Check in: August 2014

Welcome! Check ins are a monthly series of posts meant to document my progress towards better health, a stronger body, and general awesome paleo rockstar status. Find the first one here.

August is nearly over! Holy cats. I am surprised, a teensy bit sad because of my fresh produce addiction, but mostly excited, because OMGILOVEFALLSOMUCH (and yes, I did mean to shout like a teenaged fan girl. It’s that kind of love). Sweater weather is my favorite.  As is soup. And apples. And squash. And sweet potatoes. And and and. Oh, autumn. I can hardly wait.

Food

After a so-so start, August has turned out much better than expected on the food front. I’ve been focused about watching what I eat. Not judging or giving negative self-talk, but being much more deliberate about noticing my choices. Giving my eating habits more attention has made a big difference. I’m much less likely to make a run for a sweet treat when I look at why I am making the choice. Now my 80/20 really is closer to that ratio.

This month’s recipes:
Perfectly Paleo Peppers and Onions
Apricot Crepe Cakes
Mango Citrus Salsa
Grape Italian Ice
Salsa Smothered Pork Loin
Cheesy Ranch Veggie Chips
Butter Braised Radishes

Body

I stuck to my goal of increased walking, which felt great. It’s still my favorite exercise (in that I don’t hate it like all other forms of exercise).
In fact, I had to pull back a bit — once I got started, I tended to go a little too hard or too long, and my knees protested. This didn’t stop me, but it reminded me that I need to keep working on lowering inflammation in my body.

As for the push up thing? Well, not so much. I thought about it several times — largely about why I seemed unable to get motivated to do them — but I think I might be intimidated by this one. Having been an “anti-athlete” my entire life, having a sporty goal is rather scary. I will scale it back and see how I do.

 Mind

I’ve met my goal of meditating about once a week, so I’m pleased with that progress. Although I very much want to develop the practice, it still feels awkward. I will keep plugging away at it, though, and see how it develops.

I am still reading my beloved mystery novels, as well as heaps of paleo books, but not as rapidly as last month. In July, I was basically finishing a book a day. No kidding: I have had over 30 books out at a time for most of this summer. This month, that started to feel like a lot of pressure. (Isn’t it funny how we push ourselves in the name of having fun?)

decided to relax a bit and try to remember that these books are for pleasure — not easy when you are used to ambitious reading schedules for semesters of law school. It feels infinitely better to take my time.

Goals

Having met two of my three goals, I’m upping the challenge slightly this month.

  1. Keep up the walking; don’t hurt myself.
  2. New strength goal: do 4 half-push ups in a row.
  3. Meditate at least twice a week.

As always, I’d love to know what other folks are up to in terms of monthly goals. What do you want to accomplish in September?

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