Goals for 2014 · Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #2

Well here we are, almost a full week into the New Year.  I have been working hard towards my goals for 2014 and have even added some new ones.

This weekend was a productive one for me, even though we have been dumped on with snow since last night.  Right now it is looking like we have gotten close to 6 inches!  Despite the winter weather, I did venture out today to attend mass with my sister-in-law and her husband.  After going to mass at Christmas and again last weekend for a baptism, it reaffirmed my desire to join the church – especially because it plays a huge role in our family.  But more on that topic some other time…

What I really want to share is how I’m doing on my goals and share my weekly wrap up from MyFitnessPal.  I’ve gushed over how much I love this app in the past, and I will do it again.  I love it because it allows me to look at my workout and eating patterns as an average or day to day.  So if I have a day like today where all I want is comfort foods I can see how that weighs in against other days where I have made more nutritious choices.  Here’s a review of this week according to MyFitnessPal:

  • I was 87 calories over my weekly goal.  That’s pretty good considering we had a holiday in there!  Not only that but seriously… 87 calories?  That’s nothing.
  • I was way over my total fat goal for the week, but it was mostly because of good fats.  I was over on my saturated fats by 34 grams.
  • I was over on sodium for the week by 2541 milligrams, about a day’s worth of sodium.  This is pretty good considering what I’m sure it looked like when I was eating fast food several times a week!
  • I was under on potassium by a lot.  I need to eat more potatoes and bananas I guess!
  • I was under on total carbs for the week, including fiber.
  • I was under my protein goal for the week by 138 grams.  Apparently this was a high fat week!
  • I did pretty well on the other micronutrients that MFP tracks: 241% of my weekly goal for vitamin A, 236% of my weekly goal for vitamin C, 92% of my goal for calcium and 77% of my goal for iron.
  • Overall my balance for the macronutrients was 45% carbohydrates, 39% fat and 16% protein.
  • I also weighed in this weekend – 175lbs, down 1.8lbs from my last weigh in.

One way that I am trying to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into my diet (definitely my biggest downfall – I am definitely a “meat and potatoes” girl) is by making smoothies.  This week I experimented with adding kale to my smoothies and was pleasantly surprised with the result!

Looks like a chocolate milkshake, but it is a smoothie made with kale!
Looks like a chocolate milkshake, but it is a smoothie made with kale!

I had some leftover homemade strawberry sauce that I used on waffles the morning before, so I added 1 cup chopped kale, 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (peaches, strawberries, pineapple, grapes & cherries), 1/4 cup of juice and 1 scoop of protein powder.  Whipped it up in my Hamilton Beach single serve blender, and voila!  Awesome, healthy smoothie.

As far as other goals for 2014, here’s how I’m doing:

  • Buy a fitness class punch card for 10 classes each month and attend 10 fitness classes each month.  I bought one and I went to Zumba on Thursday night!
  • Do strength training at least twice per week.  Yup!  Did my 2-week turnaround strength video on Friday and today.
  • Run at least three times per week.  I ran on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for a total of 9.45 miles.
  • No eating out on Wednesdays unless it is a special occasion or we are out of town.  Well, Wednesday was New Year’s but we did not eat out!
  • Post a “What I Ate Wednesday” blog at least twice per month.  One down, one to go!
  • Drink at least 80 oz. of water each day.  I averaged about 72 oz per day, so close!
  • Cut down on drinking diet pop and eventually give it up – possibly for Lent?  I had one diet coke today.  It was definitely a comfort food type of day and pop sounded so good!  That was my only diet pop the entire week.
  • Cut out artificial sweeteners as much as possible.  I did not use any artificial sweetener this week.  Score!
  • Make my lunch for work at least 3/5 days per week.  I only worked 4 days this week and I took my lunch every day.
  • Use MyFitnessPal and post a weekly summary at least once per month to this blog.  Done! :)
  • Do Project 365 (take a picture every day) and post a weekly summary to this blog.  I started this and so far have successfully posted a picture each day.  Look out for a weekly summary mid-week!
  • Go to church with Ken’s family at least once per month.  I went to church today with Ken’s sister.
  • Read the Bible.  I downloaded the Bible (ESV) to my Kindle and started a “Read the Bible in One Year” reading plan and have stuck to it.
  • Start RCIA in the fall.  I emailed someone at Ken’s sister’s church about RCIA tonight.

Well that’s it for my weekly wrap up!  Tell me followers – did YOU make any resolutions or goals for 2014?  Have you started working towards them?  How are you doing?

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