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November Challenge: Mid-Month Reset

Alright guys, it’s time for some #realtalk. I have not been doing well at the November challenge. The only one of the four small changes I’ve been doing consistently is parking far, which, like I said in my last post, isn’t really so bad, and I’ll probably keep that up at least partially. I’ve been taking the stairs at work about every other day, which is better than before, but not really meeting the challenge. I haven’t been drinking extra water. I’ve been exhausted and drinking loads of caffeine every day, which is probably actually counterproductive. And my posture has been as bad as ever!! So basically, I’m getting a D grade on this month’s challenge. I’ve never gotten a D in my life!!!!

But I did so great at the Sugar Detox! Well, I did actually follow the plan for that challenge, but since then I have been back to eating just as much sugar as ever! So was it really a success? Doesn’t feel like one.

I just haven’t been feeling great lately and I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it is. I feel like I’ve been kind of phoning it in on life lately, which normally is NOT who I am!! My husband actually mentioned that he’s been feeling the same way, just feeling off and not happy about how things are going. We actually had a discussion about it last night as I as driving up to Kansas City for a work trip. Is it bad that we have better talks when we’re not even in the same city than when we’re in the same house?? Maybe one day I’ll write a post about the complete meltdown I had yesterday morning that kind of spurred us to actually talk about it, but not tonight.

Anyway, we talked about how neither of us is happy with our health and weight right now, that we just feel kind of blah, and it’s probably because we aren’t properly nourishing our bodies and giving them the exercise they need. So we’re committing to hit reset on all of that. We’re going to start meal planning and working out daily. We used to meal plan really well, and when we did that, evenings were so much less stressful because we already knew what we were going to have for dinner that night, we ate healthier, and our grocery budget was better because we bought exactly what we needed and actually USED it. I’m looking at you entire bag of salad in the fridge that I bought two weeks ago but never ate…

The worst thing about meal planning is actually coming up with what to eat, it’s just a torturous hour or two every Saturday, and then another torturous hour every Sunday to shop for the ingredients. There’s got to be a better way! Let me know if any of you have suggestions of what has worked for you!

On the exercise part, we’ve tried exercising together and it’s never really worked. I think we both just have different preferences for what types of exercises we do and what time of  day we do it. So I the hubby is going to start going to a local fitness class before work, and I will do workout videos in  the evenings after the girls are in bed.

The goal of this is to start living a more purposeful life. Be conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies, and make sure it’s fueling us and not just giving us a few minutes of pleasure. And moving our bodies on a regular basis will help us feel better and more energized, and hopefully help us sleep better so I don’t feel like I need so much caffeine all the time!!

As always, I’ll keep you updated on how we’re doing, and you know I’ll be completely honest about it. Hopefully one of these days I have good news and actual advice that works for you guys! Speaking of which, I also want to set a goal to post on the blog at least twice every week. I’ve been slacking at that a lot lately, too.

But for now, it’s time for me to go to bed because I am EXAUSTED. Good night.


4 comments on “November Challenge: Mid-Month Reset”

  1. Melissa says:

    Have you ever looked into this website for meal planning?
    I looked into it pretty seriously, did the free trial and ended up with several quick recipes. Not sure why I haven’t signed up since it is reasonably priced and seems really convenient. Anyways thought I would pass along 🙂

    1. Brenda says:

      I’ve done another online meal planning and wasn’t a huge fan, I’ll have to give that one a try!

  2. Melissa says:

    Also, nights out do wonders for clearing the mind and re-energizing 🙂

    1. Brenda says:

      We do need more nights out! The grandparents are constantly offering to watch the girls, we should take them up on it more often 😉

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