Wednesday, January 01, 2014
We made it! A new year, new opportunities.
I love new year's day because it always feels so full of possibilities. I'm a resolution/goal person, so I usually have a list of things to start the day with, but this year I haven't felt any really clear needs or desires. I have a very general goal:
TAKE BETTER CARE OF MYSELF!
I know that this doesn't fit into any of the types of goals or resolutions that are more statistically likely to create success. It's not very specific, and by itself, it's not very measurable or time-bound either. All the same, it just feels right.
I do have some "sub-goals" I guess. I want to be better about saying "no." I'm overwhelmed by the things piled up in my supposed "free time." I really need to de-clutter. Not just objects, but unnecessary people, unnecessary activities and projects. I don't feel that I have any downtime.
I need to start tracking my food and exercise more carefully. Part of the reason I couldn't set very clear health goals, is that I'm not really sure what my current weaknesses are. I can only make an educated guess. I bought a new planner for my stickers (exercise, water, etc.) and in January I really want to focus on using Spark. My daily steps have really decreased since winter started, and I want to increase those numbers too. I haven't been weight training, and I want to start over there too.
The thing I want to be careful of is overdoing it. I have a tendency to go from zero to sixty and burn myself out. So for right now, I'll focus on journalling and building some healthy streaks, and as I have more data, I'll make more changes. For right now, that feels like a good place to start.
I want to adopt the attitude of a quote I've seen all over the internet the last couple of days... "Today is the first page of a 365 page blank book. Make sure you write a good one."
Monday, October 07, 2013
I've had trouble setting goals this month, because I can't really decide in what area of my life to set them in!
We're doing a wellness challenge at work where each of the next three months we choose an area and set some goals. One month I wanted to do health, one month clutter, and then I can't decide on the third... creativity? faith? Since I haven't picked an area to work on, I haven't chosen the sub-goals! (Sometimes even simple decisions are too much...)
Anyway, a week in, I figure I better choose SOMETHING!
So general health it is... The last couple of years at work have been crazy and my health has suffered for it. I gained some weight back, and I'm really having trouble losing it again. I'm not going to set a weight loss goal, but I need to get some basics back on track.
No candy from Oct. 1 until Halloween.
Really focus on staying hydrated.
Improve my sleep. Reduce screen time before bed. Less snooze button.
Work on flexibility.
Eat more veggies.
I'll stick with five goals. If I don't limit it, I'll end up with 20!
I'm behind on my blog reading... what goals have you set for October?
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Watkins Glenn Waterfall - photo by Steve Perry via 500px
No particular reason for this photo... Just beautiful. And I thought I'd stick it up here because I am in the last hours of fall... Expecting a foot of snow tonight into tomorrow. A high of 30 degrees. Hot tea and cocoa weather. Followed immediately by the fall leaves turning black and dropping precipitously to the ground.
I did take advantage of yesterday's weather to go on a nice walk. And avoiding the candy is getting easier. Only thought about it once yesterday, and I was really hungry and had two hours before I could run home for dinner.
I do have some other goals for October, and I will get them posted eventually. Maybe I'll boycott going outside tomorrow and spend all day on the internet...
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
There's something about fall...
Even as an adult the start of a new school year seems to hold just as much promise as New Year's Eve. New clothes. New backpack. New pencils and crayons. As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to slide, it seems a wonderful time to reevaluate things. As the leaves turn, it seems a good opportunity to turn some things around myself.
I've slipped into some bad habits lately, and this October I want to shove them aside. I already shared about October-fast. No candy until Halloween. And yesterday was tough! I thought about candy most of the day. Especially mid-afternoon when I've gotten used to going to the office next door for a treat from "Mr. M&M Man," a four-foot tall candy dish. Thankfully, I know the sweet craving will diminish after a few days, but until then, I'm holding on for dear life!
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