October Goals

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ok I think I went overboard with my September goals to the point it made it not only difficult to reach them all but also made it overwhelming. I feel that all of my goals are things I'd love to have in balance and be able to accomplish but focusing on roughly 10 goals all at once was a bit much. So while I will still be striving to hit them I'm narrowing my focus for now.

I've been focusing on sleep and eating cleaner this past week which has made a lot of difference for me already. I've been a lot more focused at work and able to handle stresses thrown at me better. I haven't been feeling down.

Focus for October
1.) Stay caught up on sleep.
-Work on my todo list/sleep schedule. Be in bed with lights out no later than 11:00 during the week. Up at roughly 6:45 to 7:00 to workout so it's done for the day. Have things ready the night (clothes, food, etc) before with todo list ready for better sleep and easier mornings.
2.) Continue to work on Stress relievers. Do this partially by working out, eating well, drinking right amount of water, etc. DO Life Audit to make sure day to day focuses are based on priorities and what's important.
3.) At least 672 fitness minutes. Strange number you say? Well I am currently doing T25 and with the DVD plus short cool down after it's about 28 minutes. I'm supposed to do this 6 times a week, one day being a double and the option of stretch on one of the rest days. Without stretch the minutes equals 672. I had 1000 before but with focus being on these DVDs and not running during this time (at least not yet) 1000 just isn't attainable.
-Work on getting back up to 10,000 steps day. (my FitBit went MIA so I have a new one I've yet to reprogram to my account so I may be hitting 10,000 and just not know it)
4.) Drink minimum of 8 cups water
5.) Continue learning more about eating cleaner AND EAT CLEANER. Keep having one smoothie a day, try out some new ingredients. Right now I have used blueberries, strawberries, half scoop of Raw Protein Powder, greek yogurt, almond milk, kale, spinach and a banana. I want to branch out to more flavors over the next few weeks.

So it looks like I am trying to cover the same goals which I am but it's more of focuses that are easier to attain when things are in greater balance. I'm feeling good about how things are going. I feel like the knowledge I've gotten as far as overall health has increased a lot this last year and when I utilize this and tie it all together things become easier. But I need to prioritize my life and time better which I guess is my main focus. It ties so many things in yet cuts out a lot of things at the same time. With this outlook I'm looking forward to what October will bring.

Update 10/7/13

Well things are going pretty well or were until Saturday. I set myself back but I know one day day and the few that follow can't completely derail you unless you continue down that path which just isn't me anymore. I went out with my friends and the next day I didn't feel well. I wasn't hungover but I didn't get caught up on sleep because I chose to go into work for a few hours Sat morning for a few hours of overtime and then didn't nap and then I didn't really nap on Sunday. The nausea and headache that had lingered throughout the week kicked into a full blown migraine at about 5:00 last night to the point where I couldn't even handle light. I took migraine medicine and went to bed, waking up without a headache around 7:00. I still had no energy and I worried if I worked out my nausea and/or headache would come back. So instead I decided to attempt to be as proactive as possible and did more research and watched videos from leansecrets on YouTube and took notes. While watching these I found FullyRawKristina on YouTube which led me to her other stuff. I like her info and energy as well so I subscribed to her channel and watched a few. My notes and recipes for clean eating are adding up and it's making things easy to switch. I then got a burst of energy around 11:00, where the heck were you all day when I needed you?? So I cooked up some chicken, eggs and brown rice for the week, cleaned the kitchen and did a load of dishes. I watched maybe two more videos because my energy was still up and started my grocery list for Wednesday. Sad thing is I couldn't sleep last night most likely because of the two hour nap to get rid of the migraine so I've been tired all day and waking up was miserable. BUT my motivation to continue at work from last week is still here so I'm getting things done even though I am tired. Overall though here is how I'd say I'm doing:

Focus for October
1.) Stay caught up on sleep.
I was doing decent on sleep until this weekend. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?? I'm getting better at having food ready so I am not spending money on less healthy food during the day. Tupperware is divine. I am not doing well on my todo list for photography. I have little to no interest in editing the wedding I did, I know I know horrible. I don't think weddings are my niche, I like children, smaller families and women photographs and I prefer outdoor pictures. But I have some shoots coming up so hopefully those are more enjoyable. I plan on setting a goal of editing at least 5 of her pictures a day MINIMUM. Then I'd be done this month.
2.) Haven't done my life audit on paper but I continue to choose my battles and am trying to weed things out that are stressful.
3.) I haven't done the hottest on this last week of T25. I am not sure what the nausea and headaches are from but it makes my motivation to be up and around a lot less. I think I did hit 150 last week though in minutes which would mean I missed two workouts. I can get it back this week though if I really focus.
-I haven't set up my FitBit yet but I still see the habits I had from the FitBit being carried out.
4.) Not doing well on water and I'm wondering if this is the cause of headaches and nausea-dehydration
5.) This is my best focus. I have had a smoothie everyday except one the last 10 days and I've really focused on eating cleaner and spending time almost everyday learning a bit more. It's so interesting to me thankfully.

