I am a very purpose-driven person. I thrive on To-Do lists. I relish schedules. I love training plans. When I am proceeding forward in my life with a goal, I am happy.
For the last two weeks, I feel like Iâ€™ve been wandering around with no purpose. Too much TV, not enough work. And Iâ€™ve been stretching my definition of â€œhealthy livingâ€ and â€œbalanceâ€ a little bit too much. I even took a few hits of my friendâ€™s cigarette the other night (I donâ€™t even know why I did it).
I woke up this morning feeling exhausted, grumpy, and a little sick to my stomach â€“ sure signs that I am overdoing it on alcohol and sugar and skimping on sleep and exercise. Itâ€™s all relative, but Iâ€™m not where I want to be right now.
This morning, I asked how YOU get back on track. Half of you said you like to ease back into your routine and the other half said you throw yourself back into it wholeheartedly. I gave your comments a lot of consideration, and I think itâ€™s best for me to declare a Back on Track Month:
A major focus of Back on Track Month is reducing my frivolous spending. I also know I need more sleep. Additionally, I want to stop eating and exercising like Iâ€™m on vacation. Iâ€™ve had a major desserts (not treats) 6 out of the last 7 days. Iâ€™ve been slacking on mileage (some due to sickness and other days entirely within my control).
One of the most beneficial aspects about blogging is that it makes me accountable. I could declare this Back on Track Month to myself, and if I slipped up, no one would be wiser. :) But I wanted to share this with you because I feel like itâ€™s common to slack on healthy habits during this time of the year. I bet a lot of you can relate!
Also, I think itâ€™s important for me to acknowledge that it is not always easy to lead a healthy lifestyle. There is no â€œfinish line.â€ I struggle, too.
Goals for Back on Track Month:
- Hit all Marathon Training and Strength Training goals
- Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night and be awake by 6:30 AM
- No alcohol except for special occasions
- Major desserts are for special occasions only
- Aim to eat out 1 night per week maximum (my bank account is rapidly dwindling now that Iâ€™m
I think itâ€™s KEY to set goals that are tangible, realistic, and achievable. My personal motto is â€œdonâ€™t set yourself up to fail.â€
I have my Back on Track goals posted on my bulletin board so I can read it during the day whenever I feel like slacking. I respond well to visual cues!
I feel better already! 🙂
Here are my afternoon and evening eats. I had ANOTHER Glo Bar while working:
And the Husband was in charge of dinner. He made me a veggie burger with green beans:
And my post-dinner snack was a bowl of grapes:
Off to bed I go! Must get in bed by 10:30 to meet my Back on Track goals. 🙂