So another week has gone by in my fitness journey.  This means another week of trying to get up at 5:00 A.M.  It also means another week of staring at my phone in disbelief that it’s already that hour, and accidentally shutting off the alarm.  Or on purpose.  I can never tell which at that hour.  It’s a machine that is beeping at me.  When I was much younger, with only an alarm clock to get me up, I somehow figured out how to walk across a whole room, turn it off, and walk back to bed.  Awesome right?  But if I am going to continue on in this fitness journey, I cannot ignore things which benefit me.  I must keep moving forward.  So how did this week go?  What went on in my journey?  And where am I going from here?

The truth of this week begins with wrapping up where I was last week.  I had made adjustments to things making sure that I was going to get some sleep in my life.  Far too often in the past weeks I skipped out on necessary rest.  It caught up to me.  It began with a tickle, I felt in the back of my throat some late evening.  Then I woke up the next morning feeling like my tonsils grew into marbles sitting on the back of my tongue.  As I progressed through the day I felt the drip, drip, drip of fluids going down my tongue and throat.  If the dripping soothed, it would have been good. Instead, it made me feel congested.  From there it proceeded to a cough.  And before long I felt like someone hit me over the head with a rubber bat.

Nothing wrong with that.  Right?  Maybe a little wrong . . . Anyway . . . Imagine my cold like little knick knacks that you carry with you from move to move.  You know that you should get rid of them but you don’t feel like you can.  And so you carry them with you from place to place.  It would be good if you decluttered.  But you just can’t bring yourself to do so.  Well, I wish my body would just declutter this cold.

Unfortunately, colds have a nasty habit of hanging on to you like you were some delectable dessert.  They hang on for dear life.  My dear life.  Having the flu would almost be better as you get it and then it goes away.  Having a cold is like a two week sentence.  There is no early commutation for good behavior.  You don’t feel badly enough to miss work.  But you really don’t feel like anything else.

I was carrying around this cold for it’s second week on Davidway.  It might have started standing room only, but as it was now just clinging on for sentimental reasons, the show needed to be shut down.  And so Thursday, I finally felt like I was getting back to my normal self and could shut down Cold: The Unmusical.  If there is a normal self to get back to.  I was finally feeling well enough to get back to the gym and doing some things to help me improve.

But I don’t want to say that I did nothing this week to help out my health.  That would be untrue as well.  I got some movement on some things.  I picked up some things to help.  And I am excited to start a new fitness week.  So how did I do this week on my goals?  And what things transpired that I worked on?  Tune in to As The Fitness Goals Turn.  It’s the new soap opera where you find out how David did on Fitness.  What happened after the cold?  Did he make progress on dating the gym instructor?  Did Danny hold him back from accomplishing his life’s dream?  Or was Becca’s coma stressing our hero out too much?

Fitness Week 15 In Review

As always, I discuss my individual goals here and whether I achieved them.  I think it isn’t wholly fair to solely focus on achievement.  Sometimes you don’t get the specific goals done, but you do things to assist you along the way.  Last week it was a planner.  I needed to get my life organized.  And honestly, I have been making progress with that.  Creating a schedule for myself, even when I don’t finish everything on the list, has made life more manageable.  Now I just need to account for those curveballs life gives me.  Stupid curveballs!

But really an analysis, can’t be a series of excuses.  So let’s get to looking at the goals and whether I achieved them, or did work to achieve them.

6 Times At The Gym Or An Activity

This was pretty much an out and out failure.  Just one time at the gym.  And that was generous.  I admit that I wasn’t feeling it.  And I certainly did not want to be like that previous week where I went to the gym feeling like I might fall off the equipment.  I haven’t seen someone fall off the elliptical yet, but somehow I don’t think it would be a funny sight.  And I don’t want to be the first.

