I know this is kind of cliche’, but WOW! December flew by! So, we’re 31 days into our Treadmill Challenge, Gene Lempp and I, and it’s been a rough month for finding time to take care of myself. Here’s how it all panned out:
The first 10 days: I was on track with my walking. I had cut out high fats and most sugar. Lost 2 lbs.
On the 11th day: I found out that we would be moving my mother into assisted living on the 19th. We had one week to pack her apartment. My husband and I traveled to help several days that week, while my sisters and brothers-in-law did the bulk of it since they live in the same town.
Week of 12/12:That week I felt as though I had tougher workouts than the treadmill…bending, lifting, being on my feet for hours at a time. Every morning that I woke, I felt re-energized which said to me that circulation was improved. My eating was good, too.
12/26 – 12/30: We brought our eldest granddaughter home with us during Christmas break. Walked once this week. Spent most of my time playing with Alexa, took her to a movie, etc. 1 lb.weight loss – even with eating Christmas candy and cookies!
- Total of 3 lbs lost for the month. Had hoped to lose 5 lbs.
- Walked 30 minutes on 11 days on the treadmill. Gene and I had agreed to also count one day when I was packing my mom’s things and he was running around with his girls. We felt we had done the equivalent of walking for 30 minutes. So, a total of 12 days of exercise – had planned on 16 days for December.
How do I feel about these results?
I’m somewhat disappointed, since I should have walked more this past week. However, I didn’t fail. I worked at eating better and did lose a few pounds. I worked at exercising and do feel more energetic and more flexible.
I know January will be better since I won’t have so many obligations that take me away from the treadmill.
For January, I plan to walk 20 days to meet my 32 days goal. I also plan to have snacks that consist of fruits, whole grain crackers, nuts, etc. Sugars in my diet will be severely reduced so I can meet my 10 lb weight loss goal for the 6o-day period.
Wish me luck! I’ll be checking again on January 29th.
Would you like to join me in the Sugar- Reduction plan for January? Let me know in the comments and we can support each other over the coming month.