Woooo! May is almost over. In my neck of the woods, that usually means we swing our attention from tornadoes to heat stroke, which I’m actually okay with. Tornadoes are super stressful.
I wanna take a few minutes and reflect back on the last month and the choices I made, and apply that knowledge to June. There’s something special about starting a goal on the 1st of the month, so let’s make some solid plans and start June off right!
3 things I did in May that I’m proud of:
- I bought a cookbook (which is rare for me) and cooked many of the recipes. We had a lot of fun dinners and I liked the structure of knowing what to cook next as I went down the list of tasty-sounding recipes.
- I had a weekend with—count em—FOUR social engagements, and I didn’t flake out and cancel any of them!
- Even though I’ve been working on this blog since February, I was really nervous about showing it to anyone. A few days ago I took the plunge and posted it on Facebook…and the response from you all has been overwhelming. I had nothing to fear! Thanks for being so awesome, you guys.
3 things I did in May that maybe I shouldn’t have:
- No lie, I’ve been on a junk food bender for about three weeks now. It’s awful. I feel awful.
- I flaked out on exercise far too often, usually using bad weather as an excuse. In reality, I could have done yoga, body weight circuits, or used my rowing machine because those are all indoor activities.
- I let politics and current events stress me out. It’s great/necessary to be well-informed, but I found myself seeking out inflammatory news articles and raging silently to myself…which helped no one. I didn’t channel that energy into something constructive like activism so it served no purpose except to work myself up, and I wasted a lot of time and energy stressing.
Goals for June:
First things first, let’s clarify the language I use: your goal is the end result that you hope to achieve (e.g., weigh X pounds, squat Y pounds, feel confident in a swim suit, get your diabetes under control). To achieve those goals, you decide to take certain actions (start a running program, join a gym, practice body-confidence, eat a well-balanced diet).
After reflecting on the past month, I chose some goals and wrote them down onto a giant dry-erase board that I keep in my living room (so front, center, and impossible to ignore). My goals for the month of June are to lose 4 pounds, be able to do 10 real push-ups, feel better about my diet, and improve the photography on my blog. Then, I decided on several actions I’ll take to achieve those goals, and sorted them into three areas: fitness, nutrition, and personal stuff. Each category has two primary actions that I intend to deliver on every single day, and then a few more supplementary actions that I aim to try and complete, but aren’t super critical to reaching my goals.
Running and boot camp classes at my gym will help me lose weight, and the boot camp will also help me improve my push-ups. In addition, I’d love to do activities like riding my bike or walking my dogs, and those activities will bring me closer to my weight-loss goals but aren’t necessary on their own. I’ll focus on completing the first two actions, and the others are secondary.
I’ve found that if I focus on the things I can’t eat (pizza, sugar, Taco Bell), I crave them more. Instead, I want to focus on what I can eat by increasing the servings of vegetables I get each day. I don’t feel nearly as deprived when I think like that. Also, alcohol is expensive, unnecessary, and full of empty calories, so I’m going to cut back to 2 or 3 drinks a week that I’ll carefully measure out. Additionally, I’ll try to keep up on fruit, water, tea, and spices, and to limit the added sugars that I eat.
Whenever I start to feel all worked up about politics or things outside my control, I’m going to direct that energy into either: 1) completing an online certificate program (LMU) that I started for my job, or 2) learning how to improve my photography skills. There are many other side projects I’m working on, including a Spanish program, keeping up on my chores, planning my wedding, and tanning a deer hide that I’ve had in my freezer for a while.
…I’m not a serial killer, I swear…