Happy long weekend everyone! I hope you're enjoying some extra mental space on this holiday weekend! While I don't have much going on anyway, it's still nice to have something special to celebrate. I'll have to see if/when there will be a parade or fireworks in D.C.!
If you wanted to capture how well last week went with regard to my goals in one word it would be fail. Sunday and Monday went pretty well! On Sunday, I always go to church, then a donation-based community yoga class at Epic Yoga in Dupont Circle. Afterwards, I peruse the farmers market (as if I need to buy any more produce...) with a bottle of chocolate almond/Brazil nut milk from Jrink Juicery (the Cheer Me Up flavor...the best!). It's especially nice when there are street musicians playing jazz and everything feels easy like Sunday morning and I fell all cosmopolitan and what not. On Sunday, I ate pretty well and I went to sleep early after a nice session rolling out on a softball. Monday was pretty good too. I woke up early and worked on strengthening my legs. I think I ate pretty well too.
However, Tuesday took the week in a different direction. As I mentioned in Wednesday's post, I wasn't really feeling great. I didn't have to go to work on Tuesday, so I wasn't motivated to get up or go out. As I said on Wednesday, I just tried to do things that made me feel better. I bet working out would've helped, but it felt mentally stressful for me at the time, so I tried to occupy myself with other things. And it did help! Except my sleep schedule ended up getting screwed up on Tuesday night when I stayed up late preparing to spend the day at work on Wednesday. This continued on Wednesday night when I got back late from market and had to prepare for Thursday, and then I got back late again on Thursday night. I tried to sleep in a little later to make up for it, but that meant I didn't have time to work out in the morning. I did mostly hit 7 and a half hours of sleep each night though! Except for Wednesday night, my fitbit says I got just over 6 hours and on Thursday night, 7 hours and 21 minutes which is really close enough. Because things were busy, I didn't eat very mindfully, but I did cook more for myself which is a plus.
Things got better over the weekend. I got decent sleep, cooked more, and paid a little bit more attention while eating. If I didn't work out in a deliberate manner, I tried to increase my movement throughout the day by walking and dancing (in my room with no one around...music cheers me up!).
While I did not reach my goal benchmarks this week, and I do want to do better, I'm not going to kill myself about this. I can't be perfect all the time at everything! In the past, I would've been extremely upset about not getting a proper workout in during the day, but I have realized how focusing on perfection can be so damaging and limiting. This week. I ended up with more of an introspective focus as I continue to try to figure myself and my feelings out. I also put in a decent amount of work for my internship which ties into longer-term plans for the future. Both of these things are important parts of my life too! However, I'm not going to give up on my health and wellness goals though because those fit into my future as well. There are things in life that you can't force, but because I know that my health and well-being is something I hope to maintain in the long-term, this will happen when it needs to. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop building routines that will support my goals. All I can do now is try to approach each day as a chance to start over.
I don't think I need anyone's permission to do my own thing, but since I am asking you all to hold me accountable towards these goals, will you give me a redo this week? :)