Plans and Goals 2018: Week 20 Review

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Is it Tuesday? Dammit, it’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Late again! Well, at least you can easily see that my organizational skills have not improved. ^_~

This week’s report might be a little all over the place, in conjunction with the all-over-the-place-ed-ness that has been my brain recently. It was another one of those weird, “what the hell happened and what did I do?” kind of weeks. I seem to be having more and more of those lately. Maybe I’m getting old.

ANYWAY, I’ve been trying to catch up on things and get myself into a more organized (ha ha ha ha ha) state of mind, so let’s bounce right into it and get this report posted!


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I took some advice from a friend and let myself relax on this one during week 20. I’ve been getting more and more stressed out as my inability to get any writing done gets worse and worse, so she suggested that I take a week off, don’t worry about my word count, and just try to relax, and I honestly think that it’s been very good for me. 🙂

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. Obviously, as a result of the break mentioned above, I didn’t get a huge amount of writing done in week 20. I did, however, get a little, so it wasn’t a monstrous loss. There was a tiny bit of blogging, for a total of 1728 words, and I managed 741 fiction words toward a new side-project. Adding a new project to the plate probably seems like a horrible idea, but it’s just something I intend to mess about with in my spare time, and maybe it will become something in the future. Either way, between those two things I totaled 2469 words for the past week, bringing my year’s total up to 86,622 and my daily average down to 619.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Absolutely nada to report here. Other than a few page reads through Kindle Unlimited (which I effectively make no money from), there’s been no movement on the book sales front. I’ve been trying to brainstorm some new ideas for promoting them, but I haven’t honestly had the time required to really sit down and work on it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I didn’t get anything in the way of editing/revising/etc done in week 20, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything done toward this goal. I’ve been having a few issues with the manuscript for book two in that I keep forgetting little details and having to go scouring through book one to try and hunt them down. Then I forget them again, because I’m a moron who never writes anything down when she needs to. That’s why I decided to start a special notebook specifically for the Other World series. I started it with a sketch and description of the main character, Tori, and followed it up with descriptions of what happens in each chapter, with important points written in a different color. So far I’ve gotten up to chapter three, plus started a sketch-and-description page for the supporting character, Jacob, and I intend to finish up book one this week. Then I’ll outline the important stuff for book two as I’m going through the manuscript edits, and hopefully when I’m done I’ll have all the necessary information to move on to book three without having to constantly go back and forth between the books to remind myself of what the hell is going on. See? Sometimes I have good ideas!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh goodness gracious no, what happened here? 😛

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In week 20 I did one video by myself and one more with Jason. Not exactly a huge push on productivity, but as I keep pointing out, it’s still published videos. We’ve really slowed down lately for a number of reasons, but we also started brainstorming ideas for different types of videos we can do in the future, so go us! Hopefully we’ll be able to start pumping out some more of them in future weeks and I’ll have more interesting stuff to report here.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Twitter is still, by far, the easiest platform for me to be productive on, but I haven’t been too bad on the others lately either. A few company contests and challenges have made Instagram a little easier to focus on. Facebook, as always, is mostly a copy of what happens on Twitter and Instagram, so as long as those are doing well, so is Facebook. Snapchat is where I petered out as of late, but I’m not worrying about it. I still intend to use it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll never be a big player for us. It’s just not that big a deal anymore, and is mostly just used for good friends to torment each other with weird filters.

#3: Focus more on myself.
On this front I’m still going strong, mainly because if I wasn’t focusing on myself, I’d probably have crawled into bed and stayed there by now. 😛

