Preparation & Predestination

Lately, I haven’t been writing in here because I haven’t been focusing on myself enough to have anything personal to write about. Neat trick, that. It’s amazing to me how easy it is to forget about yourself and things you need to do to be healthy and happy when you don’t put forth any effort.

I’ve felt awful about myself lately…really awful. Mostly because I’ve had an awful headache all last week, and I know it’s because I need to get on top of some dental work. I’m behind in a few things financially, and though I’m well on the road to getting caught up, I’m still upset I ever got off track in the first place. I was thisclose to not only being able to pay the full amount every month on every bill, but actually having some money saved up. Blah.

Headaches aside, I haven’t been working out or eating as well as I should be, which means that I haven’t had much of an outlet for stress, nor am I at least looking well in my misery. The one thing that I did manage to do was write more regularly thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo. I slacked off every weekend and the last week or two, but I did really well with getting the story started and off the ground.

In thinking of ways to kickstart my healthy and happy lifestyle, I started to do just 1 thing a day towards improving things: taking out the trash, cleaning out the fridge, paying bills first thing payday, etc.

Well, my one thing on Saturday was to restart the Couch to 5K program. I got up early  and went to Wal-Mart to prepare for my run. I needed to buy myself a sports bra if I was going to be serious about running (big chested, you understand. FYI, it’s weird to associate that term with myself. When I’m not fat, I have a small chest. I will be happy to see them go, that I can tell you). Of course, a new top and yoga pants for working out and a water bottle were added to the two sports bras I purchased, all with dri-more technology (the Wal-Mart version of Dri-wick technology).

MensHealth and I set out on the trail to accomplish our run. We made a few mistakes (not stretching, not applying sunblock), but remembered water and kept hydrated. It was only thirty minutes, but boy did we sweat! Thanks to the dri-more technology, my covered skin was dry (what do you know? It actually works!). I was surprised how well I got through it, even though I paused it once for ten or fifteen seconds to catch my breath (that’s all MH allowed before he made me keep going).

I have to admit, it felt good to get back out there. I took yesterday off and am going to go back again today. Hopefully, I can get the run in when it cools off.

This week, I’m ready to be a bit more ambitious. I want to make progress in the month of August in my workouts, my finances, and my spiritual life. I want to connect more with friends and write more often. I want to be in a better place at the end of the month than at the beginning. So, with that in mind, I am going to try my 3o day workout challenge again, starting today. I’m also going to write down my budget for the month and stick to it. Our congregation made it a goal to be on the inspirational call at least once a week, and I think that’s a good place to start spiritually.

So, I’ve already determined how I want this month to go. Now all that’s left is to do what needs to be done to get there. How did last month go for you? What are you planning to focus on this month?

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