I hope you are having a great week and are doing well. For me this week has gone pretty good. I had some small wins, which I’m always happy about!
Last week I set two goals for myself:
- Drink at least 1/2 gallon of water each day (64 ounces)
- Walk 10,000 steps each day
As you can see I did not quite accomplish my goals, but I did make headway. I ended up drinking at least ½ gallon of water 5/7 days and walked at least 10,000 steps 3/7 days. This was definitely an improvement for me. I have never been able to consistently do these two things, but I did learn some things this week that made doing both a little easier. I wanted to share them with you, just in case you have a goal to drink more water or get a little bit more active.
Drinking More Water
I have had a goal to drink at least ½ gallon of water each day since March. It has always seemed like a struggle for me to get that much water in. This week I learned that if I added lemon to my water, it gave the water flavor. This is such a simple thing to do, but it makes the world of a difference. I don’t know about you but drinking plain ol water ALL DAY is hard…or at least it is for me. Adding lemon makes drinking water so much easier because it actually tastes good. If you are having trouble drinking more water, try this out! It is really helping me.
What I do is wash and cut up a few lemons at a time into quarters and store them in a container in the fridge. Every morning I squeeze the juice from a couple of slices and throw the slices into my 24-ounce water bottle. I then just keep the lemon slices in my bottle as I refill with water throughout the day.
Walking 10,000 Steps
I’ve also had the goal to walk 10,000 steps a day since March. I set this goal because walking 10,000 steps a day is considered being “active.” I have a knee injury so I am not able to do any strenuous exercising, so walking is the perfect exercise for me right now.
Before this week I was very sedentary on a daily basis. On average I walked about 2,500 steps without being intentional about walking more. I never seemed to be able to meet my 10,000 step goal consistently (let’s be honest… barely ever)!
AN AHA MOMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING:
This week, I got the idea of breaking up my 10,000 step goal into bite-sized pieces instead of trying to do all 10,000 steps at once.
What I started doing was going on a 30-45 minute walk in the morning, go on about my day with normal activities, and then at night, I will walk for about another 45 minutes just until I get to 10,000. This has helped me out a ton. It’s not overwhelming anymore for me and I know this is something that I should be able to keep up long term.
I really recommend this, if you have a goal of getting more active, but not sure where to start. It’s going pretty well for me so far.
Although I had a couple small wins this week, I’m sure you’re probably wondering how I did on the scale… here goes…
THIS WEEKS WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:
Starting Weight in January: 253
Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0
Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6
Weight Lost this week: -2.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost Since January: -25.4 lbs
I’m feeling really good about these numbers. I honestly couldn’t believe the number on the scale this morning. It was shocking that I lost over 2 pounds this week, I wasn’t expecting such a big number. I contribute a lot of this weight loss to drinking more water, and of course, being more active. Weighing in this morning definitely gave me the motivation to keep up my walks and drinking water.
If you have a goal that you have set for yourself that you haven’t quite been able to accomplish, no matter how big or small that goal is, my advice to you is… DO NOT GIVE UP! I know sometimes it can get hard and it can feel like you’re never going to accomplish the goal that you have set. One thing this week has taught me is if you keep trucking at it you’ll eventually find your groove.
Goals that I’ve set for the upcoming week:
For the next week, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps each day and drink at least ½ gallon of water without missing a day!
I think the weekends will be hard for me to keep with my goal. Usually, on Saturdays, I like to sleep in, hang out with friends/family, and pretty much just have a relaxing restful day. On Sundays, we have church, grocery shopping, and then prepping for the upcoming week. Even though weekends are usually tough, I do have plans for how I’m going to stick with my goals. I admit I’m very nervous, but I am determined to get this done. I’ll update you next week on how everything goes.
I want to know how you’re doing!
How’s your week going? What goals have you set for yourself? Either leave me a comment below or send me a quick email. I really want to know how you’re doing on your journey.
Well, that’s all that I have for this week. I will catch you next week on Wednesday’s Weigh-In post and I hope you have a great rest of your week!
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