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Friday, June 07, 2013

Even after maintaining a year, I have found myself struggling, so ten days ago I made a calendar that focuses on three daily goals: calories within range, alcohol within personal limits (and lower than my previous limit), and getting to bed at a time that allows me at least six hours of shuteye (nominally 8:30 - 9:00 on a work night). Then I bought a package of gold stars to reward myself and keep a visual track. I started on May 28 rather than June 1, because I figured waiting for the new month would just let me rationalize bingeing, as has happened in the past.

So ten days in, here's how I'm doing:
C (calories): 7/10 with one major blowout. The other two were minor overages.
A (alcohol): 8/10 at the lower limit. The other two days were at my previous limit.
B (bedtime): 9/10 and I do feel better for making sleep a priority

All in all, though it's not perfect, I don't think it's a bad start, and the calendar shows where I need to improve. Before SparkPeople, I probably would have thought things like this calendar and my vision collage to be embarrassing and cheesy, but I'm living my success, and if others see I'm not embarrassed by displaying my goals prominently, perhaps it will help them.
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