Things have been very busy in my corner of the kingdom this week, so I am a little late in posting my queenly goals for today.
Better late, than never though, right? 🙂
MY THREE TEENY TINY GOALS FOR LAST WEEK
1. Increase morning exercise from 16 to 18 minutes each day.
2. Find someone to be an accountability partner for me when counting sugar intake this week. All I will require at this point is that I log when I have eaten sugary substances and that I share that log with someone.
3. Watch a You Tube video on the best way to use the new glucose monitor, and try using it once this week.
HOW DID I DO?
Goal No. 1 Great! I exercised every morning this week for 18 minutes of exercise, save one. That day I was extremely hurty, so I did not clock the time I spent exercising. I know I did a full set of each exercise I usually do, but they were much less strenuous than normal and it hurt a lot. Most mornings my exercise include calisthenics, plus a lil work on the recumbent bike. This week was no different, although I will admit that I spent more time on the bike and less time on the leg lifts this week.
Maybe the stress of the new bosses being in town was too much for me this week, and that’s why I hurt so much. I didn’t feel particularly stressed, mentally, but maybe physically? I dunno…
Goal No. 2 Really Good! I logged all my sugar intake this week, and I found an accountability partner, but I did not go over the entire log with her yet. I do still have the rest of today to accomplish that, though. I will do it tonight.
My accountability partner didn’t check in with me each day, but that’s okay. This is my goal to achieve, not hers, so I am the one who needs to take action, not her. I did share my log on an accountability board I keep in the bathroom for anyone entering to see. Is that the second half of Goal No. 2 done? I don’t know, but I am counting it as a WIN for me. Yay, Me!
Goal No. 3 I did fairly well with this goal. I did watch a video on You Tube about the meter I have (in fact, I watched several—yay, me), but I found out that the test strips I have are outdated, so I was not able to use the meter. Boo!
I guess I could have gone through the process of checking my BGLs with the outdated strips, but I didn’t want to deal with a number on the meter that was way high or way low after testing with it. I thought it was better to wait and buy new strips before using the meter. This was a meter I had for a while, but did not decided to use until recently.
HOW I FEEL ABOUT HOW I DID WITH MY GOALS
Feelings are an important part of the recovery journey, especially for a sugar addict like me. How I feel on any given day, whether I am encouraged or discouraged, feisty or floundering–it all has an effect on how I eat. When I’m stressed, I want more sugar, naturally. When I’m calm and serenity has a hold on me, I’m less likely to seek out comfort foods. Good or bad, that’s how it goes with me, so I “guess” I feel okay about my progress this week, but I also don’t feel “on fire” or over-the-moon excited as I begin another week of habit-forming goal setting.
THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
Today is probably not the best day to set these goals. Like I said earlier in this post, I’m hurting and I’m a little flat emotionally today. Regardless, 3 Goals Thursday waits for no mood, so here we go….
This week, my goals will be to:
1 Continue exercising in the morning, 16-18 minutes in duration each day.
2 Add to my morning routine 5 minutes of bike time in the evening. I’m keeping this purposefully teeny, tiny, so I know I can actually do it with all the sore muscles lately.
3 Take a 3-pronged approach to food accountability this week. What that means is that I will count calories one day, meal plan one day, and count sugar intake one day this week. I will not do these all on the same day, but will dedicate 3 days to better planning; an homage to my 3 Goals Thursday initiative.
I’m hoping for less aching and more stretching this week, along with a better understanding of how I eat and how I can improve on that process. I’m not a machine, so progress will differ given the day, I know. Some days I wish I were a machine, but most of the time I’m glad to just be me.
When have you found yourself pushing through the pain to reach your goal? What did you learn about “being you” when that happened to you?