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Good-bye June, Hello July.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

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.
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    Well, you are so lucky that you have the planning part down... that is where I have always struggled! If I had a good plan in place for things, I would be really likely to succeed... I am just that way! But, unlike you, making myslef sit down to figure out the plan is where I do an epic fail!
    Anwyay, adding myself to you and MOEMOORE, that makes THREE of us who need to buckle down this month. I had such high hopes for the summer, and I can still salvage it and come out ahead... but only if I really get FOCUSED NOW!!
    Good luck to you for success in all arenas! Let's all touch in at the end of July and cheer each other on!!
    We can do this!
    3226 days ago
    I'm right there with you! I really need to buckle down and get back to meal planning and tracking. We got word last week that our new car will be ready for us to pick up when we get back from our current trip. I am sooo looking forward to having the car to shop. Granted I was getting a work out biking to the store, but I was also missing lots of other opportunities because it was taking so much time to do.

    Great way to get some exercise in with the bike and the bus! Every little bit helps.

    I cut out FB games over a year ago - FB as a whole can be a time sink, but it is such a great way to keep in touch with friends and family!

    Happy Independence Day!
    3229 days ago
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