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January 31, 2011

January wrap-up

One month into the new year. Already?! Amazing how time seems to speed up a little bit more with each passing age. And though my life circumstances have pretty much remained the same for months and months, I feel like January was a better month all around. I know that having a new focus really did make a difference, even if I wasn’t truly disciplined or diligent in following my goals. But, in the interest of full disclosure (and learning from mistakes), here’s how my first HealthMonth shuffled down…
 

January wrap-up
 

I finished the month with 2 life points… down from 10 when I began on the tenth. I won’t be rewarding myself for this, as I don’t deem it a true success. However, I also won’t be implementing a consequence because I did make a true effort to cut my soda intake in half and move my body more. Next month I’ll definitely reward or restrict if these numbers indicate serious change either way. My “cook dinner” goal was the biggest success. For me, that wasn’t so much cooking as it was creating a meal at home instead of heading to a drive-thru. And I rocked that goal! I think I may have eaten fast food twice all month. Maybe three times, out of 31 days. Last year, I had fast food 5 or more days per week. So, yeah, I totally rocked it this month! And I really did dig it, as well. This goal is foundational to my success, so I really want to nail it down to a habit and not something I struggle to decide each day. I hope that one goal will lend itself to my third goal of exercising. One day of exercise each week just won’t cut it. I love that statement next to my Grade of C: “Maybe this rule was too difficult?” Ha! Nope. This girl is just too lazy! If I have success in any area at all next month, I want it to be this one. Moving more will make everything else fall into place.

It’s true that I mostly stayed within my “quotas” throughout the month, bringing my overall averages to an acceptable level in the eyes of the chart. But numbers really don’t tell the tale, now do they? My goals were not challenging in the grand scheme of things but rather meant to ease me into a new mindset. In that regard, January’s goals were a huge success. I’m thinking about everything I do and don’t do. I’m conscious of what I’m eating and why, and I’m making choices (good and bad) with complete awareness of my behavior and how it will be reflected in my daily journals. I know that I haven’t begun exercising, and I know that I’ve not cut sodas down to an acceptable level, so I know those must be addressed again during the next month. I’m also aware of my successes: fruits make an appearance in my daily diet — I even chose a giant apple for dessert one night and found it surprisingly delicious, as if I was eating a sweet pastry! — and I’ve added salads to my meals more than once per month. Little by little, I’m changing my behavior. And that alone was my major goal for January.

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January 31, 2011

monday

Totally went off the wagon today! Woke early but felt crummy, sending me straight into a comfort food spin. Picked up french fries and a Rt 44 Coke then stayed up late and wallowed in it all. Definitely a downer way to end the month.

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January 29, 2011

saturday

Lazy day today but the weather really did warrant that for me. Seventies in January! Open windows and cool breezes. Awesome! Though I had to spend the day at the computer applying for jobs I did so well in the meals department. More water today than lemonade, no soda, apple for dessert and the remainder of last night’s dinner. Not a bad day at all!

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January 28, 2011

friday

The first truly successful day of the year! Full night’s sleep, awake at 9:00 and even took a shower before noon! Had a complete breakfast with hot green tea while starting a new Bible study, then spent the afternoon working on the apartment reorganization a bit more. By evening I was tired and completely uninterested in standing at a stove to cook the meal I had planned, and I was more than tempted to get in the car and head to a drive-thru. Thankfully, I had just enough willpower left to resist that urge and scrolled through my Evernote file of recipes to find something that could be quickly made in the oven without much labor on my part. Roasted tomatoes and pasta? PERFECTO! In the end I made a complete and healthy meal that also included a savory chicken breast and large Caesar salad, with pasta made in the microwave thanks to a fun Christmas gift. Plus, not a single sip of soda today. Total success, across the board. And it feels so. very. good.
 

angel hair pasta with roasted tomatoes

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