June Goals

Yay for the arrival of summer! I am so looking forward to June. Sunshine, sunny hikes, summer bike rides, my 3 year anniversary with Michael…June will be a good month.

How did I do for May? Maybe was kind of a weird month–the weather was iffy most of the time, teasing us with random sunny, hot days here and there but I was still able to get out there in the yard a few times, enjoy some bike rides, and not be soaked with rain for 30 days straight.

May Goals Recap:

1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Tasty and Son’s NOPE. Still haven’t been there!

2. Do more squats every other day, eventually getting to every day in preparation for another visit to the Crossfit Gym. Yes, I did squats a few times a week but my schedule didn’t allow me to return to the Crossfit Gym.

3. Lose 2 pounds (hopefully on the Four Hour Body Diet experiment). Um, No.

4. Bike commute to work at least once or twice a week! YES! This was a roaring success in my book. I biked once a week for the month of May.

I don’t know why it’s been so hard for us to get to Tasty n’ Sons Restaurant. It’s in the top 5 of restaurants I want to try and yet, for several months now, I’ve put it off. I’m sure part of it is because it’s pretty far from our neighborhood and it’s such a popular restaurant it’s hard to get into.

I’m not concerned that I didn’t lose any weight in May. I have come to the conclusion that I’m probably where I am supposed to be and it probably won’t be on my goals list for awhile. And that’s okay!

June Goals

1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Beast.

2. Use sunscreen diligently.

3. Commute to work two times a week by bike (weather permitting of course).

4. Successfully complete the Gorge Ride (40 miles)!

I am really excited about going to Beast. Maybe Michael and I will go there for our 3 year anniversary. Beast is rated one of the best Portland restaurants and not only that, the owner and head chef, Naomi, is on the Top Chef Masters show this season. Everything she’s created looked delicious. The menu over at Beast looks very…adventurous…but I’m willing to give it a try!

I hope that I accomplish my goals for June. I like the feeling of checking things off my “to-do” list. I have a lot of goals regarding our veggie garden too, more on that later.

QUESTION: How did you do on your May Goals? Anything specific you’re going to work towards for June?


Body Image Stuggles

My post yesterday seemed to touch a nerve with a lot of readers. I got a lot of really great comments and private emails:

Lori at Finding Radiance said:  “I really struggle with body image. Sometimes I see myself as size 8, other times I think I look closer to the old me at 250 pounds. It does seem to be getting better with time, but not sure if that will ever go away. You have to shift your focus to the positive. If you dwell on the negative, then it breeds upon itself.”

And one of my favorites from Lisa at Bike, Bake Blog: “What a refreshing post……it can be so easy to focus on the negative sometimes – but I consciously try to turn it around and focus on the positives instead. Such as – instead of “argh I have put on weight” – I remind myself that “I have done 10 races in 6 months and have never been fitter”. A little extra weight is not the end of the world?!

I took Kelly’s advice from My Healthy Passion: “I allow myself to wallow for a few days. I almost think it is healthy to allow myself to be in a bad mood. Then after some good wallowing (and usually a few tears…crying ALWAYS makes me feel better) I make myself focus on the positive things.”

I wallowed a bit and feel MUCH better today. I think having a great run yesterday helped that. It reminded me that my body does great things.

So why ARE we so hard on ourselves? Upbringing, media, poor parenting, blah blah blah…

I plan on changing that. As I stated in my post about June Goals, I’m going to think positive thoughts.

Some other things we can all do:

1. Be realistic. My body type/genetics is never going to be a size Zero.

2. Appreciate what my body can do at it’s current weight and size.

3. Don’t punish myself for overeating by overexercising.

4. I only weigh myself once a month for a reason: it’s to NOT obsess about the number on the scale.

5. Test yourself. Try something new. Be impressed with your abilities.

QUESTION: Did I miss anything? How do you think positive thoughts?

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