May is going to be the month where I have to get serious about some decisions. I’m glossing over the meaty details, but I’m now looking for full time work, more freelance work, and at the same time, keeping my eye open for possible roommate situations. On top of that, I’ve decided to take a course on being a community manager (through Udemy.com) to be more marketable in the blogging world. If anyone has course recommendations, I’m all ears!
On to happier chit-chat…this month, aside from all of the above listed activities, I’m really paying HUGE attention to my health, mainly because the finances are stressful. And…I’m 44 so…
The other day I was watching an interview with Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson (promoting Avengers), and the interviewer asked her if she got sore from doing her stunts. She mentioned that oddly enough her feet hurt when she woke up in the morning. Mark, age 47, teased her and said, “yeah just wait until you wake up and are sore from just sleeping!” I LOL’ed, because it’s totally true.
When I got back from my trip I wasn’t feeling my best. I had low energy, felt sluggish, and just kind of blah. I’ve always been good with exercise, but my eating was so-so. While I don’t eat fast food or have junk food in the house, my 44-year-old self needs more nutrients then it does just a “getting by” kind of diet. Like, time to step it up, yo (and do it frugally!)!
After listening to some great podcasts on nutrition, and watching the doc Fed Up, I’m making major alterations to my diet this month. The four key components are:
- No foods with added sugar
- No alcohol (except for one cheat day a week)
- Adding more nutrient-dense food to my diet
- Morning & evening stretching/meditation
I think the sugar one is self-explanatory, as we could all use less in our diet, but I have a serious, serious chocolate addiction, and there is no such thing as moderation for me. If you give me an inch (or a square of DC), I take a mile. It’s best if I abstain.
While (thankfully) I do not have an addiction to alcohol and studies show it’s great in moderation, the problem I’m having is I believe it’s disrupting my sleep. I’m not 100% sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion. Sadly, even one glass seems to be enough to disrupt sleep. And I lurrrrv my sleep!
For nutrient-dense foods I’m adding some new things instead of taking anything away from my diet. I’ve always been pretty good about not eating processed food, but I’d like to add some more colorful fruits and veggies, and maybe even swap my daily morning oatmeal occasionally with green smoothies.
My typical morning routine was to jump out of bed and make a beeline straight to my computer to check email, but I’m now taking 10 minutes-ish each morning to do some nice, easy stretches, and do a quick morning meditation to sort of set me on a limber and more mindful day. The same thing at night: gentle stretching and meditation to wind down (the meditation at night part I’ve already been doing for over a year).
I initially thought about some kind of challenge, but then decided against it. Every time I seem to do one, I actually do worse with my diet than if I just did my best daily. I don’t make any promises that I’ll be strict with this…it’s just new guidelines I’m setting for myself.
And I’ve already been doing it for a week and feel way more energized, and my sleep has improved greatly!
Anyway, on to reviewing my April Goals:
1. Produce a comedy BATB TV skit. (B-) I have a new script written that I should be shooting in a week or so.
2. Produce a serious short documentary piece. (A-) The minus only because it’s done, but didn’t have a chance to air it yet so that will be Monday!
3. Start organizing closet by closet and drawer by drawer. (A-) Still working on it but got a LOT organized!
5. Follow The Single Dollar’s lead and have a zero waste challenge for groceries. (B-) There were just a few things that fell by the wayside, but for the most part I did well!
6. Give BATB a little bit of a facelift. (A) You probably won’t notice too many changes, but there is a lot hidden in the details.
1. Look for full time work.
2. Look for freelancing work.
3. Complete a Community Manager course.
4. Focus on my mind and body with stress reducing techniques and healthy eating.
How did your April go? Any big plans for May?