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What do you even do all day? Doe tracks everything.

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At the beginning of this year I set these goals:

  • Get under 250lbs
  • Be more productive, develop a new routine.
  • Understand money better
  • Define my CalExit plan*
    • Including California/West Coast bucketlist

 

* To be clear, that's me exiting California by 2020. Not planning a sucession for the State. I'm Southern but I'm not that Southern. 

 

All things considered, there is steady progress overall. Not as fast as desired, but when is it ever?

Productivity is an is a difficult metric for me. I've got a to-do list about a thousand miles long and never enough hours in the day. (Me, and everybody else right?)

That reduced schedule wasn't so bad even with the paycut. Alas, there are very few engineering jobs that allow for 30 hour work weeks. 

 

 Sometimes, I find myself at the end of the day thinking "did I even accomplish anything of value?" or "How did I eat so much" or "I've only walked x steps?"

Scheduling things can be helpful but most days my schedule goes off track fast. Journaling only captures the more qualitative aspects of my day. This challenge I'm going to try a different approach: logging my day.  

 

 

Log the Day

Keep track of the day in my notebook. The key details to capture are:  Wake up time, commute, work tasks, bedtime, etc. 
 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

Not a huge fan of calorie counting but darn if it doesn't work. My obstacle is when I find myself off track, I'll stop midday and either a)eat way more than I should b) not enough and then do (a) in the following days. Giving myself a large range will hopefully keep things from getting weird. Long term, I'm aiming to track for 90 days straight so I'll develop consistent healthy eating habits. 

 

Practice Plank each day

When you tilt sideways after the 3rd turn,  it's time to improve core strength.  Right now I can do plank for 30 seconds.  Want to work up to 2 minutes and be able to do side plank. Still. figuring out the specifics. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

My step goal is 8000 steps, I average about 5000 steps. Going to Croatia in June and there's going to be a lot of walking. 

 

Night Routine

Includes laying out clothes, making/planning lunch, journaling, nighttime meds.

 

This was a routine that my mother instilled me as a child, that I carried through college, and got a bit lax once I hit my 30s. Sometimes when I'm lounging, playing Stardew Valley or fiddling with my phone, I can feel her looking down at me saying "You really should set your clothes out, you think you have clean cardigan/leggings that fit but you don't."  Then again I've also been having dreams of us cleaning and running errands.  Some people get visions of greatness when their loved ones reach out from the beyond, I get chores.
 

I've reached the point where I can joke about little things about my mother. Not sure what stage of the grief process that is but I think it's progress.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Cheetah said:

Interesting challenge!  I like your goals.  You can do it!

Thanks! 

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Week 0 has been going okay so far.

 

I've hit my step goal 2 days (Wednesday and Thursday) and have been on target and tracking food since my cycle ended Tuesday.  
Working at home today to get a much needed meal planning session in while I work. I use the slowcooker/rice cooker and oven quite a bit.

 

Went to the gym on Wednesday and beat my previous cycling record of 5.77 miles in 30 min. I did 6.02 miles in 30 min! Pretty happy about that.

 

The reason I started logging my day is because it makes me much more aware of how I'm spending my time. It's amazing how many hours I've wasted away. And yea, it definitely helps.

 

 

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On 4/18/2019 at 1:59 PM, Doe said:

Then again I've also been having dreams of us cleaning and running errands.  Some people get visions of greatness when their loved ones reach out from the beyond, I get chores.

I love this, it sounds like a mom thing to do

 

Love the goals (I was born in Cali, it can fall in the ocean as long as my cousins aren't there anymore for all I care :lol: ) what are your specifics regarding understanding money? (I'm an accountant, this makes me curious) :) 

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I've done several weeks (individual weeks at different times) logging my time. I find it so informative - especially when you find out how much of your time goes to things that don't really further your goals or bring you joy!

Following along!

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9 hours ago, RES said:

Love the goals (I was born in Cali, it can fall in the ocean as long as my cousins aren't there anymore for all I care :lol: )

 

 

lol, I've lived out here for 10 years. It's been overall a good experience but it's time to go home.

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what are your specifics regarding understanding money? (I'm an accountant, this makes me curious)

 

Remember you asked...

