Wednesday, January 01, 2014
2014 has arrived!
I learned something important this past year by focusing on those things (God, family, career, etc.) meaningful to me. I keep a reasonable list of those things that need to be done, what would be nice to get done, and what I would enjoy. Sometimes the list is in my head, usually its on paper. By accomplishing the need (go to work) and at least something on the what would be nice list (tackling dust bunnies) frees me from guilt when I take time for myself. If I am tired and need down time, I let myself have it. Often, the feeling of being productive pushes me and I accomplish more than I planned (I do best when I compete again myself).
For 2014, I am adding exercise to the must do daily list.
Also, one goal. Just one.
This goal is to gradually eliminate processed/boxed foods from my life. I also want to stop eating out at restaurants. The cost doesn't meet our financial goals and the food is so unhealthy. The problem with this is it requires me to conscientiously plan and prepare food for every meal.
What a pain in the butt.
I'm going to start seeking healthy recipes for crock pot cooking and try prepping/preparing on the weekend for the week ahead. Pop a pre-made in the crock and by dinner, yummy without the additional work that day.
That's the concept.
I am not sure I believe I can accomplish this goal with consistency, which is why it is my only one set for this year. God help me, I'm putting myself to the test.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The holidays were so enjoyable this year because of changes that were begun in October. I joined a bible study and have remained connected to God. As for food and finances, I cut back the amount and selection this season, offering lesser choices of higher quality, homemade dishes (non-processed!). Financially we used cash but went slightly over our budget for gifts. I began the cleaning regime simply- what can I get done today to make tomorrow more manageable? I was able to let go of the Martha Stewart/Betty Crocker mentality. Exercise? Pfft. I totally ignored it. Emotionally, there was grief and loss after the death of two patients this season due to opiate addiction/alcoholism. Our ten year old schnoodle was put down and it was our first holiday season without our dd, Brianna. Somehow everything seemed to balance itself out and I think it was one of the most relaxed, enjoyable holiday seasons.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
According to research it takes 90 days to build a new habit.
I am looking to build new habits. For life. No excuses.
- Exercise five days a week
- Feed my body well with a diet of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats
- Feed my soul by praying and reading God's word each morning and evening.
- Increase my finances by budgeting wisely
- Take time for family with a happy heart
- Start a cleaning regime
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The family and I recently returned from a much needed, out of state vacation. This was an important trip for many reasons. My own personal, way deep down, agenda was to review my current existence.
Now, when I say my current existence I am taking a bit of dramatic licensing.
...B U T...
Am I making the most of each day?
A lot of sunshine, hot temps, the lull of the ocean, smell of chlorine from the pool, and time to sit allowed me to take a 360 degree look around me.
Not the piddly stuff like work, marriage, relationships, contentment
Rather, the functional area of life (I am truly tied to the work smarter not harder concept lately).
So I decided to be a structure freak until schedule becomes habit. Tweak it until it fits like an old comfy pair of sweats. Develop DISCIPLINE, SELF CARE.
I created a meal list and grocery shopped it out. I forgot something and tracked my butt to the OTHER side of the huge store (extra steps, can I track it?!?).
Entered my meals into spark nutrition. Printed out a blank calendar for the month. Added son's soccer games, my work schedule, and WORK OUTS.
An alarm is set each morning to give me 1-2 hours before work. I wash dishes from breakfast, read my bible and pray, and pick up the house BEFORE I shower. Work is 30 minutes earlier than pre-vacation.
It's CRAZY. It's so not the laid back, "whatever" kind of me thing to do.
It's only been two days but so far so good. I'm not rushing around feeling like "I'm a day late or dollar short." Stuff is getting done, I'm not starving or cranky or tired. OH, my butt hurts from walking or biking every day. Isn't that great?!?
This structure is freeing up time for the things I want too- visits with friends, writing notecards to people I care about, listening to music, etc.
Lordy, I hope this feeling stays.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
First day back to work after vacation with a more structured plan for the weeks ahead.
Completed this morning:
Now headed off to work for an 11 hr day, pleased I had my God-time and exercise this morning!
Looking forward to son's first soccer game of senior year of high school tomorrow evening.
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