Project Me: June review and goals for July

I am writing this a few hours before my dental surgery this morning that will remove 15 of my teeth. I’m not sure how long it will be before I am able, or want to, write again, and I want to make sure I’ve got goals for July beyond simply surviving the pain. If you’re reading this and it’s Monday, July 1st, say a little prayer, if you would, that I survive surgery, that the surgeon is able to do everything she needs to do, and that this will be another important step in my journey to better health.

My goals for June were:

  1. Get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardio activity PLUS two strength training* sessions each week
    • *Make an appointment with a trainer at the gym! – did not see a trainer, did not do even a single strength training session, but I did get at least the minimum 150 minutes of cardio each week
  2. Have fun: incorporate at least one fun activity into each week (sewing, knitting, crochet, lunch with a friend, bike ride, pedicure, get hair done) – I have been focusing more on working fun into my life and I’m pretty sure I hit my goal to do something fun every week, but I don’t think I’m doing enough to make sure I really experience and enjoy the fun, if that makes sense
  3. At least one fruit or veggie with each meal – this one has been a real pleasure to check off of the list! I have developed a healthy obsession with berries & cherry/grape tomatoes, so that has made this goal super simple
  4. Eat at least 25 grams of fiber every day – by eating so much fruit and so many veggies, this goal has been a slam dunk
  5. Don’t buy any clothes for a month – I sort of managed this one. I did buy two items of clothing but I didn’t wear either of them in June, so there’s that. I wanted to buy clothes many, many times during the month, and it was knowing that I’d have to come here and tell you about it that made me stop and put down the plastic!

My revised goals for 2013 have been published and they include:

  • fasting blood sugar reading below 130 mg/dL – already achieved, need to maintain
  • triglycerides reading less than 150 mg/dL – already achieved, need to maintain
  • body weight at or below 169 pounds (putting me into the Overweight category on BMI scale) – 35 more pounds in six months
  • waist measurement of not more than 39 inches – 5-1/2 more inches in six months
  • an improved quality of life as perceived by me – well on my way to achieving this!

So, where should I focus for July?

  1. Finish Couch to 5K program (I’ll be starting week 5 of the program this week if all goes well with the surgery), be able to jog 30 minutes straight
  2. Make an appointment with a personal trainer to develop a strength training program I can begin
  3. Reach out to friends & family to make sure that I have scheduled time with at least one person I love every week this month

These aren’t particularly aggressive goals but I need to focus on recovering from surgery and learning how to eat again with temporary teeth. I’m told by my dentist that I will not be able to chew anything with these “flipper teeth” in for 3-9 months – yikes!

OK, I’m off to the gym before my surgery. Hope all goes well. I’ll report back when I’m feeling well enough to do so and I’m sure I’ll be on Facebook and Twitter in the meantime.

  • Sending healing vibes your way. Hope it all goes well. Take care of yourself this month!


      Thank you for your kind comment and the healing thoughts, they are both very much appreciated!



    what a rockin’ first half of 2013 you’ve created πŸ™‚ all the best for your surgery; will be thinking of you!


      Thanks, Shauna. I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made so far this year and am hoping I can keep it up through the end of the year so that I can hit the weight and waist measurement targets because those are both strong indicators of possible future health risks when not under control.

      I missed you last week at FitBloggin but perhaps we can organize another road trip if the conference is in Nashville next year? Tennessee is another great spot for a rambling road trip, including Graceland, former home of Elvis!

      xoxo Denise

  • Congratulations on the weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes! You are doing it the right way, slow and steady.

    I am sorry to hear about your dental surgery. Will you eventually get implants? I had laser gum surgery a couple years ago – it was an ordeal, but saved most of my teeth. In the meantime, I have had two molar implants, and I LOVE them. Worth every penny (and yes, they are expensive) and going through the long procedure, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

    Best wishes to you –


      Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for the kind comment. Implants aren’t really an option at this point because I’d either need all 15 replaced that way (@ about $2k each tooth) or none. As it is, I was able to keep half of my teeth, including 3 each on the front corners of my mouth, so they will make good anchors for both the temporary and permanent partials. My company’s insurance will pay for implants but only to a yearly maximum of $2,500, so it’s just not feasible to do more than that yet. We’ll see how I do with the partials – perhaps we’ll have to take out a loan or something.


      • Sounds as if you (and your dental surgeon) have thought it out. You are right about the expense of the implants – the two I have were $8000 with the final crowns – but in the event you are ever considering it … it is totally worth it. At least it has been to me – I’m about two years out.

        Hope you are feeling okay – should get better day by day!


    Thinking of you Denise. Hope all goes well. If you need anything, let me know, I’ll do what I can from so far away. I’m very proud of you and I hope you are too. This is an amazing year for you. You’re truly an inspiration.


      Thanks, Lori, you are such a sweet friend and your support means a lot. Believe it or not, I could feel all of the support from my blends (blog friends) as I was sitting in the chair waiting for them to put me out and start surgery. I do actually have a pretty strong sense of pride in taking care of things this year and putting my health first much/most of the time. (It’s about time!)


  • Best of luck with your surgery. Thank you for your blog….I’m learning some things that I definitely needed to learn. Take care.


      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for the kind, supportive comment – I love hearing that something I’ve said is helpful to others on the same journey. The surgery went well from what I’m told, and the pain is really very well controlled (at least for now), so I’m tentatively calling it a success. The biggest hurdle now, from what I can tell, is going to be getting used to the temporary teeth I have – they feel absolutely huge in my mouth and I sound a little like Sylvester the Cat when I try to talk. (Not a good thing for someone whose primary job involves running lots of meetings.)

      Hope all is well with you and yours!



    Dude, you are ROCKIN’ IT! So happy for you πŸ™‚