Welcome to 31AUG2011!
It's been a month with a lot of change and plenty of moving targets. The good news is that a lot of good things are happening. While I know better than to expect immediate changes, it is heartening to know that a few good adjustments can make you feel better... or will, eventually.
I've had a rather whine-y blog in me since mid-month. Without going into too many details, I simply didn't want to change my habits. I was being self-destructive, counter-productive and generally too self-absorbed to accept the fact that I needed a serious hop in the shorts.
Right around then the scale showed a gain of 3.5 pounds and I felt like this challenge simply wasn't going to happen. As it happens so often, the little voice inside of me piped up. But wait; this wasn't the usual voice. Instead of telling me to toss in the towel and bury my face in a bag of peanut M&Ms, this voice instead questioned my methods and approach.
It's hard to argue with logic, especially inside of your own head.
I *thought* I was making changes and doing the right things. What I had to realize is that my definition of "right" isn't what works best at this moment. EXAMPLE: In the past I've felt that I could exercise away all my poor food choices. Sure, when I was twenty-five, that might have worked (or seemed to). Today, though, it's not the best-fitting solution.
But let's not dwell on this too much; roll the numbers and I'll present what's happening that will make bigger changes going forward.
What isn't obvious here is that I'm
- Down from 184 at mid-month
- Doing strength training 2x a week
- Getting core exercises back in the routine
- Trying to better manage the arthritis and pain in my knee
- Confident about bowling regularly (thanks to better pain management and ST)
Other good stuff in the mix? I've decided that it's time for my graduate degree to work for me, so I'm conducting a preliminary job search. I've changed my style of knitting (well, carrying yarn, for those of you familiar with the craft) and I've been practicing quite a bit. I'm trying to prepare different foods (brown rice, lentils) and really loading up on vegetables.
The positive changes I see are small, and I am confident that they will add up over time. I think I August was pretty HOT, when you consider that we are all works in progress. I believe that I needed a goal and a time frame to see what was working and what wasn't.
Many thanks to AMBERNICOLE3 and the other team members for setting up the challenge!
ETA: Whoops! As if this blog wasn't long enough, I forgot a part of it!
My other goals included:
- making green tea a regular part of my day (I can use less caffeine, believe it or not)
Well, this was OK. I did drink more tea - and plenty more water - but not necessarily green. To be honest, autumn and winter are my "tea times." I'll get there, I know it.
- getting more whole grains in my diet (I'm open to all suggestions)
Brown rice, thanks to the reminder from LLTS01, is back in the cupboard. I am working with lentils and finding new ways to incorporate even more fiber (feel free to keep those ideas coming!).
- expanding social circles; I do a lot of my activities (biking, knitting, reading) in solitary fashion, and so I'm willing to try and reach out a bit more.
I went to a knitting retreat last weekend and had much more fun than I thought I would. This is going to take a bit more time to build and develop, but using a crafty conduit certainly motivates me to keep working at it.
NOW I think I'm done; whew! Make it a great day, SparkFriends!!