May 04, 2011

Wednesday Check-in ~ Freestyle version

Thank you for everyone who gave me helpful feed back on my challenge kickoff post.  If anything that should prove that this isn't your conventional challenge, at least not for me.

I weighed in on that post and don't plan on getting back on the scale until Tuesday the 31st.  Weighing constantly just doesn't work for me. 

What does work for me?  Having a friend like Ashley.  She doesn't just let me wallow, but gets straight to the point.  What's the problem and how can we fix it?  Our brains work in similar ways (which should probably scare her), so I'm taking a page out of her book in lining up my goals for the challenge.

May Your Way Challenge

  1. Tracking my exercises in an excel spreadsheet.  Marking the completed workouts in purple, the incomplete workouts in tan, abandoned workouts in red.  The goal is to complete 85% of all scheduled workouts.  That sounds really low, but its only getting to fudge on 5 workouts.  I'm going to count incomplete workouts as half a workout. 
  2. Tracking my food in an excel spreadsheet as well as a printed publisher file.  I'm going to plan out my menu for the week, then track how often I follow through.   This means no guilt for the Friday fast food with mom.  No guilt for going out for BBQ with my love.  Shooting for 85% on this one too.
    Since I'm doing this my way - I get to insert a floating lunch with my girlfriends at work.  I never know when we're going to get to, but I'm allowing myself one a week.  (I'm loving this my way stuff already!)
    Also?  I'm making a point to be more purposeful with my personal spending money in an effort to combat the random fast food drive thrus.  More to come on that idea on my Friday financial check in.
  3. A new 5K PR.  I'm missing my 5K this weekend because I'm the best daughter-in-law wife in the world.  So I'm pushing my 5K back for another 2 weeks.  This one looks nice.  See where it says "flat"?  That rarely happens around here.  I'm shooting for another PR.  Maybe not sub 30, I don't think I've put in the work for that.  But definitely below my current PR of 31:35.
  4. Being successful on my 5 weekly goals (which may or may not stay the same through this) 6/7 days of the week.  As badly as I hate to admit it, I'm not perfect and expecting 7/7 on all 5 goals just isn't reasonable.
  5. To sit down at a meal and say "what can I do to make this more healthy?"  Maybe its adding strawberries to my cereal.  Or opting out of the coke.  Or on a bad day saying "no thanks" to the coke refill.  Little things.  But little things matter.
As for my weekly goals - how'd I do?  You ask.  Let's see:

Read Bible daily
7/7!  I God Rocks!

Read for fun daily
6/7 - Monday was a crazy busy day, so I'm definitely good with this result.

7/7 - This is the easiest of all the goals for me.

6/7 - Lunch with friends and dinner out with the hub-sand kept me from working out yesterday.  I'm cool with that.

3 servings of Veggies & Fruits
5/7 - Without a doubt my weakest area.  My two days falling short were the weekend and I was on the run (literally and figuratively) all weekend.  So yes, after a day of moving a friend, helping Jay clear out the crawl space and cleaning my entire house I was too exhausted to cook dinner.  Lunch was taco bell and dinner was a can of Chef-Boyardi Sketti & meatballs.  Beans & tomatoes right?  Shoulda had a piece of fruit for breakfast and I would have counted this one.  Even I won't count my grape jelly as a fruit! :P

Sunday I ran through the Dunkin drive-thru on the way to church (don't worry I got an English muffin - I was really just after the coffee), ate an apple for lunch (heading straight for my long run so I didn't want a heavy stomach) then met my parents for dinner at Fuddruckers.  Sure I could have gotten a salad.  But why?  Their burgers are to die for.  Too bad the cheese dip doesn't count...well for much of anything but calories because I think I ate my weight in that stuff!!

Depending on how I do on all the areas this week, I'll probably move one or two off and move something else on.  Any suggestions on what could take their place?


  1. Great goals and a great job last week! You are going to do just fine. I love the spreadsheet idea, only I'm an idiot when it comes to excel.

  2. It really helps to have solid goals in place, and I think you've got some good ones here. I'm still working on how to articulate mine!!

  3. Great goals! This is the first time I've read your blog, but it looks like you have a lot of goals in your life... I love it!

  4. i like this approach. fud's burger sounds to die for right now.

  5. You rocked your goals! I have a hard time with the 5 fruits and veggies also. I like your idea for the spreadsheets. I do much better if I have it in black and white.

  6. spreadsheet nerds, unite!

  7. I'm a spreadsheet fan myself! :) I think you did awesome this week, and I like the idea of aiming for 85%. You can do it!

  8. I like your goals! Percentages are a great way to track it!

  9. I'm trying a similar meal strategy and I like it!

  10. Tracking goals is such a motivation for me also.

  11. You did great this week, Brooke! It's great to feel like we can do something every day to accomplish what we have set out to do! Keep it up!

  12. I love a good spreadsheet. I have a dozen in my google documents that I use. A good spreadsheet just makes my heart go pitty-pat :)

    great job on the reaching the goals this week.

  13. Those are great goals and you did awesome this week!


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