I hope the title of this blog gives you a John Lennon earworm for the rest of the day.
I got a bit derailed by the stomach flu this month. I caught a bad, three-day bug that messed up my 10-minute fitness streak.
On day three of the bug, my stupid period arrived, adding insult to injury. I got very stressed out about missing three days of work (two of which were unpaid), because I teach Head Start and my little friends have a hard time when there is a substitute teacher. I also hate to stick my co-teacher with a sub; it's just hard on everyone. So I got all stressed about that and also about having end-of-the-year assessments and home visits and mountains of paperwork looming at the end of this month...ugh. Unfortunately, I chose to handle feeling craptastic and stressed by eating a lot of white carbs and being lazy.
Now the flu is gone, assessments are finalized, home visits are completed, and the paperwork mountain has shrunk to a small hill. I only have 11 more days of work, then I am on summer break (until I go to Maine to work for 7 weeks, but that's a different blog entry). Time to get back on track, my dear. I started the SparkCoach Plateau-Busting program, more as a way to mix things up and get recharged than anything else. I know exactly why I'm not losing weight; I'm being careless with my eating and I'm not exercising enough. Get it together, Tam (That's me. My name is not really Lyddie and I am not actually a cat. I bet you're surprised, huh?)
I am nowhere close to hitting 1000 fitness minutes this month, but 500 is doable. I think I have 415 right now and I have 4 days left in this month. I also need to track my food. I HATE tracking my food. It's so tedious to look up all that stuff and to enter the recipe when I cook at home. However, I know that I need to get portions under control and not eat so much crap, so I will stop complaining and start tracking. I tracked breakfast this morning, so that is a good start.
Goals for May:
1. Resume the 10 minutes a day fitness streak. My last streak was 37 days; I can totally beat that.
2. Use the fitness tracker every day. I think I'll start a streak. I get very motivated by checking off the days on my streak-tracker thingy.
3. When I'm cooking, do more measuring and less eye-balling and write down the measurements to make tracking less of a PITA.
4. 500 fitness minutes. I feel overwhelmed by 1000 minutes.
5. Drink water like it's my job. I got lazy about that too, which is stupid, because I love drinking water. I just bought myself a cool new water bottle, which helps. If I like my water bottle, I drink more. My new bottle holds 18 oz., so if I drink 4 bottles a day, that's 9 cups. I can do that.
I'm not waiting until May to start working on these goals; I'm starting today!