August Goals

Fresh new month, albeit a hot and humid start to the month.  Time for some goals!

First, let me show you a graph of my bike mileage. I use Daily Mile to track my workouts.  Here is how I accumulated 505 miles during July:

Of course, the graph cuts off the first couple of days of the month, but you get the picture.  Imagine if I had biked every single day?  Other than going completely insane, it would just be too much.

So, no biking today to start the month off 😀  I did make a good breakfast after a short walk:

1 minute muffin with blueberry sauce.  Classic, full of fiber and antioxidants.  I shall live forever!

So this month I have 2 goals and 2 goals only.

Goal 1: As I alluded to a touch yesterday, the scale is at a standstill now.  I had said a couple months ago that I was serious about taking off the last bit of weight that I have.  Well, it seems to be so very hard for me to get into weight loss mode and stay there versus maintenance mode.  I am not walking the talk, so to speak.  It’s just hard to get that mojo kick started.  So to do that I am actually following a plan.  Normally I don’t do a set plan or things like that as I tend to walk to my own drummer, but I need a big time shakeup.

I had gotten a book out of the library last week called the Perfect 10 Diet.  Upon reading it, this doctor believes a lot of the things that I think are true in eating.  No processed foods, coconut oil is good for you, don’t eat refined grains, don’t be afraid of eggs, whole grains are better, don’t be afraid of fat.  I like that.  Isn’t is always good when someone agrees with you? 😉

Anyhoo, he has a 3 stage eating program, and I am going to follow the first stage (3 weeks) of that, which is to eliminate all grains.  That’s a biggie for me with my love of bagels and oats.  Note – this is *not* low carb.  I will still be eating about 40% of my calories in carbs, but they will come from diary, fruits, and veggies and lentils.  It’s just for 3 weeks and then the whole grains will come back in, but I think I just need to give me some kind of goal to work for.

I am not of the mindset that I will drop a bunch of weight or anything.  That never happens for me.  It’s just that little things are creeping back too much and I need to focus on doing what is good for me and my body. Not that I am not totally awesome as I am, but it’s always good to give tough love to oneself when needed.

So that is going to happen for the last 3 months of August, or starting next Monday. I promise I won’t binge on bagels prior to that LOL.  Should be interesting.

Before getting on with goal #2, how about a lunch break?

Shrimps and some mango! The store had mango spears and they looked yummy.  I hate carving up my own mango with its weird pit, so I was all over these.

On to Goal 2:  I am going to start the Couch to 5K program again! Many of you know that I still have the numbness in my knee and calf from the herniated disk last year (takingforeverthankyouverymuch).  Well, after months and months of no change, from the end of June through July – it got noticeably better.  At first, I wasn’t sure, but then it definitely was much better.  I don’t have all of the feeling back, but a lot of it.  That makes me want to try running again.  I am going to cool my jets with it by doing the C25k program, though, which also will be good to get me off the bike!  I need more cross training other than weights.

Interesting, eh?  It only took about 15 months to start seeing improvement in that numbness.  Of course, if I start running and the numbness comes back, it will be a very short lived goal.  We shall see.

Snack time:

Balance Bar.  This is the new Cinnamon Roll flavor and I hate to say that it is really good.  I just sometimes don’t want to know when things are good, know what I mean?

I ended up nibbling during the afternoon.  Feeling very cravey today.  Can I make up that word?

Poor John is really sick now.  It was a delayed onset of that cold and he is pretty miserable.  He is tucked into bed with the AC on.  Nothing worse than a summer cold.

I cooked up some dinner and ate alone, which was weird.  Summer burger time!

Evening snack — some sugared almonds that John brought me from Trader Joe’s during his trip to buy me off.  He knows my weakness and exploits it.

I’ll have to say bye to these starting next Monday!

Question: Any big plans for August?

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20 thoughts on “August Goals

  1. cammy@tippytoediet

    I’m looking forward to my first full month on DailyMile so I can have a graph, too! Mine won’t be nearly as impressive, but it’s all about consistency, right? 🙂

    August is my birthday month and will, of course, have a cupcake in it! I also have a weekend trip to Dallas planned, and I’m sure that will feature Tex-Mex at its finest. So the rest of my month will be spend focusing on sticking close to my regular plan–nutrition- and exercise-wise.

