How I turned today around and turned the negatives into positives
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I have only two goals this year: do well in my MSC (at the very least get a pass mark) and lose weight. I'm still doing my masters and hopefully that will go fine and since april last year I have lost in the region of 50lbs.
I felt that today wasn't going to go well since nothing seemed to go the way I wanted it:
Today didn't start off great - I have 3 major important essays to do in the next month and despite my effort, I just could not concentrate today so I decided to go to the gym. So in a way I felt that at least if I couldn't do coursework I can get some exercise and feel good about myself.
Another thing that was kind of negative was that my flatmates told me they were going out and asked whether I wanted to come out for a meal and music with them but only gave me 45 minutes notice and I just started cooking (and I also have v little money)! I was feeling quite grumpy and was tempted to do what I normally do which was watch as film but decided that it wasn't going to help me towards either of my goals so I took advantage of the free flat and did 'the firm - maximum calorie burn' dvd and the jump rope sparkpeople video. I feel really good now because I didn't opt out for the easy option (which is to do nothing) and at least now I can concentrate on my essays all tomorrow without feeling guilty that I haven't worked out since I did a lot today and am going to rest tomorrow.
Today I found a nice quote from sparkpeople on something Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." And I intend to work out often and regularly work on my MSC so that both can become habits of mine.
I also read today the quote 'progress, not perfection'. Seems a good idea on what to aim for - the better, not the impossible.