Saturday, March 02, 2013
Week 2 Blog topics for Winter 5% Challenge
1) What new habit you wish to develop?
2) How will you do that?
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
4) How are you doing day by day?
5) What can you improve upon?
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team
Starting with #1 today: new habit....hmm. I guess what I really want isn't so much a new habit, but to resume an old one that's been lost in the shuffle of too much on my plate, both figuratively and literally. I want to get back to intentional workouts such as walking, SP videos, and using my breaks to get in a few more fitness minutes.
I think it would help if I print a list of things I can do in my office. I need to remind myself to take stretch breaks--and to take my breaks instead of getting so absorbed in what I'm doing that I come to an energy standstill. Getting out of the office and going for a walk recharges me and clears my mind. When I did that a few days ago, I counted 10 varieties of tiny wildflowers, spotted two roseate spoonbills flying over, and found a nice Trader Joe's shopping bag to add to my collection.
I keep a pair of hand weights in my office; when did I last think to use them? I suspect not in February. I also have an exercise ball to swap off with my desk chair. Taking advice from fellow Sparkers, I got the biggest one I could find so it could be a good desk height, and it is. It's not the size I use for workouts, but it sure made a good base for a full length stretch yesterday after I'd been sitting on the floor assembling shelving.
What's been keeping me from doing the above is TIRED TIRED TIRED. There's been so much to do this week, both still catching up from having been away on my wonderful retreat and helping daughter get ready to move, that I've been running a sleep deficit. Knowing I wasn't going to get enough sleep no matter what I did, it truly was more important to get in an extra 45 min than to get up at usual time and be even tired-er throughout the day. I do foresee that this week will be "normal", and I can get back to my early morning routine.
The "All on my own" title is that I am all on my own while husband is with daughter for her first few days. So it's up to me to take care of myself and our three cats, fill my time with catching up and with some fun AND with resuming my good exercise routine.