Update 10/23/13
I hurt my knee two weeks ago while running. I thought it would just go away if I took it easy for a week but it seems like everything irritates it except walking and ab work. I have been able to do my Tone and Sculpt DVD's from TurboFire without too much trouble and Abs 10 is feeling like a lifesaver. I am setting up an appointment to be seen by my doctor. I hate the thought of letting up and ruining my progress I've had the last 9 months but at the same time I don't want to permanently damage my knee.

I also lost the blender blade to my smoothie cups. Not too happy about it and I haven't had a smoothie for over a week because of it. I did find a back up one, it's not as good but it's been enough to grind up hot cauliflower for mashed "potatoes" (mashed Potatoes is a whole other blog about clean eating though:)

1.) Stay caught up on sleep.
-I'm only getting 7 most nights. Working on it. Todo list not so good, I feel like my house is behind and I am behind on photos. But work is good which has relieved some stress, I'm catching up on so much there that I was falling behind in.
2.) Trying to have me time each day, don't know if it's in the right areas but it's me time.
3.) I took time off for my knee so I am not sure if I can hit my 672 minutes. I am at 365 with a week left of the month. Once my treadmill is set up I may be able to catch up minute wise and it's my goal right now. I am still working out at least.
-FAIL-I need to set up my FitBit.
4.) Hitting around 7 a day, should be better but it's better than it was. I'm getting really into flavoring. I bought some real mint and have been using berries, lemons and generic MiO to help increase my water intake.
5.) I have learned more and tried more recipes for cleaner eatting. It is incorporating more and more into my days and meals. Great timing with my leg hurting though because I can use the cleaner eating to help balance the fact that my cardio isn't as intense.
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  • BRADMILL2922
    You are doing fine. It is important to set goals that you can actually reach instead of always feeling you let yourself down by not making them. GOod luck with your October goals!
    2766 days ago
    I think re-working some of your September goals is a great idea! You set goals you know you will attain if you follow your plan (like your minutes). Great motivation to stick with your T25 training schedule. Writing your to do list the night before is a great idea. I may do that as we'll :)
    2770 days ago
  • UFEDAK85
    Those are fantastic goals! I have found that focusing on smaller yet more detailed goals are more attainable than having a whole list of goals that are a bit vague. You will do great things this month! emoticon
    2770 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12054749
    Those sound like fantastic goals!! I am positive that you can do them all!
    2771 days ago
    Thank you for your comments. I am looking forward to what this month will bring with my focuses.

    DS9KIE-I uploaded the book onto my Kindle and will be looking it over. I would love to be a part of the group as I learn more about it. This past week while eating cleaner has been awesome. I have more energy, I'm happier, I look leaner and it's actually a lot easier than I thought it'd be because I found a YouTube channel where she goes over some of her favorite brands taking the guess work out of a lot of stuff.

    PAPAMIKIE I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Life can be full of set backs but we just keep moving forward and doing our best.

    SLIMMINGSHAY and MISHAMW this is the YouTube channel I found that has made the learning about clean eating less of a challenge http://www.youtube.com/user/leansec

    2771 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2013 6:48:10 PM
    I am so good and making goals...not so much on keeping me. I am an idea person, not so much a doer (anymore).

    These sound super reasonable. But still challenging. I know eating cleaner is a doozy, so good luck (but it seems to be working out for you).

    On drinking water, I have found that if I use a glass that has two cups (or 16 oz), I drink more.

    Good luck on working out too!

    Just good luck on everything! Let's make it Rocktober!
    2772 days ago
    I would really like to learn more about clean eating... I think it would bring on a lot of progress. I read on another spot that abs are made in the kitchen, so choose wisely. I really think this is true.

    Good luck in accomplishing your goals for the month. I think you can do it, but remember to just do your best!
    2772 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I hear you on the goals.

    Eating clean is easy and hard, your welcome to check out the Eat to Live team, we strive to eat clean, eating lots of fruits and veggies. (and no junk food)

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    2772 days ago
    Goals are funny things. they are really markers along the way, at least for me. Late Oct 2012 my sister was diagnosed with Cancer and died in March. Many of my goals had to be adjusted as I became the primary do to help make her last few months easier. My Mom fell and broke her back in August, again an adjustment required. I also do more taijiquan, and qigong so my running goals have required adjustment. I only have some many hours a day.

    life is about course adjustments not arrivals and departures.

    Take care

    2772 days ago
    Good set of goals!
    2772 days ago
    I have done that too, planned on too many goals, and ended up not meeting any of them.

    I like your goals this month! Best of luck to you!

    2772 days ago
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