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Again it’s been mostly playing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just pointing out that reading has definitely not been my go-to lately, although I do still have a pile of books I want to read. Instead I’ve been playing a bunch of different games when I have a moment or two, including Rayman Legends on the Vita, Burnout Paradise on the PS4, and Cooking Frenzy on my phone. Plus I’ve been enjoying the tears and recriminations of playing Overcooked with the little one on the Switch. And you know what? I suppose if I’m bringing her into it I can also mention that I actually have been reading a bit, since I’ve been reading Coraline to the little miss (she’s been rather enjoying it too). As far as watching, I’m very nearly caught up to the last available episodes of Supernatural now. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The one thing on this list that I’m genuinely proud of is that I’ve been definitely staying active. On the one had I have to admit that I decided to give up on P90. It’s not that it was too difficult or anything; I just found that it was taking up more time than I feel I have, and since I enjoy Zombies Run more than I enjoy following along to the same two exercise videos every other day, I decided that P90 would be the one to go. I may try out something different in the future, but for the meantime I’ve been putting more of the focus on my running, with the strength exercise coming mostly from everyday tasks and the occasional mini-exercise. That said, even without P90 I’m confident that I got more exercise in week 20 than any of the previous weeks. I’ve been taking fast runs, and sometimes longer ones, and on occasion been doing multiple in the same day. I genuinely love the Zombies Run app, and it’s made getting outside and moving fun for me. And on a related note, I’ve finally (just barely) dropped below my first weight-loss goal, so I’m more motivated than ever! Go me!

And that was week 20! Some reports weren’t exactly the greatest, but all things considered I’m mostly happy with the way the week went.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Dumbbells & Stretching & Zombies, Oh My!

For the sake of transparency, I’ll be honest: I’ve had a lot of trouble in the past trying to stick to any kind of a diet and/or exercise plan because my motivation waxes and wanes like the frikkin’ tides. That said, I’ve recently been reinvigorated to try to actually take care of myself, get in shape, and lose those extra 30 or so pounds I’ve had on since the little one was born, and nothing is quite so motivating as having a bunch of people knowing what you’re doing so they can be disappointed in you if you fail. 😛

So here’s what’s been up.

First off, I’ve already mentioned this a couple of times, and if you follow my Twitter feed you’ll have seen the reports I’ve shared so far, but I’ve been partaking of the Zombies, Run! app. In the past I’d tried the 5k Training app by the same team, thinking that it made sense to learn how to run properly before diving into the main app, which challenges you to run “missions” for your post-apocalyptic township. I enjoyed the 5k training, and given the time required to complete the entire program, I’m sure it would absolutely help a user complete a 5k run. For myself, however, I’d always get 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the program, stop for a while for whatever reason, and then have to start over from scratch because I’d lose my stride. After doing this half a dozen times, to the point that I’d heard the first half of the training files so many times I could probably recite them from memory, I decided it was time to move on. I picked up the main Zombies, Run! app, which is less about training and more about just getting out there and listening to the story unfold as you walk and/or run. The app doesn’t actually require you to run – you can go entirely at your own pace – but it has the option to enable zombie “chases”. With these enabled, you’ll occasionally get a warning telling you that zombies are in the area, and you have to speed up (from whatever speed you’ve been presently going at) in order to evade them. It’s excellent motivation to change up your level every now and then. Even more motivating is the fact that failing the zombie chases will cause you to lose your supplies. What supplies, you may ask? Well, in addition to the story you’re listening to on your runs, you’ll occasionally be told that you’ve picked up things like bottles of water, batteries, packs of underwear (no, seriously), and so on. These supplies can later be used to build up your little virtual township, so of course you don’t want to lose them!

Thus far I’ve done the first seven missions of the Season 1 storyline, as well as a few extra “supply runs”, and I’m having a blast. I’ve definitely been doing much more walking than running, but I’m getting faster, and I’m enjoying myself, which is great. I genuinely want to go out for my runs because they’re fun, and that’s kind of a big deal for me.

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Look at that happy, exhausted fool right there. lol

But unfortunately, weight can not be lost with cardio alone, and even if it could, cardio doesn’t do the additional stuff such as toning muscles. So I wanted to add in something else, something that involves strength-training. And that’s how I started the P90 program, as of yesterday morning. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s one of the Beachbody.com programs from Tony Horton, and it’s a 90-day play involving workout videos and a diet plan. In the past, when we were getting ready for our wedding, Jason and I did the P90X program, which is an “extreme” version of P90 with more specialized videos which are twice as long. We did great on the program and looked amazing for our wedding, but it wasn’t sustainable from a time standpoint. The shortest videos in P90X are an hour long, and are quite exhausting, so they can take a lot out of a day. They’re also designed more for someone who is already in half-decent shape, as they can be quite, well…extreme. I seriously considered trying the program again, just because I know it worked wonders for me in the past, but I know it would end up being very demotivating, as I’m not in nearly as good shape now as I was then. Not to mention, I don’t feel like I have that time requirement, especially not if I’m going to be doing zombie runs as well.

