale)
  7. Read at least 1 chapter of a book of my choice every day
  8. Spend some intentional screen-free time each day (and use some of that time to work on personal journaling and/or devotionals)

Now, some of these things are still being tweaked, but this is at least a pretty solid start towards getting my crap together.

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