Home & Projects
Finish painting and decorating the guest bedroom, finish the odds and ends we left undone from our guest bathroom and make/finalize plans for a master bathroom remodel.
I chose a paint color and bought paint for the guest room as well as picked out the new dresser and mirror I want – just need to save up to buy the new furniture. And I am working on another project to make an upholstered headboard for the bed, more to come on that soon.
Complete two quilts each month, finish all outstanding projects from 2012 and start selling embroidered onesies.
Sadly, I didn’t complete any quilts in January or February but I did make some embroidered onesies for the kiddos. Also, in February I went to the Lakeland sewing and quilt expo and really learned a lot of new things (and came back with a couple more projects to finish, LOL). In March, I made a baby quilt for my friend Carolyn and did some machine quilting for a customer.
Fun Monthly Goals
Paint my nails at least once, complete one crafting or home decorating project, blog 15 times and enter one race.
I did paint my nails in January and February but not in March; going to get back into the routine in April. I didn’t do any home decorating projects in January but I did get a really neat buffet for our dining room and do some kitchen organization. In February I restarted the shoebox swap so I made some cute picture frames and stuff and in March I started doing some reorganizing in the quilt room and landing. I did not meet my blog goal but I got so close! I had 11 posts in January, 9 in February and 14 in March (can’t believe I didn’t get that one!). I haven’t done any races this year but hopefully once I ramp up my running more I’ll be entering some races.
Initial 2013 Measurements
Spare Tire/Widest Part of Midsection: 35"
5k Run Time: 32:30
First Quarter Goal
140lb weight, 5k time under 26:00
First Quarter Guidelines
- No Coca Cola
- Return to Freezer Cooking
- Run at least 4 times per week building from 9mi/wk to 28mi/wk
- “Add One A Day” pushups and sit ups challenge
- When eating dinner in, drink choices limited to water, milk or crystal light
- No more than 24oz diet mountain dew at work
- Revise freezer cooking menu to include at least 1 diet meal per week
- Serve a green vegetable with EVERY meal
- Add squats to the “One A Day” pushups and sit ups challenge
- Complete the 4wk Bootcamp at the Jungle Club
- Instead of freezer cooking, do the Beachbody diet instead
First Quarter Eating & Running
In January, I did excellent with my goal of “no Coca cola” but I drank more of other sodas that I don’t normally drink (like Sprite, Cream Soda, sparkling lemonade, etc). In February I kind of started drinking Coke again but not a lot and I cut back a lot of the sodas until I finally “stabilized” in March; drinking about 1 – 2 Cokes or high-sugar beverages per week.
We started off January with a regular freezer cooking and it went well but we were still eating too many carbs and too much per portion. In February we did freezer cooking again but I tried to make some diet meals. Unfortunately that backfired because some of the new recipes didn’t come out well and we ended up getting fast food or even pizza. To get back on track, we did the Team Beachbody diet in March which really cleaned up our eating. We did have a few exceptions where we ate out or someone cooked for us but we were more mindful of portions and carbs so it really helped us out a lot.
Unfortunately the “One A Day” challenge didn’t last much past the beginning of February and I only did the added squats a few days. But in March, since I did the Bootcamp, I got LOTS of pushups and situps in so I think that made up for it.
I started off in January doing just “ok” with the running but it got pretty bad in February and then in March, while doing the Bootcamp, I only ran a couple of days the entire month (not counting any running or sprints we do in the Bootcamp workouts).
So, after reading the quick overview of how I did the last three months, do you think I made any progress? I’m guessing I made pretty good progress towards the weight but not much towards the run…let’s see!
First Quarter Results
I didn’t take new measurements at the end of 1st quarter unfortunately but I do have my InBody results from Bootcamp. We took measurements at the beginning and end of bootcamp and in those four weeks alone I decreased in body fat percentage by 3%, gained a pound of muscle and lost 5lbs of fat. The lowest weight I got to was 141.6lb so I didn’t quite make it to my goal of 140lb or under but I sure got close. To help push me into the 130’s I am going to do another bootcamp and eat healthy for it too. Hopefully I have even more good news at my next update!