May was a really fun month for me. I was really in the mood for socializing and I did a lot of it. I also found myself rebounding at work. Energy and motivation are not always easy to come by, so I have found that building momentum when I am in the mood for these is crucial. There will be many times when the well is empty and you need to struggle just to move forward. The difference between reaching your goal or not may be the planning I did before and how much force I’ve built behind the current wave I’m riding. I’m not slowing down.
May is the first month where I cracked 165 pounds, meaning I am no longer overweight using the BMI metric! This particular challenge was much easier than I expected it to be, not that I am complaining or anything. My body seems to still be relatively youthful so I am happy that I chose my 29th year to get really fit. I would’ve still been happy if it took me the entire year to lose the weight. I feel the best I have since college and I hope this is not just another peak as other bouts of fitness have been over the last decade. I want to continue to be fit and build on this for the next 30 years.
Exercise has been going great. Last week, I ate out every day, every meal which is not ideal obviously but I get in this mode before I travel. I don’t like cooking food because I am afraid that I will waste it if I don’t eat it before my travel date. If you look at my weight for the last week, you can see that it is kind of swingy each day. This is because of eating out. But at the same time, it did not break the previous peak around 168 pounds. To me, this means that exercise twice a week may be good enough for “maintenance mode” when I reach around 155 pounds.
In May, I spent $1159.28 on meals. This is around the average of what I spent each month last year. The difference is that I remember several meals vividly and how good they were. Not only for my personal consumption but for the company I shared. I am content building those kinds of memories and spending the money to do that.
At the same time, I wonder if there is a way I can have my cake and eat it too. I wonder if extra planning on my part will help me pick restaurants that are cheap but still really, really good. Or if I can find deals that will give discounts to more upscale places. It will take a lot of effort but the budget is becoming a much larger concern of mine as I move into the next stage of my life.
Accomplishments in May
- Finished reading We Are the Nerds by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
- Finished reading Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
Failures in May
- Getting into school in the fall has made me mentally push back all my extracurricular learning. I am just telling myself that I will be forced to learn new things in a few months so I must make the most of these months of relaxation while I have them xD
Surprises in May
- I’ve been making some new friends at the Magic events I’ve been attending. It feels good to have conversations with a community of people that is passionate about the same things I am.
- I got engaged! Definitely a big surprise for me~