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March 1, 2011

goals for March

Because I failed so miserably last month, I’ll be implementing the consequence I set for myself in my HealthMonth plan: unplug for one extra evening every week during the new month. And this time I’m making my goals much more specific so I can’t justify fudging them. Discipline! It’s past time to make that happen.

I’ll only be tracking the first three goals on the HealthMonth site, but I will also keep track of the other four so that I’ll have a measure for each of them by the end of the month. Here’s to better success in the next 31 days!
 
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February 1, 2011

goals for February

With a new month comes a new set of goals. This month I’ll be working three online at HealthMonth + another three outside of that site (simply because listing more than 3 goals at HealthMonth requires a monthly fee of $5.00, and that’s too rich for my unemployed self right now). My goals for February are equally for diet purposes and for personal enrichment. I’m a big believer that motivation and creativity go hand in hand, so I’m building in some “unplugged” time this month to force me to get creative (both with time and in projects). And I’m actually looking forward to it! I’ve used my computer and my television as such a crutch for so many years that I honestly have to force myself to put them down during the long stretches of night (and day!). February is my first step to breaking some bad habits in this regard. So, here we go!

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January 28, 2011

moving more

A huge part of the goal for this year is going to be Moving More. It has to be. If I don’t start working my muscles and stretching my heart and lungs, I’m simply going to collapse from underuse. As it is I can’t seem to move normally anymore without it feeling like work. Six months of unemployment has been six months of sitting still inside my flat. And my cardiovascular system is dormant now. More than ever before. So to say I need to “move more” is an understatement. I need to just move in the first place. And I NEED to do it so I don’t spread out and die. That’s a pretty good incentive, don’t ya think?

Thursday was my first step in the right direction. While I’ve been conscious of my goals all month I haven’t quite implemented any of them full-force. I know myself and my track record well enough to realize that head-on, full-out will just cause me to burn out more quickly. Three months and I’m usually over it all. So this time I wanted to make changes gradually, slipping them into a daily routine little by little in order to (hopefully) make a seamless transition that seems so natural I’ll wonder why I ever thought this would be difficult. By now, all of the goals are in place, the tools have been implemented, and I’ve started adding good foods into my diet and taking bad foods away. That leaves two major elements to begin: unplugging (which is a huge focus for next month) and moving more. On Thursday I put the latter into place.

Less than one mile from my apartment is a small lake surrounded by a concrete path. It’s THE PLACE for runners and walkers and a few cyclists, as well. It’s a perfect, peaceful setting for exercise, and it’s my go-to place. After forcing myself to stay awake all day Wednesday, I slept restfully through the night and woke at 6am with a plan in place. And I finally — FINALLY — worked that plan. A single lap around the lake. No excuses. Since the goal was not speed or endurance but simply moving my muscles and stretching my back, I used the lap as a photo walk. Doing so allowed me to pause every 30-50 yards and maintain a steady breathing pattern while appreciating the beauty of the site itself. In the middle of the day when most people were at work, it was a true blessing to just hang out with God and the ducks and consider the year ahead. And that left me quite motivated for the next time.

I recently read an excerpt from Max Lucado on valuing the body you have been given. For the first time I’m starting to understand how important it is for me to make serious changes in my life. They just may have eternal impact, after all.
 

God is going to renew your body and make it like his. What difference should this make in the way you live?
 
Your body, in some form, will last forever. Respect it.
 
You will live forever in this body. It will be different, mind you. What is now crooked will be straightened. What is now faulty will be fixed. Your body will be different, but you won’t have a different body. You will have this one. Does that change the view you have of it?

 
For the first time in my life I’m answering, “Yes.” To all of it.
 

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January 24, 2011

making a plan

Half my battle with meal planning is the fact that I don’t like to cook. I’d much rather select from prepared items than take 30 or 45 or 60 minutes to create a meal. How this daughter of a truly creative cook turned out this way is a mystery to everyone. So I struggle mightily with changing my mentality. It takes a determined effort to plan meals and implement them, and I know that will be my biggest hurdle at the onset of this lifestyle change.

Last week, while taking inventory of my pantry and freezer, I had a sudden “aha” moment. Each day I need to eat specific amounts of various food groups, and my overall success depends a lot on being able to create quick meals that will remove the temptation to pick up takeout when I have little time or motivation. So I decided to use the marker board that hangs next to my refrigerator as an inventory sheet. I’m hoping that being able to see exactly what I have on hand will encourage me to put meals together on the fly. In my mind it should be quite simple to stay on track, as well, since I’ll only need to choose elements from the various columns and pop them into the oven or microwave. And then meals that take more effort can be planned for specific days. Ideally, this little system should also help me plan grocery lists and use up what I already have before spending more money on items I don’t truly need at the time. I’m excited about the possibilities, and I’m excited about the creativity that should develop as I begin thinking differently about meals!
 

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