I don’t say this often. (Because I generally think of myself as a humble person.)
But I’m proud of myself.
If I can be so bold to say that, because I really am. I did something this month that I never dreamed possible. And it didn’t kill me!!!
I have long been a lover of cookies, brownies and anything sweet. I have tried a number of times to “give it up,” but just was never in the right place in my life or in the right frame of mind to actually do it successfully.
I took a leap at the beginning of the month and made 3 goals for the month of August.
- Eat no sugar and no wheat flour.
- Finish the One Dish Dinners Manuscript.
- Exercise 3 times a week.
With the exception a few mindless licks and bites of the kid’s snacks that had some “cane juice”…I managed to get through the month without a bite of dessert…or sugar. It was really an experiment to see if I had more energy while not eating sugar.
Here is my answer to that…I had more energy, yes. I also found a bit more clarity in my thinking and my daily productivity was up. But probably what I value most, I have a much better sense of my fatigue level and found myself sleeping more soundly and waking up more rested. I fell asleep quickly, I felt when I was tired and sat down to rest, I could better sense when I needed to go to bed…and had many a 9 pm lights out nights! (I’m usually up til 11 pm – midnight!)
I do plan to continue this…with maybe a treat once a month. Because I do believe that moderation is important…and a simple treat once a month is perfectly reasonable!
The One Dish Dinners cookbook manuscript is FINISHED!
6 months of recipe testing, writing, recipe tweaking, writing…and the final product is ready to send in.
The only reason that I haven’t sent it to my editor…he is “swamped in” at his vacation home in Massachusetts after Irene blew through. So I will send it in after Labor Day, when he is back in the office.
I spent much of the first week of the month in front of the computer working on the manuscript, while my mom took care of my kids. So I didn’t get out much to exercise that week. But since then, I’ve been to the gym at least 2 times a week…with another exercise session of walking with the stroller, or doing weights at home.
Overall, I really like Ashley’s 3 in 30 approach of making 3 big goals to accomplish each month…and I have my own 5-10 “smaller” goals each week that I try to get done in addition.
Did you accomplish any goals this month?! Do you have any for next month you’d like to get done?!