Planning on taking over my mom's mortgage this year and trying to figure out what to do with life insurance/death benefits. Dealing with estate issues, however small, is challenging.  I knew eventually, I'd have to learn more about personal finance just assumed it would be gradual process. My family with 2 lawyers, a CPA/Math dad, and a Harvard MBA aunt have managed to be incredibly unhelpful.   Some days it's like a bad episode of Dallas. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Tova the Vibrant said:

I've done several weeks (individual weeks at different times) logging my time. I find it so informative - especially when you find out how much of your time goes to things that don't really further your goals or bring you joy!

Following along!

 

 

Nice! It's glad to know somebody outside of instagram found it helpful.  My boyfriend is so confused by it, lol.

 

Thanks!

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Week 1 Day 1

Log the Day

Yep, I did okay productivity-wise until I got home. But all was logged. 

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

~1507 Calories.  Included a sizeable Jameson and Dr. Pepper. All logged

 

Practice Plank each day

30s Forearm Plank. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

Nope, ~5100 steps. I'd planned to go for a walk with my bf and the dog but my bf "waited me out" didn't come home till after dark.  Reasons why I exercise solo

 

Night Routine

Yep,  Clothes, lunch packed, workbag packed, finished journal and took vitamin

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On 4/22/2019 at 4:11 PM, Doe said:

Planning on taking over my mom's mortgage this year and trying to figure out what to do with life insurance/death benefits. Dealing with estate issues, however small, is challenging.  I knew eventually, I'd have to learn more about personal finance just assumed it would be gradual process. My family with 2 lawyers, a CPA/Math dad, and a Harvard MBA aunt have managed to be incredibly unhelpful.   Some days it's like a bad episode of Dallas. 

 

Sounds like it!

Not sorry I asked, sorry I can't be of some assistance :( Not for Profit  and small business is my specialty...estate issues tend to terrify me :lol: 

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15 hours ago, RES said:

Sounds like it!

Not sorry I asked, sorry I can't be of some assistance :( Not for Profit  and small business is my specialty...estate issues tend to terrify me :lol: 

 

No worries, I appreciate the thought.  :smile-new:  Being an engineer, I tend to think "Oh it's just math, I can figure this out" about anything involving numbers.  That makes me feel better that it terrifies an accountant 

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Week 1 Day 2

Log the Day

Yes!
Got to a stopping point with a task and begrudgingly handed off. Spent most of the workday working on something that I had no idea what the finished product should be. Talked to the PM in the evening and they didn't know either. lol. 
 I switched from using my pocket notebook to my planner to log the day. <-an exciting development!

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

~1722 Calories. Logged.
Tend to eat overnight but log days 00:00-23:59. So that grain-free chocolate chip muffin and Protein bite (253 cals 15g protein) I ate before Tuesday morning really put a kink(the bad kind) in my day. Each day I look back and wonder, "what I can do better the next day?" One answer was clear, "Don't eat over 10% of your calories in the middle of the night".    Ideally, I'd like to not eat in the middle of the night but with Weight Loss Surgery (WLS May 2002), I got reactive hypoglycemia. Fun fact, that's what happens when you don't have Type 2 diabetes and you have WLS.  I did check my blood sugar before I ate, it was around 49mg/dL.   Last night I had some jello and cheese (~108 cal/ 8g protein).

The other thing I realized is those white potatoes with dinner may have caused the blood sugar crash.

 

Yay, introspective thinking.

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes. 30s Forearm Plank. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

Yes, ~8400 steps

 

Went to the gym last night. Cycled. Elliptical. Strength, mostly free weights/ body weights. Legs and core

 

Night Routine

Yep
it's actually warm in the Bay this week. 80 yesterday in Oakland, high 70s today. It was smart to plan an outfit that didn't revolve around my standard gray  or navy cardigan and boots.
 

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I feel like your goals are what I SHOULD be focusing on...

 

Except for CalExit. Born and raised, been there done that. Oakland to San Antonio in 2013.

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Week 1 Day 2

Log the Day

Yes, I got a lot done but it was stressful.

