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June 2019 Goals

It’s about time I got back into the habit of sharing my goals.  Putting them down for the world to see (all of my 7 subscribers!) somehow makes them more real.

Health & Weight – My big honking goal for 2018 was to lose 33 pounds by my 60th birthday in April 2019.  I did really well in 2018, losing 22 pounds, but somewhere around mid-January I lost my focus.  Not quite sure why, but I began eating snacks and sweets like crazy.  I’d like to blame it on the winter, but I’ve never gained 10 pounds in four months any other winter, which is exactly what happened this year. 

Recently, though, I’ve regrouped, refocused, joined a 100% ETL Challenge for June, and am getting back into the habit of daily exercising.  Since June 1st, I’ve lost 3.5 pound, so I know what I’m doing is working.  So now I have a new goal – to get back down to my previous low weight by August 1, sooner if I work hard at it, and then back to my original goal weight by New Year’s.  I know I can do it.  I will take this brief blip as a learning experience and do differently in the future.

So, for this month, my goals concerning health & weight are pretty simple.

  • Daily 100% ETL (Eat To Live, the way of eating {WOE} that I’ve followed for the past 8 years.
  • Daily 100% 2B Vegan Mindset ( a complementary {with ETL} eating plan that I was doing the last half of 2018 and worked well for me).
  • Daily Intentional exercise of some fashion.
June 2019 Tracker
June 2019 Tracker in my Bullet Journal

As you can see from this month’s tracker, I’m doing fairly well in most areas.  Those first 5 days have a lot of colored boxes!  I’m finding that this type of tracker is fairly motivating.

Quicken – One goal that I’ve had forever and ever is to keep up to date with Quicken and to reach year’s end and not have a mad, frenetic three-week marathon to catch it all up in time for taxes. I kept it up to date until mid-April, this week I’m playing catch up again.

Blog posts – 2 blog posts per week.  Hmmm… only one so far in June.  I’d best get busy!

40th Wedding Anniversary trip – need to get that planned.  Vacation dates from work have been approved, now we just need to pin down and itinerary and make some reservations.

So, that’s June.  And already it’s the 6th!  June is just flying by. Time to go work on some of those goals!

Just A Moment – Sixty-One

cattle graze lush grass

beneath stately spreading oaks;

summer drought comes soon.

Belted Galloway beef cattle grazing in a pasture somewhere between Nocona and Spanish Fort, Texas.

Turner Falls Day Trip

On Mother’s Day we drove up into Oklahoma and visited Turner Falls Park.  It’s about an hour and a half trip up I-35 for us, and while the traffic usually sucks a good bit of the way (I-35 traffic is the pits no matter when you drive it), getting out of the city and seeing some country is well worth the trip.

Turner Falls, oklahoma
The main falls

Turner Falls is advertised as Oklahoma’s Largest Waterfall and is owned by the City of Davis.  It’s a very popular destination.  In fact, on peak summer days they actually close the park at times due to the number of visitors they can accept.   We don’t usually go during the busy summer months.

honey creek oklahoma
Honey Creek flows through Turner Falls Park

Honey Creek flows through the park, creating the many falls.  The many natural (& some man-made) pools at Turner Falls Park are very popular swimming holes.  We thought the water was just a tad bit cold, but then we like our swimming water more like bath water!

clear waters of honey creek oklahoma
I love the shimmering greens!

I love this close-up of one of the smaller falls.  Above the falling water you can see the green reflection of the over-hanging trees and below the green is all the algae growing underneath the water.  So cool.

crystal clear waters
Hard to believe you are looking through water.

Look at this – you can’t even tell you are looking through water.  I’m glad our swimming pool doesn’t have this growing in it!

There are many times a year when Turner Falls Park is closed due to high waters.  You have to drive through “low water” crossings twice to travel very far into the park and to the multiple camping areas. 

exposed tree roots
Look at all those roots!

As you can see from these exposed tree roots, the high rushing waters can cause a lot of damage.  Sometimes the park is closed for extensive rebuilding of the roadways and even some of the man-made falls areas after torrential rains.

We have yet to do any actual hiking there. The trails are not built up and it bothers Bill’s knees to walk very far on uneven ground.  But it’s still a pleasant place to go and a good place to take wildflower photos.  I took several, which I will share in the near future.

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