After looking back over the month of January, I'm a bit disappointed in myself that I haven't been doing great with the goals I set at the beginning of the year. But rather than hide from the truth or quit, I'm trying to take an objective look at where I'm having trouble.
The one goal that I am meeting is exercising 30 minutes three times a week. This is actually the goal I thought I would have the most trouble meeting, but thanks to Mother Nature and all the snowstorms, shoveling snow has made it easy to meet this goal.
In January I only logged about 50% of my meals, so that has to change. With FlyLady, I'm doing an occasional mission now and then, but not consistently, so I'm not making much headway with my clutter and housecleaning. As far as weight loss, I have lost about half the weight I gained over the holidays, but now I'm in a pattern of losing and gaining the same two pounds each week, so I'm not making progress.
When looking at the reasons why I'm struggling, I had to admit that my biggest obstacle is not feeling well. The month of January has been terrible for me due to migraines, and lately they have been as often as four or five days a week. It's really difficult just to get through a day sometimes, and I know I've been doing what's easy instead of what's healthy on days I have a migraine. I'm not sure how to change this, except perhaps planning and preparing more meals on my good days, that I can freeze for a later bad day. I'm also realizing that if this pattern continues, I may need to see my doctor to talk about changes in my medications. I know a lot of the headaches are due to menopause, so I keep hoping it will improve eventually, but I seem to be in a terrible place with it all right now.
This week I felt inspired after reading Linda!'s blog, "Hold On....You Can Do It." So I'm holding on, reevaluating, and making some changes. I've realized I make better food choices if I eat more protein at breakfast, so my plan is to eat two eggs instead of one. The extra protein seems to help keep me on track the rest of the day. I've been logging my food each day so far this week, and I have meals planned for the next two days. I am cooking larger quantities so I have leftovers, ready for the next migraine day. Today I'm feeling okay, so I plan to tackle the clutter on the dining room table.
Hopefully February will be a better month for me. While I'm writing this blog for my own benefit, to help keep me focused and accountable, if anyone has experience in keeping on track while dealing with chronic pain or a chronic illness, or if you want to share any coping strategies, feel free to post your suggestions. Thanks for reading and thanks to all my SparkFriends for their support. Wish me luck!