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

I logged everything but went way over my goal 2,242 calories. Had little caesar's last night.  Next time we do LC, I'll stick to the italian cheese bread and have salad. Since my bf and I can't agree on pizza at LC (and it's so cheap he's like let's just get one of each) I have a 3/4 a "deep dish" pizza and the desire for maybe 2 more slices.   It's more like thick bread with topping than "deep dish"  I wonder if I can make croutons out of it? 

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes. 30s Forearm Plank.  and Side plank modified as below 45 seconds each side.  I'm knockneed and regular side plank is going to take more practice. I'm feeling it this morning

 

 

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Hit  8000 step goal as many days as possible.

10,000+ steps

I had a ridiculously stressful day in a stresful week.  That thing I had no idea what I was working on earlier? Spent 8 hours working on a presentation because the senior engineer didn't have time to do it by the deadline.  1 day after the deadline he decides to scrap my presentation and redo it.  And the powers that be were totally fine with it. Ugh.  

Personally I still think my presentation was a better fit for the audience but we'll find out next week.

 

So after work I went for a walk. I was leaving the house when my boyfriend drove up and he walked with me!  That was nice. We walked about 1.5 miles. 

 

Night Routine

50/50.  Decided to work from home today. Had a lunch plan (this is helpful even on WFH days). Gathered gym clothes.

Didn't take vitamin, plan clothes, or do skin routine.

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21 hours ago, Tesseract said:

I feel like your goals are what I SHOULD be focusing on...

 

Except for CalExit. Born and raised, been there done that. Oakland to San Antonio in 2013.

 

 

haha, thanks. Feel they are pretty round goals.

 

Nice on your CalExit. I live in the Bay Area (lived in Oakland 2009-2017). Heading for South Carolina aiming ultimately to North Carolina.

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Week 1 Day 4

Log the Day

Not really. I started then fell off because I got frustrated with this project and kinda shut-down for awhile to avoid a depression spiral. 

 

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

~2247 Calories. Logged.

I did too much comfort eating. Begrudgingly I logged it all despite really not wanting to face that I ate so much random food yesterday. 

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes. 35s Forearm Plank.  60s Modified side plank on each side.

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

Not even close, ~3100 steps

 

10 hour workday at home meant i didn't make it to the do gym. Did do some bodyweight exercises other than planks.  Also a few resistance band exercises.  At one point, I was doing resistance band almost everytime I watched the news. Ironic side effect of watching less news. 

 

Night Routine

Yep

Outfit was easy. My supervisor (remote) is actually going to be in the office and we're having a check in lunch. Cue the trigonometry dress!  
I go through these probiotics way faster when I actually take them as my doctor suggest.

 

 

Yesterday was not a good day, mentalhealth wise and it's lingered to this morning. Not even 10am and I'm stressed out.  Having some career goal issues, tired of double standards.  Very frustrated with the same people telling me to "Speak up more, be more confident" are the same ones interupting and overtalking me.  Kinda lost my passion for this project but gotta finish it. Luckily these are mostly people that aren't at the company I work for but it's still stressful. 

 

I should end on a positive note....hmm....

Oh I made pizza croutons in the airfryer and they are amazing! Had a breakfast salad with greens, boiled egg, chicken, and those croutons with yogurt dressing. Yum!

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Week 1 Day 5

Log the Day

Yep. Day was semi-productive. This event is on Monday and hopefully my stress will be gone   reduced

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

~1533 Calories. Logged.

Didn't drink enough water (28oz) nor enough food . 300 of those calories came from alcohol. 400 came from cake. Which was delicious but I never had an actually 

 

Practice Plank each day

No.

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

So close! 6700 steps.

 

On a positive note, as of Friday I've walked more steps Mon-Friday than I did all last week. 

 

Night Routine

Nope.

 

 

 

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Week 1 Day 6

Log the Day

Saturdays are always random but it got fairly logged. .

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

Didn't log everything.  Fell off around 8pm with some snackage. 
If I had to overestimate I'd say around 2500 calories. I went out with my dance group for korean fried chicken

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes.

 

40s forearmed plank.  1:00 minute modified side plank.
Is it weird that I get bored doing plank?  I think this is how I fell off on plank practice in the first place. However I remember why I need to do it. Dance practice was intense and I can already tell the engagement of core is helping.

