April 8, 2009
As is often the case when I skip goal check-ins, I haven’t made much progress since I did my last one in the beginning of February. I was very tempted to not do one for another month, since it’s already a week into April, plus I’m crankier than normal because I’m on day two of the worst headache I’ve had in yearsâ€”I’m taking 800mg of ibuprofen every four hours, avoiding light as much as possible, and moving around as little as I can but that barely seems to make a dent. But since I’ve done as much work as I feel capable of today, why not do a check-inâ€”maybe writing will help me get re-focused on my goals.
1. Weigh less and move more.
My weight’s been hovering around the same number for weeks and weeks, which is actually pretty good considering that I haven’t been formally dieting and have been going on vacation a lot. But now I’ve been back from vacation for almost three weeks and don’t have any trips coming up anytime soon, so I really should get back to paying more attention to what I’m eating. At this point, I think it’s more important to just do something, anything, rather than worrying about picking exactly the right plan. So it’s back to keeping a food log. The site where I printed out the exchanges diary page last year is gone, but I found a new one (and this time saved the form to my hard drive). I’ll start filling it in tomorrow, by which time I hope my head will be feeling better.
Outside of the two weeks of skiing I did in February and March, I haven’t been getting nearly enough exercise. A big contributor to that is the heel pain I’ve been suffering from; I haven’t been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. In any case, I can’t run, and when it’s flaring up, I can’t even walk for exercise. Fortunately, it doesn’t interfere with my skiingâ€”in fact, wearing ski boots all day seemed to help, so maybe I should tromp around in them at home. I *can* ride the exercise bike, and have been doing that some mornings, but it’s so depressing to not be able to do anything else that my motivation is pretty much shot. I also need to get back in the gym habitâ€”the electronic log that’s integrated with the machines was broken on my early March visit and that was enough to discourage me from going back for a while, then vacation disrupted my routine, etc., etc. Time to just suck it up and go.
2. Keep less and organize more.
Nothing major to report here. I did let one more of my magazine subscriptions lapse, so that’ll be a tiny bit less stuff coming into the house. Maybe if I kept a log or spreadsheet of what I’ve done like I do with other goals that would help motivate me. It’s worth a try, anyway.
3. Surf less and contribute more.
I have been keeping a spreadsheet for this one, so know just how much I’ve been proofing and formatting and post processing at Distributed Proofreaders, how many memorials and pictures I’ve added to FindAGrave, when I’ve been in touch with which groups of online friends. I haven’t done everything I’ve wanted to, but I’m sure I’ve done more than I would have if I weren’t keeping track. I do still spend too much time on The Cheezburger Network, though, but sometimes I really need those chuckles.