I realized I have been a bit slack on writing my little blog posts. And of course, writing my thoughts down was a goal I set for myself a few months ago. Funny how some goals come and go…..
Some other goals I set for myself this year: making new foods each week so dinners are not so boring and routine. Mixing up my exercise routine. Making sure to allow fun/big eating days into my week along with disciplined ones. Well, many of these goals have stuck. I have mixed up my exercise routine although I think I need to do it again because I feel like I’m in a bit of a rut (it could be the prolonged winter/gray/wet weather too). I have been making some new foods each week thanks to a few new cookbooks for inspiration, and I have been continuing with the “averaging” idea for maintaining calories and do not feel deprived of foods I love.
All of these things are for the better, I can tell. I’m stronger. More toned. I feel good. I’m at the lowest end of my maintenance range.
But there is one thought that just clicked for me yesterday. I have been goal setting for exercise and for some reason it never occurred to me that I could use the same discipline for jump-starting my brain to start thinking more like a professional again.
Yesterday I had one of these days where I was unmotivated. I didn’t want to exercise, but I took it a little at a time and managed to succeed in getting in a good workout. I did about 10 minutes of jump roping. I felt Ok, then went outside and did some hill climbing w/my lab. I didn’t have high hopes but managed to stay out there for 25 minutes—as I went down the hill, I threw the ball for Balsam in the river, turned around and went up the hill and we both went up and back again and again and again. Then it started raining, and 20 minutes on the elliptical didn’t seem so awful at that point so I was pumped to finish off the workout.
With exercise, taking it slowly piece by piece seems to work for me when I’m having a tough time starting.
Back in the fall, at the beginning of this school year, I gave myself some learning goals. With my son starting kindergarten, I finally was to have more than 2 hrs to myself to really think about what I wanted to do with myself, aside from doing “mom” things. As I was always a marketer in my career, an obvious choice was to learn to build websites. My husband and I discussed that I build one for him so I can learn and practice but it would be useful too as he has a day job but is a writer as well. I started this before Thanksgiving but have not been back to it since.
Now I’m realizing this should be just like exercise. If I set aside 10, or 15 minutes each day to start looking at this project again, perhaps I can gain strength and motivation as I go and eventually look forward to learning and thinking like a professional again? Does this make sense? Do you think it’ll work?
Well, this is now my newest goal.
I was going to start today but just received a call from my son’s teacher that I forgot to send his sneakers to school and they have PE today….Ho Hum….. Back to the school I go. Ok, I’m on a mission to give this a try for 10 or 15 minutes a day until it begins to snowball into more….. but think I’ll start tomorrow.