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Health and Fitness Goals for June

Thursday, June 01, 2017

All right, new month, time to check in and set new goals.

Here's what I was trying to do:

* Walk back the time I'm going to bed.
* Finish cleaning my office.
* Keep running.

How did that go?

Well with the running, though I've eased off a bit last week. I did manage to get my 5K with my niece and nephew done and I've now set a goal to improve my speed. (I am too slow for my nephew *lol*)

I've done so-so with the going to sleep. I was doing a good job and then slipped back into old habits for a week. I'm sort of recovering, though that means I should actually be going to be now. Oops.

So-so on the office, too. I still have more to do and I've been dragging my feet, because the next step is sorting things into the "get rid of" and "keep" piles and I am terrible at making the first one.

So, really, for the next month I pretty much want to carry those forward:
1. Walk back the time I'm going to bed.
2. Finish cleaning my office.
3. Increase my running speed.

I think I'm good with that for now.
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    Wish I could come help you"clean." I LOVE doing that kind of stuff.
    Way to use the motivation of a loved one to help you succeed in your goals. That makes it more of a game, especially if you can keep that person involved once and awhile in your challenge.
    Hope you can get that bed time tackled. I know that can be a challenging one to change the habit of.
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    1440 days ago
    If you don't love it or need it, put it in the get-rid-of pile. That sounds like such simplistic advice, but it's really the only thing that will help you.

    There's a bit of cheat that can help. Use more boxes. Instead of a "keep" pile or box have several:
    1) Repair (then, at the end of the sort, make a list of deadlines for getting the repairs done)
    2) Pass along (to an organization or a friend)
    3) Put away (this is important, it reminds you that if you are keeping it, it needs a place to live)

    I had to do a drastic stuff-reduction TWICE in the last few years. (Once to move from the house to an apartment, and once to move the apartment across country 1,200 miles.) There's almost nothing I regret leaving behind. (Okay, there was an old-fashioned lemon juicer that I miss, and I replaced a working but beat up old electric griddle with a new one that sucks, but that's the level or regret I'm talking about.)

    Most especially get rid of anything that makes you feel any kind of guilt. Crafts that you supplied for but never really took up. Any gifted object from someone whom you no longer have a good relationship with. Clothes that don't make you feel beautiful when you wear them. (Keep one box of stuff that is too small right now, but ONLY the stuff that you adore. Make this box pretty, like a gift. Check for items that you can take out and reintroduce to your wardrobe every month or two. It then becomes a potential measuring stick as well as a reward for losing weight.) Get rid of gadgets and baubles that you spent a lot of money on but hardly ever use.

    When it comes to paper items, scan them and file the images away on a backup drive and a thumb drive. (to be super safe.) This includes stacks of mementos. If you ever want them for scrapbooks, you can print (and resize) an image that will suit the layout of the page. (This kind of project is time-consuming in itself, but it's worth it. Do it a little every day from two boxes set up near the PC: the need to scan items, and the scanned items. Then, if it makes you feel better, tape the scanned items box shut, date it, and put it somewhere completely out of the way. In a few years, you'll be able to toss it. The point is to not try to organize the papers themselves. Do that digitally, where items can virtually live in multiple files at the same time.

    And, most importantly, KEEP the items and collections you genuinely love. I hauled a library's worth of books to NC with me ... because I realized that my books are friends. They make me feel like me. They sooth me, and comfort me. We figured out how to build that one "wall of books" I've always wanted in our apartment and seeing them properly homed makes me feel happy every time I look at the wall. (That said, before we moved, I probably culled about half of the volumes I owned. And, yes, I still miss some of those titles.)
    1440 days ago
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