Tuesday, November 30, 2010
One thing I’ve discovered on this journey is that I have this nasty streak of perfection inside of me that automatically quits and gives up if something is not done right the first time, bigger and better than anyone else, or accomplished quicker than the blink of an eye. I set four goals for myself to get back on track. I was successful in two of four, or fifty percent. Initially I was disappointed.
The two goals I met were making sure my larger meals were earlier in the day and that I didn’t eat after six pm last night. The payoff was I slept better than I have in a while and I am setting myself up a reminder that doing these two things produces a really positive pay off.
The two areas where I fell short were my exercise and my quiet time or meditation time. I have set a goal of doing fifty minutes of cardio a day. This is an increase of ten minutes per day over my previous efforts. I only exercised for thirty minutes yesterday leaving me a twenty minute deficit. Granted that workout was a two mile run, warm up and cool down and it raised my heart rate………….. but……….. This darned thing called work got in my way!!! Likewise I had set aside fifteen minutes to be quiet or as the Psalm says “Be still and know that I am God.” The phone rang and the next thing you know it was time for dinner. I wanted yesterday to be perfect. I wanted to get off on the right foot.
I lay in bed last night and reviewed the day. I hit the mark fifty percent of the time and I felt good about what I did. If you averaged out my exercise for Sunday and Monday it was at fifty four minutes, four minutes a day over my goal. I am on target, even though I missed it Monday. I got up this morning and took advantage of a half hour of free time and went and walked at the gym.
Here’s my point. Progress isn’t always perfect. As long as I am moving forward and hitting the mark most days then I am encouraged. One of the largest stressors I have in my life is the stress to be perfect, be better and be number one. I am finding that not being perfect is like lifting a huge weight off my shoulders.
Today is a new day and with it comes a strategy to make sure I hit at least seventy five percent of my goals. One hundred percent would be great but if all I do is reach three of four I’ll be happy.
That’s what its all about aint it? Being happy?