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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: June 24, 2019

It has been a rough couple of days for tracking. Today was a great day though. 🙂

Wake Up: 5:45am
Hours Asleep: 6 hours
I Felt: Alright

Breakfast: 6:45am
Food 1:  Homemade English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich, w/ 1.5 eggs scrambled, 3 slices uncured turkey bacon, and 1 slice American vegan cheese. 
Food 2: Green iced tea w/ stevia

Lunch: 12:15pm
Food 1: 1/2 Baked Potato w/ 1 cup of vegan chili and nacho cheese
Food 2: 2 cups BBQ Tofu
Food 3: Broccolini w/ vegan nacho cheese and 1 Tbsp. of fried onions
Food 4: 1/2 cup of pita chips

Afternoon Snack: 2:00pm
Food: Cappuccino w/ half and half 

Dinner: 6:00pm
Food 1: Roast Beef Ciabatta Sandwich
Food 2: Hippeas
Food 3: Lily’s Chocolate

Evening Snack: 5:00pm
Food: Turkey Breast

Daily Vegetable Servings: 2

Exercise:
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Time: 12:30pm
Duration: 1.5 miles 

Mood: Hot… 😦 

Workout type: Elliptical
Time: 8:30pm
Duration:
30 min
Mood: Good

Productivity:
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Time:
Throughout the day
Duration:
about 30 minutes total

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today:  Bought some new books

Something I’m Thankful For: That we are going on vacation in a few days.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

New books!

 

Daily Tracking: July 22, 2019

Wake Up: 7:00am
Hours Asleep:  6 hours
I Felt:  Ugh…

Breakfast: 8:00am
Food 1: Starbucks Biscuit Sausage sandwich

Morning Snack: 7:30am
Food: Hippeas

Morning Snack 2: 9:00 am
Food: Pop Chips

Lunch: 3:20pm
Food 1:  Japanese Curry bowl with noodles
Food 2:  Plantain Chips
Food 3:  Lily’s chocolate

Dinner: 9:00pm
Food 1: Shrimp Yakisoba

Daily Vegetable Servings: 3

Exercise 
Workout type: Elliptical
Time: 7:00pm
Duration:
30 min
Mood: Good

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Time: 4:30pm
Duration: 45 minutes

Daily Tracking: July 20th, 2019

Wake Up: 5:00am
Hours Asleep:  5 hours 
I Felt: … like I fell asleep on the couch… *grumbles*

Breakfast: 7:00am
Food 1: Starbucks Bacon Egg Sandwich
Food 2: Cappuccino

Lunch: 1:00pm
Food 1: Vegan “Chicken” Burger
Food 2: Roasted Potatoes 
Food 3: Green Beans
Food 4: 1/2 Cup Vegan Chorizo Rice
Food 5: 1 Cup Vegan Chicken Tortilla Soup

Afternoon Snack: 5:30pm
Food:  Impossible Slider

Dinner: (NOTE: 6/22/19 … I did not track and at this point, I do not remember aside from some Japanese Curry and Noodles.)

Daily Vegetable Servings: 4

Exercise 
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Time: 12:30am
Duration: 30 minutes and 1.5 Miles 

Mood: Good 

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Duration: 30 minutes

End Of Day Mood in GIF: Don’t Remember 

Daily Tracking: July 19th, 2019

Wake Up:  6:00am
Hours Asleep:  3 hours 
I Felt:  Sleepy

Breakfast: 6:45am
Food 1: Homemade Breakfast Burrito with 2 eggs, 2 1/2 Turkey Bacon, Vegan Cheese, and Salsa

Morning Snack: 9:30am
Food: Onion Bagel w/ Cream Cheese 

Lunch: 12:00pm
Food 1:  Pad Tahi bowl with veggies and tofu (1)
Food 2:  Broccoli  (1) 
Food 3:  Bok Choy (1)
Food 4: Tom Kha Soup (1)

Dinner: 6:45pm
Food 1: BBQ Pork Sandwich
Food 2: Fries
Food 3: 4 Buffalo Chicken Pops
Food 4: Lily’s Chocolate Square

Daily Vegetable Servings: 

Exercise 
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Time: 12:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes/1.5 miles 

Mood: Hot… it was very hot. 

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Time: 5:30
Duration: 30 minutes

Activity: Writer’s Group
Time: 6:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes 

Something I’m Thankful For:  The fantastic feedback my group gave me on the completion of my latest novel. 

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: June 18th, 2019

Wake Up: 5:45 am
Hours Asleep:  6 hours
I Felt:  Happy I woke up on time… >_>;

Breakfast: 6:50am
Food 1: English muffin breakfast sandwich w/ 2 eggs, 2 turkey bacon, and a small cheese.

Morning Snack: 11:00am
Food: Pop Chips

Lunch: 12:00pm
Food 1: 3 slices of vegan pizza
Food 2: Vegan tomato soup
Food 3: Broccoli
Food 4: Zucchini

Afternoon Snack: 2:15pm
Food: 2 small vegan cookies
Food: Cappuccino 

Dinner:  7:00pm
Food 1: Salmon fillet w/ Skin and Eel sauce
Food 2: Broccoli 
Food 3: 3 gyoza 
Food 4: 1/2 cup of rice
Food 5: 1/2 can tuna salad 

Evening Snack:
Food: Bowl of Filipino Spaghetti  

Daily Vegetable Servings:

Exercise 
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Time: 12:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes/1.6 Miles

Mood: Good

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Time: 10:00pm
Duration: 30 minutes

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: June 17th, 2019

Wake Up: 7:20am
Hours Asleep:  6 hours
I Felt:  OH SHIT, I’M LATE FOR WORK!!!

Breakfast: 8:30am
Food 1: Starbuck Ham and Cheese Croissant

Lunch: 1:00pm
Food 1: 3 Vegan Tacos
Food 2:  Cauliflower Rice 
Food 3:  Broccoli 
Food 4:  Pinto Beans
Food 5: Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Afternoon Snack: 6:30pm
Food: 1/2 bag of Hippeas

Dinner: 8:00pm
Food 1: Ravioli with spinach, artichoke, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes 
Food 2: Pecans with Lily’s Chocolate and Peanut Butter  

Daily Vegetable Servings: 5

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Japanese Lesson
Time: 10:00pm
Duration: 30 minutes

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Had a nice lunch with friends.

Something I’m Thankful For: Good friends. 

End Of Day Mood in GIF: