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Starting to re-plan different areas of my life

So one of the goals that I set during the Aries new moon last week was to start working on a new 12 month plan for different areas of my life. I’ve picked two main areas, with two sub-areas in each of those areas. The two main areas are personal and professional development.

Within personal development I’m going to try to focus on health (both physical and mental) and nutrition; though I can also include spirituality, social and emotional health as well. In terms of professional development I’m going to focus on transitioning from academia to industry, and then my finances as well (though this could be within both spheres).

So currently I have the larger picture for most of these written down–the smaller steps may change from month to month depending on how the previous month went, and how things are going day to day.

The 12 month plan for my finances include: Getting my savings account up another ~10-15K (knowing that if I do get a job & moving will take a good chunk out of the savings account). Look to invest a modest amount into a short-term CD (or other low risk investment account). Save at least $500 a paycheck (which is currently ~42% of a biweekly paycheck).

The 12 month plan for fitness & nutrition include: not setting a number goal (i.e. not putting down a certain weight), but using increasing non-scale victories as goals and measurements. I would also like to be hiking and/or camping somewhere next year that would require me to be in better physical condition than my current physical condition. Also I will be watching my sweet tooth and portions (I refuse to get on the organic/gluten free bus).

The 12 month plan for the rest of my personal development includes becoming a better version of myself. This will encompass silencing the negative storytelling that I constantly do, learning to control and manage my anxiety, and just own the fact that I am a pagan and don’t follow the major belief systems of the western world.

In terms of my 12 month plan for transitioning into an non-academic job I’ve realized that one thing that has held me up is trying to determine the company I would like to work for. There are so many different companies out there, that at times looking at them I feel like I’m in a candy store. So that is the number one thing I need to do–decide what type of company, and where I want to work. I know that people say you need to have multiple applications going, and I understand that–but I also realize that I need to be very strategic in how I’m going to be doing it (so there will probably be several more long posts on this subject).

Plus also in terms of my transition plan–I need to be able to answer the question–where do I see myself in five or ten years. I know that I’m capable of learning new techniques and skills fairly quickly, but I first need to get over the fear of being lectured on potentially doing something wrong (this goes back to other issues–and will probably be touched upon in another post).

But for now–I’ve decided that there are areas that need work and improvement. By sharing here on the blog I’m also giving myself some accountability–there will probably be either weekly updates or biweekly updates on the different areas that I’m working on. Change is good, change is constant, and it is time to get off the merry-go-round and start figuring out the next chapter of my life.

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Nutrition Resolution: No more use of the word diet

Well it’s the starting of a new year. Somehow we’ve gone from 2018 to 2019 and it almost seems liked it happened in a blink of an eye (though I know that it wasn’t quite that quick).

I’ve decided that 2019 is going to be a year of large number of changes. One of the areas that I’m going to try to focus on more is my fitness and nutrition. I had been doing well for a while, and then in October hit an emotional wall (losing two dogs in four days) and I undid a lot of the results that I achieved during the summer. So as 2019 starts I’ve decided one major thing: I’m going to drop the word diet from my vocabulary and I’m also going to be revamping how I look at my nutrition and fitness.

So why am I dropping “diet” from my vocabulary? For one thing—it isn’t a lifestyle. It is something that one does to lose weight, and unless you can follow the plan forever—you usually gain the weight back, and then a little extra (as I can attest to). Also there are so many different types of diets out there right now: keto, paleo, vegan, and those are just the main stream ones (I’m sure that there are other ones that people develop on their own), by the time you start one another has come along to replace it.

I also dislike the “fact” that it then puts food in “good” and “bad” groups (depending on what diet you’re following or book you’re reading). This usually ends up with me swearing off something (usually sweet related—chocolate, candy, ice cream, and cake) and then binge on the sweet at some point, and mentally beat myself up over it. I love carbs and cheese as well—which means I don’t do well with the mindset that you should limit the amounts of everything.

I’m also not going to be trying to count calories or macros—but I am going to pay attention to what I am eating. If I feel like having a cookie (or cookies) with coffee in the morning on the weekend; I will and balance it out during the day. I will write down what I’ve eaten (and possibly how I feel before and after) and see through the week if there is something that I may be having more of than usual (and if I’m writing down my emotions as well, see if they’re correlated). I know that my biggest challenge on this will actually be sitting down and writing out what I ate for the day (as I’m basically two days behind on this as I’m currently writing this post).

I will try to limit processed foods, mainly because this is where high levels of sodium are hidden; I’m not too worried about the levels of fat, because depending on the amounts of carbs you have in a day—your body turns to fat as the next thing to burn for energy (it usually goes carbs—fats—protein in terms of macromolecules your body burns for energy). So what processed food am I going to try to limit? These are going to include getting lunch on campus (some of the sandwiches can contain almost a day’s worth of sodium in them), biscuits with dinner (again these can contain upwards of half a day’s worth of sodium), and then the condensed soups for cooking (these will take a little more research to see if I can actually make my own to sub in for the cooking). Sweets (such as cookies, candy, and so forth) have more fat and sugars than sodium (usually) so these will be monitored, but potentially not as much as the other processed foods.

So 2019 will be the year of exercising (I’m still trying to figure out the best tracker for that), and slowly changing my nutrition (incorporating small changes over time is better than trying to totally revamp how you eat and then falling back into bad habits) to get into the best shape of my life (notice I’m not putting a number to my transformation, but a phrase). So it’s time to sit back, remember to take it a day at a time, be patient with myself, and see what the year has in store.

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