There there, just keep trying!

31 Jan

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I had high hopes and expectations for what I’d accomplish this month and I must admit I didn’t do all I set out to do.  But with certainty, I admit that without this blog and without carving out the Body-Mind-Spirit project as a YEAR LONG project (as opposed to just a resolution or basic goal), I would have forgotten/given up/ gotten too distracted to remember.

January 2013 Recap! 

This month a few themes emerged: routine, balance, movement.  I oscillated from lofty goals to distracted laziness.  I spent lots of time walking, yoga-ing and working.  I thought a lot about self-care.  I brought more mindfulness into my eating habits and into my day-to-day moods.  I also took some time off from mindfulness.

Here’s what I initially set out to accomplish this month:

  • Take multivitamins and supplements daily.  
  • Attend appointments with the doctor, dentist and other health professionals as recommended.
  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Cut out wheat.
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day, 6 days per week.
  • Do a daily yoga practice.

And here’s how they actually went:

  • Take multivitamins and supplements daily.  Success!  I did this!  I also changed some of what I was taking, including increasing my dose of Vitamin D, because my levels are quite low.  I also stopped taking Fish Oil supplements at the recommendation of my doctor so it won’t thin my blood.  And I remembered to take everything!  Before, I’d forget for days to take these and now I seem to remember every day when I have breakfast.  Yay!
  • Attend appointments with the doctor, dentist and other health professionals as recommended. Okay, boo-yah.  I totally did this.  I went to the dentist to have this unpleasant procedure that I’d been putting off for months.  And it went just fine.  I also found a new primary care doc (since my insurance changed) and started doing weekly acupuncture as well as regular therapy (instead of sporadic appointments- and yes, every good therapist has a good therapist!).  I also saw specialists as recommended and followed through quickly on things, whereas in the past I’d often drop the ball on things like that because I was too busy/ didn’t want to deal with it.
  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  Yes, I made a big effort on this one.  I will admit there were some days I didn’t hit the goal.  Honestly, this is one I would like to start tracking daily, rather than just counting in my head each day because it would be more motivating.  I did eat a lot more fruits and veggies, including salads with dinner, spinach in smoothies, snacking on carrots and apples in the car, etc.
  • Cut out wheat.  So this one is probably a bit easier for me than for other folks because I have a pretty big reaction to eating wheat, mainly that my stomach hurts, I feel grumpy, and my skin breaks out.   I had a few slip ups with this, usually when there wasn’t much food around the house so I ate something sitting around.  However, I always regretted it afterwards which just led me to feel more resolved about not eating wheat.
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day, 6 days per week.  Oh but I have had fun with my pedometer, as long as I wasn’t washing it on accident!  I didn’t do 10,000 steps as I wanted, however there were plenty of days with more than 10,000 steps and some with fewer.  I am now aiming for 8,000 and figure it will all average out.  I highly recommend the pedometer for those who want to increase movement in their lives.  It is pretty motivating just to see the numbers go up.
  • Do a daily yoga practice.  This one went fairly well, although my practice is not as I’d really like it to be.  At the very least, I am doing SOME yoga each day, especially with all of the walking I’m doing, I really need to stretch my hips and hamstrings because they get tight!

So what’s next?

The next time I do BODY will be in April and I plan to focus primarily on food and diet that month.  I think I gained a lot of insight into my eating habits this month and would like to expand on it.  I will also benefit from more focus on the mind and spirit before doing that, because I don’t want to go overboard and become obsessive about what I eat/ what I don’t eat.

February is almost here!   It will be all about the MIND so I am going to be examining how I spend my free time, the things I read, and also tackling those little tasks that seem to take up a lot of mental space such as answering emails and paying bills.

How have your goals been going?  What helps you stay focused and motivated?  


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