Of My April Goals & Getting Back to Basics (A&I Challenge: Look Here)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

When someone asked me how this month is shaping up, my first instinct was to say, “Crazy!” But it seems like that answer is getting a bit redundant. Every month is crazy. In September, my husband came home from a deployment. We spent most of October on the road. In November, we were working on settling back in as a family unit, and we celebrated Thanksgiving. In December, the holidays took over, and we bought a house. In January, he was on the other side of the country while I nursed my mom through her recovery from major surgery. In February, he was still on the other side of the country, and I packed up all our belongings while navigating the final steps of the home-buying process (right up to closing). In March, we closed on the house, moved, and welcomed our first house-guests as we celebrated LittleDude’s birthday...before my husband left again. Now it’s April, I haven’t made any progress in my weight loss journey (unless you include reverse progress), and there are a million more things on the horizon. But at some point, the insanity has to stop (I just had a Susan Powter flashback). At some point, I have to take a deep breath, stop thinking of all the things about weight loss I just don’t feel like I can handle right now, and start tackling the things I CAN handle. So this month is about getting back to the basics.

The goals...

1. Stay within my nutritional ranges EVERY day. It’s going to be hard. There are more days than I’d like to admit when I realize we have no quick plan for lunch after errands took longer than expected. I’ll be visiting my parents, and that’s always a recipe for disaster when it comes to my willpower. And within that trip to see my parents, there’s going to be a trip to an indoor water part that will probably pummel my self-esteem into oblivion and put me at major risk for an emotional eating binge (or five). Which brings me to my next goal...

2. Think before I eat. Too often, I graze off Toby’s snack because the potato chips smell too good, or I reach for a cookie because I’m stressed out or depressed. Or I allow myself a second portion at dinner because my husband gets one and I’m darned jealous. I have to get in the habit of thinking before I eat and finding another way to deal with whatever is going on in my head.

3. Drink the water! I am so inconsistent with this one, and I KNOW it makes a huge difference. The good news is that I don’t replace the water with soda. (I do drink caff-free Diet Coke, but a 12-pack lasts me a month and a half to two months.) The bad news is that if I’m not drinking my water, I’m either not drinking anything at all or I’m racking up a bunch of calories with milk. And let’s face it, milk is a good thing...but the calories aren’t.

4. Move! I need to do some type of exercise EVERY day. There’s a graphic I’ve seen on Pinterest that has a Victorian woman sobbing with the caption that says “Didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years.” That is totally me. I hate the gym. I’ve tried to like it, but I don’t. I just don’t. I don’t, however, mind exercise on my own terms. I kind of like my treadmill at home, I have some fun DVDs, I love to take long (and hard) walks with one of my friends and our kids in their strollers, I’ve recently taken up disc golf, and I think I’d like Zumba and/or a dance class. I also don’t mind light strength training that I can fit in between my daily chores. The problem is that I’m terribly inconsistent. Some weeks, I’m doing something all the time. Other weeks, someone should put a shock collar on me to get me off the couch and away from the TV. So, whether it’s strength training, taking a walk, hopping on the treadmill, playing disc golf, learning Irish Step Dance, or whatever, I need to do SOMETHING every day.

5. Hang the pictures. This has nothing whatsoever to do with my weight loss journey. I just want to have the rest of the donations dropped off at Goodwill, all the moving boxes sent to the recycling center, and all the pictures hanging on the walls before my husband comes back home again.

Until next time...
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    Sorry to be late responding to your goals blog, Mel. You have so much going on in your life, but I know that you can accomplish your goals if you keep working on them and don't give up. Doing things perfectly every day is very difficult, so just do your very best, and remember that you can start over again at any moment. I have many of the same goals as you, and can really relate to thinking before eating! Getting in enough water is challenging for me,too, but easier now that I stopped drinking soda.

    3289 days ago
  • NICKI109
    Yep, my downfall is when the kids have oreos in the house. I think I eat more than they do.

    You will have a great month. Stick to the plan, or close to it, and you will be fine! There does seem to be quite a bit going on. Funny thing, it never really does slow down, does it!!
    3289 days ago
    UGH! Do you ever want to sit down and beg the world to stop for 5 minutes?? I hear you!! I have lots of non-weight related things on my list. NOTHING wrong with that!! Besides, I think doing things like cleaning and hanging pictures are good for our weighloss journies because they make us feel better!! :) Best wishes!!
    3289 days ago
    You have set some great goals to achieve this month! I really like how you went into details about your goals. You have to put yourself first and make your health / happiness a priority. There will always be a reason why you can't do what you need to do to make the time for exercise and eating right. You can do this! Just take it one baby step at a time! emoticon
    3291 days ago
    It was so wonderful to catch up with what you are up to!!! you certainly have been busy. I'm so happy that you bought a house and moved. Good luck with all your goals and keep in touch!!
    3294 days ago
    great blog, it do`s you good to take a step back, reflect then start again sometimes
    3295 days ago
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    emoticon blog! It's wonderful that you're concentrating on the things that you can handle. I think it's great that you have such good insight on the things that can throw you a curve. I think my goals this month are going to look an awful lot like yours! But I know that we CAN do it. Best of luck this week!
    3295 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    Great goals Mel. Your life definitely sounds hectic, but you have to figure out how to overcome the struggles to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle despite that. My problem areas are weekends and depressing weather so we all have our own difficulties to overcome. Good luck in achieving your goals!
    3295 days ago
    Mel, you can do this. You have been busy now it is time for you to take some time for yourself. Remember if you are not taking care of yourself it will be harder to take care of those you love.

    3295 days ago
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    Great list of goals! Isn't it funny how life gets so hectic and just when you think it will ease up it doesn't so it is finding a balance in our hectic lives that will make it through. You have a great set of goals that will help get you going on the right track.
    3295 days ago
  • MISSA9
    Mel good detail goals!! You can do it!! Posting this blog is just the beginning!!
    3295 days ago
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