Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I wanted to give an update about how my physical habit tracking is going. I mentioned in a blog post before that I printed the health and fitness binder a while ago but that I began using it 2 weeks ago. I’ve been using the Habit tracker in it, the Exercise and fitness tracker that is the workout log. I used the food journal for four days and then it didn’t work out because turns out I eat a lot more than I thought I did and it’s hard to keep track of what I eat especially when I’m not at home during the weekends. I don’t eat out anymore because everything is expensive, but since I’m at home all the time or most of the time, I end up snacking a lot and it’s hard to keep track of what I ate. So during these two weeks, this is how everything went:
It was easier to eat fruits while logging my food intake because I had the constant reminder, but once I stopped doing it, I started eating less fruits. As for the exercise tracker, I would track whenever I did Pilates or yoga. So, during these two weeks, I did Pilates twice during one week, and I did Pilates twice and yoga once last week. So that’s a little improvement, but not enough because I didn’t burn as many calories as during the second week of September.
I did a seven-minute pilates workout, and burnt 94 kilocalories, and then another six-minute workout, two days later on Wednesday and burnt 92 kilocalories. However, last week, I did seven minutes but burnt 76 kilocalories because they were less vigorous exercises. And then on Thursday, I did a three-minute pilates workout. Only 41 kilocalories. However, on Friday, I did a seven-minute yoga session and that felt very relaxing but I don’t know how many calories I burned. I have many workout log pages in the binder so I can still keep track of my exercise, however, there were only three pages of the food journal. One is only for one day and that didn’t work for me because I printed the binder as it is. If you’re going to use a daily food journal, you have to print 100 copies and printing is really expensive nowadays so I can’t print that much. The weekly planner is available in the binder for exercise, food, and habit tracking.
Weekly planners work best for me because I can see what I did throughout the week. However, the monthly is just too far away and it’s hard to keep track of. So, besides the exercising and the food log, I didn’t do any exercise challenges, even though this Fitness binder contains three different Thirty day workout challenges. And at some point, I will try them, but I don’t know when because it just says the name of the workout and how many reps to do and I’m better at using apps for this kind of stuff. As for the Habit Trackers, I’m used to using habit trackers so it was easy. I tracked the physical habits I want to obtain for two weeks. Previously, I wrote down all my goals and there were physical, social, emotional, mental, parenting, and work goals.
I wrote them down on paper and I decided to focus each month on one category since it was really difficult for me to focus on just one goal. I can’t spend the whole month or a whole week, just focusing on eating fruits. I had nine goals for the physical which were to eat fruits and vegetables daily, for one day a week don’t eat sweets, drink one liter of water a day, shower four times a week, sleep eight hours a night, exercises daily, whether it’s Pilates or dance, and yoga daily. And then I added brush teeth and brush hair, and I didn’t specify when but preferably daily, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
I had to edit my exercise goals. It wasn’t realistic to expect myself to exercise daily, plus do yoga daily. So I changed it to exercise five days a week and do yoga twice a week. So that way together they would be as if I was moving daily.
I turned the results into a graph (the image above) so that it’s clear to see, but I will tell you what I did. During the first week, I ate fruits and vegetables five days out of seven. However, in the second week, four days out of seven. No sweets, I didn’t do it at all. Every single day, I had to eat some form of sweets, whether it was Gummy Bears, Chocolate cookies, or anything carbs. My sugar addiction is getting a little out of hand and I’m supposed to be on a diabetic diet so I don’t know what to do.
As for drinking one liter a day, I didn’t measure exactly how much I was drinking, but I think I drank about half a liter a day. So I would say I accomplished 50% and that’s what usually happens when I track my water intake. I don’t drink much water, but I need to work harder on that. I showered three times the first week, which is the second week of September and I showered once a week the week after that.
As for sleeping eight hours a night, I tracked every single day what time I would go to sleep (as in falling asleep not what time I went to bed). Sometimes I would go to sleep at 1:30 a.m. at 11:30 p.m. at 3 a.m. at midnight. So I noticed that whenever I slept at midnight or before, I ended up getting eight or nine hours of sleep a day. However, whenever I went to sleep after midnight, like at one or two or three in the morning. I ended up waking up groggy and tired and I would get seven or four hours of sleep, which means I would either wake up at 10 a.m. or 5 a.m. And as for exercising, I exercised twice a week the first week and twice a week the second week. As for yoga, the first week I didn’t do yoga and then the next week I did yoga once. Today’s Monday and I plan on doing some yoga as soon as I publish this blog post, but this week I’m not tracking my habits. Instead, I will be planning for the next month of October.
Here is a picture of my goals and habits-to-be again to remind me and you guys what my ultimate goals altogether are. I should also keep in mind my mission statement and maybe check it out to see what’s up with that. I haven’t looked at it in a very long time. As for self-improvement, I’m reading blogs daily and I’m currently reading 10 books at the same time. I’m supposed to be reading Quran daily and meditating. I have been reading Quran but I’m not tracking it but I haven’t been meditating at all. I think I’m going to be tracking my work goals next month because I have about 20 of them.
Back to the September report, I brushed my hair twice a week, and brush my teeth twice a week, both weeks. So, it’s better than nothing but I’m definitely slacking on basic boring self-care. So that’s where I’m at so far. I think the most that I have accomplished was with eating fruits and showering. My sleep has improved a little bit than it used to be but I still need to work on my sleep. I have a lot of work to do on my exercising so I think I will keep tracking my sleep and exercise. And I will track my work habits next month because I have been working on work haphazardly and I’ve been very inconsistent in adding designs, posting on Instagram, downloading mock-ups and saving them on Pinterest, so that I can advertise them on Instagram.
I know that during November is Black Friday, and so I’m trying to prepare my shop for that. So I guess during October, my focus should be on my work and my shops, and my books. And I don’t know when I’m going to finish my parenting book because I haven’t been in the mood for it at all. And I need to work on my Novella. I haven’t been doing that either. I don’t know why I feel so much resistance when it comes to working on my books. So hopefully tracking these habits will help me feel less overwhelmed and I can work on getting more done.
Anyway, happy Autumn. It’s finally my favorite season and I hope you all have a nice Fall. I know that Halloween and Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming up soon and I hope everyone has a good season and a good end of the year. If you’ve been slacking on your goals all year, it’s never too late to reset and restart and work on improving yourself, whether it’s Fitness or work, being a better parent or being a better sibling, or just being more Mindful and more at peace with yourself, whatever it is, you can do it. Don’t give up. If you feel hopeless and stuck, I hope that you get through the dark tunnel soon.
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