Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Yesterday's featured blog,
might as well have been a green car driving past me while honking its horn. It was about things to do to elevate your mood. The one item that beeped was switching from a ToDo List to an It's Done! List.
Well, I have always hated ToDo Lists. Probably because mine were always too long. Impossible to finish in the time available. But lists still do have a pull. And in this case, success means a long list. I'm good at long lists.
So and old habit--making long ToDo lists that never celebrate "DONE" is being replaced by "It's Done" I bet I won't have any problem getting rid of the old habit!! We'll see.
"It's Done" list for today:
Went to the Wellness Center
15 minutes treadmill,
1 hour cardio class,
25 minutes in the pool.
Watched January Jumpstart Challenge video
Washed and dried gym clothes
Packed gym bag
Pared and roasted 2.5 pounds of carrots, and acorn squash, and a pumpkin.
shined the sink.
planned 2 days meals in tracker
And I didn't waste my time making the ToDo List.
Edit: AND I'm on vacation!!
Monday, January 14, 2013
When I was little, my grandparents bought a green Studebaker. Kind of an aqua color. I keep trying to buy a car that color. Once in a while, I see one. Then I'll go for months without any green cars on the road. I'll make a comment, "I haven't seen a green car in months," and then there's a parade of green cars, one at every turn.
The same kind of thing has happened with thinking about habits.
(see blog of 1/7-10/2013
I was feeling a little depressed about the state of at least my part of the world in the US, about the poor effort we are making to instill good eating and fitness habits in the next generation.
And then I received a message that 3girls4me had added me as a friend. I went to meet her at her spark page (one of my habits). I read her intro, and then started on the sidebar on the right. Guess what I saw there?
"I am cutting up fruits and veggies and putting them on the bottom shelf where it is more accessible to my dd"
Can you imagine all the good habits she is fostering in her girls with that one habit? We DO have parents doing those little habit things early so that this generation has hope for growing up and liking all things healthy or (whispered) good for them.
AND it's nice to see that they don't mind sharing those little tricks right here with other sparksters!! There's probably many more online right now! Come on. Make that spark spread. Share what you're doing to build early habits on your blogs, in social media. Challenge other parents to do the same.
I'll just go back to trying to fix my bad habits.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I did go to the cardio circuit class yesterday. Moving like that for an hour is not an experience in my memory bank. The activities weren't difficult--on our feet for an hour moving, light weights, ball, resistance bands and good sixties music. It was a matter of coordinating what I was hearing and seeing with all my body parts at the same time. If I only had to march, I was fine. Expect the arms to do something specific, too? At the same time? Forget it. They had other plans.
I didn't get discouraged even when I thought I was dying (MPE-My Perceived Effort level). I kept on going. But twice I was totally uncoordinated, confused, etc. I figured out I wasn't breathing. So I stopped for water, breathed and got back into the routine.
I recovered enough, back to baseline clumsiness with arms usually doing the opposite of what they were supposed to do. I tried to say "breathe" to myself each time the trainer wanted us to count down from 8. I wondered if I counted backwards enough if I'd put myself to sleep. As I yawned, I shouted to myself, "Breathe."
The pool was next, and after the third graders cleared the locker room, I changed and went in the pool. Two other people were doing laps. They left after about 2 minutes and I had that huge pool to myself.
I stopped treading water and laid back to float, relax. Breathe. Looking up at the surrounding weather bubble, it was easy to imagine I was a very small part of the universe. (see yesterday's blog.)
Breathe. You are a part of the Universe.
Friday, January 11, 2013
And then something like this moon shot puts everything into perspective. As humans, we get so full of ourselves and our monumental day to day problems. I'm really not trying to make light of those problems. I've had a few myself. But I am just a speck in the scheme of things.
So, I'll just quit complaining about needing to get cardio in on this rainy day, and go to the wellness center. There's a circuit cardio class for seniors at 1:00, and then there's that heavenly pool. I can imagine I'm part of that big picture when I'm in the water.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Have you noticed that every so often, something that you are focusing on starts popping up all over the place? Like you say, "I haven't seen any green cars in a long tine." And green cars will appear at every turn through town?
I've been thinking about my bad habits and how difficult it seems to just go ahead and change them. I wrote about it Monday in my blog.
Tuesday morning I was greeted by a newsletter from Simple Truths. I was blown away when I read that Aristotle** had something to say about forming habits. ""We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act...it's a habit."
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He lived from 384 BC – 322 BC. A polymath is a person who is knowledgeable about many things. So Aristotle was a Renaissance Man of his time. Isn't it amazing that people were thinking about habits that long ago? Do you think he ever had a "green car" experience?
They go on to talk about a new book, Habits Die Hard. I loved the excerpt from the book which they share. I'll call it a poem, written from the point of view of a habit.
I'd love for you to read it, but the only place I can find it other than the newsletter is this ad for the book, Habits Die Hard. I promise I have nothing to do with the book, author, or company store.simpletruths.com/habits-die-ha
rd-p2997.aspx The poem is called "Food for Thought." Go read it!!
If you are what you repeatedly do (Aristotle),
then what would your habits be saying to you?
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