I don't blog very often. I put most of my best thoughts into comments on OTHER peoples' blogs, I guess. I tend to use my blog space more as a record of where I'm at and where I'm going next.
So. September. My favorite month of the year. The weather is usually gorgeous, the kids are back in school, but the squeeze of homework and projects hasn't crushed us yet. My job has (usually) not yet exploded into the relentless damage control it will become in another 6 weeks. (This year might be different, but we shall see.) The leaves are still green, the crickets and tree frogs are drowning out the noise of the freight trains down by the river, and the humidity is jusssssst right!
We all seem to treat this time of the year as a mini-New Years. All those years of September "first-days-of-school" seem to give us all that mindset. So I'm ready to re-evaluate my goals and come up with some fresh plans for the next few months.
I like FlyLady's approach. She likes to "Cruise Through The Holidays" by getting a start on doing some things NOW that would make us bat-guano crazy come November if they're not taken care of. Like washing those stupid dining room and kitchen curtains. Like clearing that space in the downstairs closet so there's room to hang guests' coats. Like fixing that leaky faucet in the powder room that your mother-in-law always comments on. "Do you realize how much all that wasted water costs?? In MY day we would have blah blah blah..."
So what am I up to? Well, I keep working on the same two challenges, and am making progress, though I still don't have them down as well as they need to be. In other words, i still have to think about doing them; they're not routine; they're not something that I feel funny if I DON'T do. They are:
~ Eat at least three freggies (any size portion) every single day.
~ Get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
I'm getting there. I've made a conscious effort to prepare veggies on the weekend so I'll have things to take to work. And it's really helped me to keep some groceries in the fridge at work. There is always at least some green or colored pepper and hummus in there for me to munch on, and sometimes celery sticks or cucumber rings. So, steady as she goes for September. Just have to keep pounding this habit in there.
I'm still not getting ENOUGH sleep overall, but I've done a bit better than in previous attempts. I'm keeping to a pretty strict rule of "no caffeine after breakfast time" and that has really helped. I am still sticking to the very modest goal of 6 hours a night, because that means I can still stay up until 11:45. I will probably roll this time back by 15 minutes every couple of months. My final goal is only 7 hours of sleep a night (which is about what I seem to actually NEED), so by this time next year I think I'll have that down. (The final push will probably see me adjust my morning wake up time to 6:00, so that I don't have to go to bed BEFORE 11:00. Going to bed sooner than that makes me feel like a second grader...)
I've decided to take a break from tracking for a month or so and see how things go. The last time I didn't track was late last fall, when all hell broke loose at work. That time is right around the corner again. I may as well experiment now and see if I can stay on the rails without tracking while the stress is relatively low. If I can then I should weather our Peak season pretty well.
Other than that I'd like to continue adding little things to my fitness goals, possibly carving out some time in the evenings at home. Those same crazy work days will make it almost impossible to maintain my current workout-at-work regimen.
OK then! I followed my own advice from the September Challenge thread and updated my status and my goals/trackers, so I'm good to go! Let's go!!!!!