I'm so thrilled its Spring! I always feel a sense of renewal this time of year, along with the rest of nature. Seeing the trees and flowers blooming and hearing the birds singing outside makes me feel like I can do anything! April is approaching surprisingly fast, so its been nearly a whole quarter of the year already. I want to say that I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped, but I know that my expectations were really just unrealistic. I'm actually doing very well; even my brother told me that I looked like I was losing weight. He is not always the most observant guy, so that makes it mean even more to me. (I wasn't fishing for compliments, just sharing my progress.)
I weigh about 10 pounds less now than I did at the beginning of the year. That's not as much as I thought I'd have gone by now, but I've had several slip-ups and am just glad I'm decreasing, no matter how gradual it appears to me in the mirror. I also really have noticed that I feel more fit & more confident that I can do higher intensity workouts for longer. For now, I picture myself as a huge boulder inching down a gradual decline towards a healthy weight. Its so heavy that it rolls very slowly, at times appearing to not even be moving. But it is! The further I roll down the hill, the more speed I'll pick up. I know it!!
I've added some goals for April to my SparkPage, trying to improve upon a few basics I have slacked on since quitting my full-time job at the beginning of this year. My fitness goals are all to help me reach my 10# loss goal for April. I added five minutes to my minimum cardio minutes, so now I'll get 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. I hope, of course, to add more as I feel more fit and more like enjoying the beautiful weather! I also think I have been neglecting other aspects of my health that could help me make more progress. I have not really been keeping a regular sleep pattern, and I want to ensure that I get 8-9 hours of sleep every day! I like to sleep and have been doing too much of it lately, which has prevented me from getting all kinds of things done, I really just need to go to bed earlier
I also want to be meat-free at least one day week, meditate every day, and eat my fruits & veggies for the day. I also think drinking green tea will really help, just one or two cups a day has benefits and not too much caffeine...Okay, I'm rambling, but if you want to see my goals, just check my SparkPage. Its a new month, so I'm also focusing on balancing my budget, which is long due. I haven't been able to keep the $ in my reward jar because I've been broke. I have to rethink my rewards to things that don't cost jack, so I can still be rewarded (without food!) For reaching my monthly goals, I have one assigned for the remaining months:
March-reached this goal and am planning a romance novel binge for Saturday (I have almost 100 I haven't read yet)
April: fun reading day (I think I'm going to actually read all the Harry Potter books, now that my collection is complete)
May: home spa day! (those professionals are just way to expensive)
June: purchase a used copy of The Joy of Not Working for less than $5 (found it on Amazon for $2.99 but want to check Hastings yet)
July: my birthday month, so I if I can manage to not party (i.e. eat & drink too much) the whole month and still reach my goal, I'm getting dinner at one of my favorite restaurants-still undecided
August: this one is personal, but it costs $10 and I've been waiting a while for it...
September: undecided reading day, possibly more romance novels
October: "newsed" dress from thrift store or garage sale
November: dye my hair bright red!
December: used comprehensive sewing book
So, I'm pretty excited about these things, and its enough to keep me motivated. I still want to keep up my reward jar as much as I can. Additionally, if I have it anyway, for each five pounds I lose, I'll spend $5 on any combination of DVD or music. Let's see how this works! Weight-maintenance or bust!!!