Target Practice #5

I first came across “Target Practice” on Jillienne’s blog Chasing Raspberries who got it from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  Both do things a little differently but, to me, the overall idea is about keeping your goals in check and in the present!  I’ll be focusing on improvements in food, fitness and life…since we’re all about balancing those three things over here  .  So, how have I been doing this past week?  (You can see the goals I set at the beginning of the week here.)

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Fitness

Stop trying to be like everyone else – Check!  I took this week easy on the exercise front to really reset and figure out what my true goals were.  And guess what, I feel better than I have in weeks.  It’s amazing what just being yourself can do for you :).

Continue working up to 25 pushups – Working on it!  No huge strides but I’ve made a point to put them in my workouts which is a step in the right direction.

Try out some new exercise classes – Bodystep was the only new class I tried but I also tried out a new piece of equipment (the Stairmaster).  I enjoyed both and will definitely do them again.

Complete Best Body Bootcamp Start to Finish, Full Out, No Excuses – I am so excited for Best Body Bootcamp to start tomorrow!  I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I want to track my progress.  Over this past week, by taking a step back, I’ve realized that I’ve been over analyzing my every move which inevitably leads to negative thoughts and a lack of confidence.  So, I’ve decided not to actively track my progress.  BUT I have taken my measurements so if in 8 weeks, when the program ends, I want to see if any changes have occurred I can.  I’m also seriously considering throwing out my scale.  I feel like it currently dictates how I feel about myself way too much and it’s time to embrace the size that I am without ADD medication.  Because the truth is, it’s been 8 months since I stopped taking it and 4 months since I started taking working out and the food I use to fuel my body seriously, and I haven’t noticed a difference of the number on the scale.  So, perhaps this is just who I am and I need to start being okay with that.  (Side note: I was on the medication for 16 out of 22 years so it’s been quite the adjustment.)

Food

Make Good Overall Choices (aka the 80/20) rule – I did really well here this week!  I only ate out twice and they were planned.  We ordered out for Chinese on Friday and I got steamed chicken with veggies (no rice), but still ate the egg roll and lots of cold noodles.  But, hey, one night a week is a-okay.  The other time I ate was when Josh, Emily and I went to the East vs. West BBQ Festival in Downtown Greensboro.  I got pulled pork, coleslaw and mac n cheese.  I did indulge a bit today but, hey, it’s the first Giants game of the season so all day snacking of anticipation was bound to happen ;).  Overall a very good week of eats!  (Note: You’ll see all this food in tomorrow’ Make-Up Monday Post!)

Eat less – I really listened to my body this week.  I ate slowly, used a salad fork even for entrees and took a step back before digging in for more.  Lots of improvement!

Life

Call Mom and Dad – Well, I tried calling them right before posting this but they didn’t answer :(  I’m sure they’ll call back t 10:30pm when I’m already in bed.  Sad that I now go to bed before my parents.  I was such a night owl until I graduated college – things have definitely changed!

Be Kind to Others…and myself – I don’t know if I improved anyone else’s life this week but I know a got some of my own self confidence back and I’m certainly happy for that.

Your turn!

Questions of the Week

Did you accomplish any major (or minor) goals this week?

Have you ever thrown out your scale?  If so, did you find it liberating or does that make you (us) naïve?