Three televisions stacked

Week 3 check-in: Hanging In Despite Little Progress

This is my second check-in. It has been a bit of a rough go the last couple weeks.

Exercise

Pair of dumbbells, green apple, measuring tape and bottle of water. Exercise and healthy diet concept.
Pair of dumbbells, green apple, measuring tape and bottle of water. Exercise and healthy diet concept.

I started the two weeks strong– walking 4-5 days per week and strength training, and then I fell. Walking through a door, I fell hard on my right side. For a couple days I felt as though I had been beaten up because I was so sore. Getting back into walking and strength training has been difficult.

In addition, it is cold out where I live. Going outside at 6am to walk has become incredibly undesirable. Even getting myself out of bed to walk on my treadmill in the basement has been hard.

The combination of falling and how cold it is in the morning has meant I need to rethink about my workout habits and restart. I am trying to figure out what will make this more doable. More next week.

Eating to Support My Goals

Vegetables and fruits are among my main foods!
Vegetables and fruits are among my main foods!

While exercising has been difficult, eating healthy has been going well. I have been primarily eating fruits, vegetables, and brown rice. I have been eating small amounts of chicken and fish. I was concerned a couple weeks ago I was eating too little because I was eating about 1200 calories so I increased the number of calories to 1400. I am not sure what to make of this, but I put back on 1 pound. This is very disheartening. I am not sure if this is because the amount I am exercising is decreased (although exercise alone is not good for losing weight) or if my portions have gotten more generous. I will be weighing and measuring everything this week. Regaining that pound was demoralizing.

Being Mindful With Money

A picture of the word budget in letters on a background of dollars, because budget is the word for the month!
A picture of the word budget in letters on a background of dollars, because budget is the word for the month!

The good news is that I dramatically cut down how much I am spending on books and other miscellaneous things that are impulse buys. I also was only over our food budget by $40 for the month of January. The bad news is I was unable to dramatically lower my credit debt because of necessary car repairs, medical expenses, and the cost of new prescription glasses. Again, this month has been a bit demoralizing.

Unplugging From Screens

Three televisions stacked because this goal I back tracked and didn't do so well
Three televisions stacked because this goal I back tracked and didn’t do so well

The last couple weeks have been pretty depressing– too cold, hurt, gained back a pound, too many bills, etc. I overindulged in watching television. I don’t even really like The Vampire Diaries, but somehow I am on season 6. Sigh. I have also done well watching some documentaries. Ugh. I need to regroup on changing this habit.

Meditation

At first I was doing very well and increasing the amount of time I was meditating. Then I chained meditating to my exercise habit and it all fell apart. I need to regroup on this one as well.

Overall

Ugh. Not the most successful couple of weeks. I have felt depressed and backslid on these habits. I am a bit disappointed in myself for not staying the course and working my way through the fall, the bills, etc. Life happens and I want to be able to cope with life better and maintain my good habits.

More on all of this next time as I keep working on this and journaling.

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