Transformation Tale January Update

Trace's Transformation Tale

It’s been a while since I gave an update on my transformation tale. I’m ashamed to admit that I really fell off the wagon during November and December. I’d like to blame it all on the loss of my FitBit at the end of October but it’s more than that.

As I look back on November and December I see myself making excuses for messing up what I had going for me. It’s not a good look on me and I’m not proud. As it turns out, the holidays are a bit harder than I thought and that means taking a hard look at how I hand them next year so this doesn’t happen again. Sure, I had a great week from Christmas to New Year’s but before that, not so much. It is really tough being so far from family over the holidays and even tougher when you’ve got a lot on your plate that keeps you from caring for yourself.

It is important to remember that you have to take care of yourself too. I didn’t. I stopped walking as much and didn’t do yoga at all. Water intake fell away a bit as I relied on coffee and tea to stay awake longer.

So, I’m not proud of how I ended 2017 with regards to the transformation. It took this long into 2018 to figure a way out of it. I do have a new FitBit Charge 2 (thanks Mom and Dad!!) and it helps keep me on track in more ways than one.

Thoughts on FitBit Charge 2

I love this updated FitBit. The breathing sessions are perfect when I feel myself slipping up.  Hourly reminders to get moving kick me in the butt when I’m sitting too long (#writerlife). The updated sleep analysis and tips are much improved and it’s helping me make subtle changes instead of sweeping adjustments. I like the chic appearance of the newer model.

Thoughts on Transformation Tale

Yep, I slipped up. Bad. But, I’ve still got 8 months to get where I want to be. I’m already exercising more and building in opportunities to my family life. The kids and I will be doing a Yoga Challenge in February – more on that later. Since basketball season is almost done, softball training will start for Autumn and Maddox will need to prepare for cross country this coming fall. Guess what that means? More active ME.

As for writing, I did write a good chunk of a novel in November and I started several short stories. I have two works that just need edits completed. I’m building them into my schedule as well. Morning pages, back on track after a hiatus over Christmas. Water intake back on track.

Basically, I got my $#!T back together and reset things so I can reach my goals still. The good news is that it’s surprisingly easy to resume things that were so ingrained before the holiday blues threw me off course.