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Roses and Thistles 9/16-22/07


Monday, September 24, 2007

Here are the Roses and Thistles for the past week:
Roses: slept 8 hours every night except Thursday and Saturday.
Was prepared for classes.
Did my treadmill walking Weds and Thurs.
Spent time with DH - lovely trail walk on Monday.
Stayed within all nutritional ranges.
Had meals planned ahead of time.
Did grocery shopping with time to spare.
Still thrilled that grocery budget is easily half what it used to be and that I'm not wasting food.
Laundry and house work done.
Budgeted personal time and actually USED IT!! Double Roses for this one!
Worked 56 hours last week even though I was only supposed to work 40 (new schedule begins this week WOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!)
Prepared for Sunday service with time to spare.
Handled a congregational issue on the fly! whew that was a close one!
It's Sunday night and I've looked at my calendar for the coming week and recorded everything happening next week so the DH knows what's up.
Delegated all the Friday tasks that I had planned to do to the DH when the work schedule went south at the last minute.
Synopsis on the Roses - I'm learning to plan in advance - learning - not there yet. Room for improvement. I'm prioritizing. whether I do things in the correct order remains to be seen. I feel like I'm making a consistent effort to do so. Any effort on this front is an improvement! I feel relatively satisfied with all my efforts this week even though there were some major hurdles that were not planned for. Will need to work on factoring in roadblocks. All in all, the week ended well. Now on to the Thistles...
Worked 56 hours this week not 40 as planned and just lost all motivation to stay on track Friday. I hadnít packed meals for Friday and had to go out to buy lunch and dinner when I was angry and frustrated. Not a good mind set for grocery shopping. Fed the frustration instead of the body.
I didnít do my menu prep for next week because I couldnít get on line. Damned work location dial-up. Now itís Sunday and instead of having Menus and groceries done Iíll have to bump something tomorrow to fit them in.
I didnít order my new laptop Ė because I couldnít get on line.
I didnít do my yoga at all last week because other things took precedence Sun-Tues and had no free time in the morning Weds Ė Fri.
I didnít get my walk in on Saturday because I was working on my sermon.
I had to work on my sermon Saturday because I ended up working 7-11 Friday.
I was starving all day Saturday because I hadnít done the menus and I was totally focused on completing the sermon before midnight so that I could get 8 hours of sleep Ė desperately needed. (Didnít happen. See next weekís R&T)
Consumed more in all nutritional categories on Saturday than on any other day since I began Ė because I wasnít prepared and not focused on nutrition. Sinking back into old, bad patterns and am very concerned.
Very frustrated right now and exhausted. Feel like Iím starting out the week from the bottom of a pit instead of at ground level.
Maybe all of this will be motivation to get in bed in the next 6 minutes and then hit the ground running Monday morning.
Synopsis of Thistles Ė Iím not as mentally prepared to handle crisis as I thought I was. Still saddled with Negative Emotional Response Syndrome. Donít know what to make of the need to follow schedules. Read a Spark Article last week about ways we create our own stress and the first warning statement was about the need to create lists, schedules, plans. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!!!!!
I need sleep.
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