• June/July Fitness Goals (Update)


    Well, here it is. July 13th. My deadline for a few personal goals.

    To recap – these were my goals.

    • Learn to love (or at least like) salad. Replace at least one meal with a salad. Every day.
    • Modify my workout schedule so it blends cardio and strength training, but doesn’t take all damn day.
    • No wine until July 13th.

    So how did I do?

    Goal #1 – Salad

    This one went pretty well.

    Salad makes for an easy lunch. I’m not great at meal planning, but knowing ahead of time that I would be eating salads for lunch made trips to the grocery store easier. Also, I felt better after lunch for eating something light. There was no carb-coma and I had little or no problem making it to my afternoon snack.

    Salads are now my go-to mid-day meal.

    So this goal was definitely a success.

    Goal #2 – Goal Revised: Workout once a day.

    I didn’t phrase this goal very well. The initial wording was a little hazy. Do I do cardio? Do I do strength training? How often? Then I remembered a sign I saw hanging in a friend’s office. She runs a gym, and hanging on her wall is a poster that reads, “Sweat once a day.”

    That sounded like as good a plan as any, so I went with it.

    I made a plan alternating cardio days with strength training days. I put the plan on a calendar so I didn’t have to think about what I was doing. I just had to look at the calendar and do that day’s planned workout.

    The time spent working out (30 – 45 minutes) was already built into my morning routine, so this planning made working out a no-brainer.

    I didn’t make it every work out every day but I made most of them.

    I liked this schedule much better than trying to do multiple work outs in one day, so. . .

    Another goal success.

    Goal #3 – No Wine

    I wasn’t going to drink wine. NONE. Not one drop. I was going to be a stuffy, wagon riding, Prohibition backing teetotaler for a whole month.

    This resolution lasted (wait for it): four days.

    Goal failure.

    I should have known better. I only made wine more tempting by denying myself.

    (Which, by the way, highlights why Prohibition failed.)

    Even so, I was determined to minimize my wine intake. Every time I fell off that proverbial wagon I tried again the next day.

    By failing at this goal I learned something. By the end of the month I learned to have one glass and then walk away.

    Did you know you can do that?! Have only one glass of wine?

    I mean, *mind blown*, right?

    I also learned to plan ahead for that one glass of wine. I found that if I save my two carbohydrates containers for the end of the day that’s one big glass of wine AND I don’t feel guilty because, hey, I’m just following the plan.

    Now that is the sort of meal plan I can get behind.



    How did your personal goals go this month? I love comments! Don’t want to leave a comment? Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com!

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Lisa says:

    Well, what’s a day without a glass of wine. Salads make great meals if you add some substantial ingredients like meat and cheese.

  2. Mom says:

    I love having a baked potato (nuked anyway) wiith cheese on it. Put a Ranch Dressing or some other kind of dressing on the side to dip in and wham and wonderful meal. Chop onions and tomatoes and you can sleep all night long. Or you end up with indigestion and stay away all night. That’s happened too! Oh well, lubba lubba you! Mom

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