Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This was the SparkCoach visualization exercise for February 1st:
Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too?
The five things I want in my life right now are:
1. My family
Roger, Mickey, Parents I want them all in my life right now and I want to devote enough time to them to make them feel appreciated and let them know I love them.
2. My medical team
My counselor, med provider, primary care physician.. I want to be consistent enough with my appointments and treatment that they know their opinion and instructions are appreciated and followed.. so they know they make a difference in my life
I want to spend a significant amount of time in exercise. Recently I reduced my tv time to under 1 hour per day (although sometimes I bank days and spend it on the weekends) but I haven't upped my actual activity comparably. I want to grow the time I exercise to be an hour or two a day. Right now I spend 3 days a week exercising 10 minutes a day.
(Sorry about the interruption.. I'm home now and can finish)
4. Social Time
I want to spend time focusing on friends. Online this has been growing, but offline, not so much. The only constant I have is my Bible Study and I let every little thing get in the way of that. I need to be consistent with that as well so they know I value their friendship and getting together with each other. Online I am working on being consistent with a few groups, some better than others.
5. Nutrition (aka Cooking Time)
I want to spend more time in food prep and actually preparing food rather than just popping something in the microwave, as I do most days.
or How will achieving your small goals today help you achieve these goals?
1. I need to schedule more time at the end of the day to give Roger and Mickey time, and when I come home from things to touch bases. Right now I don't have more time scheduled for them and I need to. My parents I see several times a week and I think that's okay for parental contact being as old as I am. Achieving my small goals today will hopefully give me more years to spend with them however, so at the end of the day, its a win win.
2. I am pretty good about keeping my appointments, but I want to try for 100% unless I'm physically throwing up or something. I'm also not very compliant with my asthma meds, which would help my exercise-induced asthma attacks happen less often. I want to actually put the advise they give me into effect in a timely manner rather than stretching it out as I am wont to do, because I want them to know that I value their time.
3. Increasing my exercise goals will increase my results.. either for weight loss.. less muscle lost, or muscle toning.. all of which are good things. I am applying for an accountability partner in the hopes of stricter adherence to my exercise plans and to accelerate the rate at which I change and lengthen my sessions . The more I devote to exercise, the easier the weight loss will be.
4. I want to have lots of friends. I never again want to be at the point where I only have one friend and that friend is online a million miles away. I want friends online and I want friends that are there in person as well. I can't do life here on this planet alone and I am a very social creature. That's what being face to face with the Almighty and my own flaws and imperfections have taught me. I need friends to be able to get up in the morning and work on all my goals and health. I need to get serious about the Bible Study again and quit making excuses not to go. If it looks like I'm losing my only friend outside of the Bible Study in person, then I need to start going to support or interest groups again to develop more friends and acquaintances.
Being consistant with my small goals will help me 1.)stay positive, which is more attractive in a friend than being pessimistic or miserable 2.)healthy and vibrant, also more attractive than being sedentary and having a lot of health problems 3.) give me something to talk about other than the weather.
5.)Preparing more meals myself will give me the confidence to continue to do so later in life, it will be cheaper in the long run than all the processed microwavable foods I eat (as long as I eat them before I spoil) and may prevent me from developing certain diseases. It will help me make sure I get the nutrients I need and control calories, as I will be able to control what foods get added in what proportions to the dishes I make. My small goals don't really help me do this right now, but it would help my overall picture to make them part of my small goals.