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Paying It Forward and July Goals

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last week I noticed a pattern: young people have been coming to me looking for guidance and assistance. I like that. When I was younger, I had some wonderful and helpful friends and bosses who helped me grow and develop, both personally and in my career. Now that I’m older, It makes me happy to be able to help these kids (I use the term loosely, mostly 20-somethings) figure out how to face challenges, set life goals and decide how best to achieve them. I feel like I’m paying it forward and that’s good.

So, about those weight loss and activity goals I set for May: I completely blew it! I struggled with a lot of emotion when I didn’t get the job and I didn’t stick to my program – I ate and drank too much and was inconsistent with exercise.

The good news is that I managed to maintain, with just a slight gain – I went from 147 at the end of April to 148.2 today. So, not horrible, and I am viewing this as a success. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to maintenance and building sustainable habits, and the fact that I was able to go through a tough time and not lose my progress made me feel good.

And now I’m ready to get back to a more balanced way of living and restore a bit of discipline. So, July goals:

1. Stress management: Blogging, at least once a week. Meditate more, using the Deepak Chopra’s meditation I bought, although I was a little disappointed with it. I found some good meditations online too, and they help me focus.

2. Being happier: I’ve been organizing the house, which makes me happier. I like to read books about happiness and creativity, like Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project and a blog I found about creativity called U99. I will also do more painting and drawing. I have my little studio space almost all set up and it is wonderful.

3. Stay within my calorie goals as a weekly average. I feel like this allows me the flexibility to go over some days while still maintaining the intent. The Calorie and Nutrients over time is able to track a weekly average, but even better is the Calorie Differential Over Time. In terms of what I eat, was doing well when I cut out the sweets completely for my “Secular Lent.” That turned out to be a great kick-start for reducing sweets, I’ve been successful with moderation since then. My earlier focus on upping the protein, which is good for satiety and for building muscle, was also good, so I’ll try that again. But in the end, so much of this is simply about will power and I WILL do better.

4. Drinks: not more than 4 a week. Again, this is about building sustainable habits so I’m not saying no drinks at all. But over the past couple months I definitely gave into the desire to use alcohol to reduce stress and I don’t like that. So I plan to keep on using alternate stress reduction methods like blogging, meditation or trying to accomplish some small thing instead.

5. Cardio at least 3 times a week. Running still going well but really working to mix it up and do other activities so I don’t reinjure my knee. So, I’ve been biking and walking. I might try Zumba this month, it looks like fun.

6. ST and yoga: I need more ST – such a struggle! Will shoot for 2 Body Pump classes a week and see if that works.

7. Track weight every Saturday and take measurements the last Saturday of the month. Read the Maintenance Team's pages to start to prepare for maintenance and inspire me to reach my goals. I also cleaned out my closet last week and put all of my smaller summer clothes in the closet for inspiration. If I can lose a pound a week in July, I’ll be able to fit into a lot of them, so that provides some inspiration!

So that’s my plan…what is yours? What are you doing to get to your goals this month? I’m always looking for inspiration!

Happy sparking to all of my Sparkly friends!
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    You have a great plan and it's obvious it's working with your results despite the stressors that presented themselves to you! I need to really dig in and get this done - get off my plateau and reach sustainable practices (like you point out even with drinks).
    1676 days ago
    Great plan. I love checking in with the maintenance team every morning to keep me on track.

    I am working on getting ready for my first 10K in a few months so I will be running more as well as consistently working on strength training which helps with oxygen utilization during running.

    Best of luck to you!
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    1698 days ago
    I learned my knee issues were from my shoes during zumba and body I gave up on them for a while...trying to find a good (cute) pair of cross trainers...I have restarted my zumba, I realized that is what I started doing to lose weight and I love it, so if I go easy on it, it won't hurt my knee as much...I've also limited running to the bare essentials, I'm going to train three times a week, hopefully that'll prepare me for the race in September....(so make sure you're wearing the proper footwear)

    I also restarted body pump....I have the same goal of two times a week...I'm not sure I like it, I find it really boring, but compared to the nw rules for lifting workout I was doing, I'm feeling the results a lot more...

    Sorry you had a stressful month...job issues are never fun....I'm still looking for a job, well a full time teaching job, I can't even get interviews...which had led to a lot of stress eating...I've maintained my weight pretty decently this month, only going up a few pounds, which compared to all the eating and limited exercise I did, that's was pretty good!

    Glad you're back! I look forward to reading your blogs!
    1698 days ago
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