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About Goals – Important Life Update.

“I have goals.” That’s an easy thing to say, right? After all, who doesn’t have some sort of goal in their life?

“I want to run a marathon.”

“I want to lose 20 pounds.”

“I want to learn to speak French.”

Everyone has goals. It’s that finish line way off in the distance that you want to reach before the sweepers show up and tell you the race is over.

Having goals is one thing. It’s something else altogether to act on, work toward, and accomplish those goals. It takes a lot for forethought, practice, motivation, dedication, and accountability to reach these goals with a satisfactory conclusion. And suffice it to say, the lofter the goal, the more time you will need to spend on working toward it.

I have goals… but I haven’t been pushing myself toward them. At least, not as much as I should be. Every year around this same time, I hop on this blog and spout some words about how this year is gonna be the year. This time I will fight for my dreams and make them a reality.

It works for a while. I crank out some blogs on topics I find interesting, start going to the gym, make an effort to better myself, practice a craft, etc.

Then I stop. Not all at once. It’s a gradual thing. I don’t even entirely realize I’m doing it most times. I get busy and put something off until the next day, saying “I’ll start fresh on Monday,” or some other equally hopeful phrase.  Then Monday comes and… well, I guess calling it a vicious circle would be an understatement.

I understand this post is sounding a bit cynical, but please bear with me for a minute, as that is not my intention.

You see, recently, a visit to my doctor gave me quite a wake-up call in regards to my health. Nothing dire, but troubling and a bit scary. I’m not going to go into details, but let’s just say I’m going to need to make some major changes to my lifestyle going forward, else the consequences will be a lot worse than just troubling and scary.  I’m going to need to change not only how/what I eat and my activity level, but also my mindset of how I go about making changes, setting goals, and sticking to them.

And there was a time in the not so far past where I would refuse to quit, despite the doubts my brain would throw at me.

EVIL DOUBT BRAIN: “You won’t be able to do that half-marathon on your first try!”
ME: “Wanna bet?”

EVIL DOUBT BRAIN: “You can’t write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days!”
ME: “Oh yeah? Watch me do it 5 years in a row.”

You get the idea. I need to look at this new set of challenges in a similar way. I need to kick my doubts to the curb and push through with the changes that need to happen.

Over the next few months, I’m going to use this space to provide updates on the progress with health as I reach for these new goals. On top of that, I’m going to use this overall change of mindset to really push myself forward creatively. I’m going to force myself to level-up, for lack of a better phrase. There is going to be more writing, more blogging, and more reporting on how the submissions and query process is going. Maybe I’ll even start drawing again when I can’t find the right words that I want to say.

Basically, my body has told me that I can’t “start fresh on Monday” anymore… and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

This is a rallying cry to embrace change, not a penance to fear. I’m being challenged, and honestly, I like rising to a challenge.

I’m going to stick this post at the top of the blog as a reminder. Any big milestones, updates, or changes I will link to below.

 

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Daily Tracking: May 21st, 2019

Wake Up: 4:40am
Hours Asleep: Don’t know
I Felt: still sick…

Breakfast: 5:30am
Food 1: Starbucks breakfast sandwich
Food 2: Starbucks “sick” tea
Food 3:

Morning Snack: 10:30am
Food: 1 bag pop chips

Lunch: 12:10pm
Food 1: 1/2 Vegan BLTA
Food 2: 1 bowl vegan tomato soup
Food 3: Roasted broccoli
Food 4: Roasted potatoes w/ ketchup
Food 5: Crispy chickpeas

I ate outside today in hopes of not getting others sick.

Evening Snack: 9:30pm
Food: 1/2 vegan cheese sandwich

Dinner: 6:30pm
Food 1: 1 Avocado Roll
Food 2: 1 California Roll

Something I’m Thankful For: I think this sickness may finally be passing… maybe.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 20th, 2019

So yesterday was a bad day to make all those health proclamations because today I spent the whole day in bed sick as a dog…

Hoping to feel better tomorrow…

Wake Up: I literally slept all day… 

Breakfast: 9:00am
Food 1: Croissant

Lunch: 12:00pm 
Food 1: Vegan cheese sandwich

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: Chicken Pho
Food 2: 2 Spring Rolls
Food 3: Pork Bahn-Mi
Food 4: Lily’s Stevia Dark Chocolate

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

 

Daily Tracking: May 19th, 2019 and some new motivation

I woke up this morning feeling pretty bad. Not sick (though my allergies are still going crazy, so maybe that is part of it), but more in the down/depressed sort of way. I got some great news last week, and I feel like that should have encouraged me and pushed me forward. Instead, I noticed my drive to exercise was lessened. It was like my body said, “Well, your heart is all good, so it’ll be okay if you skip a few days.”

So I sat down at the computer today, and it was like the world knew how I was feeling because the first things that popped up on my feed were some videos from the DDP Yoga website that showed people in similar or worse situations to mine. People who needed to make big lifestyle changes, and then did so to accomplish their goals.

So no, it’s not okay.  I need to refocus and change up my routine.

  • I have added a new Fitness/Health Goals page to this website with both daily and long term goals.
  • I’m also going to use this to do a weekly progress report every Saturday with how I did on my daily goals that past week.
  • I took my body measurements, and I’m going to retake them next month, and every month after.
  • I’m going to weigh myself every two weeks because this journey is more than just a number on a scale.

