Friday, January 20, 2012
In my attempt to follow the Seven Habits and help them become, you know, HABITS, I had three activities to do with the first habit: Be Proactive.
1. Pay attention to my language and that of those around me to listen for reactive phrases vs. proactive ones.
2. Select a problem and determine the first step I can take to solve it within my "Circle of Influence." Take that step.
3. Try a thirty-day test of proactivity.
And I gotta tell you, I'm not doing so hot. It's really hard to remember to be aware of all this! Especially 1 & 3. I could probably knock out 2 relatively simply and quickly if I didn't always forget what it was.
Anyway, tomorrow and Monday, I'm going to focus on the language. One day at work, one day at home. Sunday, I will do number 2 from start to finish (assuming the step can be taken on a Sunday...if it's work-related, I might have to wait until Tuesday). And I'll start the 30-day test on Tuesday or Wednesday. I will keep notes in my planner or here in the blog to keep myself accountable and aware.
Seems like a decent plan.
Thanks for all the blogging, 5% Challengers, and 'specially my Starfishies! This is always a fun LTGL challenge!
Sending lots of wet, salty Starfish kisses everyone's way!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It came yesterday (AS PROMISED!--thanks Overstock!), and my husband and I put it together. I haven't used it yet, for a couple reasons:
1) My housemate is gone...that means strength training!
2) I'm writing this blog instead.
My housemate has been here A LOT the last week and a half or so, which has made it hard to exercise. I tell myself I have to strength train when she's not here. Finally, she is out of town, so I have new rules. I strength train until I tire of it when she's not here, then I hop on the bike. I hope to get more minutes this week. Thanks for putting up with me, Starfishies!
On another note, we're heading to DC this week! Stop by and see me! Love y'all!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I got home last night around 6:00. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed, and super-nice to see the Little Dog! He was being so sweet last night, sleeping while we held him, like he hadn't been able to sleep so well the last couple nights.
In addition to being proactive, I also need to work on focus. I need to focus on what's important. I'm getting this from The Spark. It's weird, because I'm reading that and Seven Habits at the same time, and a lot of it is the same. I keep reading and thinking, "I was just thinking of that yesterday," and it's because I was reading it in the other book.
This makes sense for weight loss because it's the same thing as "standing in my truth." If I want to lose weight, so I need to do things that help with that, and not do things that hurt with my goal. I need to keep a sort of tunnel vision towards my goals so I'm not distracted by the excuses and things that keep me from achieving them.
What it really said to me, though, had more to do with my grandmother. I need to be a better granddaughter. I don't email her back every week, even though she emails me. She kept saying how few pictures she had of me, because I don't send any. But it's not just me. The phone rang twice in a short span of time, and she said, "Sometimes it doesn't ring at all."
I don't want to project my reactions to her feelings as her feelings themselves, and she seems happy. Her mind is sharp, she plays bridge, she has friends at her dorm, but I know that she's not going to be here forever. When the inevitable happens, I'm going to feel guilty no matter what; it's just a matter of degree. So I need to do the best I can now while I can.
And really, it is so much more important than a lot of what I spend my time on daily. And I need to focus on what's important.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So I'm blogging from my phone, and this is very interesting...
I'm sitting in a living room of a model apartment at my Grandma's complex. It is a really nice place. I haven't seen my Grandma yet, cuz we got in kind of late, but we've seen Amy and her husband and stepson.
In spite of not going to bed till midnight, I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't fall back asleep! Time difference, man. I gave up trying around six and came out here to sit with my planner, my Kindle and my phone and knock out some thoughts.
I'm rereading Seven Habits. After I got the planner, I realized that I could use a refresher to better use it. I read the first habit on the plane and wanted to write some things down about it.
The first habit is"be proactive." Proactive people don't blame externalities. They focus on what they can change, and they change it. Covey suggests a thirty day challenge of being proactive, so that's what I'm going to do.
I can see its application generally, but also specifically with regard to weight loss. No excuses. He says (I'm paraphrasing) that proactive people don't blame the weather; they make their own weather. You create your environment with what you put in it. If it isn't working for you, it is your responsibility to change it. He says responsibility is response-ability--you are able to choose your response.
So none of this especially new, but reading it in his wordsa is so inspiring and such a good reminder. And the 30 days will be good, I think.
P.S. I wasn't planning to doi my habit blog till Wednesday, but I managed it without even realizing!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Has anyone seen this show? It's on Logo, and it's about teenagers who are overweight, as far as I can see. I'm watching a marathon of it right now as I clean up and pack. I have a friend coming over to watch Sammy tonight, because my housemate is out of town till tomorrow night. It's a really nice show and very motivating. I may try to watch it more when I get my bike...
WHICH SHIPPED YESTERDAY!
Hooray! I'm very happy and excited, and a little annoyed that I could have had it weeks ago if I'd just ordered from Overstock in the first place.
I lost a pound this week. How I'm not too sure, but we've gone through two massive containers of spring mix this week, so that may have had something to do with it.
I'm packing to head out to California this weekend. Amy, Anna and I are all going to San Francisco this weekend. Amy and I are bringing our families (minus Sammy) to visit my grandmother. Anna went for a conference, and she'll come see us when she's not busy with that.
I don't really know how it's going to be. I haven't gone to see my grandmother in almost 10 years. The last time I went out there, she was living in a home in a seniors' community, but now she's living in an assisted living residence. It sounds really cool, like a dorm for the elderly. But still, I'm a little nervous.
And there's no wireless there. The computers with the Internet access apparently are only for residents. I'm not too sure how I will subsist without Internet, but I will use my phone to log in. I don't know how easy it will be to blog or track while I'm there, and I'm not sure how much activity I'm going to be able to get...and forget exercise!
As far as eating, I hope that it will be okay. I do want to go to Round Table Pizza, since I haven't been in waaaaay over a decade--probably closer to 15 years, but other than one Round Table Pizza meal, I know I can make good choices throughout.
I will do my best Starfishies to visit your blogs and blog myself, but if you don't see much of me, wait till Tuesday! I'll be back!
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