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Thinking about goals and how to stick to them again


Sunday, August 19, 2012

I just realized that it has been TWO WEEKS since I last posted a blog. Time to catch up with myself. When I last talked to you, I was concerned about retirement and realizing that I spend way too much money on restaurants, and I had gotten new shoes at the behest of a podiatrist, and was feeling much better.

Since then, I've basically been fooling around, doing a little one day, a little more the next, then nothing at all on another day. This has got to stop!!

I know that if I try to do it all at once, I am going to fall off the wagon again, so I am trying to make goals that are low key and maintainable.

The first one has to be the whole restaurant thing. Even when I eat well at them, it isn't as healthy as eating at home would be. So, I am going to make a promise to myself to eat out no more than two times a week for the next two weeks. That includes NOT buying breakfast at work. It is expensive (about $4-6.00 each time) even when I talk myself into eating well. That consists of a boiled egg, a couple bacon strips, fresh fruit and some yogurt. What in that could I not make at home? None of it. The real problem is that I have a job that does not fully occupy my time or my mind, and eating breakfast at work is a way to "kill" 30 minutes or so. I have realized that there is no reason I can't steal a cup of coffee from the Emergency Room (freebie for the patients, but used more by the staff) and go hide in the back of the cafeteria. Serves the same purpose, but is a lot cheaper, and avoids the temptation to get the "breakfast casserole" or "breakfast pizza", both of which are very high calorie and high sodium.
Just skipping those "bought" meals should not only save money, but allow me to eat healthier.

Exercise had been going pretty well until this week. Still having musculo-skeletal problems, but I need to get back in gear. For some reason, I am feeling very lazy about even going for a walk, even though I enjoy doing that. The weather has moderated, and there is a LOT that needs done outside, but I can't seem to get myself going on that, either. Twice this week I have told myself that I was going to skip the gym and go out and walk or go out and take down some of the Autumn Olive and Honeysuckle that are taking over my little part of the world, but then when I get home I don't do it. I really need to just stop at the gym. Once I get there, even if my behind is dragging, I will usually do at least an hour of cardio. I think what I am doing here is the same thing I do with sleep: I get home and that is "my time", and I literally don't want to do anything. The annoying part is when I don't do the things I enjoy because they are included in "anything". It isn't just exercise. I can't even get myself working on needlepoint and crochet projects or on a writing project. Better get to the latter--have promised two things will be ready in the next month. Neither is a major project, but they do need some time and thought. I'm going to try the "putting a positive spin" on it thing and remember that when I do these things, I enjoy them and feel good.

Since the money thing is looming large on the horizon, I am going to start on Sept. 1 and write down every cent I spend, and every cent I don't spend. I think doing that will help me to think about whether I am getting my money's worth out of what I am buying. I mean really, breakfast at work? Is that really worth even $4.00? It is not all that flavorful!!

I'll also try to blog more frequently, but I am having trouble finding the time to read all of my friend feed, track, and blog as well. Still haven't gotten around to trying the SparkCoach thing, even though I did sign up for it. Guess I need to go take a look at that as well sometime soon--before it expires!!
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AAAACK 8/20/2012 3:58AM

    Do you have a Trader Joes near you? They have a ziptop bag of boiled peeled eggs in the egg section. Some regular grocery stores do now too.

And as far as those tasks you are tired of putting off, what about 1 minute? If you want to stop after 1, just stop.

And your 30min you need to kill at work in the morning? You answered your own question in the next paragraph. Get your cup of coffee, and take a walk down the halls (or steps if the musculoskeletal issues let you). It's cool in the building, right? And you can walk and sip hour coffee and think how good it feels to stretch your legs!

I know you'll figure out the perfect combo for yourself! You're such a smart woman.

Have a great day!

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NORASPAT 8/19/2012 11:19PM

    emoticon Oak i posted a comment on here a long time ago but it has gone the way of the blogs who fly.

I had it all organised in my head. I suggested you boil 4 eggs at a time and use them one a Day as your breakfast. Take a sandwich thin, they are already split and maybe some salsa or hummus to round it out. Finish with a yogurt or a piece of fruit. Just do the breakfast part till it is a habit then move on. You can do it I know you can.HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I found this as I went to log off emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 8/19/2012 11:10PM

    I have lost my response twice now and they were both long I will write it tomorrow I am so annoyed with myself. I guess I am tired sorry dear Oak. I will get back to you my butt is aching from work and sitting Hugs PAT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TMCK-40 8/19/2012 8:14PM

  Gosh that whole financial staying on top of things is absolutely exhausting sometimes. You are wonderful and can do this.

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