On December 1, I sat down and came up with some numbers-related goals that I wanted to try to achieve during the month of December, and my personal December by the Numbers Challenge was born. Today I have the task of looking back over my month and reviewing what went well and what, um, didn’t.
Goal: 2,000 ounces of water consumed
- 2,000 ounces of water for the 31 days of December came out to roughly 64 ounces per day ~ the bare minimum recommendation for healthy daily water consumption. I thought that in this area I would really excel, but I was shocked to discover that I was not consuming nearly as much water as I believed I was! This was the first time I ever tracked my water consumption, and it was really eye opening. I used the app Waterlogged, which was fantastic, although I got a bit discouraged and stopped tracking sometime mid-month so I don’t have a final number! I do know that it’s very unlikely that I reached 2,000.
Goal: 248 hours of sleep (or at least hours in bed, eyes shut!)
- 248 hours came out to 8 hours of sleep per day, and in this area I easily was successful. I used the app Sleep Tracker, and I found it to be extremely easy to use. Again, I stopped tracking sometime mid-month, but this was more due to distractions and general busy-ness!
Goal: 64 maximum hours of TV watched
- This area came out to be… an epic fail. I always turn the tv on while I’m doing things around the house, and although I had high hopes, the Christmas season turned out to be a very bad time to try to change this habit. However, I definitely still need to work on this because I fall into the trap of getting sucked in to whatever’s on way too often; this goal just may need its own whole month!
Goal: 24 daily Bible readings
- This goal started out strong, and fizzled out as the holidays got nearer. I started a daily Bible reading plan in November on my iPhone using the app You Version, so now I have quite a bit of catching up to do! I’m headed out to Manitowoc Coffee after this to play catch up.
Goal: 15 home-cooked dinners
- This goal was really important to me, as it’s typically very easy for me to get caught up in the stress of the holidays and not even think about dinner until it’s too late. I’m happy to report that we consumed 11 home cooked dinners during the month of December. No, it’s not a 15, but this goal really forced me to focus on cooking more than usual during the holidays so it gets an A+ from me! The times that we didn’t eat at home were (for the most part!) unavoidable social and holiday occasions.
Goal: 10 hours of fun, connecting time with Terry
- When I set this goal, I had no idea which number to choose ~ I didn’t know what our schedules and social obligations would end up being, so I didn’t know what would be realistic. I’m again happy to say that we easily surpassed this goal. From our Christmas at Camp Sinawa date, to our day after Christmas dinner and a movie date, and several hours of playing games and getting hot chocolate, we spent a lot of dedicated one-on-one time with each other and this makes me happy.
Goal: 10 gym workouts
- This goal was really important to me as well, and unfortunately I didn’t make it. The month started out great (remember when I found a gym to go to while visiting Jaime?), but again fizzled out as the holidays neared. I planned to make up for it during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but I came down with a nasty cold and decided to focus on getting healthy in time for our trip to Mom and Dad’s. I ended up about halfway successful here.
Goal: 8 non-holiday visits with family or friends
- This goal ended up being a little overwhelming ~ between all of the social events of the holidays themselves, I was pushed a bit to the brink with this goal. I’m a girl who definitely needs her alone time for rejuvenation. I ended up having 5 visits, and 2 more scheduled but cancelled; my friend Angela and I scheduled a Skype date two different times but her kiddos were sick and she needed to focus on them, and my friend Becky and I planned a movie night but she and her baby ended up getting sick! Overall, this goal was good and helped me to focus on the fun and social aspects of the holidays rather than just the “must-dos”.
Goal: 5 hours studying for my 2 finals
- This goal did not pan out at all, but I will be taking a whole post to talk about why!
Goal: 0 pounds gained
- I’m very happy to report that this goal was a total success; in fact, I actually lost 2 pounds! This is huge to me because I usually use the holidays as a free-for-all excuse, and I didn’t want to do that anymore. I considered setting a weight loss goal, but decided to go easy on myself and simply set the goal of not gaining, and it worked! I didn’t feel too pressured, but I was reminded of my healthy goals ~ all in all, exactly what I wanted!
How do I feel about the challenge results?
I feel good overall. There are a few areas that I was disappointed in my results, particularly the gym workouts and the Bible readings, and I will continue to work on those. However, there were many areas that I was pleased with. Ultimately, I wanted to use this challenge to stay focused on my overall health during the Christmas season, and I think that it was a success!