Daily Tracking

Wake Up: 8:30am
Hours Asleep: 6 hours
I Felt: Sad

Breakfast: 9:15pm
Food 1: 2 Scrambled Eggs
Food 2: 2 Vegan Bacon Slices
Food 3: 3 Corn Tortillas
Food 4: Guacamole

Morning Snack: 11:30pm
Food: Hippeas

Lunch: 1:00pm
Food 1: Beyond Burger
Food 2: Home fries
Food 3: 1/2 oz Epic Pork Rinds

Afternoon Snack: 3:00pm
Food: Stabylze Bar

Evening Snack: 5:00pm
Food: 2oz Gouda Cheese & 3 pieces of dried mango

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: Homemade Vegetarian Ramen
Food 2: Street Corn Bowl
Food 3: 2 chocolate squares

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Blog/Fitness Goals Update Posts
Time: 11:00am
Duration:

Something I’m Thankful For: DayQuil

End Of Day Mood in GIF: Turns out I was proper sick… ugh.

Daily Tracking: May 18th, 2019

Wake Up: 9:45am
Hours Asleep: 6 hours
I Felt: Exhausted

Breakfast: 10:30am
Food 1: 3 Scrambled Eggs
Food 2: 3 Vegan Bacon Slices
Food 3: 2 Corn Tortillas
Food 4: Guacamole 

Lunch: 1:30pm
Food 1: Vegan Carnitas Burrito

Afternoon Snack: 3:00pm
Food: Chips and Salsa

Evening Snack: 6:00pm
Food: 1 Hot Dog

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: 3 smoked ribs
Food 2: 2 Chicken Legs
Food 3: 1 Corn on the cob
Food 4: Small bag of Cheetos
Food 5: A piece of water melon

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: It was a fun day. First, we went to the Super Adoption to see all the rescue dogs. After that, I spent the rest of the day at a friends house for games and bbq. 

Something I’m Thankful For:  My allergies have been going crazy today… so I’m thankful for allergy medicine. 

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 17th, 2019

Wake Up: 5:45am
Hours Asleep: 7 hours
I Felt: Good

Breakfast: 6:45am
Food 1: English Muffin Sandwich w/ 1 egg, 2 meatless sausage patty, and 1 slice vegan American cheese.

Lunch: 12:20
Food 1: Vegan Pad Tai Bowl
Food 2: 1 cup Dal soup
Food 3: Stir Fried Tofu
Food 4: Cauliflower Rice and Bok Chou
Food 5: Crispy Chickpeas

Food 6: Pasta Salad

Afternoon Snack: 4:00pm
Food: Pop Chips

Evening Snack: 7:30pm
Food: Red Bean bun and a green tea latte.

Dinner: 6:00pm
Food 1: Tripa Burrito
Food 2: Carnitas taco
Food 3: Beans and Rice
Food 4: Hippeas

Exercise 12:30pm
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Duration:
30 minutes and 1.3 miles
Mood: Determined

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Gave myself a pep talk.

Something I’m Thankful For: The nice weather we had today.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 16th, 2019

Wake Up: 5:45am
Hours Asleep: 5 hours
I Felt: Okay

Breakfast: 6:45am
Food 1: English Muffin Sandwich w/ 1 egg, 2 meatless sausage patty, and 1 slice vegan American cheese.
Food 2: Hot green tea w/ soy milk. 

Lunch: 12:00pm
Food 1: 1 cup vegan butternut squash soup
Food 2: 1 vegan grilled cheese sandwich
Food 3: roasted yams
Food 4: steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Food 5: small serving veggie fried rice

Food 6: crunchy chickpeas

Afternoon Snack: 6:00pm
Food: 1oz Epic Pork Rinds

Dinner: 7:45pm
Food 1: Homemade buttermilk fried chicken breast sandwich on a kaiser roll with spicy mayo, dill pickles, and a slice of vegan cheese.

Evening Snack: 8:30pm
Food: 3 pieces of candies mango

Exercise: None today. Not good.

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Novel review
Time: 8:00pm
Duration: 2.5 hours

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Cooked something new I’d never made before. Sure it wasn’t the healthiest thing, but you deserve a treat once in a while.

Something I’m Thankful For: That I have finished writing two novels.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 15th, 2019

Wake Up: 5:45am
Hours Asleep: 7+ hours
I Felt: Good

Breakfast: 6:45am
Food 1: Homemade English muffin breakfast sandwich with 1.5 eggs, 1 meatless sausage patty, and 1 slice Follow Your Heart American cheese slice.  
Food 2: Iced green tea w/ stevia

Lunch: 12:30pm
Food 1: Yellow Curry Bowl w/ veggies and rice. 2 small pieces of naan bread.  
Food 2: 1 cup of Dal Lentil Soup
Food 3: Roasted cauliflower
Food 4: Roasted yams
Food 5: Crunchy chickpeas and lupini beans

Dinner: 6:00pm
Food 1: Grilled Albacore Sandwich
Food 2: 1 serving chips
Food 3: Salmon and avocado roll

Evening Snack: 8:30pm
Food: Cherries, a bit of Gouda cheese, and Hippeas.

Exercise 1:00pm
Workout type: Walk
Duration:
15 minutes
Mood: Excited

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Writers Group
Time: 6:00pm
Duration: 1 hour

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Took some time to relax and reflect on the changes I have made so far.

Something I’m Thankful For: My awesome writers group.

End Of Day Mood in GIF: