Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I never have before, but I decided that I would floss my teeth every day in 2016. I know that’s a seemingly small thing, but it makes my bedtime routine that much longer. However, I know it’s good for my health, so I’m working on consistency and haven’t missed a day so far.
I also decided that I would work out every day, even if it was just for five to ten minutes. I must admit that I have already failed at this one, but I have been much more active this month. My mom gave me a Fitbit for Christmas, and we have been challenging each other to meet our step goals. This past week, I challenged the four friends on my list who always have the most steps for the past seven days to a “Workweek Hustle”. I amazed myself by taking over 18,000 steps on Monday and again on Tuesday! Obviously, I am highly motivated by competition.
I woke up at 4:30 or 5:00 am each morning to work out on our elliptical, and I tried to stay moving throughout the day. I had gained a pound earlier in the month and lost that pound this past week, so I am challenging those same friends to another “Workweek Hustle” and hope to lose another pound this coming week.
Yesterday, I completed a burpee challenge and a sit-ups (crunches) challenge using a free 30 Days app. I had never done burpees before, but I ended the challenge with a set of 29! Crunches are easier for me, and I ended that challenge with 126. I have already completed the starting tests for my February challenges: push-ups and sit-ups (crunches).
As this first month of the new year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on what I have accomplished in January. I have been trying to eat less and move more, but the scale doesn’t show any weight loss. Fortunately, I don’t rely solely on my weight to determine my progress. In the last month, I have lost an inch on my waist and 3/4 of an inch on my hips. I know I could have lost more if I would have eaten less, and that will be my focus in February. It will be difficult with four birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and two banquets, but I am determined to lose at least four pounds in the month of February.
What are you doing to be healthy?