As I posted last month, September was the month for trying to my health back on an even keel. We had a dreadful winter with the kids and I being sick with various complaints all July and August.
After reading Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home, I fell in love with her idea of taking a month to focus on a particular area of my life. You can read about my year-long challenge here. What I appreciate about Gretchen is that she doesn’t attempt to completely overhaul her life. She picks two or three things to tweak or experiment with. And it’s only for a month, so if anything turns out not to be ‘you’, that’s something to simply note and move on.
For September my goals were to eat a piece of fruit each day, be in bed by 9:30pm, exercise daily, and monitor my eating closely.
So how did I do?
It was a bit hit and miss.
It didn’t help that for a big chunk of September I was either away from home, or out of my routine as my husband and daughter were visiting family in the Netherlands. I think embarking on a monthly challenge like this is probably best left when there’s not so much on my social calendar. I certainly wasn’t able to give this monthly challenge the focus it deserves, but I always believe a bit of effort is better than no effort at all.
I did reasonably well at exercising – barring the week I was in Auckland – and at ensuring to eat more fruit (I eat plenty of veg). Most nights I am in bed by 9:30pm, but D and I have had a few late nights here and there. On the whole, I think we are getting much better at getting to 9pm and going ‘hey, time to get ready for bed’ and actually doing it. I am a person who needs lots of sleep so I don’t turn into a weeping, whining shrew, which makes this a great habit to cultivate.
I have been totally lazy at using my food monitoring sheet. Like to the point that I know I need to put the sheet somewhere better so I see it and use it (it’s on my fridge). But have I done this? No. I have been good at sticking to Trim Healthy Mama most of the time – even when I’ve been tempted not to – and have only strayed when eating out at someone’s house. UPDATE: I have tweaked my monitoring sheet and have put it on a clipboard that will be in my face whenever I’m in the kitchen. Hoping that it will do the trick!
So, all in all, it wasn’t a perfect month. But still, I feel as if I am making progress. I think if I can move every day, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and get plenty of sleep that will go a long way to restoring my immune system.