Two months into my "Making Better Life Choices" routine and I've learned some things about myself. I want to make my daily routine become what I want my life to look like. Feel better, move better, quilt better, all those things! And since lists are my love language, here's the list for the second month of my progress.
I've been really rigid sticking to my 1200 calories a day. I track every calorie on my fitness app. It's easy and it's become routine. However, I find that sometimes I don't make the best nutritional choices because I'm so fixated on the number. I think I want to start adding a little flexibility to increase some of my nutritional goals.
Walking/hikes with hubby have increased in frequency from 1-2 times per week to 3+ times per week. I've increased my distance of each hike from 3ish miles to almost 5 miles each time. I have been adding a little each time. This sometimes requires a brief rest at the end of the last hill, but I do feel like I'm making great cardio progress. My knees are maybe not so happy though. I can hear them grinding when I go up hills and I have some soreness in my right knee. Hmm.
I've enjoyed trying new designs on half a dozen donation quilts for other folks. I also have tried some additional thread options and enjoy tweeking things to get them just right. I've also done several customer quilts and can happily say they are work I'm proud of! I'm happy to report I have several 'repeat' customers, so they must be happy too! I do go through a bit of 'withdrawal' if I don't fire up the longarm for a few days. Could this be a sign of addiction? LOL
No real breakthroughs here, but small steady steps of progress. I'm generally doing better at going to bed earlier, thus waking up earlier is easier. Getting things done in the early morning makes my whole day feel like there are more possibilities! I think that's why I loved homeschooling my kids so much. We had a great 'routine' that really allowed us to get so much done during the day and still have lots of fun time in the afternoon. However, the cold mornings lately have been tempting me to pull the covers up and snuggle a while longer.
I'm not great at giving myself credit for progress. I've lost more weight, I've increased my cardio and stamina. I have noticed that my clothes are fitting more loosely (mostly my bra...I wish I was kidding!) And I'm just being so much more conscious of my choices. That in itself is progress.
Sadly, I still HATE the walking/hiking and only do it when my hubby is home to drag me along. I try so hard to be optimistic about it, but I just really dislike it. I am proud of my progress, but I do not enjoy one moment of the exercise itself. And before you suggest I vary the form of exercise, I have tried that in the past, and never found one I like. Although Boomer is ALWAYS happy to go on these walks! So working on my attitude and trying to be more grateful is something I am really struggling with.
The Struggle is Real...
My biggest struggle right now is learning to cope with my 'empty nest'. I know this is my second year and I should be better at it but I'm finding it harder than ever. I have requested some books from the library but they weren't what I was hoping for. Honestly, I don't know where to find resources/support for this issue. If you have any suggestions I would gratefully accept them. One of the issues is that my husband travels 4 days every week and I'm home alone a LOT. I find myself avoiding coming home because the house is so quiet. But then I feel guilty about the dogs waiting for me. So I went from a house full of kids and friends and chaos, to just me and the dogs. I think the dogs feel it too. They are super clingy and needy now. So it's not just me. Sigh.
So how are you doing on your goals?
Progress is greater than perfection.