I am totally thrilled! After a 10-day vacation in Hawaii, some half-hearted journaling and exercising when I came back, and baking 2 cakes for my son's first birthday party, I finally got my rear in gear this week. I started tracking my food religiously again, went to yoga on Monday, ran yesterday, and went to the gym to do a short strength workout today. (I highly recommend the full body exercises in this blog post, FYI. They were quick but effective! www.dailyspark.com/blog.
I was dreading getting back to the gym, since that's where the scale is (I don't own one at home because it was too emotionally fraught). But I found that I lost 2 lbs! Not sure how that happened, with all the bad tracking, going over calories, and inconsistent exercise -- but most of the time I was still trying my best, and I guess it paid off.
In other news ...
I was thinking about the concept that CHRISTINASP blogged about a few days ago: "If you reserve one hour per day for a certain goal in the future will reach that goal within two years." I'm not sure whether it's 100% true -- but certainly, if you devote one hour/day to something, that's a lot of time and something will result from it. This made me think about all the time in my day that I'm devoting, not to things that are important to me, but simply to wasting time. The time I waste on the Internet, surfing around rather than getting down to business. The time I waste lying in bed rather than springing joyously up to greet the day. (This morning I opened my eyes at 8:22am, but didn't leave the house until 10:30, with barely enough time for a short workout -- what happened to those 2 hours?) I'm not talking about time consciously devoted to TV watching, reading, etc., because we all need some down time. I'm talking about the in between time that could be put to good use, but instead somehow evaporates.
I could be doing my work more efficiently, spending time with my son, reading great works of literature, exercising, doing creative projects, or getting more sleep! Instead I'm staring vacantly at the computer, commuting, looking for my keys, my shoes, and other essentials before leaving the house, and just generally wasting time. I'm even reading articles on Spark! I'm not sure where the time goes -- and maybe that's the first step to making a change.
Starting today, I'd like to try to make a conscious effort to understand how precious my time is, and to use it wisely.