Goal update: I succeed this weekend in taking some time to relax. I went into Lubbock and had a massage. I opted for a deep tissue massage since I have a pinched nerve. I had never had a deep tissue massage before. It was not quiet as relaxing as a swedish massage but I left feeling nice and loose. But was a little sore the past few days. Still I would not rule out the possibility of doing it again.
I also had lunch with a friend who is pregnant. I missed her baby shower so as her gift I took her for a pedicure. We ran a couple of errands together and got to catch up since we hadn't seen one another in a couple of months.
I did not succeed in buying a mother's day gift. I better at least buy a card and get it in the mail. I will see my mom the weekend after mother's day so I could always give her something then, but I need to at least give her a card the weekend of.
So in my last post I talked about my post-it. Well here it is: (I am not sure this adding a pic thing is working, right now it is just text so we will see when I hit post if maybe it will pop in otherwise I will figure something out.)
The idea is to spend time with God everyday, keeping him the center of my life, and then accomplish one or two things in the other categories each day making sure to hit everyone each week. Under each category are two subcategories, again that I hope to hit each week.
Under Work, I want to accomplish both something job specific (other than just my regular day to day responsibilities), and something that is profession specific, like writing down ideas or working on articles for publication, or building on other skills and goals.
Under household, I want to accomplish something Indoors (on top of just general cleanliness) such as, this week, I bought and assembled a new tv stand. I am also going to try to get all of my baseboards washed this week. And of course I also want to accomplish something Outdoors. I am generally not good at the outdoors portion. With my recent back/sciatica issues I have fallen particularly behind in my lawn maintenance. Last week I finally got around to put weed and feed on the back yard. But it looks terrible. And I have a dog and I haven't been able to do poop scooping for longer than I'd like to admit. So that is on the goal list for this week. The tough thing is that even now I need to do that in small doses otherwise my back starts tightening up.
Under Health is the obvious Diet and Exercise. Last week I counted all of the packing as my exercise and this week I imagine I will count the yard clean up. I am trying to gently ease my way back into exercise since I don't want to risk re-inflaming the disc in my back. But I need to slowly start testing how far I can push myself, since I don't want to get to summer camp or something and then realize my limitations. So i am going to slowly add in and increase the amount of walking I do each day, and use my Fitbit to help me track it. Diet wise I have been a mess lately, and I have decided that I need to do something a little drastic in order to reset my system. So starting today I am trying out a plant based diet. No meat, no dairy. I am going to commit to it 100% for 2 weeks. Then I will evaluate how it is going. I am thinking at at that time I will hopefully stick with it, but simply work in a cheat day. My biggest worry is that in the past when I have not gotten enough protein I have gotten canker sores in my mouth. Still I think a couple of weeks of whole grains, fruits and veggies will help to reset my system and flush out some of the stuff making me feel sluggish.
And Finally under Social I have included Others and Self. I want to make sure that each week I do something that is just for me, like this past weekend going to get a massage, but on a smaller scale, like making time to just relax in a bath or giving myself time to just sit with a good book that has nothing to do with any of the other goal sections, etc... And then I also need to make sure that I spend time with others. This is actually the most difficult one for me. I am around people a lot but in a work capacity. My closest friends are an hour away and with gas prices like they are I can't afford to go see them every week, not to mention that I don't have time to go see them every week. So I need to be purposeful in trying to connect with other people each week. SparkPeople will be a help in that. It is a small thing but even just writing on this blog and on Message Boards helps me feel less secluded, and while I know that if I was to call all of my friends right now all of them would be at work and unable to talk, I know that I can post something here and someone will hear what I have to say. It doesn't replace real world connections but it helps fill the gap.
Goals: track food for the week, sticking to the plant based diet. Work on Yard Maintenance. Send my mom a mother's day card. Update blog by May 11th.