Category: Milestones

Checkpoint 03: 312.0

5 more lbs baby!!!  That’s 14.4 total.  Man, I’m pumped!!! This checkpoint was a huge victory for me.  In many previous diets, week 3 has always been a plateau week. That is usually followed by giving up on whatever plan I’m trying and heading to the nearest McDonald’s. So today is a glorious day. Perhaps the difference now is that I’m not on any “plan.” I’m just making smart decisions with my food choices.  I’m eating whole foods (meats & veggies).  Occasionally I will have a treat like ice coffee, but when I do I make a smart choice. I’ll get the medium rather than the extra-large.

That leads me to another part of my success thus far. I’ve been programmed mentally that when I commit to a dietary change, I must commit 100%. There can’t be any exceptions!  That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself.  The slightest deviation would crumble me. Now, I’m living by an 80/20 rule and it’s really alleviated that pressure.  So I can have a small ice cream cone when out with my family and not feel as if I’ve ruined my effort for the week. I’m living and feeling so much better not having to deal with that pressure.

More good news! Yesterday I achieved another milestone.  It was the first time I walked 10,000 steps in a single day!  I’m not sure if I can do that on a daily basis yet, but I may be ready to up my daily goal from 5,000 to maybe 7,000.

So for a week that in previous years has always sucked, week 3 for The Restoration Project was one of my best ever 🙂


5,000 Step Milestone Achieved!

Yesterday was an awesome day for The Restoration Project.  I woke up feeling great.  When I put my shirt on it felt huge, which made me think I was losing weight.  Whether I actually did is irrelevant.  However, that shirt became my new favorite shirt 🙂

I also achieved one of my first milestones.  I walked 5,000 steps!!!  According to the US National Library of Medicine’s article, 10,000 steps per day is the popular number for healthy adults.  So I monitored my steps every day last week and found that I’m averaging 2,500-3,000 steps per day.  This makes sense being that I sit at my desk most of the day.  This also means that I need to find ways to get more steps in.  Luckily my office has a huge parking lot. So I started waling a few laps a day.

So I’m being smart about this.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I am setting goals to work my way to 10,000 steps per day.  Goal #1 is to achieve 5,000 steps per day. Yesterday I walked 5 laps.  That was the big factor in getting me over the 5,000 step mark.  Now I need to continue this effort on a daily basis!