Happy New Year! My 2019 rolled in with a nasty cold that completely sidelined me for four days. I’m still not 100% feeling better, but the congestion is gone, I’ve begun exercising again, and all that’s left is a sore throat that makes me sound like present-day Kathleen Turner.
But before I rush forth, whole-hog, into the new year, I have some housekeeping to do with 2018. This annual post is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to jump into… My 2018 Year-End Progress Report!
Y’all know how I share my weigh-in results and workout progress reports every month, right? This is kinda like that, except that it encapsulates the entire year. There’s a lot of data. I spend hours flicking beads on my abacus. And it’s worth it, because it’s tremendously motivating and a great source of pride. So why waste any more time? Let’s get to it!
First, my weight loss chart. I did my first-of-the-month weigh-in, and I held steady during the month of December, and maintained my weight. Wonderful! Maintainance isn’t easy, at any time, and during the holidays it’s even harder, so… pat on the back.
My finger is pointing at my weight exactly one year ago, at the start of 2018. All in all, I gained nine pounds over the year, from 251 to 260.
That’s not the direction I want to be going in. It’s the opposite direction. But I can’t beat myself up about it, because that doesn’t do any good. All I can do is look forward and stay committed to my health.
Plus, I really strongly believe that this blog and these charts do exactly what I need them to do: keep myself accountable. One of the things I remind myself, when I feel down about weight gain, is that without these pillars of accountability in place, I probably would have gained all the weight back years ago.
And, of course, another huge advantage of the chart is that it’s a constant reminder of the big picture. I’ll soon celebrate my ninth anniversary (!) of starting down this path, when I tipped the scales at 402 pounds. I’ve come so far, and worked so hard, and I’m not about to squash the pride I feel for everything I’ve done just because I’m up a handful of pounds.
Let’s move on to my year-end workout progress report! I track all my exercise on a calendar, including duration, activities, and the distance I covered (if applicable).
Keeping these notes is extremely helpful, so I can plan future workouts and look back at what I’ve done. My ongoing goal is to complete six workouts a week (and enjoy one rest day), and my calendar helps me track all that. Here’s my December 2018 calendar:
All those dots signify a workout. There’s 27 workouts, out of 31 days! Six of those workouts were lifting weights (marked by a little ‘W’), and I also competed in two races (65 Roses Climb and Hike the Halo, marked by little ‘R’s).
Enough about December. What about the whole goddamn year? Here are my workout totals from the past seven years:
- 2011: 284 workouts (See my ’11 Year-End Report)
- 2012: 262 workouts (See my ’12 Year-End Report)
- 2013: 226 workouts (See my ’13 Year-End Report)
- 2014: 296 workouts (See my ’14 Year-End Report)
- 2015: 299 workouts (See my ’15 Year-End Report)
- 2016: 297 workouts (See my ’16 Year-End Report)
- 2017: 312 workouts (See my ’17 Year-End Report)
For a long time, my yearly goal was to break the 300-workout threshold, a feat that I accomplished for the first time in 2017. How did I do in 2018?
In 2018, I worked out… 323 times. BAM! That’s 11 more workouts than my previous high! That right there is dedication. It’s also because I stayed injury-free, and never really got sick enough to stop exercising (something I can’t say about 2019, and we’re only seven days in!).
Some of you may recall that I ended up taking an exercise break for most of last summer (and if you do, good memory!), but I didn’t become sedentary. I took a break from all my more intensive activities and limited myself to just walking, and I counted all those walks in this total. Exercise is exercise.
My 2019 goal is to stay above 300, since that’s a nice round number and proves to be a challenge.
Some other 2017 stats:
- I took 27 group fitness classes. This was something I began tracking when I was still taking weekly classes with Richard Simmons, and I still do it to this day, even though the number has gone way down since he closed up shop and disappeared. Group fitness classes are excellent for me, because I push myself harder than I would on my own, and I find the group setting fun and motivating. A lot of those 27 classes were aerobics classes that my friend Anne taught, and a whole bunch were LIFT virtual classes that I did from the comfort of my home. Those fell off my radar in April, when I started my exercise break, but I should start doing them again. They kick my butt!
- 55 of my workouts were focused on weightlifting (compared to 52 in 2017, 62 in 2016, 83 in 2015, and 109 in 2014). Gotta keep pumping iron!
- My workouts average around an hour each. In total, I spent 13.4 days in 2018 exercising!
- Combine my workouts from 2011-2018, and I’ve worked out 2,299 times in the past eight years! That’s nearly 96 days of exercise! (I’m so close to 100!)
The final thing I log on my calendar are my Cardio Miles – the distance, in miles, that I cover doing my exercise. In December, I logged 73.9 miles.
My new cumulative total (since Summer 2013) is 4,722.6 miles – including 1,015.5 miles from 2017! That’s a new yearly record, beating my prior best of 915.3 miles from last year.
So what does all this add up to? 2018 was pretty spectacular. Despite a little weight gain and an exercise break, I was incredibly active and even broke a couple personal records! And I plan to make 2019 another year for the record books. So…
…KEEP IT UP, DAVID!
I’ve got one more 2018 year-end report to share: my race summary. That’ll be my next post!
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