Three Goals Thursday

Today slipped through my fingers like water passing over a pine bough that’s fallen into a high mountain stream. So quickly it ran!

If I don’t post my goals today, though, two weeks will have passed by without me doing what is important to me, so here they are.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS

This week I will endeavor to…

1  Eat oatmeal for breakfast several times.

2  Get to bed early at least twice.

3  Perform some kind of exercise every day.

These goals seem teeny, tiny enough, so I think they’ll work.

Final Note: For those of you following the saga of the passport authentications, you’ll love this.  Now, I can’t even find my passport applications.  What’s up with that???

 

 

One Thing, and some Goals

TGT mast headIf there’s one thing I have struggle with this week, above other things I have struggled with this week, it’s time management.  Things have been hectic here in NEPA.  With several after work appointments this week and cleaning being done for the shindig we are planning on the hill on Saturday, there hasn’t bee much time to catch up on my goal list, or with my friends.  That being the case, I will report my progress (or lack there of), I’m planning to leave the same goals in place for another week.

MY GOAL LIST FOR THIS WEEK LOOKED LIKE THIS

1  Continue on with intermittent fasting (IF-g) my way through the week, fasting at least twice this week and eating only veggies for lunch, twice this week.

2  Try again to get those passports in the mail.

3  Ride the bike or walk three times this week.

HOW I DID

Goal No. 1:  FAIR.  I fasted twice this week, but didn’t feel really satisfied with that.  I’m not sure why. It was a long week and a busy one, and maybe that played into my less than satisfactory feelings about my food habits this week.  I will try again next week and hope it is better.

Goal No. 2:  FAIL! Sheesh, how many weeks in a row have I had those passports as a goal and still haven’t gotten them in the mail?!  I will do better.  I will get this done!

Goal No. 3:  OKAY.  Most of my exercise this week was of the cleaning variety, which I gotta say was pretty intense.  I did ride my bike twice, but I wasn’t all that excited to do it, and I did not walk at all this week.

HOW I FEEL ABOUT HOW I DID

I’m not feeling all that confident these days, and I noticed several times this week that my enthusiasm for cooking healthy meals at home after a hot day at work had waned.

I’m not sleeping well again, which really derails my program and drains me of energy at night.  I’m able to keep up the pace during the daylight hours, but when I get home after work I wilt.  I have had several mornings this week when the birds outside my window were merrily chirping at 4:20am.  Really, birds?!  Once they get going I’m awake, and it is hard, so hard, for me to fall back asleep.  I need total silence, total darkness, and total comfort to sleep. Otherwise, all I do is roll around in bed.  Ugh!

RECONFIGURING

Something that occurred to me this morning is that I can re-jigger my life any time I want.  I can also call upon the practices of the past to help me in the present. Whatever worked before will probably work again.  When I face difficulties or pitfalls, I can stop, re-group, refresh, and begin again.  I can do this anytime I want to do it.  Woohoo, I needed that reminder.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

1  Fast for at least two meals this week, preferably breakfast, since it is the easiest meal for me to skip and provides the longest rest for my digestive system.

2  Contact the courthouse for copies of birth certs for passports application process.

3  Ride the bike or walk two times this week.

When you need to make a change, do you wait until Monday to do it or get started right away?  What brought about the biggest transformation of your life?

A day late-Not sure about the dollars

TGT mast head

Things have been crazy, crazy over here in NEPA.  So crazy I did not have a chance to post a goal update yesterday.

Big sigh!

The hectic pace continues today, but I did want to get something up about my goals, so here goes the briefest goal list update ever by me!

MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK WERE:

1  Continue on with IF-g my way through the week, fasting at least twice this week and eating only veggies for lunch at least twice.

2  Try again to get those passports in the mail.

3  Ride the bike or walk three times this week.

HERE IS HOW I DID!

1  OKAY. Fasted twice, but did not hit my goal for eating veggies.  Solely at lunch; just once.

2  FAIL.  Still no passports in the mail. Can’t find the birth certs, and can’t find time to get to the courthouse to get new ones.

3 AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, BEST YET!  This one I hit squarely on the head.  Did it, four times this week.  Felt great!  So giddy over this one.

NEXT WEEK’S TEENY, TINY GOALS

Same as last week.  Let’s see how I do this time around.

See, I told you it would be brief!  You didn’t think I could do it, did you?  Ha! I WIN, again!!

When have you refused to give up, even when the whole world was against you?  Did you eat more veggies than junk this week?

Three Goals-June 16th

TGT mast headJune 16th.  June 16th!  Really, it is June 16th already?  Where is my summer going?  I don’t like it…that way summer days pass faster than winter days.  I don’t like it at all.

That said, I’m on to my TGT post for today.

MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK WERE:

1  Continue on with IF-g my way through the week, fasting at least twice this week and eating only veggies for lunch at least twice.

2  Try again to get those passports in the mail.

3  Ride the bike or walk three times this week.

HOW I DID!

Goal No. 1 GOOD! I met my goal for fasting this week, choosing to by-pass breakfast three times.  I ate only veggies for lunch one day, so slipped a lil on that piece of the puzzle, but still feel good about my progress with the eating overall.  We were in the north country over the weekend and that’s always hard, but I tried to eat as well as I could and think I did okay there.  Not as many raw veggies got in me, but while others were eating pizza one night, I had a grilled chicken salad. Not too shabby.

Goal No. 2 OKAY.  I worked on this one this week and found that I don’t need my marriage license to get my passport, but I do need my birth certificate. The original from the county in which I was born.  Mr and me have these certificates, but darn if we can find them.  No passports yet, so this one goes back on my list.  My goodness, is there anyone who has more trouble with things like this than me?

