Day 46: Skip a Day
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Yesterday I forgot to post. There was no, "I have to remember to make time to write in my blog," thought at all. It was a busy day, but the fact that it seriously never even crossed my mind is crazy to me. Many thanks to MELANIEBAUR for checking in on me and pointing this out. It's extremely comforting to know that someone is paying that close attention and caring enough to check in. Thank you.
I have been doing this more than 21 days, the supposed length of time it takes the human animal to create new (or break old) patterns. Why, then, did it not feel odd to me to miss a day? I would have probably missed today, also if MELANIE didn't write.
When I think about it, I suspect it has something to do with the fact that it is very difficult for me to create and stick to a consistent schedule each day. Some of it is my personality, but a bigger part is actually my work schedule (I teach, and my classes are scattered throughout the week - some starting at 8AM, and some ending at 10PM). Add to that the fact that we have my stepdaughter at somewhat random times for unpredictable intervals and literally there are no two days that are alike for me in a week. Usually there is not even more than one day in a month that is the same as another. So, in grand scheme of things it's really not surprising that things slip through the cracks. The question is, how do I make it possible for the important things not to?
SparkPeople has been a priority for me for 46 days (well, six-ish years, but actively again for 46 days). For that same length of time, I have managed to put my physical and mental health at the forefront and have eaten relatively well (or at least mindfully) and exercised. With my upcoming travel and teaching schedule really geared up now, though, I am unsure about my ability to find balance. Can I really manage to keep all the balls in the air when there's a different pattern every day? It's exhausting to have to constantly adapt to whatever may be thrown my way. I guess this is true for many modern women, and many people manage all of their priorities successfully. Now if I could just figure out how they do it!!