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Health and Fitness Goals for May

Monday, May 01, 2017

So, last month I decided to keep things simple and only had two health and fitness related goals:

* Track my food.
* Get up at the time I set my alarm.
* So how did I do with that?

I did okay tracking my food at the start of the month, then started forgetting on the weekends, and finally gave up. I can remember loving logging when I first discovered MFP (which I found before SparkPeople). It was like a game, where logging was turning in my quests. At some point, however, the game became a chore, and I think I need to accept it's not a chore I have any interest in, or feel a need for, right now. That means it's just not going to get done.

So, for now, I'm going to let that one go. (Have I said that here before? I feel like I've said that before.) Instead, I'm going to make an effort to record when I have a negative reaction to food. It's something that started creeping up last year and has made a return this month. If it gets consistent, then I'll look at doing an elimination diet or something in June. (I'm pondering Whole30, though I don't like cooking so anything I try is going to be tricky.)

I did much better at the alarm part, to my great surprise. I blew it on the last day of April, but I think that was the only stumble after setting the goal. Anyway, I'm taking that one as a win.

That leaves me with what I want to accomplish for this month. Simple seemed to work, so I'm doing that again.

1) Walk back the time I'm going to bed. Changing my sleep cycle is a constant goal, and while I'm doing a good job on the "wake up" part now, I still suck at the go to bed. That's making the waking up thing tricky. I'd like to be ending my day at eleven o'clock at the latest, so I'll set that as the mark. It's still pretty late, I know, but I need to start somewhere and I think that's doable.

2) Finish cleaning my office. I made a lot of progress on this last month, but I still have a lot to do. Part of it is learning to let go of clutter and nothing hanging onto things just because someone gave them to me or because they're "still perfectly fine". As much as those are good things, if I never use them and they're just sitting in a junk box, what good is it? Anyway, I know this, but I have a lot of trouble acting on it. I'm going to work on that.

3) Keep running. I got back into this because I have a 5K with my niece and nephew on Saturday. Once I finish that, I need to keep it up, instead of letting it slack again. I discovered SparkPeople's Virtual Run sign-ups about a month ago, so I think I'm going to start including myself in at least one of those a month, to give me an official deadline.

That should be enough for one month. Again, I need to keep these simple. Here's to a great May!
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    Thank you very much! emoticon
    1449 days ago
    It is good that you can change your goals to fit with what you know you can and will do, not just keep them because they are good to do. If you know you won't do it, find something you will do, which you have done for your May goals. I wish you the best in your endeavors for May. :-)
    1450 days ago
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