January 9 -- already having trouble keeping up with my goals
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
It's only been a week but already I've fallen short on many of my goals. However, I believe they are good goals and I just need to pick myself up and try again. If they were easy for me they wouldn't help me make the change I need to make.
I've been bad about tracking calories when I'm at work. It's too easy to run to the cafeteria and grab stuff which I have no idea how to log. I take a lunch but often I'm so stressed I just want out of the unit and the cafeteria is a legitamate escape. I've been pretty good about getting my 10,000 steps per day -- at work I've ben going well over that -- but days off I tend to want to crash and getting the steps in is a lot harder. Getting 30 minutes of actual exercise, especially strength training, has also been a no go. At work I've been getting off around 9 pm (2 hours late) because of the work load and often hurt so bad I go home and crash instead of exercise. Days off I tend to sleep in and don't get to the gym.
So how to get back on trak health and fitness goals-wise? I need to be more disciplined about eating the lunch and snacks I bring to work. If the stress is getting to me, I need to go to a quiet corner and just breathe or pray. As for exercise, I need to make going to the gym a priority on days off and after work. I would probably hurt less if I stretched out, lifted weights, and did some cardio that's easy on the joints, like the elliptical. I need to pack a gym bag and keep it in the car, take my water bottle from work and just go straight to the gym, -- no detours.
Spiritually I need to make time for reading and going to Mass. I have to sleep in on only one day I'm off and get up early enough to go to the 8 a.m. Mass during the week if I work on Sunday. I make myself go to work when I'm exhausted, I need to do the same about church.
Financially I'm doing better about spur of the moment purchasing. I need to quit buying lunch at work because that's an unnecessary expense. The overtime I'm working right now will definitely help pay down the bills and build up the savings.
It's all about balance and prioritizing and taking care of myself even when I'm tired. I'm tired because I don't work on the goals that would help me feel better. I have to make myself stick to the plan and eventually I'm going to have more energy and feel happier, and probably lose some weight in the process.