Looking Back on the Month

Early this month, I posted “New Month, New Me” and had a few ideas for what I could do to make some changes that would improve my health and general outlook on life.

Well, here we are at the end of the month and it feels like yesterday that I wrote that post…it also feels like I didn’t get much done in the way of changes. When I sat down to write this, I thought, “Wow, I totally messed that up. Just like the past few times I’ve done this, I failed.” I still indulged in potato chips, root beer, and alcohol, and I still skipped the gym and didn’t run very much (if I haven’t made it clear yet, I really don’t like running in the heat).

…but, the more I thought about the month, the more I realized I did make some changes and I’m happy with my progress, even though it’s not huge or obvious. Baby steps, right? And, to be honest, I’m going to place a little blame on it being birthday season (there are at least 5 birthdays in a 1 month time span that just eat up weekends and, well, my health plans…maybe one day I’ll be strong enough to get through birthday season without feeling like I’ve gone entirely off the rails). 😉

  • I managed to cut back on beers. Sometimes this meant replacing with a different alcoholic beverage of choice (the boozy seltzer waters that hit the market and flaunt lower calorie counts are a good option) and other times, this just meant chugging water and not looking at my husband’s High Life longingly.
  • I said no to junk food. Of course, I ate my fair share of guacamole and chips during Taco Tuesday this month and helped kill a couple of bags of chips during mini vacations, but I also made good healthy food plans like packing a BUNCH of chopped veggies and hummus for a road trip to see the solar eclipse this month.
  • I lifted more than I have the past couple of months. I managed to get to the gym a handful of times more than I’ve been going this summer and that’s good! I increased weights for some exercises and just intuitively worked out.
  • I rode my bike quite a bit instead of driving. Whenever I could, I rode my bike this month and it was great! I even felt my legs getting weak one day because I had been going up and down the hilly areas in Cleveland Heights so much.
  • I used the elliptical if I was feeling a little hesitant to run because of the heat. My gym’s TVs haven’t been working so I had trouble convincing myself to get on the treadmill, but instead of just going home, I hopped on the elliptical a few times so I could get some cardio in and read at the same time.

See? I did some good (but I didn’t really have to convince you, I had to convince myself)! So, here’s to September and continuing to make better decisions!

-K

 

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