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Another month is in the books and it’s almost May! My April Digital Detox was awesome and I’ll write more about later in this post, but first here’s a bit of background if you’re unfamiliar with the 2014 Directive.
What is the 2014 Directive?
The 2014 Directive is a New Year’s resolution link up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis instead of a big year-long resolution that’s nearly impossible to keep. The monthly goals must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. You can join the link up at Kate and Trudy!
How Do I Join Along?
If you’d like to participate, visit the 2014 Directive details page at Kate and Trudy for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. You can participate by linking up your blog post below and/or sharing your goals on Instagram (using the hashtag #the2014directive) with a smattering of photos throughout the month. Need some ideas for monthly goals? Jessica has 50 great ideas here!
My May Directive
Since my surgery in January, the scale has not been kind to me. And I’ve not been kind to my body. Being healthy has not been easy for a number of reasons. My foot keeps from any exercise other than walking — it’s healing, but still quite swollen, especially by the end of the day or if I’m on it a lot. And with our kitchen renovation, we’ve eaten out more often than usual, and I’ve treated myself to more ice cream than is probably reasonable.
So this month, I have a short list of goals to help get my eating back on track. I’m going to make some serious changes to my plate.
This month I plan to:
- Eat Whole30. Last year, I did a month of the Whole30 and even though it was super (um, SUPER) difficult, it was really amazing for my body and health. Basically it’s no grains, no dairy, no sugars, no alcohol, and no seeds or beans. Now that we have a functioning kitchen again and it’s easier to cook, it’s Whole30, all the way. Thankfully, my Paleo freezer meals qualify, so many of my meals will be taken care of for the month.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Whole30 cuts out almost all drinks, so water is already the number one thing I’ll drink (coffee is the only other beverage I’ll have). But I’d like to increase my intake of water to hit eight glasses a day.
- Take my vitamins. I am so bad at this normally, but I plan on taking my vitamins daily. I’m on a quest to find some vitamins that are gluten and sugar-free.
Past Directive Reports
April 2014 “A digital detox”: There were a ton of goals for this month, none of which I did perfectly, but all of which helped out when I actually did them! I was most successful at turning off the notifications on my phone and unsubscribing from unnecessary emails. SUCH FREEDOM when my phone wasn’t pinging every few minutes! I haven’t turned them back on and I don’t plan to.
I cleaned up my computer, so my files are much more organized than before. I’ve set aside a day each month to continue this so it doesn’t overwhelm me in the future. I also did a decent job of not checking my phone in the car.
I also did go on a lot of walks and a couple motorcycle rides, which was perfect for getting away from my phone (and getting a bit of exercise!). It allowed my brain to think about other things, and I had a lot of good ideas during this time. Plus it was so nice to walk around in the spring weather — it’s been quite lovely around here.
Other goals included taking a technology Shabbat (forgot for the most part, whoops!), going device-free for meals (sometimes), and brainstorming on paper (didn’t do this much, but when I did it was great!). I’m going to continue doing some of these things because I found them all helpful!
March 2014 “Get back on my feet”: Like I said above, my foot is healing but I’m still dealing with some swelling. I do ice it occasionally but could be better about it, especially when it’s particularly swollen.
Stay tuned for another update at the end of May!
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