8 Glasses Of Water Per Day

This is a bit hard.  I was still mixing in the juice, especially apple juice pretty heavily this week in my rotation of drinks.  I suppose water would have been better.  Although I think my body really wanted the Vitamin C that I was getting from the juice.  I remember growing up I used to be an orange juice fanatic when I got a cold.  But now it just seems too rough going down on my throat.  All that acid doesn’t seem to help.  So apple juice is the perfect combination of soothing drink with some good vitamins to help your body fight the cold off.  I would venture to guess that I only got four glasses of water per day this week.  But I wouldn’t call this a failure.  Just an understanding of what my body needed this week.

Counting My Calories –

My Fitness Pal.  Mic dropped.  OK, maybe not dropped.  Maybe just set down on the ground gently.  For those of you fitness enthusiasts, or app lovers, I know the Fitness Pal app has been around for quite some time.  In fact, when I lost a bit of weight a few years back, I used it religiously to help me count calories. It really did the trick.  I lost weight and it helped me know what I was eating.  But somehow I had stopped using it.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it got too tedious.  Although I think a divorce might have had something to do with being distracted from it.

This week, I added the Fitness Pal app to my phone.  It looks so much different then the one I used to have on my old Android phone years ago.  I think it probably has less to do with the phone and more to do with the apps development.  There are so many amazing things about it.  First, the database of foods has gotten exponentially larger.  So it’s easy to find a food or it’s equivalent so you know the food calories going down.  And they used to track carbs, proteins, salts, and fats, but now it is so much more intense.  It even gives you warnings about certain food contents after you eat them so that you can look out for certain food choices.

With all of these amazing things, I am excited to be able to get back to using the App.  I know that its going to take some concentration on my part to keep doing it.  But for those of you who are looking for an App to use to help you meet some fitness goals, this is the one for you.  And what’s even better, it tracks things off your phone like steps and such that it automatically uses to calculate how many calories it’s ok to eat for the day.  I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.

Ultimately, it will be about me putting in the data.  And I am having to get used to doing all of that again.  But I am doing it, slowly.  So I give myself a big A on this one, not only for starting to track my calories but for finding something that will help assist me in this journey.  And I am looking forward to playing with all of these new features on the app in the near future.

Eight Hours Of Sleep Per Night –

I really don’t know that I have gotten eight exactly.  But I do know that I have been getting more per night than I was before.  I would say I am doing a solid seven this week.  It just means more organizing of my schedule, and a recognition that I can only do so much on projects before I need to give it a rest.   Whatever the case, I am going to be pushing to getting closer to eight this week.  Although given my penchant for rising when the sun comes up and having longer hours, I will have to see what happens with all of this.

Final Grade For Fitness: C-

Next Weeks Goals:

I really want to stick to these goals.  The six times may be unrealistic.  But I really believe in setting the bar high on goals and I don’t want to quit on this until I at least reach it one time.  Then I can honestly look at things and see whether it will just take up too much of my time to do this.  I am thinking this won’t be true.  But I will not know until I have accomplished it at least once.  And I have done this before.  Maybe years before.  But I know it’s achievable. Given these facts, these are my goals for next week:

6 Hours To The Gym Or An Activity

8 Glasses Of Water Per Day

Counting Calories

8 Hours of Sleep Per Night

Continue The Conversation

So is As The Fitness World Turns must see TV?  Will Carl the Cold get in David’s way when he tries to go to the gym next week?  Does anyone know about his secret rendezvous with Heather the gym instructor?  And what is to become of the FitnessPal app?  Will it’s inventor come out of hiding and let David know about all of it’s secrets that can unlock the mysteries of the universe? Only Becca knows, if she can ever get out of her coma.  Poor Becca.

Seriously, I am looking forward to this next week.  It feels like summer is really here.  My cold seems to have finally gone away.  And there are a million fun things to do outside.  What things are you looking forward to this week?  What exciting things do you have going on?  And as we are headed towards the summer, if there were one place you could go to this summer, where would it be?  And don’t forget to keep up on those fitness goals.

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Until next time, this has been another episode of As The Fitness World Turns.

David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life

Other Fitness Posts:

Week 0: Not Another Fitness Blog

Third Week: Forced Reboot

Sixth Week: The Great DST Conspiracy

Ninth Week: To The Nines

Twelfth Week: Happily Ever After?