It's time to re-evaluate. I've been stuck lately. The numbers show it and I can't deny it either.
What's been wrong?
Well, I have been blogging about already, but in the plainest way I can put it, these are my issues:
1.) I stay up to late.
2.) I get too little sleep.
3.) I mismanage my time.
4.) I'm rarely home.
5.) When I'm home, I'm too tired to cook or clean.
6.) I stay too long at work and miss my workouts.
7.) I don't have time to workout before work because I get up just before I have to leave.
8.) I can't cook because my dishes need to be washed. (Ack.)
9.) I also don't have time or energy to cook.
10.) I'm sometimes too tired to grocery shop.
11.) I plan, but I'm too disorganized to implement.
12.) Or, I'm too tired to implement my plans.
13.) I'm overwhelmed and don't always know where to start.
14.) When I know where to start, I'm too tired to start.
15.) I skip meals lately, mostly breakfast and don't eat for long stretches of time, after which I find myself famished.
16.) I'm late to just about everything, and when I'm on time, it's usually an accident.
WOW, there's the list. Essentially, my life has been walking chaos and it's about time it turns around.
Reflecting, I know, this looks like a list of excuses. I would argue that point and say they are legitimate reasons and that they only become excuses if I stop legitimately trying to do something about them and give up altogether.
Well, I'm not willing to give up. Which brings me to the list of goals I listed the other day:
1.) Grocery shop without the motorized cart.
2.) Go up a flight of stairs without stopping for breaks.
3.) Go to bed before 3 a.m.
4.) Exercise at least 3 times a week, although more is preferable.
5.) And get up at least once per hour at work rather than staying so glued to my chair that I never move until it's time to leave.
6.)Stop using the pharmacy drive thru and walk inside the store.
7.) Wear a pedometer and get more steps into my day, even a few.
I still have yet to accomplish any of those goals.
Where do I start to make changes so I can accomplish the list above?
1.) Post reminders around the house to do things like go to bed at a certain time and such.
2.) Cell phone or timed email calendar reminders for just about everything, including one to remind me to go home.
3.) Set up a fine jar and pay it every time I don't meet my daily goals. Earn it back as a reward by losing weight that week. Unearned money in the fine jar goes towards paying someone else's monthly dues at my weight loss group. Tell the group about this goal. Accountability is important.
4.) Create goal list for fine jar and keep track of progress every day.
5.) See if I can find a wake-up call service to call shortly after alarm clock rings.
6.) Move alarm clock out of reach so I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
7.) If I can't start being on time to everything every day, then move clocks at home and watches back one hour. Make obnoxious reminder signs to keep near clocks to remind me of this. Take signs down only if I can be on time to everything for a month straight, and then only take them down one sign at a time, one successful week at a time after that first month's success.
8.) See if I can program my TV to turn off at a certain time every night so I don't wind down too long after work.
9.) Set aside 24-hours time from days off to just get some r&r so I'm not overtired the rest of the week.
10.) Share this list with others for the sake of accountability.
Daily goal list mentioned in number 4 above:
1.) Get up by 11:30 a.m.
2.) Go to bed by 2:30 a.m., lights out by 3:00 a.m.
3.) Do at least 10 dishes (unless there aren't that many to do)
4.) Exercise for at least 10 minutes
5.) Be on time everywhere you go
6.) Spend at least 10 minutes cleaning your house
7.) Eat breakfast
8.) Don't skip meals
Begin this routine by Monday, April 21 and use the time in between (Easter day) to review and prepare. Get signs and reminders in place as well as the fine jar. Call someone about possible wake up call service. Move alarm clock. Program TV if possible. Share list with members of weight-loss group by end of week.
I truly hope this works. I have to do something and I have to be serious about it.
Wish me luck in bringing order to what has been a pretty chaotic life! Spark on!
Also, thank you everyone who responded with great ideas to my previous blog. I really appreciate the ideas and will give them a try! Thank you, thank you!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!