  2. Shelley B

    Your new diet sounds very reasonable, and seeing as how you like to set challenges for yourself, this sounds like a good one – especially since it’s only for three weeks. You’ve got this!
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Lucky Us!

  3. Alison

    I love that diet plan. I notice I drop weight better when I cut out grains too. I am also doing a C25K training program – although mine is a run/walk plan since I suck at running. 🙂 Can’t wait to see how you do – although I know you’ll do great!
    Alison´s last blog post ..Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

  4. Kimberley

    My big plan is to enjoy my time off work!!!

    Poor John…sending him some healing vibes.

    Cool plan…I think eliminating all grains for three weeks may just give you a great kick start!

    Good luck!
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Challenge Update #7

  5. Tena

    Hi Lori! Wow, that’s a lot of mileage for one month! That plan looks pretty interesting. Giving up grains for awhile is something I have been planning to do, too.

    I totally know what you mean about not wanting to know when something tastes good 😉

    Hope John is feeling better soon!
    Tena´s last blog post ..Veg’d out

  6. Fran

    I’ve been with you on Dailymile all the way but say it here again: fantastic job on the bike rides last month. You’re such a biking rockstar. Cadell Evans? Who? No No it’s Lori Kimble these days who’s rocking!

    I think you can totally do these 3 weeks. You’re someone that puts her mind to something and does it. The sentence “walking the talk” could have written by me. I haven’t been doing so great on my weight loss goals either last month and gave it a new start yesterday.

    And as for C25K: woohoooooooooooo! I love it that you are going to try this again and can’t wait to follow your progression in this. Are you going to use Dailymile for this too?

    About Harry Potter: yes it was in 3D. I can’t remember when I saw a 3D movie the last time. At first I did notice it was better but after a while you get used to it and it’s just a normal movie (in my opinion that is).
    Fran´s last blog post ..A day in my life: Monday August 1, 2011

    1. Lori Post author

      It was a lot of miles LOL! Too many, actually.

      I will be doing the C25K program again. I just downloaded my podcasts that I used last time.

  7. Helen

    I love how you put “we shall see” whenever you mention something you want to try. It’s as if you’ve already forgiven yourself if you don’t quite make it. That’s why I think you are SO GOOD at challenges. You don’t expect perfection but you want to better yourself!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Lazy One.

  8. kalli

    i like this new diet idea! the doc seems to have some great ideas and they seem healthy and reasonable. i say go for it and see what happens. poor john!
    kalli´s last blog post ..Our walk

  9. Jody - Fit at 53

    Hi Lori – yes, this weight stuff is tough & I can’t tell you how hard I have had to work at it with age.. that & maintenance which is where I am BUT the pounds want to slip on too easily! Oh, you wrote in your post the last 3 months of August instead of last 3 weeks. Anyway, always eager to see how your goals for food work for you cause I am such a baby about giving certain foods up & rather exercise more! 😉 Course I gave up bagels pretty much unless I go out & get one but I do have my healthy breads & don’t want to give up those or my oatmeal or oatbran that I make my protein bats & cookies with!

    Glad your injury is better. I can always recommend my Hoka shoes which without them, I would not even be exercising & they have trail, road & walking shoes…
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Sleep, Pillows,Your Health & Memory

  10. janetha @ meals & moves

    I love reading what others are working toward! It motivates me. I think you will have an awesome August 🙂 I am looking for the HLS this month.. a little nervous to present, though. Have a great day!

  11. Roz

    Hi Lori, good luck on your goals for the month. I have NO doubt in my mind you’ll reach them. Sorry John is so sick, hope he feels better soon and is back on his bike with full power! Have a great Tuesday.
    Roz´s last blog post ..The day went swimmingly!

  12. debby

    What a good post Lori! As usual, I totally love your goal setting. And the last few days of my vacay I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do to get a bit of weight off, and I also came up with the thought that I need to eliminate a food group for a while. Not sure I can do grains though, LOL. I was thinking more along the line of nut, which I tend to go overboard with.
    debby´s last blog post ..Au Revoir!

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