SparkCoach Action Plan - Nov 26th, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
So, today I was asked to write about an area of my life that I might need to work on moderation. I have been focusing on this lately and thus am not sure of any one area that needs improvement over the others. LOL. The other part was to write out some ways that I can work on this moderation. So, here are the areas that I'm working on and what I'm doing to try to take smaller steps and not beat myself up as much.
Exercise - I am a perfectionist and thus if I don't do as planned, I can get annoyed at myself. However, when I set small goals for myself and was meeting them, it still didn't make me happy because they weren't my ultimate goals. So, what I'm doing right now is I'm making it even smaller and I have decided to ignore the long term goals for now. I am also allowing myself to remember that even though I'm trying to get in 10 minutes of something light on my OFF days, I'm only technically aiming for 3 days a week at 15 minutes each so that I don't get mad at myself if I miss that 10 minute session on an off day. It is sort of working so far. I've been consistently exercising for about 5 days now without that added stress of "needing" to do it.
Food - I was trying so hard to fit into all things I was tracking (8 or 9 of them) and it was very stressful. So, what I'm doing now is focusing on getting at least 2 freggies, drinking 8 cups of water and staying with calories. The rest of it, I am ignoring for the most part. I'm glancing at it, but not caring what it says. It's working pretty well. I am low on 1 freggie so far today, but I've already planned to have a snack at 11:30 before I go to bed. So, this is working well for me so far. When I'm ready, I'll up that freggie count and/or add something else to watch.
Emotion - I have been struggling with anxiety for a long time. I have been missing work and been on Leave of Absence twice since January at my new job. I've recently decided that this job may not be for me and that's okay. However, I need to find another job before I can leave this one (makes sense I figure). But, I'm anxious about the work needed to do that. So, it's been a tough battle. I've been losing it for the most part. I am working though on trying to remember that it's okay to not have to do it all in one day. I don't have to finish my resume editing in one sitting or apply for all of the jobs that I'm thinking of (which means tailoring my resume to each of them). Instead, I can spend 1/2 hour here and there working on the resume until it's updated. Then I can apply for 1 job at a time until I'm ready to do more. I think that will work. Anxiety is pretty much the biggest thing emotion wise I'm dealing with. I'm also dealing with depression a bit, but that's been pretty good since I've been sticking with my Sparking. LOL.
Health - I have been also having a lot of health issues besides my anxiety. For example I've had a headache now (not always bad as sometimes it's just there but not painful....just annoying) for the past 21 days. I am not sure how I can work moderation into this other than to remind myself that my health can affect how well I do on the other things. I have to remember that when I'm not feeling well, it will affect how well I do on other areas and that's okay as long as I don't let it derail me permanently. I'm going to see a doctor (hopefully) tomorrow about it. So, we'll see what he says.
I think those are all of the areas that I can think of applying moderation to and what I've been doing to work on it in those areas. I realize it's not quite what they asked for, but since I didn't have an area I wasn't already working on, I had to adjust it to fit my situation. LOL.