Ki's Progress - Week 8
Goal #1 - 7-Day Average of 20,000 Steps - I changed my goal this week so that I don't need to focus so much on getting an exact number of steps per day. This allows me to take rest days when I need to and not overdo it while my leg is still healing. So my goal was to achieve a 7-day average of 20k steps.
The motivation from my steps this week came from the August Fitness Challenge that Beck and I were finishing up. Unfortunately, Team Sloth completely slaughtered me on the challenge, however, I was pretty close behind at almost 12,000 steps behind.
The first half of the week were high step days as we were finishing up the challenge for August. However, I went my Orthopedist on Tuesday and he hesitantly told me it was okay to go ahead and start walking without the aircast boot. This made it extremely difficult to get my steps on Wednesday and resulted in my leg being highly swollen and somewhat painful on Thursday.
Since I no longer have the support of that cast, I am finding that my leg is shaky and weak and the walking is hurting. Therefore, I'm taking it easy to allow my leg to continue healing. I know one thing for certain, I do not want more surgeries on it. Healing has been a slow grueling process.
That being said, I did achieve my goal. My 7-Day Average for the week was 20,256 steps. I am super proud of myself for achieving it, all things considered.
Goal #2 - Diet Log - My diet goal for this week was to watch my calorie counts closely to ensure that I did not have another low calorie day where I did not eat enough.
Unfortunately, I failed this goal. My daily calorie goal is 1,200 and there were 2 days this week that I did not achieve that goal. I count that as an automatic failure because it is important for us to eat enough to nourish our body and be the healthiest we can be.
On top of that, there were a few days that I not only exceeded the amount of calories I should've consumed for that day, but I also had very high sodium intake. This is not healthy. So overall, my diet was a big whopping failure this week. I will not beat myself up about it though, I will fix it.
Goal #3 - 30 Min. Cardio + Bodyweight Routine - My exercise goal this week was to get at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 days this week and to complete my bodyweight exercises 4 days this week. Sadly, I failed this goal as well.
I got my cardio in 4 days this week. That was purely walking. I did not do any cardio workouts and I did not do any body weight exercises this week. I'd love to blame the leg, but the truth is that I could've done them at least Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before the doc said to lose the boot.
So plain and simple, I got lazy. I'll do better.
Goal #4 - 4 bottles of water per day - I'm still struggling with the water goal. I got 4 bottles of water in on 3 days this week. One day I consumed 3 bottles of water and three days I only consumed 2. This is a hard goal for me as I'm just now learning to tolerate water. But I will keep working on this one.
On the plus side, there is no longer any sweet green elixir of life (otherwise known as Mountain Dew) in my house and I do not intend to replace it. I resisted the strong urge today at the Grocery store and settled for a 20oz. bottle. So while I'm not caffeine free yet, I'm getting closer to that goal.
Goal #5 - 7 hours of sleep per night - I'm still struggling with the sleep goal as well. My bladder is tolerating all of the water much better, but I'm still not going to bed early enough to get my 7 hours of sleep. I only achieved my goal once this week. Four other days, I was short by only 20 minutes. So I came so close!
Thursday I did sleep, but I left my Fitbit plugged into the computer to charge over night so it couldn't track my sleep. I think I slept about 6 and a half hours that night as well since that seems to be my average right now.
My goals are changing significantly this week as there are several factors playing into them. More on that later.
Goal #1 - My step goal is changing. Since the boot came off, I'm feeling pain in my leg that I wasn't feeling before. I'm not sure if this is from the walking or just regular healing. Either way, I don't want to risk re-injuring my leg and needing more surgery. So I'm going to start small. The end of last week, I found it difficult to even get in 2,000 steps. So this week, I'm setting my step goal to 2,500 steps and will work my way back up.
Goal #2 - I will focus on my calorie counts this week to make sure I do not have another high calorie deficit. While some deficit is good, I need to eat enough to maintain my activity level. I will also reduce the soda intake again to no more than 1 per day. I do not have any soda in the house, so this should be a fairly easy goal.
Goal #3 - I will not be doing any bodyweight exercises this week as I don't want to put my leg in any awkward positions and risk hurting it. I'm going to focus on rest and healing for now. I'm also not going to do any of the Rockin' Body cardio routines because they do twist and bend at the leg and I don't want to do that without support. But I will set a goal to do at least 30 minutes of safe cardio 3 times this week to see how my leg feels about it.
Goal #4 - Again, I will continue trying to get 4 bottles of water in per day.
Goal #5 - I will also continue trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. This is a really hard goal for me to accomplish but I will get there. This week I will aim to be in bed before midnight each night. With September's Fitness Challenge being a sleep challenge, I will need to really focus on this goal.
How was your week? Did you meet your goals this week? What are you currently trying? Let us know in the comments below!
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