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July Progress Report

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SENIORSWIMMER 8/22/2013 8:30AM

    I try to stay at the lower end of my calorie range too. (When I track, which hasn't been very often this summer)

You're doing great dealing with all the obstacles. Aren't injuries the absolute pits? They always seem to strike just when you're on a roll. Grrr. My most recent ones are healing well. I'm making sure my exercise increase is slow and consistent. No more endorphin induced, "Two more laps!" I am eager to ditch the water walking and get back to spending my time in the pool swimming.

Have a great rest of the month. The end of canning and freezing season is in sight. Halleluia!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/30/2013 3:30PM

    Sounds like you're managing to see the positives despite the negatives. Hopefully as your toe heals and your shin splints go away, everything will become that much better! :-D

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67YKCEB 7/28/2013 3:59PM

    I so hate those months when something is always happening to mess your plans! They might seem little, but man do they cause all kinds of problems. I hope that the rest of your year is smooth sailing and no more plot twist! Having a sick kitty is enough to mess my year up!

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BARBANNA 7/25/2013 4:49PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I feel bad for you injury and issues but you did a good job of turning a lemon into a lime. Good luck and God bless you. I am convinced that God places challenges before us and waits to see how well we handle them. Once he see's we how well we do, he up's the challenge. so be ready for the next round. It happens to all of us emoticon emoticon

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BARBANNA 7/23/2013 3:58PM

    Your problems always look less signifcant when you write them down and analyze them. They are big and they are complicated but "don't sweet the small stuff, it's all small stuff"...

Glad life is better and hope it all goes in the right direction! emoticon emoticon

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BLKLILY 7/22/2013 11:44PM

    Be gentle on yourself. Your body is not going anywhere so you will have the rest of your life to keep working on it. Writing a novel and learning Spanish is definitely on my to-do list! You are doing emoticon so emoticon emoticon

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JOANNKW 7/22/2013 2:49PM

    Sounds good! I am glad the insulin shots are going ok, and also holding out hope that the whole diabetes thing can be controlled w/ diet! And yes, I've been in town for the rain. I love it when we get these gully washers!

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    Lots of positives going on for you, despite the plot twist!


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RJSCHWEITZER 7/22/2013 12:45PM

    Wow, you have accomplished (or are accomplishing) a LOT this month! You should be proud of yourself.

I admire your mini goals. I will have to try that.

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JUMPINJULIE 7/22/2013 12:25AM

    You can do it. Those goals sounds totally doable. emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 7/21/2013 10:03PM

    Muy bueano amiga!

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CVRONEK 7/21/2013 9:43PM

    emoticon You had me rolling! I love it! Plot twist! Yes, I need to yell that out, this month, as well!

There still is much to be grateful for and proud of, so in the spirit of plan B..... emoticon

Here is to a great 2nd half of the month!

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JESSICABOOTY 7/21/2013 4:28PM

    You Rock! From where I stand you've made great progress. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NAPPIGURL 7/21/2013 1:38PM

    Looks like the good outweighs the bad! Good job on the Spanish & novel progress. I totally encourage immersion no matter what level you are! It's just more in context so you're more likely to retain the info, plus you'll remember your mistakes more vividly (because you will undoubtedly laugh at yourself; I once told someone I was pregnant when I meant to say I was embarrased, lol emoticon I'll never make that mistake again!).
Great plan for the rest of the month! emoticon emoticon

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/21/2013 11:09AM

    You have a great attitude and it shows in this blog! Nothing is going to stop you from achieving your goals! You take the good with the bad - do some analyzing and keep it moving! Good for you!


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NSPIXIE 7/21/2013 7:54AM

    I just spent two weeks giving a cat a pill twice a day - I was just starting to get good at it when it was time to stop. Needles must be more fun, but at least your kitty will be feeling better.

I like your mini-goals!

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/21/2013 6:55AM

    What a wonderfully great blog! It blew me away. You have an amazing attitude about life, it's problems, and moving forward. I am so glad for your Kittie too. emoticon

Your projections and goals are wonderful and I wish you the best. Sorry about your toe. emoticon

Keep up the GREAT work you are doing and I look forward to reading more of your blogs and progress.
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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