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.