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Welcome, May!

Friday, May 01, 2020

May 1st, can you believe it? Despite the monotony of a lockdown, I can’t believe we are into month 5 of the year already!

Do you set annual goals for yourself? Maybe I should, but I don’t. The time horizon is too long for me. Monthly goals are best for me.

Are you results oriented or process oriented? I’m totally process oriented! I love making a plan to do things and tallying your whether I did them or not. That motivates the heck out of me. Setting a goal to lose x pounds does not. First, it’s an insufficient goal to me. HOW am I going to lose x pounds? Whatever the answer is, that’s the goal I should manage, not the weight loss. Do the work and the weight will come...or go as it were!!

So, new month, new goals. How did April treat you? I used a dry erase whiteboard to pencil in my daily goals. Here’s what they were and how I did:
Intermittent fasting 17/30
Pool laps 20/30
Weight training 6/13
Sugar free 6/30
Journaling 23/30

I’m dropping the intermittent fasting. It was a nice experiment, but it was a little like looking out of the corner of my eye at the real thing I was aiming for, which was to limit snacking in the evening. I’m going to mind hunger cues and see how it goes if I don’t have a daily watch item related to it. Here are my updated items I’ll be tracking in May:
Weight train 14 times
Sugar free 31
Journal 31
Pool 31
Meditate 31

Guess what? I’m off to a solid start. I checked all the boxes on Day 1. One thing that helped motivate me to get my weight training in was a reminder that I honor my commitments to myself.

Here’s to 30 more great days!
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