Not a great month (and yes, I realize it's not yet over) -- but hoping to turn things around with the remainder of the month (both diet and fitness wise)
This indeed has been kindof a crummy month. After my bug-in-the-eye-outdoor-running experience, I managed to break my toe a week later, and then find out that my poor cat is a diabetic and needs twice daily insulin shots, and then I found out my big motivating trip at the end of September has been cancelled. Maybe not for some, but for me this constituted some crummy events this month, and not being able to wear a normal shoe messed up my Jillian 30-day shred challenge I was working on this month. Although I posted a picture on my page that is great for this sort of thing:
So in the spirit of yelling "Plot Twist" and moving on:
Some good things this month:
I heard some news regarding my job/company that sounds promising for the future. For those of you that missed the last episode on this topic -- right after I signed my contract for work, I basically found out a whole bunch of things were not as expected and I was worried about the long term stability of my job and the company I work for. So... hopefully in another month I should know exactly what is in store for the future of my company, but it's sounding positive at this point (which it wasn't before).
Second. Turns out giving insulin shots to a cat twice a day isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. With a little bit of planning, it's actually almost becoming routine. We are still working out his proper dosing, and he is going to require some additional visits to the vet in the meantime -- but so far, things are going okay. I am still hoping that eventually he can be controlled with the new prescription food alone, so keeping my fingers crossed.
Third. Today, I was finally able to put on a pair of sneakers without my toe complaining loudly. In order to celebrate, I decided to go for a nice walk outdoors (just over 4.5 miles). My toe was a bit swollen by the time I got back, and apparently two weeks of "rest" is not really enough to get rid of this dumb shin splint I've got -- but things are moving in the right direction.
Fourth. My progress with learning spanish is going well. I'm now in an intermediate class (which sometimes I think might be a little too over my head, but other days it's good). Granted, I've got a long ways to go, but I've been trying to really spend more time practicing and studying each week between classes. I would love to do a real immersion class in another country at some point, but was wanting to wait until I got to an "intermediate level", but I might wait a little longer. :-)
Fifth: I've also been making some progress on my novel. I'd always thought it would be fun to write a novel, so over the last couple of years I have taken some online writing classes and got started -- but unless you chalk out time to write -- it's hard to make much progress. So I've been working out details of plot and some character development -- it's been fun.
So, some good things happening this month too. Although not really in the realm of fitness or good eating habits. *sigh* But I've got the rest of the month to get back into the swing of things. I went grocery shopping today and am all stocked up on healthy stuff for the week. Got my "salad starter" done and plenty of fruits and veggies to supplement meals.
I am revising my goals (yet again -- but at least I haven't quit!) and I am going to strive for a lower daily calorie range over the next two weeks and see how that goes. I had been eating at the upper end of my range (1450-1550), but I think I will have more success if I stick to the 1250-1350 range. At least that's about where I was when I had done WW. I am also going to work on upping my daily activity level (besides just getting to the gym -- which I haven't been in two weeks!).
Mini goal for next two weeks:
Drink at least 8 glasses water daily (or more!)
Eat 5 servings fruit / veggies daily
Get at least 30 minutes activity in daily (even if it's still only walking with my lame toe)
Set new goals to strive towards (weight/fitness/etc)