So last week, I decided to start a training plan, and here’s my results from it.
Week 1 Goals (Saturday – Friday schedule):
1) Run 4 times a week for 20 miles total – FAIL. I was fighting off a cold and managed to run 18, but not the full 20. I guess I could’ve rallied today to run the extra 2 today but didn’t because 1) I’m lazy and woke up late and 2) well, that’s it.
2) 100 crunches, 100 side planks each side, 100 burpees, 100 push-ups, 100 walking lunges – SUCCESS! Though I had to come in this morning to make up for Wednesday… but it’s done at least.
3) 3 sweets only this week – SUCCESS! Unless Luna bars count, then I failed miserably.
4) No more than $150 for food/going out/gas – FAIL. Last minute, my cousins from AZ decided to visit for their kids’ spring break, and we went out to eat last night. I wasn’t going to miss out since I haven’t seen the kids since they were in diapers, but I knew that I would probably “have” to foot the bill (well, felt compelled to). I don’t have a problem splitting the bill with friends, but it always feels awkward with family, especially with ones I haven’t seen in awhile and that are visiting my hometown. Does anyone else get like this?
5) Post on Ebay or donate 5 articles of clothing and 1 pair of shoes – SUCCESS. Posted some on Ebay, donated more along with some other stuff.
And in case I needed to submit proof of my week’s activities – BAM, son!
Which, I guess doesn’t really prove anything except my ability to populate a spreadsheet, but oh well. I also tracked if I needed or wanted my expenses based on Johnny Moneyseed’s Challenge, and plan on doing this again for a few weeks just to get me more aware of my spending habits. As you can see, my wants far exceed my need, and I’m just going to work on improving this over time.
For Week 2, I’m just going to build off of Week 1:
1) Run 4 times a week for 20 miles total, with a 6 mile “long” run (since I didn’t meet this metric in Week 1)
2) Weights week (mixing my weeks between calisthenics, weights, TRX workouts to stave off boredom) – one back/bi session, one chest/tri session, one delts/legs session. I’ll probably still do a calisthenics session since I do this one routine with my gym buddy, though.
3) 2 sweets only
4) No more than ~$100 for food/going out/gas – with the intention that with Week 1’s spending, it’ll average out to ~$150/week
5) Post on Ebay or donate 5 articles of clothing and 2 pairs of shoes – so the rest are starting to be long sleeves and sweaters, which I don’t currently use but “might” use if we ever move somewhere colder. Should I keep them (they’re nice and mostly work clothes), or sell them and risk having to buy more clothes in the future? Trying to figure this out.
I had a 60% success rate with Week 1, so way to set the bar low! I can do better.
I also put a chunk towards my debt repayment – I didn’t pay off my credit card because I have 0% interest on it for a few months, and as much as I’d like to debt snowball that mofo away, I figured I would put it towards my student loans that’s accruing interest. I’d like to reduce it further before finalizing my April beginning balance, but I’ll report that end of the month. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!