Project Me: February retrospective and review

I can’t believe it’s already March – where is this year going so quickly?

Here is my Project Me backlog for February…

  • Join gym with Mick – helps both of us get and stay healthier
  • Work out at gym four times a week for 30-45 minutes each visit – nothing too strenuous or involved, just get in there and move; exercise is very good at helping to lower my blood sugar
  • No snacking on junk in the afternoons at work – purchase fruit and veggies, have them prepared and ready, and eat as many of them as I like but NO junk (vending machine munchies, trail mix that a co-worker made at home and brought in, Girl Scout cooking)
  • Eat a breakfast with healthy protein – my current obsession is a breakfast sandwich with one egg poached hard, lean ham or turkey, a slice of cheese, and a slice of whole grain bread – and skip the pastries when I get my nonfat latte in the morning
  • Apply my anti-wrinkle eye and face treatments every night before bed after washing my face – this one goes to my fourth long-term goal to improve my quality of life: I’m tired of looking at my sad, tired, wrinkled face every day and there are things that can be done to make the wrinkles go away if only I’ll actually take the five minutes to do them consistently!
    • So how did I do?
  • Gym joined and being used regularly. Since February 17th when I bought my Fitbit, I’ve worked out all but two days – not bad!
  • I started out walking for 30 minutes at a time and now I’m at 45 minutes each session – my goal – and increasing intensity by 10% per week.
  • No afternoon snacks except for fresh fruit or veggies since February 1st. Lord knows I’ve dealt with some powerful urges to binge eat junk but I’ve tuned in and acknowledged the feelings instead of eating them away and it’s working so far.
  • My standard breakfast is two hard boiled eggs and a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit. Most mornings I also stop off for a nonfat, no sugar added mocha, too, but not always.
  • Have definitely remembered to use my anti-wrinkle night treatments most nights. Not sure I see a difference in the really deep wrinkles in between my brows and around my mouth yet but the rest of my face and the fine lines are definitely improved plus my skin is much softer, so a win any way you measure it.
  • Still thinking about goals for March but they’ll definitely be along the same lines as February’s. must check in on my 2013 big goals, too, to make sure I’m still on track to meet those, too.

    Any health and fitness related goals for you this month? Share, please!

    • I have been reading your blog for a very long time, but I am stepping out of my non-commenting persona to let you know I am so taken with the way you are treating this as a project for the whole you; outside and inside. It has inspired me as I keep thinking I cannot go on to the next thing until the first thing (diet) is resolved.

      Last year I fixed one thing without having to wait for the others. I was a sporadic flosser and determined to become a regular one and I did it. Since then, I have been multi-tasking the “healthier and happier me” by looking at making changes that would benefit me while I am still working on the how and why of my eating and exercising.

      Keep on keepin’ on.


        What a lovely comment, TB – thank you!

        I’m very much an “all or nothing” sort of girl – you’ll know that since you’ve been reading a long while – so this approach challenges me on multiple levels, which is great as far as I’m concerned. I have to keep telling myself that this isn’t a race and that there isn’t a prize for Most Perfect, it’s about improving my health one step at a time, quite literally, and that the weight loss has to be secondary to that. Besides, I’ve let myself go for so long that it’s not just my weight that needs improvement, it’s nearly every aspect of my physical being, so why not give all of it a little love?

        And I can definitely relate to the sporadic flossing – I never flossed, ever, until I had to have gum surgery several years ago and have developed periodontal disease as a result. Learn from my painful mistake, friend!

        Nice to finally “meet” you, TB, and thanks for the comment.