Monday, May 1, 2023

Saving Money, Being Healthy...All the Good Stuff.

 For many reasons April was a really difficult month for me. While I'm generally good at keeping healthy habits, in April I gained almost 10 pounds, saved a negative amount of my income and left various other messes throughout my jobs and duties. It's not something I'm proud of, but I'm focusing on getting out of my rut during the month of May. Which also happens to be Mary's month!

On the financial side of things, I'm starting with saving. Browsing online brought me to this amazing printable for saving $1000 in 30 days. It's not for everyone but I'm sure it would help someone like me who has an extremely variable income throughout the month. I'm a listmaker and the tremendous pleasure that tracking my progress gives me motivates me to refrain from unnecessary purchases and focus on making progress!

I'm not at an unhealthy weight so I'm not stressed at this point about dropping lots of pounds as much as I am concerned with forming healthy eating habits. If you have a similar goal, even if you are an unhealthy weight, I think you'll find this article extremely helpful -- I sure did! My main takeaways were about distracted eating, which is my biggest problem, because I'm often scrolling or in an online class during mealtimes and making sure veggies are my biggest portion. I'll be working on baby steps this month to help me maybe drop back to the weight I was before (and maintained for a whole year?) or at least feel a little better. I'm not going to set the bar too high. 

The lesson I did learn (a little too well) during April was that my chronic health issues mean I'm not at the same level physically as everyone else. While most people can get on the treadmill and run, or work with light weights for half an hour I can't. Even if I had the discipline to do so. That means that just like my other habits, its about baby steps. So me working out for 5-10 minutes is the equivalent of a healthy person working out for 20-30 minutes. I'm also going to ignore the scale for a little bit while I'm working out and focus on developing a very short exercise routine that makes me feel good rather then basing it all on my weight because that's just not healthy, and something I tend to get wrapped up in.  

Habits are really important. Health is even more so. I'm excited to see what May brings and am very happy to be working on discipline again. Hopefully you'll find the resources I linked as useful as I do! Happy May!


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