Summer Goals and Fails

The past year I started writing down goals and looking at them on paper instead of making them an afterthought. Sometimes I hit my goals and sometimes I fail. Failing is not bad, I actually love those goals I can’t reach because it challenges me a little more to try harder and I can’t help but fill my thought cloud with ways I can reach those goals.

One of my goals for the year was movement. Not so much for weight loss but a little part of me dies when I realize I wasted my day sitting at home and doing nothing. Hopping on the treadmill at the end of the day to make up for those steps feels wrong. Those days are needed sometimes but for my mental health, they’re not needed every day, regardless if I actually want them.

In July I had a minor surgery that put me out a few weeks and for some reason, I believed my body was capable of swinging past the recovery stage without rest. It ended up being much worse than I thought because I didn’t rest (like going to Disneyland a couple days after, yikes). I learned my lesson but I still feel like I’m recovering. I love the activity calendar on Apple watch because I can look back and see what I’ve been up to.

Sometimes it’s accurate but sometimes my ring won’t close after a non-stop day. We were at D23 convention with a toddler, and we were running around and sat down twice within a 12 hour day. It said I didn’t even log 30 minutes. I think unless I’m swinging my arm like I’m the olympic event of discus throwing, it seems it won’t track movement. I noticed on the days I took off, I felt better jumping back into routine. My goal for September is to lengthen my 30 minutes to 60 minutes, even if I have to break it up throughout the day. Chasing Miko doesn’t count! Having time to myself for weights and cardio even stretching feels like I put more into it.

I hope one day I’ll be able to stop wearing my Apple watch. I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I need a device to tell me how much to move and track to do more, a part of me loves that and can’t stand the idea but in the meantime, I want to have fun with what I can do and make it less of a chore.

As for the progress or lack of it, I found this quote on Reddit I wrote down in my notes, “Failing is part of the process. Progress isn’t linear.” I hope I fail enough to get it right next time.

Here is what I listen to get me going (no apologies for my bad taste in music, this music truly gets me going!)

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