Last week I introduced the 9-9-9 Health Care Plan. Here's the back story.
Last Saturday, I had my annual day from hell: Work a half-day in Orlando, wait around the airport for three hours, fly 2 1/2 hours to Dallas, walk directly to a connecting flight, and fly four more hours to Seattle. We go to Florida every fall to meet with a foundation that supports our organization. The conference itself went great, but my eating and exercise did not. It was my third road trip of the month and my body was feeling heavy and sluggish as a result.
I had serious work reading for the flights, but all I could manage was reading two news magazines, both of which ran features on Herman Cain and his "9-9-9" tax plan. I won't comment on the politics, but my mind likes to play with numbers and since I needed to recommit to a diet plan when I got back home, I put what little brainpower remained into what became the 9-9-9 Health Care Plan. It was intended as satire, but the plan is sound and the simplicity has surprising appeal. The next morning, I woke up and decided to try it.
I'm glad I did. I had a three week blow up prior to this week. In fact, I missed two weigh-ins for the first time on the P.O.P. But this week I took a big step back in the right direction.
9 Fruits and Vegetables per day - Grade: B. While I never hit 9, I hit 8 twice and probably averaged 6 servings per day. Nine F/V is more of an aspirational target - getting close is a great accomplishment.
9 Sweets or Snacks per week - Grade: B. The plan was for one per day and twice on the weekend. I had a couple of days where I had two. Whatever. This was a success.
9 Miles on Foot per week - Grade C. I did six miles, but five came Saturday in a desperate effort to achieve respectability - two by walking and nine on the bike (equating to three on foot). And tomorrow I finish the October Challenge. Assuming I'll put in the equivalent of 30 minutes of walking trick or treating with my kids, that puts me at 810 minutes for October. Short of my goal of 1,000 minutes of activity, but better than it might have been in a month with travel and some lousy weather.
I'll leave you with a picture from my bike ride on Saturday. No pun intended. Thanks for your support everybody!