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Thursday, May 04, 2017

So far, my May is off to a great start! I have succeeded in each of my daily goals: walking, being alcohol free, writing in my gratitude journal and eating a salad a day. These actions (especially the walking!) are creating a positive feedback loop and I feel lighter than I have in months. That "lightness" of spirit translates to 3.7 pounds on the scale which motivates me to maintain these behaviors.

It bears mentioning that I have not had a formal workout this week -- just walking to and from work and on my lunch hour when I can. It also bears mentioning that these are not "new" habits. I started many of these habits in 2015 and maintained them until about the second trimester of my pregnancy. So, I am revisiting old habits and seeing how effective they were when I actually adhered to them. It is not easy to renew these old habits but it is not quite the same as starting from point A because I already know how effective they can be. I already have faith that if I persist in these habits, the results I am hoping for will naturally follow.

If I am able to persist in my goals, this could be a big month for me in terms of weight loss (usually the first through four month of a renewed weight loss effort are the most successful for me). Even though this is a marathon and not a sprint, I will try to maximize my weight less this month.

To that end, I may expand my alcohol free goal to simply being alcohol free for the entire month. Alcohol seems to accompany me going off the rails every time. I bet if I do not drink in the month of May, I will lose 8 or more pounds simply doing what I am doing now. That thought is very motivating to me. Also, I generally like to do at least one alcohol free month per year (haha, last year I was pregnant so I did 9). Why not May?!?! It will help me to explore the other forms of comfort and relaxation open to me. Already this week, I have had tea in the evenings and taken a nice bath. I have also had more motivation to accomplish things in the evening such as preparing my lunch and Scarlett's things for daycare so that I don't have to do it in the morning. What the hell -- why not give it a shot? I am upping my goal for May to an alcohol free month!!!!!
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    emoticon AND emoticon on your new daughter! I am very excited to hear from you again and I know from history that YOU'VE GOT THIS GIRL!
    1550 days ago
    Each time we give focus, it is a bit easier, knowing we can do it, because we have, and will for longer periods of times in our life as we learn and grow. Sounds like you are creating wonderful balanced habits. Sending good vibes your way for May!
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    Awesome!!!!!xoxox bless you
    1550 days ago
    I may have to try not having wine the rest of the month....


    L Great job! emoticon
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