October Blog Series - October 5
Thursday, October 05, 2017
A week away from my 58th birthday. How in the world am I 58? How in the world am I still talking about but not doing all the things I should be doing to put myself in a healthy place?
But I didn't decide to write this blog, and perhaps a blog series, to write negative stuff. I write, I always write, to get a little positive streak going, or to motivate myself, or to start to write and see where I end up, a tool I sometimes use to figure out what I'm really thinking about a situation.
So I don't know how I'm going to turn 58 in a week, and instead of just wondering about where the time has gone, I do recognize that what's more important is to plan and plot out how to use the NOW to put myself in the best position possible to succeed. Succeed physically in getting myself into better shape, succeed personally by reaching out to my loved ones and make sure my relationships are healthy and happy, and succeed professionally by being the best I can be in my career.
The last thing I want to do is to overwhelm myself with mountains to climb, so my intention is to take my famous baby steps in each area, picking one, manageable habit I can develop to put me on my way.
So for the physical, I am actually going to take baby steps in two different areas. First, I am going to work to, for the most part, eat natural food. To keep ultra processed foods far away from my lips. So I guess the baked Cheetos I got out of the vending machine and ate with my tuna sandwich today are going to have to hold me over for a long time, huh? The second arm of the physical is the actual physical activity I have not been doing but must. I will commit to doing my PT exercises, and to some aerobic activity for at least 10 minutes for the next 7 days.
Personally, I think my first commitment has to be to my immediate family. I want to ensure that we eat dinner together at least twice in the next 7 days. That might seem like a little, but believe me, our schedules are so crazy that if we manage to do that, we will have accomplished something pretty big. In addition, in the next 7 days, I commit to doing one thing with just my husband, even if it's just to watch a TV show together, or sit and have a cup of tea together. We have virtually no "date" time these days, and that has to change. And finally, I commit to doing one fun thing with my son in the next 7 days. Of course, finding something that we both think is fun might be a challenge, but whether it's sitting and working on our fantasy football teams together, playing a card or board game, or perhaps going out for a walk, it's going to be something.
Professionally, I have committed to being more organized at work. I do feel more on top of most aspects of my job, but this week have begun the process of extending that accomplishment to my staff. I have asked them to clean up their work areas, and to begin to document their daily tasks, what resources they use to accomplish them, and what additional resources they think would be helpful to make them better at what they do.
These are small steps, but important ones, I think, to put myself into a healthy and happy place. And hopefully, my accountability to myself will increase via these blogs, which I will set out to do daily.
And off we go.