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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!

Book Review of Spark by John J Ratey

Last fall I moved a bookcase out of (and back into) the bonus room (putting up a wall makes a mess!) and I realized I have way too many non-fiction books that I’ve never read.  I decided to pluck one from the shelves and just start reading!  These are bathroom reading book, which means it can take me a while to get through them, but I finally finished the first one earlier this month and it was an eye-opener.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain* by  John J. Ratey, MD with Eric Hagerman. Copyright 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-316-11350-2

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Supercharge Your Mental Circuits to Beat Stress, Sharpen Your Thinking, Lift Your Mood, Boost Your Memory, and Much More. 

The book blurb says it all!  Exercise really does all those things, and much of those effects occur quickly.  If you have a difficult task that is going to require a lot of brain power, it’s proven that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise just before you begin your task will sharpen your brain, expand its computing power, and help you more readily focus and retain information for the next couple of hours.

I’m sure the current knowledge on the effects of exercise on the brain has expanded exponentially since this book was written a decade ago, but I learned a lot from reading Spark.  And I’ve put that knowledge to work.  Since I started reading this book, I’ve been making a concerted effort to include more movement and exercise in my daily life.  When I need to go up the stairs for something, I go up and down several times – it only takes a couple more minutes to do so.  We set up our Gazelle (elliptical) exercise machine in the living room and both of us are using it daily, hopping on when we have a free five or ten minutes or just when we feel that we need to move a bit.  We also have been riding bike on the weekend.  And both Bill and I are noticing that we are feeling more energized throughout the day by doing so.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, addiction of any type, attention deficit, or hormonal changes of any sort, or if you want to potentially extend your lifespan and/or your mental abilities, you NEED to read this book.  It even comes with a chapter of exercise recommendations and suggestions – very helpful.

September Goals

My September goals are much smaller and more personal than my August goals (which I feel were probably 90% successfully attained). I am currently reading The Happiness Project at the urging of my friend Missus Wookie and I am so glad that she recommended it to me. It is definitely a book that I am going to keep and reread frequently. More importantly, it is a book that is giving me concrete ideas of small changes I can make to my life that may have a large impact. So this month’s goals are, in large part, my own small “happiness project.”

Goal One – Sing out loud every day. When I was a teenager, no day was complete without putting an LP on my stereo, cranking up the volume, and singing aloud to every song on the record. I miss that. I have music playing all day long, but I rarely sing aloud anymore, and even more rarely do I sing really, really loud! Some days I feel like I am losing memory of what my own voice sounds like. So for this month, I will be digging out some of my LPs, finding good sing-a-long stations on Pandora, and just generally getting back in touch with my singing voice. Already these first few days I notice that I am happier after even just a few minutes of singing. That’s a good thing!

Goal Two – Play more with making jewelry, both crocheted and beaded. It is just plain fun!

Goal Three – Set up an Etsy store. My daughter Kat gave me a good store name and so there is no more excuses! I don’t anticipate having hundreds of items to sell there, because I get great joy from giving away so much of what I make, but there is always some overflow that I know I could list in an Etsy store and it might help recoup some of the cost of my projects.

Goal Four – Get back into the habit of daily exercise, whether it is dancing or walking or yoga or just anything. I was sad to learn that the yoga class I participated in last winter will not be starting back up in October, as I really enjoyed the class and discovered that I really enjoy yoga in general, but not having a class is not an excuse for not doing anything on my own. I have many options available. I just have to pick something and DO IT!!!

And that is probably enough goals for one month. I really wanted to take an online photography class that Missus Wookie recommended, but I may have jury duty in Tucson later this month that could go on for two weeks. I decided that trying to do any sort of formal class while possibly spending two weeks on jury duty just would not add to my happiness!