May initiatives

by Kim on May 3, 2013

My energy levels have been waaay down lately. Here’s my Excuse List:

–I’m still getting over a cold.

–Mason randomly changed his morning wake-up time from 7 AM to 6 AM. (I can’t figure out why. Weather? Growth spurt? Joke on me??)

–I’ve been a little too coffee-happy lately. I just discovered this new kind and I’m still in the early, slightly obsessive stage of our relationship.

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–For the life of me, I can’t get to bed before midnight. (Not because of insomnia, just night owl tendencies.) Now that I have a kid, the evening hours after he goes to bed have become this magical, euphoric time that I want to go on forever and ever.

It’s all a big, mad, energy-sucking cycle. And I need it to stop.

For the sake of my training, for one thing. I only have a few more weeks to prep for my 10K, and I really want to go into it strong. Last week, I crushed a speedy 5-mile tempo run and was feeling like a million bucks. Yesterday, I could barely drag my butt through an “easy” 3 miles.

Luckily, it’s the beginning of a new month—aka prime time for a fresh start.

Instead of setting goals, I’ve decided to pick some “initiatives” for the month of May. Why? Well, mainly, I’m just burnt out on goals. I also think “initiatives” is more representative of what I’m trying to do.

Goals are entirely focused on end results. They don’t really celebrate all the individual steps it took to get there, and they completely overlook what’s often the hardest part of all—getting started.

On the other hand, an initiative is, by definition, “A beginning or introductory step; an opening move.” The focus is on moving in the right direction, rather than reaching a destination in a certain amount of time. I don’t necessarily want to be IN BED BY 10:30 every night, but I’d like to start moving toward an earlier bedtime.

may initiatives

–Drink more water and less coffee.

water cupBirthing Center mug optional, though preferred.

–Get to bed earlier. Step 1 is just making a more conscious effort to actually pay attention to the clock. Evenings are often a blur to me.

–Incorporate strength training into my life. I’ve been severely lagging in this area for a long time. I know running + the occasional yoga class isn’t really a well-rounded exercise regimen. Eventually, I’d like to be able to say “I strength train X times a week,” but for now, some is an improvement.

–Buy less stuff. Not directly related to my physical health, but not being broke = a happier me (and husband) = a healthier me. Step 1: I’m putting myself on a 2-month new-clothes elimination diet.

Do you have any new initiatives for the month?

P.S. If you’re interested in joining a May challenge (that involves prizes, of course), Challenge Loop sent me this great list of options the other day:

We have some great challenges for you this May to help you stay healthy! Take a look and join a few:

Have a great weekend!

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Presley @ Run Pretty May 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

The night hours are magical. I feel like I can do ANYTHING I want (at the house, of course haha). I need to work on going to bed, too. The next day I’ll complain about being tired and someone will ask if we had a rough night of sleep. Nope, I just stayed up playing Candy Crush and eating chips and salsa without a hand grabbing my phone or stealing my snack.
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Liz @ Southern Charm May 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I love all of your incentives … and need to jump on that buying less one!!
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Kim May 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Yeahhh that one will be tough!

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Sarah @ PickyRunner May 3, 2013 at 7:30 am

I haven’t been getting to bed early enough lately either. Midnight comes quickly even when I’m not doing anything worthwhile! I was asleep by 11 last night but that only worked because I took melatonin extra early. I love the initiatives idea- they’re not set up to fail like a goal often is!
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Kim May 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

Seriously. I think I’m so used to seeing high numbers on the clock that it doesn’t phase me anymore, in a bad way. It doesn’t help that my husband’s a night owl too, so every night we’re basically just waiting for the other person to pull the trigger and head to bed.

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Kim May 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

Love the idea of initiatives vs goals – makes it seem a little more manageable! Good luck!!

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Kim May 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

I wasn’t sure if that sounded smart or lazy, but it’s the best I can do. :) Thanks!

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Lindsay @ Health Foragers May 3, 2013 at 6:39 am

I love those initiatives. I have been extremely tired recently too. Though it pains me to admit it and I am not ready to change yet I do believe I have the same coffee obsession (weakness) and night time woes that you do. There is too much to get done and too little time. I made the same clock decision two weeks ago and it lasted for a week. I hope you have better luck! #tiredmomwoes
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Kim May 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

I try to make my coffee really weak, and I don’t even feel much of a jolt anymore, but the dehydration is as strong as ever! I’ve tried switching to decaf but I swear it tastes so different. :(

The problem with general tiredness/lack of energy is that I feel like I have to tweak a dozen different habits in my life to fix it! Less coffee, more water, more sleep, more exercise, less screen time in the evenings, more protein, less sugar, etc etc etc…it’s (ironically) exhausting. :)

Hang in there!!

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