April 2, 2014

March Review

by pyrad
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I’m happy to keep up these reviews to keep myself honest about my  New Year’s Resolutions. January and February were questionable, and March had its own challenges, particularly because of ice. But, a silver lining is that the convenience of my new home gym means I’ve been able to get a lot of workouts on the stationary bike and home gym.

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Goal: GET PMP
Status: YES!

That’s SO last month :p
Maybe I should take it off this list…

 

Goal: SET A NEW HALF-MARATHON PB (< 2:03:22)
Status: I have a shot!

I didn’t go for a personal best at Chilly. My next opportunity in May at the Mississauga Marathon! I only have a month to train. If that doesn’t work out, I have three other half-marathons planned for the fall: Disneyland Half-Marathon, Army Run Half-Marathon, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon.

 

Goal: LOSE 20 POUNDS OF FAT
Status: No movement 🙁

Date Weight (pounds) Body Fat % Body Fat (pounds)
December 31, 2013 205.8 26.6% 54.7
January 28, 2014 206.6 28.7% 59.3
February 28, 2014 205.4 25.3% 52.0
April 2, 2014 207.6 26.4% 54.8

So, not so well. This is the same amount of fat I had at the beginning of the year. The only silver lining might be is that I have more muscle now. However, that means I have more weight to carry around…

 

Goal: SLEEP AT LEAST 8 HOURS PER NIGHT
Status: Average 7.87 hours per night

Nightly hours of sleep March 2014
Sleep Hours Graph
This is better than February was, and a lot more consistent. There are a few nights which were much less than 8 hours, but I’m hoping to avoid have that happen too often.
Although my quantity of sleep was better, the quality of sleep wasn’t entirely restful throughout the month. I found myself waking up a lot at night or tossing and turning. Hard cardio workouts help me sleep better, so I hope that helps me get better quality sleep in April.
 

Goal: WORK OUT AT LEAST 200 TIMES IN 2014
Status: Catching Up (23/16.6 this month, 46/50 for 2014)

The home gym really helped with getting this number closer to schedule. I thought that a chart like this would help visualize. It reminds me of an ‘earned value chart’ from my PMP literature.

Graph showing that my workouts number is catching up with the goal
Workouts vs planned

 

Goal: GET DELF A1
Status: Schedule May 5

I’ve finished level A1.3 at Alliance Francaise and can now write the first level of the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) exam (A1). It’s scheduled for Monday, May 5 around noon, the day after the Mississauga Marathon. This means I’ll have to study on my own a lot this month leading up to it. But, maybe that’s a good thing!

 

Goal: LEARN TAI CHI
Status: Scheduled Starting April 21

I’m taking a Tai Chi Class starting Monday, April 21 at Ji Hong Tai Chi in Mississauga. It will be a beginner class, which is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been interested in learning Tai Chi for a long time, so I’m pretty excited.

Anyone in Mississauga want to join too?

 

Goal: READ THE BIBLE
Status: 

So, I haven’t touched it since January either. Oops…


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