Mid Year Check Up -Just typing this bothers me…Mid year check up…MID YEAR! How are we already passed the first week of July? Has the year flown for y’all?
Going over some of the goals for my year, and I seriously need to get a handle on my weight gain, and wine intake. It’s been two years since my Gastric Sleeve Surgery, and while I have maintained over a hundred pound weight loss, I have gained back over 15 pounds from my lowest. I am not eating like I should, and not exercising— so here I am.
There are several other items that I need to get a handle on, and decided that I need to write them down to be more accountable.
#1: Take breaks from social media
I don’t know about you, but I have such a hard time stepping away from social media. As a blogger, I always feel like I have to be posting, so it’s difficult for me to make time for a digital detox. HOWEVER, my hope is that I’ll find some time this month to just unplug and live. Being online is fun, but I think we can all agree there comes a time when we need some separation from the internet. I like to blog for several days and pre-post them. This gives me the opportunity to disconnect without really being disconnected from my goal of posting daily on my blog.
#2: Spend more time at the beach
This goes back to goal #1 (disconnecting). Summertime is my favorite time to go to the beach. I live at on the some of the most beautiful beaches, yet it seems as those I hardly go. I need to make more of an effort to go, even if it is for just a hour or so.
#3: Exercise more
I need to get back into my morning habit of waking up and walking. I started out great about doing this every morning. I just need to do it again. And, that brings me to my routines in general…
#4: Update my routines
Routines will be changing soon with my morning commute becoming longer again. I am so excited about this. I will be able to think and plan out my day before I get to work. I plan to be pack my lunch for the next day, organize my items to take to work (gather them and place them where I can find them), and not be in a hurried, unorganized rush. At least this is my plan.
After my first week, I want to begin my exercise regimen again (goal #3). Getting up earlier, and kick starting my metabolism I believe really helped with my weight loss and overall health.
The afternoon commute is something I look forward to as well. Now I almost get home too quickly. It is as though I don’t have enough time to decompress before I got home so it was though I was even more anxious. I do like being able to just to sit in silence and talk to myself and God about my day. It will be good to be able to do this again. I have a lot rolled into this last goal, but it is really about being less cluttered and more organized.
Four items doesn’t seem like a lot, but truly are huge. At least they will make a huge impact on my everyday life. Do you evaluate your goals mid-year? How do you self check up?
Lately I have been struggling with what others say I don’t have. Today I woke up with what I have accomplished. My positivity came back. I am staying in the direction that I feel God has led me on since the beginning. Just because I don’t like what I am hearing, or what others are saying doesn’t mean that God may lead me to stay the course instead.
College has been hard (for me with working full time). Most of the time it is too much work, that it is too hard. I want to walk away –sometimes (okay most of the time). But I come back to “I am not a quitter. I am a finisher!” I need to put blinders on and concentrate on the end goal. Just because I won’t finish college in the typical four years doesn’t mean I won’t finish. A seven-and-a-half year college plan is a goal, right? Semester after semester, just to keep plowing way, one class here, maybe two classes there. Then one day, I will wake up and realize I have a degree. But I won’t get there if I quit.
I won’t get to my weight goal if I keep thinking that eating cheese puffs and Chardonnay for dinner is healthy either. I need to put the green, leafy vegetables in my mouth, drink water, and exercise for the plan to work. Again, the goal of weight loss isn’t easy. My gastric sleeve surgery was a tool to help me lose the weight, not for me to gain it back in a year. I didn’t go through surgery to fail.
Every day is a new opportunity to succeed. I felt deflated yesterday. I cried yesterday. Self pity is not pretty, but we all go through it. Today is a new day. I am planting new seeds.
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. — Galatians 6:9 ESV
There are days, before I set my feet to the ground, that I say this out loud to God. On those days, I claim this…that God will show me His glory. I also believe that speaking it out loud helps. I am not exactly sure why, just that it does.
Some days I need God to show me more of His glory than others. I am certain God needs to see more of me in His glory as well – but that is another discussion.
Asking for some GLORY today.
Happy Monday —dream a little. Blessings.
I need this today…maybe you do as well.
Be you!! Always.