So P90 it is! The precursor program’s videos are a little more reasonable at approximately half an hour each, and are designed more for someone who is trying to get in shape in the first place. That’s not to say that they’re easy! The cardio + abs vid this morning nearly killed me. But they’re definitely much more reasonable for someone who has a long way to go. The program is basically two videos – Sculpt for toning, and Sweat for cardio, which is always followed with the short abs vid – which you do three times a week each, and then take a day off to rest. After the first 45 days (or a little longer if you feel you can’t handle anything harder just yet), you move to the two upgraded videos, which are the same concepts, just pumped up to a higher level. After 90 days, if you’ve been following the program correctly, you should have lost weight and toned up nicely. Of course, the weight loss part depends on how you’ve been eating, which is why there’s a diet plan involved. As I did with P90X back in the day, I’ll be mostly ignoring the diet plan. It’s a great plan, and there’s some good info in there that I’ll definitely be taking to heart, but it’s a difficult kind of thing to follow when you’re also trying to feed your family. I prefer to just continue to count calories with the Spark People website and keep on with my little life changes, like drinking all the water.

So, together, I’m hoping that these two programs will start to make some real changes. I’ve been wanting to lose weight for ages – not necessarily because I want to look better, but because I want to feel better, but I’ve been having a lot of difficulty. Between a somewhat toned-down version of a program I’ve had success with in the past, and a program that turns cardio into a fun game, hopefully I’ll be able to keep up my motivation, keep moving forward, and finally start seeing some results, which is the thing that really keeps me going.

And because accountability is a big deal that definitely puts that extra motivational push into a person, I thought I’d share my starting stats. You don’t get the photos I took, because those are horrid (lol), but you get my numbers. As of Day 1 (yesterday), my weight was at 161 lbs (I know, I know, that doesn’t sound that bad, but I’m only 5 foot tall, so it’s worse than you might think), and according to my bodily measurements in conjunction with that weight, the calculations tell me that my body fat ratio is currently close to 39%. Anything between 21 and 33 is considered healthy for my size, so I’m aiming for that 33. One last number: I’m currently boasting a pace of about 11 minutes per kilometer (nearly a 7-min mile) when going on my zombie runs. I’m hoping that by the end of the P90 program I’ll have shaved that done by a couple of minutes.

So that’s that! As of the writing of this post I’m two days in and feeling a combination of excellence and exhaustion, so wish me luck, send me good thoughts if you’d like, and feel free to torment me horribly if I begin to falter. 😛 If you’re using any of the programs I’m using, also feel free to add me as a friend if you wish! I’m on SparkPeople.com as TRACEYFROMTB, and on the Zombies, Run! app I can be found by using the email address for the YouTube channel, which is traceysbasement(AT)outlook(DOT)com. Hope to see you there!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 17 Review

 

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I’ve got the Monday Motivation thing on TAP this week, so let’s DO THIS THING!

The first thing I want to mention before getting into the actual reporting, is that I’ve made a small change. For reasons that are wholly superfluous, unimportant to you all, and basically the result of my mind working in stupid ways, I’ve shifted the way I’m recording the weeks by one day. I originally started with a Sunday-to-Saturday set up, mostly just because that’s how I visualize the week most clearly, but for those meaningless reasons I’ve already mentioned, I’ll now be going Monday-to-Sunday, which means that these posts will land on Monday from now on. That means virtually nothing to anyone except me, but I thought I’d mention it anyway, because I’m talkative like that.

Another thing that I want to mention ahead of time is that, frankly, the past week was – without mincing words – a complete cluster fuck. Pardon my language, but there’s not really any other realistic way I can say it and get across just how bad it really was in terms of getting stuff done. That said, a good chunk of the week for me was spent working through some mental stuff, trying to relax a bit, and planning for the month ahead, so expect to hear me reference “preparing for May” a few times throughout this post. I won’t say that it’s not an excuse because it’s totally an excuse. Deal with it!


