Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Fitness Details

First of all, Happy 2014! May the year ahead be fabulous for all of us. :-)

We hung out with the kiddos last night, & I tried a new crostini recipe that Michael found online. It was amazing! If you need a good party appetizer, try this artichoke & goat cheese recipe. Yum! We have leftovers, so I'm thinking of serving it with pasta, and/or maybe as the base of a pizza sauce. . . *drool*

We started off this morning with a 5K family fun run. Nick & I shaved a minute off of our turkey trot time, but Sam learned the valuable life lesson about staying up late, sleeping in, & not getting a chance to digest breakfast before your run. Live & learn!

One of my goals for 2013 was to track my calories daily. I'm not doing this because I'm obsessing over every bite that I eat (clearly. See August. And December), but because I like using a data driven approach to understand why my weight loss has stalled. Below is a chart showing my daily average for each month, as well as the total calories consumed in that month. As you can see, the numbers were all over the map. This was very enlightening for me, as I thought I was both averaging 1,500/day and remaining pretty consistent over the year. Clearly not the case!

Daily AverageTotal

My low weight for the year was 142 pounds in May, and my  high was in January at 150. I haven't weighed in yet today (too busy getting the crew ready for the run this am), but I'll get that information to start off my progress. I've mentioned before that getting to 135 is very important for my health, due to a prescription that I take. 

My goal for 2014 is to average 1500 calories/day, and be more consistent. 

In 2013, I completed 10,148 minutes of cardio, 90 strength, & 46 stretching workouts. I need to improve this in 2014!

I have a bunch of tasks on my to do list today, as I head back to work tomorrow. Yes for a short, two day work week! :-)

Tasks for today:
  1. Return a few things at the mall
  2. Complete & strength & stretching workout.
  3. Update all of my spreadsheets for 2014
  4. Work with the kids to send out thank you notes for their Christmas gifts.
  5. Laundry
  6. Dinner - I'm making a yummy chicken rice pilaf.
  7. Pick the ripe fruit in the yard, and decide what we need to use up.
  8. Finalize our 2014 budget.
  9. Finalize our 2014 travel plans, and incorporate them into our budget.
  10. RSVP to a birthday party.
I think that should do it! What are you up to today? I love the first day of the year - getting all organized & ready for the months ahead. :-) Did you achieve your health goals in 2013? What are your plans for getting there in 2014?


  1. I checked into MyFitnessPal a couple of weeks ago because of what you had written about it, and I am hooked. MUCH better (and of course it's free!) than the WW site, with more foods, etc. I love that I can track not only calories (I only get 1200/day based on my age) but my cardio, too. I'm more motivated than ever to stick with exercise and good eating! I need to increase my strength workouts, but do carry weights when I walk so I do get something.

    1. So glad you tried it! I LOVE it, and get super motivated to see the numbers change. :-)

  2. Well, I gave birth to a healthy boy in 2013. That was about my only health goal. I gained 50 pounds doing it. I still have 22 to lose to get back to my regular weight.

    I could never track my calories the way you did. I would get obsessive very quickly and have a yoyo diet.

    Good luck with your 2014 fitness goals.

    1. Having a healthy baby is a pretty fantastic health goal! Congrats - such a huge life milestone. :-)