February 2012 Goals

February Goals

Oh January. In a lot of ways you were awesome but mostly you just kicked my butt. January began with some stress and anxiety when Michael lost his job. But we made the best of the situation that we could. In fact, we had a fun time celebrating my birthday and played in the snow a lot. That’s always good!

January Goals

1. Transition to working out in the mornings whenever I can (to avoid the massive crowds after work) or work out at home. NOPE. STILL HATING WORKING OUT IN THE MORNINGS.

2. Get back into running. I really miss running during my lunch hour at work. Ideally I’d like to do that once a week –weather permitting and body permitting. While January is not the best month to get back to running outside, it would be ideal in my attempt to avoid the gym crowds. SORT OF. IT’S SLOW.

3. Learn how to use my new camera to take better photos for my blog. SLOWLY BUT SURELY.

4. Finish the first draft of my book. I am 95% done with the first draft. This is completely doable! DONE!! 

I’m pretty happy with the stuff I did in January. I may only be running 1 mile at a time, but at least I’m trying. I’m trying to choose goals that are less overwhelming considering all the things that have happened lately. And goals that are free are even better.

February Goals

1. Take a manual photography class.

2.  Continue Spin class once a week.

3. Work on my 32 Things.

4. Enter a writing contest.

And now for the weigh-in. For no reason in particular, I decided to try and avoid the Candy Room at work. So far I’ve avoided it for over a week. It felt good to avoid it and I saved so many calories each day with that simple act. I think it also helped me have a much better weigh-in.

Hips: 35.5  (previously 35)
Waist: 33 (no change)
Thighs: 18.5 (no change)
Biceps:  11.5 (no change)

Weight:  144.2  (previously 145)

It feels really good that I can avoid the Candy Room at work. I felt like the candy had less of a pull over me. Each day that I was able to resist it gave me the confidence to keep going. That’s a lot like how my weight loss worked. I was inspired by seeing the scale move and that kept me working hard. Positive reinforcement = positive change.

Something else I wanted to point out was the benefit of only weighing-in once a month. That scale can make me crazy. Seeing the fluctuations can derail me like nothing else, which is stupid. I did a little experiment to prove just how much the body fluctuates. For one week I weighed myself every day: 144.6, 146, 145.2, 145, 144.4, 144.6 and finally 144.2. See what I mean? If I weighed myself every day it would make me crazy to see the numbers go up and down like that. Even once a week I see a number shift that can sometimes be drastic–but each month I’m almost always back to where I started with no gain. Anyhoo, that’s my two cents on the scale!

QUESTION: How did you do in January? How often do you weigh yourself?

How Are Your Goals?

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going so far?

The statistics are staggering and make me sad. Every January the gym is flooded with new people who want to make this year the year it works! And then each week that goes by, the gym gets less and less crowded. Don’t get me wrong, I dislike having to fight the crowds for a parking space and empty elliptical machines. I’m also not a fan of the influx of people who apparently don’t know gym etiquette…that being said, I want people to be successful in their goals!

  • 62% of people make New Years Resolutions
  • 8% are actually successful
  • 49% have infrequent success
  • 24% NEVER succeed and have failed on EVERY resolution EVERY year!

(That’s 1 in 4 people who fail each and every time they make a resolution!)

Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

Don’t be a statistic! Keep working toward your goals!

The last time I went to Spin class I was shocked at the drop-off of attendees. The class was packed the first two weeks of January. By the third week it was half full.

When I decided to lose the weight and start exercising, I began in August. I didn’t wait for January to get started. Maybe there’s too much pressure in January to be successful? Either way, I’m glad I stuck to my goals and worked hard to be successful.


If you are feeling your motivation waning, try reassessing the goals. Look at your list and make some changes. Maybe your goals were too big? Maybe you can accomplish them if you take them down a notch. Try being accountable to yourself by sharing your goals with others. Everything helps!

QUESTION: How are your goals? Are you still feeling motivated to achieve them?