Monday, April 18, 2011

How Do You Measure Success?

Mamavation


Do you measure the success of a "diet" by the scale alone? If so, you are missing a lot of other victories that can be celebrated along the journey to healthy living. While the scale didn't show me much love this week, I had several "awesome entree" (instead of awesome-sauce, thanks, Steph!) moments to share. If I was focusing solely on the number on the scale, I would have missed out.

First success: running. One of my goals for 2011 (there I go, talking about goals again!) is to run a 12:00 mile. I started the year with a 14:30-15:00 mile pace. My average pace at the 5k on April 9th was 13:36, and I am consistently running between a 13:45-14:15 mile pace. A big success to celebrate!

Second success: new clothes! I got new (smaller!) clothes for Christmas and have found more (smaller!) clothes at Goodwill. I feel GREAT when I wear these new (smaller!) clothes. And my older clothes are looking baggy and frumpy. Another success!

Third success: checking my measurements. I re-check my measurements every six weeks. This is another great way to measure success. My waist is down 1/2 inch, and my thighs are down 1.5 inches EACH! Thank you, squats & lunges!

So, I had a lot to celebrate this past week!

Fitness: I did cardio 6 days out of 7, for a total of 207 minutes. I'm still working on the push up challenge, and I started the 300 Lunge Challenge, although didn't get to 300 this week. I did have a few mornings this week when I had a case of the "I don't wannas" & that made it tough to get out of bed to workout. But I put the big girl panties on and just did it!

Monday - running, 30 minutes
Tuesday - #easactive 2 cardio workout, 20 minutes; push ups
Wednesday - running, 30 minutes
Thursday - #easactive 2 full body workout, 17 minutes, power walking, 23 minutes; lunges & push ups
Friday - exercise bike, 45 minutes
Saturday - running, 42 minutes
Sunday - rest day

Nutrition: I'll admit, it was a tough week fighting the PMS (pre-, present-, post-) cravings. I focused on my fruits & veggies, and that always gets me through a tough day. I am continually amazed at the amount of protein that I get on a daily basis. Much more with my professional nutrition plan than when I was doing things on my own. I love it!

My resolve will be much stronger this week with the lack of hormonal imbalance. My will power is always tested during that time of the month. Plus I slacked off a bit in keeping my food journal. But this week WILL BE better!  Here's our healthy menu plan for this week.

The Scale: As mentioned, it was a hormonal week. As of Monday morning, I am back down to my pre-PMS weight. But I'm so glad I have ways other than the scale to measure my success. I know I'm staying on track, some weeks are definitely easier than others, but overall, I know I'm doing the right things.

8 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes! The scale is defnitely not the sole measure of success. Congrats on your MANY successes! Smaller clothes is a huge one for me!!
    You are doing awesome and are so strong and consistent. Thanks for that!

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  2. Way to go on picking up on the important successes that show up on this journey. Measurements and clothes are my favorites. Your awesome! Congrats on running!

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  3. OMG so loving your energy!
    Make this week count

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  4. Congrats on the running, size, and measurements. You are getting faster, no doubt about it. You'll be at 12 minutes in no time.

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  5. It is superwonderful that you are sticking with it!! I am so looking forward to a schedule like that. You gotta start somewhere right? Great job staying on track!!

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  6. You're so right to focus on the non-scale part of being healthy. Part of why I'm loving running is how cool it is to watch yourself get faster and stronger. You'll get to that 12:00 pace, I know it!!! Have a great week.

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  7. You are SUCH an amazing person... and one day I look forward to meeting you and hugging you!! Thank you for your sweet spirit, friendship, and inspiration!

    hugs
    Rach

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  8. You did have a lot to celebrate this week! Way to go!

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