June 8, 2008

Why I failed at Goal #2, Plus new plan

Posted in ADHD, Goal Setting, Omega-3/fish oil, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy, Supplements at 5:24 am by bloggingawayadhd

Almost exactly a year ago, I made some goals for myself when starting this blog. Of couse, as with most things in my life, I eventually got off track, stopped using my progress chart, and stopped meeting my daily goals. I’m not sure which came first – Did I stop using my progress chart because I wasn’t meeting my goals and got discouraged? Or did I stop meeting my goals because I wasn’t regularly using my progress chart to keep track of everything? I don’t know, and I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll just try again!

So, I thought I’d analyze why I failed at a simple goal: Take Omega-3 supplements every day.

Here are a few possible reasons:

  • I had put my vitamins by my computer so I’d be reminded to take them daily. They were by my computer in the basement, which I didn’t use every day, and now rarely use. One of my supplements (GABA) is still down there somewhere.
  • The rest of the vitamins are in my cabinet in the kitchen – out of sight, out of mind, right? I only remember to take them about 2-3 times per week, if that.
  • I really don’t like swallowing pills, especially large ones like the GNC vitamins.
  • I have amassed several different types of vitamins, and have a hard time keeping track of which ones I took when, so then I just don’t take any for a while. I would like to rotate between: GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Vitamins, CitriCal (Calcium Citrate + Vitamin D), and Centrum (chewable multivitamin for when I don’t feel like swallowing the GNC ones), and also take Omega-3s every day.

So, I figured a good way to make sure I take at least one multivitamin and one Omega-3 supplement a day would be to use a pillbox. I looked on Amazon since I had a gift certificate, and I saw this cool one: http://www.amazon.com/Apex-Pocket-Med-Pack-Tray/dp/B000EGN1A6/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1212917207&sr=8-1

It’s handy because I can fill up the little pods at the beginning of the week and know whether I took a vitamin yet today, as well as exactly how many vitamins I’ve taken over the week. I can also take one of the little pods with me to go, in case I want to take one when I eat a meal at the office, or if I take a trip somewhere I don’t have to take a little baggie of vitamins that all get all dusty from each other and nasty looking like last time I went on vacation.

Anyway, just thought I’d share my new plan. When the little pill thingy arrives in the mail, I’ll post a picture of it with my vitamins. (Note: the containers would also be handy for those of you on medication.)



  1. budzi said,

    natural supplements are the best to go with at all times no matter the excuses that people can advance to the contrary they remain the best.

  2. bloggingawayadhd said,

    The pill container(s) came in the mail, I’ll post about it after I’ve attempted to remember my vitamins for a week. So far… pretty good.

  3. Joan said,

    Good job, at not beating yourself, re-evaluating, getting it rolling again and finding something that makes things easier for you. I don’t know if you’ve heard this song by Aaliyah but the hook says ” just dust yourself off and try again” and that plus “keep it moving” are my mantras.

    Ever since my doc told me to stop taking supplement, although he didn’t know what I was taking, I’ve been having to remember to take my daily vitamins and B-Complex which helps me out tremendously, at least as far as energy goes.

  4. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Yeah I like “Try again” by Aaliyah – it was on my playlists during college and I just heard it again recently on Pandora. The “If at first you don’t succeed…” mantra has always been a good one to be reminded of!

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