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Hoooooooooooooo-eee, is this going to be a great steaming pile of bantha fodder. lol

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I dropped the ball hardcore in week 17. Part of it was because of the previously mentioned “preparing for May”, part of it was because of the also-previously-mentioned “working through some mental stuff”, part of it was the fact that I was having some major blockage and just kept staring at blank pages, feeling like my head had gone completely empty, and the last part was pure laziness. I ended up writing only 1367 blogging words and 366 fiction words, for a grand week total of 1733. Look at that! I beat my record for worst week yet! 😛 My measly, pathetic word count for the week brought the year’s total up to 77,557, with a daily average of 652. Well, at least I can say that my daily average didn’t go down too much. Little mercies!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. I don’t really have anything specific to report here this week. I haven’t spoken to my shop friend, so I don’t know if he’s sold any books, and there hasn’t been any new ebook sales the past week. I did run a free e-book campaign on one of my pen name’s stories, and it got a few downloads, but that’s about it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Do you honestly think that I have anything good to report here when I’ve already established that I wrote effectively bugger all in week 17? Okay, good, we’re on the same page.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
A little less bantha fodder here, but still not the most amazing week to report.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We filmed two videos in week 17, both of them subscription boxes. As I’ve said during other 2-video-weeks, that’s not exactly horrible, just also not exactly motivational. Week 17 wasn’t a great week, mentally or emotionally, for filming. Yes, that’s technically an excuse, but trust me, if Jason and I aren’t both feeling in high spirits, it doesn’t make for a good video, so we’re better off waiting.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. The social media side, however, has been okay. I’m still tweeting, getting Instagram posts up, and sharing stuff all over the place. Specifically Jason and I took a bunch of photos of the Cryptkins that Cryptozoic sent us, which made for a fun bomb of Instagram posts. I’ve also been trying to find extra time to browse through other peoples’ posts in order to share the love. 🙂

#3: Focus more on myself.
Remember all that stuff I mentioned above about “preparing for May” and “trying to relax” and all that stuff? That was me focusing on myself. ^_~

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. This is one thing that I actually accomplished in spades in week 17. One big thing? We all went as a family to see Infinity War, and it was absolutely goddamn fantastic, and I will fight you if you think otherwise. Aside from that, though, I also played some Breath of the Wild, some silly mobile games with the little one, and got quite a few episodes of Supernatural in, so that I’m very nearly caught up to the currently-airing episodes.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. And finally, on the fitness side of things, I did okay in week 17, with a few Zombies, Run! missions under my belt. Unfortunately I cancelled a lot of that out by eating very poorly and snacking constantly, and then I had to take a few days off to let my feet heal (which they hadn’t yet, after those first few disastrous runs with old sneakers). All in all, the result of this is that I kinda feel like I’m starting over from scratch, but that’s okay. Tomorrow is a new month, and I’ve started something new today that will hopefully help me get back into the swing of things in a real way. But I’ll save that for another post…

So what we have here, all things told, is a pretty crappy week, but a strangely motivated Tracey. here’s to great May!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 15 Review

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I am not going to tell you guys how horrible week 15 was. *cough cough*

Okay, okay, it seriously wasn’t that bad. Mostly it’s just been such a gloomy few days as far as weather and our hockey team getting their ass handed to them that I feel like I need to be in an awful mood. But seriously though, it really wasn’t that bad.

It was another one of those quick weeks, which I’m growing to hate. I seem to be spending too much time asleep lately for some reason, which doesn’t help at all either. It feels like it takes me halfway through the day to even get started, and by then it’s starting to feel like the day is practically over, which screws with my mind. Has anyone else ever felt like that? Like the day is over before you can even get it properly started?

Anyway, I suppose that’s enough of that nonsense. Let’s just go ahead and see what week 15 entailed.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Is it possible to do both better and worse in the same swoop?