 

Yay progress!

 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

8343 steps

 

Funny thing about dance. We're doing a lot of lyricalish routines for this year's performance. That means a lot of steps with sweeping arms that the fitbit will not track. 2.5 hours of dance practice. After lunch we walked around about a half hour to hand out flyers for Day of Dance and I still hadn't hit 5000 steps by 1800.  (In GOB's voice) I mean, come on!

 

This is why some people call steps an arbitrary number. haha.

 

But I turned a corner, at 2300 I did one of the workouts me and my mom would do together,  Leslie Sansone Walk at Home. Did the 15 minute mile.  and that's how I went from 6900 steps at 2250 to getting to 8343 by midnite.

 

Night Routine

Sort of. I needed to pack for my trip . I grabbed everything but didn't put it all together in my overnight bag. which I need to do now.  SF Bay area dance week started Friday - May 5th and our dance group is doing day of free dance classes. Soul Line dancing, lyrical, Afro caribean, even burlesque. We do a mini dance preview of the Summer show but I'll be missing that and hte last two classes because the event is 1100-1700 but I need to be in Sac for a pre-event Dinner at 1800

 

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On 4/28/2019 at 12:57 PM, Doe said:

That means a lot of steps with sweeping arms that the fitbit will not track

And this is the main reason I switched to Garmin

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Week 1 Day 7

Log the Day

Yep, it was a busy day.

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal

I tried to log everything. Had a business dinner and drinks. so it's estimated over 2000+

 

Practice Plank each day

No. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

~7100 steps

 

Another random day where I did 2 dance classes then drove to Sacramento. I had to work at night so I didn't have time to hit those last ~900 steps. I hit 49,00 steps in a week for the first time since last June!  It's that daily activity, it's great. For the past few months I may have a day or to where I hit 10k, even 20k on a hike and then sedentary the rest of the time.

Night Routine

Yes, this is the one thing that easier when travelling.

 

Week 1 reflections
1) Meal planning helps with nutrition goals

2) 8000 steps is not as easy I thought, I have to make the time for it
3) work on plank form. Side plank is easier for me than forearm plank.

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Week 2 Day 1

Log the Day

This was easy as I was at a symposium all day. But my company organized the symposium so it was physically and mentally exhausting. All my introvert points were up by 2pm. Thing is, it lasted till 5pm and we had drinks after. (you might be noticing a pattern here)

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal
I logged everything and it was 2400 calories

Today was a prime example of how you can eat healthy and still go over your calorie goal.  At least 300 of those calories came from fruits and veggies, I ate of lots of carrots and apples. 
Another 500 from salmon with skin and chicken breast. ~400 from things like olive oil dressings and hummus ~400 from IPAs.  Ok so the IPA wasn't healthy. What I'm trying to say is, I was way over but the majority of it was healthy so I'm not going to let it bother me.

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes, modified side plank 60 seconds each side. Forerm plank 20s twice. going backwards hopefully it's just lethargy. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

~6500 steps. Was too tired to care. 

 

Night Routine

Took meds, skincare routine. 50/50

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Week 2 Day 2

Log the Day

Yes. learning to get more high level with this

 

Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal
Yes. ~1608.
It's nice to see my apetite balanced out after two days of going over my goal. Either that or my body recognized I wasn't doing much and didn't need as much full. 
Especialy with a house full of easter candy. I'm Orthodox our easter was Sunday. Even though I haven't been back to church since August because I'm not ready for the pity party of revisiting people learning about my mom's passing. I even gave up Lent for Lent this year. Much needed

 

Practice Plank each day

Yes, modified side plank 65 seconds each side. Forerm plank 30s twice. 

 

Hit step goal as many days as possible.

~7457 steps. soo close.  
I did a 15 minute aerobic workout. 

 

Night Routine

Nope.
 

My sinuses have been acting weird. Not sure if I'm catching a cold or dealing with a rare allergy attack.  Pollen doesn't usually get me. Took a sudafed last night and wow it took me out.

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18 hours ago, RES said:

And this is the main reason I switched to Garmin

 

I could see that. Which one do you have?

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Sinuses are the worst.  I have often wondered if I could have mine removed.

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