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A Routine Blog


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Well, it's been great, but it is time to come down off of the cloud 9 of success story and popular blog and get back to the routine. Routine. Such an interesting word. Today I've been thinking about the routine and routines and the things I do routinely.

When I was a kid, fat though I was, I took baton lessons and tap lessons. Routines were something I learned to do precisely step by step the same way every time. I remember one competition routine to the Star Spangled Banner that although I have not performed it for 55 years, I still remember some of the steps. Without such precise routines the recital of dance groups would just be chaos and the individual competitor might leave out a required element.

Routine has been my friend at times and routine has been my downfall. There have been times I've resisted having routines, thinking that it kills spontaneity and creativity. Recently I have come to acknowledge the importance of my Flylady routines. Although I don't do them step by step the same every day, there is value to scissor kicking the sheets before I get out of bed and finishing the making process in seconds, followed by bathroom and swishing and swiping, and getting dressed to the shoe laces immediately after. Following Flylady routines I can actually be more spontaneous and perhaps creative because I'm not wasting my thinking time on the mundane -- I've got those things automatically covered.

We talk a lot about eating habits and our active lifestyle, both good concepts. But when I think about my grocery planning and cooking routines, I'm thinking about my movements and the order in which I do things which lead to the meal results that become my eating habits. I recognize that some of my success is due to the way I clear the table and store the leftovers and plan to use those leftovers to make more healthy meals. Some of my previous problems were because I didn't stash and wisely use leftovers. Making that grocery list and thinking ahead are steps to success. Even today, I just don't eat as healthy when I try to wing it.

And when I packed my gym bag last evening, I thought about having clean sports bras and running socks always available. I remembered 4 or 5 years ago when I was establishing exercise routines and how if I would just put my shoes on I'd be much more likely to stick to my planned activity.

As I was writing this blog, I decided to look up the word routine just to make sure I'm not way off base. I found two definitions 1. "a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program" and 2."performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason." I was really thinking more of definition one, but definition two is also important. The regular procedures I develop for eating and exercise are truly more important to my success than the birthday meal or the occasional meal out.

So, today for me it is back to routine. I have good healthy eating and exercise routines. I'll continue to look for ways to improve them, but most of all, I will recognize and value that my routines are crucial for my success and happiness.
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DIANNEMT 11/4/2013 7:11AM

    Well said. Are you in WI with the sandhill cranes?

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AQUAGIRL08 11/3/2013 7:39AM

    Good job Marsha! I tend to think of good routines as a partner of good habits. Once the routine becomes a habit, it is much easier to concentrate on other things like being spontaneous.

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MSLZZY 10/31/2013 9:40AM

    Routines keep us grounded. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/30/2013 9:05PM

    Habit / routine can indeed be our friend. When "normal" also means "healthy", that's a good thing. Well stated!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/30/2013 7:19PM

    WHOEVER thought that routines would be a comforting word and not a dirty word? Nice blog!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/30/2013 7:05PM

    If I didn't have a routine for exercising, it would never get done!

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GABY1948 10/30/2013 6:35PM

    emoticon and I for one am a "routine" type person...however, in the past it didn't include eating and fitness! I agree with you that is the MOST important one to me!

This is one emoticon blog, Marsha...as they all are! I wish they had an emoticon that says, "YOU ROCK" cause you DO!

And you deserved every pleasure you got from being a motivator and your blogs! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/30/2013 6:06PM

    You are way too modest: no blog of yours is ever routine.

It always interests me how much people overvalue "spontaneity" and even "creativity". We're a lot more eager to engage in spontaneous eating than spontaneous exercise! And I'd bet that a lot of really genuine creativity actually depends upon knowing the basics (which we learn through routine): the creative clarinetist also learned her scales, right?

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FROSTY99 10/30/2013 5:27PM

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SLIMLILA 10/30/2013 2:26PM

    Maybe I'd do better if I gave up on trying to be spontaneous and did give in to routines...


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COCK-ROBIN 10/30/2013 2:01PM

    Very good! I'm on my routine as well.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/30/2013 2:01PM

    Very good! I'm on my routine as well.

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_LINDA 10/30/2013 1:51PM

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Its getting into a routine, or a healthy habit, that makes the whole program a success. Its made you who you are, a highly visible successful maintainer, an inspiration to many and now possibly 1000's!!
Keep on being the incredible rock star you are!
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CELIAMINER 10/30/2013 1:06PM

    You made me feel good about my routines, thanks! Somehow, I got it in my head that if I didn't do the Flylady routines step-by-step, then I wasn't really a Flybaby. Your blog made me realize that I really am organized in my own way. I've always made my bed, because I like it made up, and long before Flylady, I was in the habit of laying out the next day's clothes and prepping my gym bag (though I have to admit the brain fart that let me get to the rec center to swim before discovering I'd left my suit at home).
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I also approach the storing and use of leftovers they way you do, and today we waste very little food. Thanks again for helping me feel better about myself.

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CANDIFL 10/30/2013 12:44PM

    Hope your routine brings you happiness today!

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UMBILICAL 10/30/2013 12:08PM

  Down to earth

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