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. As the sentence above implies, I feel like I’ve somehow done both better and worse on this goal in the past week. Technically I did do better, with a total of 3825 words distributed across blogging, fiction, and non-fiction, which brings my year-to-date total up to 69,268. However, since I’m already so far behind and the days are only moving forward, my daily average actually went further down, landing at (dun duh DUHHHHN!) 666 words per day. That is definitely discouraging. Since I originally calculated that I would have to write 1370 words per day to hit this goal by the end of the year, I’m not only ridiculously far behind, but I’m also growing farther behind for every day that I fail to reach that goal. I’m trying not to take this to heart, since it’s not exactly an end-of-the-world situation, but since my original goal was actually going to be to write a FULL million words throughout 2018, I’m really starting to realize how badly I overestimate myself sometimes.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. April is both being a successful, and yet an extremely frustrating month for book sales. On the positive side of things, I’ve been promoting my birthday sale, and as a result I’ve sold 7 e-books and 3 paper backs in the past week, which brings me up to 19 e-books, 3 paperbacks, and 107 pages read on Kindle Unlimited in April so far. As small as those numbers are, they’re some of the best I’ve had ever (excluding the month I did a free e-book giveaway weekend), so that’s definitely cause for celebration. On the other hand, aside from 2 of the e-book sales, all of those book pick-ups can be attributed to two particular days: the day I launched the sale and shared it all over my social media, and the day I launched my birthday haul video on the channel, in which I mention the sale and encourage people to go check it out. In other words, even though the books have been massively discounted every day for a couple of weeks now, people only come across the sale on days that I make a rather large effort to shout about it at them. On the one hand I understand that effort has to be put into self-promotion if you want people to buy your self-published book. But on the other hand I can’t help but feel, like, do I seriously have to put aside time daily to shout at people about my book in hopes that they’ll buy it? Because, a) I do not have that kind of time in my day, and b) I don’t know if I can mentally handle the idea of acting like a town crier for myself on a daily basis.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I was determined to do something toward this goal in week 15, and in a way I did, although it’s not any kind of traditional progress. I’ve been having difficulty focusing on The Other World lately, whether because I’ve been away from it for so long, or because the world itself has lost a bit of it’s luster for me, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that I had an idea for a little side project – something that won’t ever be published, but may help my wind my brain back around the story. Basically, I’m “rewriting” the story up to this point from Jacob’s point of view. I think it might help me get a better grip on the character, while looking at the whole story through different eyes, and since I don’t intend to let anyone ever read it I don’t have to worry my little head about it being any good. Hopefully this little idea should help me not only in getting my head back in the game-plan, but also with bolstering my word count as well.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
I’ll go ahead and say right now that my focus was not on YouTube in week 15. Where that focus was, I couldn’t begin to tell you; I just know that it wasn’t on YouTube.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. It was another one of those “meh” weeks for videos. We managed to do 3, one of them my birthday video, which isn’t exactly bad, but could have and should have been better. We got sidetracked by another snow day for the little one (yes, I said a snow day….in April. Please kill me), and distracted by the NHL playoffs (which likely aren’t going to last much longer for us Leafs fans…my lord boys, what is happening to you?), but the fact of the matter is that we just…didn’t. We could have, but we didn’t.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I had a small lapse in the second half of the week, but for the most part this one remains unscathed. There’s been Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, and even Snapchatting abound; I simply fell asleep one day and failed to do any of it. 😛 In general though, all is still quite well here. No issues to speak of.

#3: Focus more on myself.
Spurred on, perhaps, by my birthday, I did manage to snatch some time for myself in week 15.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Video games! Real video games! Okay, I still played a bit of Sailor Drops, and the little one weaseled me into a couple of the “Papa’s Pizzeria” line of mobile games, but I also played some real games, specifically Breath of the Wild on the Switch, and Friday the 13th The Game on the PS4. I didn’t really get anywhere, because both of these are the kids of games that require hours and hours of play in order to actually accomplish anything, but I still thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope to squeeze more of both games into week 16 if I can.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I had a hard time with the “don’t obsess” part of this goal in week 15, specifically because I’ve been a bit tired and lazy, but also because I managed to turn around and gain back some of the weight I had lost, which is like a huge kick in the teeth. I know not to focus too much on the number, because it can be affected by so many things, but I’ve just been in that kind of mood, you know? Sometimes you just get into that mood and start praying for the miracle drug that makes you lose weight while you sleep. I’m in that mood right now.

