This is the year that I have chosen to make my health top priority. I set out with 3 specific goals; Lose 100 pounds, Quit Smoking, and Quit Drinking. But these are long term goals, how do I measure my progress towards them? More importantly, there are so many daily factors that can impact my yearly goals, how do I capture that stuff. In order to meet my goals I also have to keep my mental focus.
Sure I have my scale and weekly weigh-ins, but I could go on a starvation diet for 30 days. During those 30 days if all I focus on is my weight then I would say that I'm doing great.
I need something that will tell me how I'm doing each day because that's what I'm focused on; one day at a time. I need some method of "grading" myself each day (objectively). If I can record that grade everyday then I should be able to see some sort of a trend.
So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to develop a system of grading myself each night and then recording it. In order to be successful I figure the system needs to meet these criteria:
- It has to be objective - subjective grading won't work because it can be influenced by how you feel each day. No, the grading has to be designed such that if I graded myself and my daughter did, we would come out with the same score.
- It has to be quick, easy, and require nothing more than a pen and paper - If it's not quick and easy I won't do it
- It has to have room for growth - Based on how I'm doing right now, I should be scoring probably around 50%. That way as I grow, my score will have room to grow as well to show me the progress
I think what makes this process tricky is that item #3. In order for me to design something with room to grow, I need to know what my future me should be doing each day. I have to take some time and think this through. Expect me to write more about this later in the week.
Today was my unrestricted day so I won't go into much detail about how I ate. Another big milestone though, today marks 3 weeks of no smoking; 3 weeks is the milestone when they say your cravings have reduced considerably. I've still got a long way to go, but I take stock in what I've achieved so far. Goodbye Day #21 and my first 3 weeks; let's head into week #4 and Day #22 with a bang!