My abnormal week is officially over! As such, it’s time to look back and see how my plan worked.
For anyone who’s missed my past posts, this last week was highly irregular for a couple reasons:
- I had a work conference to attend out of town for part of the week
- I had a weekend trip planned, also out of town, which was scheduled to follow the conference.
In the past, these types of weeks have been the downfall of my weight loss. During these types of weeks, I’ve traditionally:
- Stopped working out entirely
- Eaten way more than I should
- Indulged in all the unhealthy foods I love
These deviations have then led to me falling off track from getting healthy for weeks or even months.
Knowing my history, I was determined to get through the week in a positive manner so that I could stay on track. So I thought through everything I knew about the week and made my best attempt at plans to stay the course.
During that planning, I made a few specific goals. Now that the week is over, I’m ready to evaluate how I did on those:
- Hit a minimum of 10,000 steps daily – A
- Stay within my calorie count each day – A
- Complete a minimum of 15 minutes of strength training every day – C
- Complete an actual workout each day (not required)- D
Overall I feel really good about this week! The first two items, my A’s, were 3 of my minimum requirements. In a few cases, it was really challenging to get my steps but I made sure it happened. Staying within my calories was also really difficult, especially during the conference. Our hosts offered some amazing food options that I KNOW I would have eaten previously. I can only imagine how many more calories I would have consumed if I’d eaten the way I used to.
The 15 minutes of strength training was my third minimum and that was a C for me. I can still feel good about it though. This week was the first week I put that minimum into place so not getting the A was more about not being in the habit of thinking about it than anything else.
Finally, there’s my D – getting in an actual workout. I only managed this for 2 out of 7 days. I would have liked for it to be more, but I can live with that – especially because it was a very busy week and I came into it with the remnants of a cold.
The most important thing is that I’m still on track! I feel mentally strong and ready to continue working toward getting healthier. I’ve already got my healthy food for the day prepped and plans to hit the gym this afternoon. I’ve also officially bumped my step goal up to a minimum of 12,500/day. I can’t wait to move forward and see what happens from here! 😀