Alrighty, nearly one week into July and it is time to get some goals down in writing.
Due to my illness and slow recovery my goals this month are broader and more focused on food than exercise. I am still feeling extremely fatigued and often sore and achy. As the month goes on and I get healthier and stronger I will be adding back in some exercise goals.
- Eat greens 2-3 servings a day minimum and a variety (not all salad greens, not all spinach, etc.).
- Practice mindful eating Eat slowly. Chew, chew, and chew some more. Be really in tune with hunger and stop eating when 70-80% full.
- Eat berries regularly These little bits of deliciousness are high in antioxidants and great for my struggling immune system.
- Stretch EVERYDAY at least a little bit.
I am looking forward to getting back to my abs/arms and anticipate feeling strong enough in the next day or two. When I get back to it I will add that to my goals list also.
The last two mornings I did my yoga routine and it felt challenging and amazing. Well, yesterday it felt amazing, this morning I struggled to stick with it. I never quite got warmed up this morning and my body ached throughout. I am definitely suffering some repercussions of laying in bed for 8 days. My body is stiff and sore and out of whack.
Taking it easy was, well, easy for the first few days we were in Portland. I was enjoying just being here and the fact that I wasn’t flat on my back all day meant I was moving more than I had been. I am starting to get antsy though. And frustrated with the long recovery. Yesterday a group of us went to the Oregon coast for the afternoon. The beach we went to is about a 1/4 mile or less walk in. The walk felt good and it is so gorgeous out there but I had to walk REALLY slow. Once at the beach I couldn’t go for a walk or do anything but lay on the blanket and the walk out really wore me down. By the time we were in the car on the way home I was exhausted. I don’t feel like this is my body. And I feel trapped in this unknown body. My mind wants to MOVE. And so it’s time to practice patience. I am contently reminding myself that this patience will pay off in the end and my body will be stronger because of taking it really gentle and easy now.
So until I can run around again, I will focus on what I put into this recovering body of mine and nourish it as best I can.
Do you have any goals for July? What area of your life does this quintessential summer month have you focusing on?