Wow, can you believe that half the year is already gone? I’ve had a so-so first half, and I would really like to have a better second half.
June was eh. I definitely did not eat well, and I did not exercise nearly enough, but I could have done worse. There was a lot going on at home and I got complacent. So, time for a re-boot. I’m not resetting anything but my mind. I need to start doing the things that help me succeed, such as tracking my food.
I need to meal plan!
One of my epic fails this past month has been cooking on the fly. I decide last minute what to cook, and then scramble to get it done. I don’t follow a recipe and don’t pay attention to how much of what I am putting in, so I have no clue as to the nutritional value. Shopping is so hard without a car. I hope by planning out my meals, I can make sure I get what I will need for the month when we borrow our friend’s van. Fresh produce can be picked up once or twice a week as needed, and will not be a problem to carry on the bus. I NEED to make a real effort to find recipes that will accommodate my family’s dietary restrictions, or that can be easily modified for my dad, i.e. setting aside a portion before adding legumes or other high phosphorus foods.
I need to limit my Facebook time. Last week alone, I spent about 8 hours a day on FB. I get so caught up in the games, and then I don’t exercise because next thing I know, I am scrambling to get dinner ready. I love FB, but really!? So I am going to try and keep it to under 2 hours total, and no more than 30 continuous minutes and only after I have exercised and done chores. I need to spend more time doing other leisure activities. I started to make my dad some flip-top mittens to wear at dialysis. He’s been waiting for them for over 4 months. I have seven new books on my Kindle waiting to be read! There are definitely other things I can do instead of FB.
I need to keep reminding myself that the only person I am competing against is myself. Sometimes I see people who have over 3,000 monthly minutes, and I feel like I need to work harder, push myself more, try and catch up to them. Then I burn out and end up NOT exercising for a stretch. I need to keep it simple and realistic. Saturday and Sunday are bike days, thanks to the change in my Bus schedule. I take my bike to work on the bus so I can ride it to the start of the route when I am finished for the day. If I don’t, I have to stand up all the way home. To the start of the route is about 10 minutes, then I get off early and ride for another 20 minutes. I figure if I do at least 30 minutes of exercise 2-3 more times during the weak, it is a realistic amount for me. That will still leave me with time to do other things, and if I have a day that is completely free of other obligations and I want to spend extra time, say go for a two hour walk, then great.
I am the type of person who does well planning, but I really need to work on the follow through.
Hope that July brings good things to all of you out there, and to my fellow Americans, have a safe and healthy Independence Day.