May Goals

. . . May’s goals . . .¬†

1). NO pizza. I always give something up each month. The reason I am choosing pizza is because it’s my absolute favorite food, and I want to get it back to a status of being a “treat” now and then instead of eating it often / regularly.

2). I’d like to be down 5-8 lbs toward my goal weight by the end of the month. I only have 13 total left so I think 5-8 is a good chunk without being overwhelming.

3). Actually get the 45 miles in May done for the 45 in May swap ūüôā

4). Start and maintain a journal, which I have outlined and made a plan for last night and this morning ūüôā

. . . Well, 10 days in, and I am doing decent with my May goals . . . 

1). I have not had any pizza. ¬†This includes take out, homemade, Hot Pockets and / or Lean¬†Pockets, pizza rolls, etc. ¬†NO pizza whatsoever, and you know what? ¬†I am OKay! ¬†I noticed that after my two months sans ALL sweets, that now, I can eat a piece of candy or have a BITE of a sweet, and I am instantly satiated. ¬†I ate a small brownie this past weekend, and it was far too much. ¬†Considering I am off of soda entirely, with the exception of the Kickstart (damn those!), my habit of giving¬†something up for a month at a time is definitely helping me regulate my bad habits and improve upon what “in moderation” means to my lifestyle.

2). Well, I did not weigh myself May 1st, and so, I can only go by my last weigh in, which was on April 24th. ¬†The current number on the scale is higher than the number that was facing me on the 24th, but because I have been working out again, I attribute this “gain” to muscle weight. ¬†I was also bloated for several days, and I know I am holding water. ¬†SO, I am not overly concerned. ¬†I may weight myself this evening and go from there. ¬†If it’s one thing I have learned, it is that I can have a target number in mind, but I should base my progress on how I feel, and I am feeling fantastic!

3). I have thus far completed 19 miles for the Move It! 45 Miles in May swap. ¬†I am also participating in the Pacific Coast Highway virtual race, which is 113.2 miles. ¬†I need to up my daily distances in order to finish the latter within the month, but I am pleased with my 19 miles thus far. ¬†Unless my May mirrors April’s events, I foresee completing the 45 miles without a hitch. ¬†I am definitely pushing myself to get out there, even when it is the last thing I want to do. ¬†Fun shirts¬†and knee socks help; they keep me happy!

Running for bibliophilia

“Running for bibliophilia.” ¬†Image from my Instagram: idiosyncratic_unicorn

4). The journal . . . eh, not so much. ¬†I need to let go of my tendency to be slightly obsessive-compulsive, in regards to my penmanship and style, and just embrace the journal’s contents and love it for what it is. ¬†I had brainstormed a format that I felt will work well for me, but I have not been successful at actually executing it. ¬†I still have time to follow through, even if it’s only writing my stats down, and then, I can improve upon my process (embellishments, etc.) next month.

So far, so good.  I feel like I am finally on the upswing!

 

New May, New Me

Well, it is the 1st of May: a new day, a new month, and new goals!

From one of my forum interactions, in one of my many swap-bot groups, Healthy Journaling . . .

“I am thrilled! I have finally started a journal. Well, by started … I mean that last night I took the time to choose one, put some washi along the edge of page #1 with a matching / complementing sticker (pink flamingos for those who dig details ;D), and I brain stormed what/how I am going to journal.

I decided that to journal should make me happy, which is why I plan to decorate and embellish each page. I decided I don’t want to sit and write, write, write, but I want it to be useful in tracking…

SO, I have decided…

-make a daily goal for myself,

-throw in a motivating quote – I have several applicable Project Life cards I can paste in for that,

-write down my activity (total miles, work outs I have done, etc.), and

-notate cals in vs. cals out (I won’t include the itemized tracking in my journal because I track everything I eat and drink meticulously in my Fitbit).

I may or may not include a short reflection to include how I feel about meeting my daily goal or how I can achieve it if I did not, etc.

The biggest obstacle for me, in regards to journaling, is that I get anxiety when it’s not perfect. If I see my penmanship as sloppy, if the washi tore and isn’t perfectly aligned, etc. It’s something I have always faced – I could get SO many more letters written and be journaling consistently if I could just learn to embrace the imperfections.

Anyways, feeling good about day #1 / page #1!! :)”

I am signed up for / involved in a lot of exercise themed and goal oriented swap-bot swaps this month.  With my first 5K being June 3rd, I am so excited to recommit myself to running and working out.  Though I am signed up for several events, there is something motivating about when that first event becomes impending rather than in the queue for a much later date!  To help me prepare, I have joined the Move It #2! 45 Miles in May swap, AND I am doing the Pacific Coast Highway virtual 5K, which is 113.2 total miles.

So, May is off to a good great start, and it is only 1100 hours!

-First, I have my new journal accompanied by a concrete plan regarding how I will utilize it and a format which will allow me to keep  it consistent and as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful.

-Though it was raining this morning, I still went for a morning walk with a colleague!

-Thus far, I am sticking to my daily goal.

I only have 13 pounds until I reach my goal weight, and I feel that it’s feasible to achieve that goal¬†by Tough Mountain, especially if I can stay on target for a 2lb loss per week. ¬†Tough Mountain is July 29th. ¬†That’s nearly 3 months! ¬†I can do this, and I am more driven than ever to do so. ¬†I have finally turned the corner where I start to support the idea that¬†it is OKay to put myself first¬†by having actions that are aligned with the attitude.

It no longer matters how or why I fell off the wagon, nor does it matter how long it has taken me to get back on it. ¬†I have given myself permission to stop dwelling on my perceived failures. ¬†What IS important is …

I have that fire in my belly again.