June Wrap Up

Time to take a look back at my June Goals and see how things went.

Well, first of all, my goals flew out the window for the last week of the month because the s*it really hit the fan with my health during this time.

I really enjoyed my goals this month and they felt very manageable while still occasionally a bit of a challenge.  I wasn’t looking for big changes or big challenges physically this month.  The goals were a way to help keep me on track and consistent during a really crazy travel month.

The abs/arms daily challenge worked out beautifully.  I saw increased strength and definition in both areas of my body.  I began to crave my mini workouts and stop at nothing to fit them into my day.   And fitting them in was so simple it felt silly to skip it.  I spent an average of 10 minutes daily.  The addition of the “Push Up Variation Challenge” was really fun also.   As soon as I am feeling strong enough I plan to get back to my daily abs/arms.

Next on my June Goals is to limit refined sugar.  I feel only mildly successful at this one.   As I have mentioned a hundred times, China LOVES their sugar, second only to white rice and noodles.  There were some things that I ate that I didn’t consider “sugar” items because of other beneficial properties, like yogurt.   Then there were the gray areas, like when I wanted some crackers or bread only to discover after buying that they were loaded with sugar.  There were a few times though when I really wanted some ice cream but convinced myself that I didn’t want to consume that much sugar.

The food and exercise journal was helpful and I felt I was able to remain diligent to keeping record.  There were a few times when I waited until the end of the day or even the next morning to record food and I had a harder time than expected remembering exactly what I ate.  My favorite way to food journal is to write my meal down as I sit down to eat it, when I can take a moment to really look at the quantity and quality of food I am about to eat.

My running goals went out the window as soon as they were made but I had some really great runs in the first half of the month.

June was a crazy month and all things considered I feel good about the way my goals played out.

“there’s plans and then there’s life!”

I Surrender,take 2

Still sick.  I feel like my body is very angry with me.  Problem is I dont know what would make my body happy right now.  Rest?  I feel stiff and sore from inactivity.  Exercise?  I feel like, as my momma says, I have been run over by a mac truck.  Hummm, how do you take care of yourself when you don’t know what you need?

Alrighty, I will start with the basics.  I need loads of water.  Glug, glug.  I need nutritious food (at least my appetite is healthy).   Breakfast was awesome.  Half of a small mystery melon with a yogurt cup and oats sprinkled on top.  Very satisfying and delicious.  The yogurt has some sugar added but I decided that the protein, calcium, and “friendly bacteria” made up for it in nutritional value.  And I was so thrilled to finally find REAL OATS at the supermarket yesterday!  We actually bought some instant oats a few days ago out of desperation but they just reconfirmed my dislike of them.  Instant oats are over-processed and as a result have less nutrients and cause your blood sugar to spike out of control.  Instant oats often result in increased hunger while regular oats are very satiating.  And this is plain instant oats, don’t even get me started if you add sugar and artificial flavor.

I think some light exercise is in order today.  Gentle and with awareness to when enough is enough.   On that note, out the door I go!