One of my favorite teams on Spark People is The Daily Sparker. We have a challenge right now where each of us is paired up with a partner who sends us a daily goodie with a note outlining our "Simon Says" assignment for the day. It reminds me of opening up a fortune cookie when I receive the goodie and look "inside" for the note.
Here is what Simon says to do today: blog on how you have done in the first two months of the year and what you think you can do to make March a good month for you
How I have done during the first two months of this year:
Weight-wise, I've been doing a bit of yo-yo-ing. (My spell checker said to spell this “yo-yoing” but wouldn’t it rhyme with “boing” then?) I'd gained 5 lbs from the holidays and then lost it again by the end of January then gained it again in February. I'm going up and down from 145 to 150. I know my biggest eating challenge is sugar----I must be addicted. I mostly just consume sugar in hard candies but, boy do I consume them like crazy! I didn't know it was possible to binge on hard candy until these last couple of months.
I can feel that little voice inside that says "I don't like my life right now so I'm going to treat myself to something sweet so I will feel better." I'm trying to drown out that voice but it's getting louder and louder.
I’ve been eating as a vegan and am learning a lot about it along the way. It’s not as easy as I would have thought. It’s hard to balance out all of my eating “principles” while eating vegan. I want to eat non-processed food, and non-sugary foods but there’s a lot of protein in tofu burgers, and there’s sugar in soy yogurt, etc.
Personally I've felt myself shut down. I haven't been going out with friends as much or trying out any new meet-ups. I just have gotten tired of pushing myself.
The good thing I've been really doing these past few months is trying to get more sleep. I still don't get as much as I'd like to but at least I'm listening to my body more and trying to figure out what I need to do to be able to get more sleep.
March. March into March. I have been having trouble making up personal goals for myself lately. I think I must be thinking of goals that aren't realistic when I do think of goals, so it makes me not want to make any goals at all.
What frustrates me the most right now:
- I'm not cleaning like I was. I was doing the Fly Lady system pretty well for awhile, but once Chet got sick I sort of let everything and it slide and I'm avoiding getting started again. This happens whenever I stop exercising for awhile, too. It's so hard to get started again and then, once I do, I say to myself "Now that wasn't so bad. Why did I wait so long?!)
- I'm not working on my business blog. My goal is to become self-employed again and I'm putting myself last.
- I have a hard time taking out time for me, including time in which to relax and enjoy myself.
- I haven’t fixed up my room, haven’t spent even one minute on it really. Maybe this is the same block as how I’m feeling about cleaning.
- My car is a mess.
Okay, so here are some goals that I think are realistically achievable:
1. Lose 4 pounds. (by keeping my calories in range and exercising.)
2. Continue to focus on getting enough sleep. Get my average up to at least 7 hrs. (It's currently at around 6 hrs and 50 minutes.)
3. Get back into my cleaning routine. Do 15 minutes 5 days a week this month. (In addition to the cleaning I do for my pets.)
4. Start fixing up my room. Do three items from the list I made for fixing up my room each week.
5. Clean out my car: 2 days per week pick a different section of the car and work on it.
6. Work on my business blog for 15 minutes a day. (Wish it could be more, but I'm trying to be realistic.)
7. Meditate for just 5 minutes in the morning.
Already the above makes me feel strangled in fear of not having enough time, not being able to do all of this. I will push through my feelings of fear and make a plan each week that will allow me to accomplish the above seven goals.
Wish me luck! I appreciate everyone’s support!