So that’s that for another week. I don’t feel particularly accomplished, but it wasn’t a bad week, and I did come up with an idea or two to help me progress into the coming weeks (hopefully), so I’ll call that a win for now.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

“Spark”ing a Change

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In my recent “week in review” post I mentioned that I strapped my FitBit back on after a short break from it, and have made several other changes and choices that I promised to discuss further.

What it comes down to, first and foremost, is that I am not currently happy with the state of my body. Some might look at me and scoff, because I’m certainly not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn’t all come down to specifically size. I’m not happy with my weight, for certain, as I’ve somehow managed to climb up to my 9-months-pregnant weight recently, but there are other aspects as well. I’ve been quite sedentary for quite a while, coupled with extremely poor eating habits and a tendency to snack on things like chips and candy every day, and the results are not pleasing. I’ve put on a lot of belly weight, which we all know is not healthy at all, and my thighs – which are rather thick and muscular to begin with – have grown as well, to the point that it actually hurts to wear jeans because they’re too tight all over. On top of all that, I just haven’t felt healthy, specifically in a cardiovascular sense. Playing with my daughter in any way that involves physical movement is almost certain to wear me out so quickly that I wonder if I haven’t aged 30 extra years and not noticed. All this comes together to create an extremely frustrating self-image that I am no longer satisfied to simply live with.

It’s time for some changes.

The first change that I decided to focus on is simply drinking enough water, which is something I’ve always struggled with, and I’ve recently found out that it’s even worse than I thought. I always subscribed to the well-known idea that we should all be drinking 8 glasses of water a day, but it turns out that the proper number is not nearly so rigid. Evidently, it actually depends on your body weight. Take your weight in pounds, cut that number in half, and the number you’re left with is how much water, in ounces, you should be consuming in a day. By these calculations I should be drinking nearly 20 oz per day more than the more well-known number, which I was already failing to reach. Even better, because caffeine is diuretic in nature, drinking coffee and tea does not add nearly as much water to your total as many people might believe. In truth, for every 8 oz of coffee or tea consumed, your body only absorbs about 1 oz of water, meaning you have to drink even more in the long run if you’re consuming that caffeinated goodness. So, with all that in mind, for the past week I’ve been taking much greater care to drink water constantly throughout the day. I haven’t been hitting that number every day, but thanks to cutting out things like pop and juice (which is also an excellent change to make), I’ve been doing much better and it’s been helpful in a number of ways.

The second change I made was to return to an old friend that I hadn’t used in a long time: SparkPeople. If you’ve never heard, it’s a site (and app) that combines food-and-exercise trackers with a sprawling online community rife with support, as well as numerous articles and resources to help you reach your goals. There are options to have the system create meal and exercise plans for you, teams you can join, exercise videos you can watch, and much more. It’s helped me before, back when I was pregnant and doing my best to stay within a healthy weight gain range, so I figured I would try it out again, if only for the ability to easily track how many calories I’m consuming. Much to my surprise, within a couple of days of setting up my new account I was contacted and asked if I’d like to join a challenge team. I looked into it and thought it sounded like good fun, and I could always use the support of teammates, so I’ve gone ahead and joined that as well. I’ve got high hopes, and fingers crossed, and I’m also a big fan of accountability, so if anyone here is interested in checking out SparkPeople and wants to trade off on pushing each other to the limit, feel free to add me as a friend: my username is TRACEYFROMTB

And the final change, which isn’t really a “change”, but is just something I’ve done that I hope will help, is that I’ve gone ahead and gathered as much “before” info as possible. Along with weight I’ve taken measurements all over different parts of my body, and posed for a “Before” photo, which may or may not have made me want to cry a little. I’ve set all this info aside and plan not to look at it again until I’m starting to feel discouraged, because chances are there will have been significant change by then that I’ve simply failed to notice. At least, that’s what I hope.


I could have written this post a week ago, but I was too busy actually working on these new plans to bother trying to talk about them. Now, however, I’ve gotten into a bit of a groove, and I’m happy to report that I’m already seeing results. Nothing huge, nothing worth throwing a party over, but enough to solidify in my mind that I can do this and I will do this. Mark my words. It’s time for a change.