Goal No. 3 YES!  I rode my bike this week, but I did not walk outside the house. I need to step it up a lil with this goal.  However, with regards to bringing the balance back, I did get to bed early several nights this week.  Now, one of those nights was interrupted by a 4am wake-up call with fretting on the side, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I led a more balanced life regarding sleep this week and I’m happy about that.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

Because my goals are good goals at this point, and because I still haven’t gotten our passports, I am going to do a do-over for this week.  All the goals I had last week, I will again work on this week.  Yay!

Can you believe we are in the middle of June already?  What fun or fantastical goals are you working on this summer?

 

ThreeGoals-AlternativeThis week has been a busy one, what with flitting here and flitting there throughout the Adirondacks, and vacationing with my mom and sister.  I was reminded many times during the past five days that I had some goals set for myself, and I needed to keep up with them while I was away.  So, what were those goals?

Just this:

1. I will do an 8N7 challenge this week. Kicking my early morning exercise session up to 8 minutes, seven days a week.

2. I will eat oatmeal for breakfast this week

3. I will do 10 minutes of meal planning each day, specifically focusing on reducing daily intake of calories and trying to get to 1500 calories per day by the end of the year.

How’d I do?

I completely Goal No. 1 & 2 every day, save one, last week.  I exercised for 8 minutes every morning, but one morning I did not have oatmeal for breakfast.  Still, those are pretty good results for a gal on vacation, I think.

The goals I am setting are beginning to feel like a habit that is unconsciously moving me through life.  Yay!  That is exactly what I am trying to do with my Three Goals Thursday goal setting, so I am pretty happy about the results I’m seeing as I am experimenting with this system.

Goal No. 3 was a problem this week!  Honestly, I tried numerous times to remember what Goal No. 3 was while I was vacationing with the girls.  I could NOT do it!  Ugh.

Could NOT! 

I tried to remember that third goal. Tried, and tried again, but no go.  That goal had flown the coup and did not return again until I logged in to check on my goal list today.

Goal No. 3 this week was a FAIL! 

I am disappointed with that, obviously, but I will try again next week to incorporate calorie reduction processes into my weekly goals.

My three teeny, tiny, doable, and habit-building goals for this week are:

1. I will do an 9N7 challenge this week. Kicking my early morning exercise session up to 9 minutes, seven days a week.

2. I will eat oatmeal for breakfast this week

3. I will do 10 minutes of meal planning each day, specifically focusing on reducing daily intake of calories and trying to get to 1500 calories per day by the end of the year.

I’m using the same goals again this week to help me get healthy and lose weight.  The only change is that I will do NINE minutes of exercise each morning this week (before I do anything else), instead of the eight minutes I did last week.

One thing I know:

Exercising will not off set over eating, so I have to get that calorie count down on a consistent basis in order to develop a habit for 1500 calorie a day eating by the end of 2015.  I will do better on Goal No. 3 this week.

Side Note:

While we were traveling through the Adirondacks this week, my gals and I stopped several times to take pics. They were not as “into” the photo shooting as I was, but I forced them to take a few pictures of me for my blog.  Funny story: when standing next to Round Pond, south of Lake Placid, I asked my sister to take a picture of me and mom.  While she was setting up for the shot I laughingly said to her: Does this rock make me look fat?  We all laughed, but I was half serious.  Okay, maybe more than half…

Here is that picture of me and my mom:

DSC_0116It looks okay, right???! 😉

Do you ever forget the goals you set for yourself?  If one thing is going to knock you off kilter with regards to your plan for getting healthy, what will that one thing be?

OverThinking

000overthinkingSometimes I find it hard to fix the reason for why I began eating to excess.

The reason, if there is one reason, eludes me. 

Am I that good at rationalization/minimizing, that I can totally set aside in my mind the reason for the beginning binge?

Am I so disconnected with the past that I have forgotten what got this started?

Did I eat/overeat out of willfulness…hopelessness…control issues?

Does it even matter anymore?

I keep thinking that if I could just go back to that moment when I first interacted with food in an inappropriate way, and identify what was going on that day, I would discover the “secret” to what keeps it going now.  I have this fantasy of being able to project backward to that time, freeze frame, see the urge to continue eating past the point of satiation in an adult way with a healthier aspect and history behind, and then I could begin again.

Like a mathematical equation that went awry, I would be able to pinpoint where the mistake was made, correct it, and begin again, this time coming up with the right answer.

The correct sum.  The piece that defines the whole.

Maybe it’s mere fantasy.

I’m still trying to work the cipher, though….

What memory from your past seems like a vapor quickly fading?  When have you felt that not remembering was a blessing?

Three Goals Thursday

My three goals for this week shall be:

1.  Continue to eat oatmeal for breakfast each morning, and pay special attention to portion sizes with all foods.

2.  Perform five minutes of exercise before doing anything else in the morning.

3.  Read something positive about recovery from food addiction every day this week.

I feel like I accomplished my three goals this last week. I experienced a few slips, a couple “oops,” and one or two temptations to not follow through. That’s to be expected.  I wouldn’t be trying to develop new and better habits if I already had the behaviors my goals represent working for me on a daily basis.

What I want from this goal setting experiment is…

a.  to develop habits that will unconsciously serve me in life.

b.  to create an Action Plan that is defined and doable, thereby creating winning scenarios that I can celebrate and look back on to fuel future progress in my recovery from food addiction.

c.  to see my goal weight materialize, and be free of some of the daily medications I am currently taking.

I do not think any of these expectations are unrealistic, which is why I am dedicating myself to seeing them become realities in my life.

What are you so determine to do that you will not let anything get in your way?  What inspires you the most?