Tuesday, April 09, 2013
This morning I made a list of all I hoped to do today. Nothing out of the ordinary, just everyday tasks I hoped to have out of the way by the time I went to bed. Usually I have a vague plan of what I'd like to achieve each day. Usually most of it remains undone. Today most things were ticked off that list, even though I went with a friend on an unplanned drive out of town.
My day wouldn't have been anywhere near as satisfying without that list, because I am way too fond of telling myself I've finished one job, so I deserve to sit and have a rest, just for 15 minutes or so. That 15 minutes without fail turns into an hour, possibly more.
I've solved the portion control problem by using a carefully chosen entree plate, deep soup bowl and small dessert bowl. I've solved the mindless eating problem with the use of a teaspoon while eating cereal, yoghurt, etc. I've solved the water problem by drinking one glass of water per hour throughout the day. I've solved the 12 plus coffees per day problem by switching to a coffee substitute, which after the first two days I was actually enjoying. I'm working on solving the 2 heaped teaspoons of sugar/Natvia by reducing my intake by a half teaspoon per week till I'm totally sweetener free.
What's the one thing that has given me the greatest lift emotionally? That list! As of tomorrow morning I am going to write down a list of the things I plan to have done by dinner time, It will include time for exercise, and some time just for myself.
I can do this, I can change from continually finding excuses for things not being done to being able to go to bed each night satisfied with what I've achieved during the day. I know this because Spark People has taught me that nothing is impossible if I want it enough.