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Time Management: Maize Mountaineer Style

Monday, February 17, 2014

Time management - ugh! I knew this was coming. How does a person who dislikes to do lists and reminders, but likes accomplishments and reached goals, work out a compromise on time management. Let's get going:

Preparedness: I tend to delay rewards like reading, doing crafts, fun stuff until after I get the gritty stuff done. You know, chores, exercise, TASKS. Bleah! Recently I re-set my mental attitude button and changed mornings to Me Time. Me Time includes an hour of exercise, either walking or ST/circuit or stationary bicycling or cardio. This is not a chore or a task, I do this for me. This week continues my plan to mix up exercises that will keep me from boredom and will surprise my muscles. I set no specific time for it except that it will occur after I shine my kitchen sink after breakfast.

Fitness - My goal is one hour every day, except Sunday. Part of my exercise challenge over the past couple of years has been boredom with my routines. I've never tried mixing them all up and it's working well for me. Instead of pouting because of a boring ride on a stationary bicycle, I have the fresh mindset that it can be a flexible amount of time. To compensate for decreased riding time, I increase the resistance on the pedals so I get a harder workout.

Nutrition: Even though I'm not seeing success with my weight right now, I am comfortable with my time management of my nutrition. I eat slowly, I eat every meal at the table, and once the kitchen is clean, it is closed for the evening. My time challenge with nutrition comes from outside activities that disrupt my usual pattern. For example, I exhausted myself from exercise and socializing one day, and I made less than optimal nutritional choices. Then a pot luck lunch and my desire to not hurt anyone's feelings outweighed my desire to eat only clean foods. It cost me, I know it did, but I'm still a work in progress when my meal times are disrupted.

Reflection: I journal every morning and it helps me to think through my previous day. My affirmations for the week are:

I want to feel light, energetic and joyful.
My body becomes more fit and healthy each day.
I choose nourishing healthy foods.
I want to be rested and centered.
I recognize the barriers to achieving my goals and I move around them, over them and through them.

Accountability: I don't like continually sharing my difficulties, it feels negative somehow. However, there is strength and power in admitting difficulties. I commit to sharing how I did with my goals at least three times this week with my team mates. Since I'm now home, I COULD do it daily, but that little free spirit in me is still resistant to that commitment. emoticon

So there's the outline for my week. The scale disappointed me this morning, but I've trimmed an inch from my waist and that's good progress. I feel strong about meeting my goals, and I look forward to seeing how my free spirited, but goal-oriented being will grow through these steps. emoticon
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MARYBETH4884 2/18/2014 6:26AM

    You've got a great plan! I agree it's the surprise meals that that mess me up too. Unfortunately we do live in an unpredictable. world and we need to learn to deal with tempting foods. Good luck this week!

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JSTETSER 2/17/2014 8:53PM

    Well written.
Great goals
Good plan!
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WHOLENEWME79 2/17/2014 8:24PM

    Those sound like really reasonable goals. The key to goals is setting ones you can accomplish, then build upon.

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