Rejoice and Revel for it has been a good week!
Let the reveling and rejoicing begin! 🙂 Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh! (doing a chair dance and the circle your fists in the air thingie!)
Ok, ok, ’nuff silliness already! This is serious stuff here! 😉 I’m following my own advice and rejoicing in the little things. Because those little things eventually add up and “Voila you have met your goal!”
This has been a good week! And I’ll get to check off some of the things on my “Check List“. So in no particular order, let’s get on to the recap.
The switch has been flipped…
The gauntlet has been thrown, the tide has turned, the balance has shifted, midnight has past, and the dawn has begun; a lot of what I’ve been doing over the past month, but especially this past week is happening in my brain rather than in the “real” world.
In other words: I’ve been “thinking” a lot. And it hurtz! Owie! I needz somebodies to kiss itz and makes itz bettersz. (Preferably some hunky guy in a speedo–Yummy!) *AHEM* But I digress… 😉 Back to the topic at hand…
It boils down to this: (1) Being healthy is now my top priority and (2) creating positive momentum is vital to working on that priority.
My health and fitness, or current lack thereof, affects everything in my life. EVERYTHING. It seems simple doesn’t it and very rational to make the thing that affects everything else in your life your top priority? Sounds good to me! Sadly, in life, the things that seems conceptually simple are actually incredibly complex and difficult to execute.
Rejoice in the Little Things for “I’ve been a GOOD boy!”
Here’s a quick recap (my friends can stop laughing now). For those just joining the us, the “joke” is that I have a reputation for *NEVER* telling a story in 10 words when 10 paragraphs will do.
Today’s post is all about patting myself on the back. Bravo! Cue the Applause! Yay! Woo Hoo! Yippie! Good Job! I rock! I am FAB-u-LUS!
I’ve actually done quite a bit this week towards my goal of “being healthy” and “living healthy”. Each of the things, in and of itself may seem tiny but each tiny step is still a step.
So here, in no particular order, are some of the things I’ve done this week which move me closer to my goal:
- Coffee: Finally bought a bottle of plain white vinegar to use in my coffee maker to clean accumulated oils and coffee gunk from the guts of the machine. (How to Clean a Coffee Maker With Vinegar)
- Morning drugs: For two weeks now I’ve been taking my morning “pills” which consists of (1) a daily mufti-vitamin and (2) my high blood pressure medication. I’m not counting this as a “done” thing yet because you really need to do something regularly for three weeks before it really becomes a habit. On my shopping list for this week is “Calcium with Vitamin D”. There is a history of bone problems on both sides of my family in the guys and the gals so I figure it is time for me to start doing the supplement. (Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium) (Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Multivitamin/mineral Supplements) (18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick)
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Step by, *prioritized*, Step…
There is a time management tool that uses a simple A-B-C method of assigning priorities. While it is intended primarily as a time management tool for the workplace it can easily be adapted for personal use.
You take everything on your “to do” list, including individual tasks or smaller projects associated with both long-term and short-term goals, then you divide all the individual tasks into three groups:
♦ Group “A” — those items which are urgent, important, or BOTH
♦ Group “B” — those items which are important but which are not urgent.
♦ Group “C” — everything else, literally, everything that is not in group A or in group B.
Here are some examples of some typical workplace activities:
- Group “A” — urgent, important or some combination thereof
— mop up water from overflowed toilet in men’s room and put out “Wet Floor Sign”
— time sheets due on Tuesday
— grant application due on last day of this month
— completed employee evaluations due to HR by 1st of next month.
- Group “B” — important but not urgent
— schedule repair of timer for automatic lawn sprinkler system
— compare cost of owning copy machine versus leasing it
— review security camera footage to see if theft of bicycle from front of building was caught on tape.
— review and revise ordering and receiving procedures to streamline and make them more efficient.
Get the idea?
Now, here is the trick. Once you have your “A” and “B” tasks identified, you’ll have a whole bunch of stuff that did not go into either pile. That is your “C” pile.
- Group “C” — everything else
— read trade magazine
— bring fabric cleaner from home so that next time I have a spill I can clean it up right away without leaving a stain.
— color code the files in my office
— throw away the dead plant in the corner of my office and buy an artificial one from Linens & Things
— have the staff clean out the fridge in the break room. There are biological experiments in there.
The horrible thing about “C” items is that they are a sly temptress and will lead you astray! If you work on a pile of “C” things at the end of the day you feel great. You feel like you’ve really been working hard and gotten a lot done., Because “C” things generally are quick and easy to do. But then, the proverbial “other shoe” drops. You look over at the A and B pile and your realize that “Oh Crap!” The important things got left undone. And not doing those A and B things can spell trouble!
So, take all those C things which are the things that are the least important, put them into an envelope or box and date it. Then hide the box or envelope in a lower desk drawer or closet so that you won’t see it. That way it won’t keep bugging you or tempt you into working on C’s instead of A’s or B’s.
Granted, sometimes a “C” becomes an “A” or a “B”. If that happens, then you can pull it out of the back of the drawer and move it to the desktop, put in the A or B pile and work in it. Anything that is still in the “C” envelope in six months should be either trashed or filed. Face it. If it isn’t important to work on in six months what are the odds that it will *ever* become important enough to work on?
So, now that you know about the A-B-C method, follow along as I put items from the list on my blog post “Getting Healthy is Complicated… …So do it One Step at a Time“, into A, B, and C groups: Read the rest of this entry
Counting up the Small Victories
Ok, confession time… …I’ve not exactly been a “good boy” since coming back from Worlds. So, this past weekend, I got myself moving again, figuratively speaking.
I also have let you know that it is TOUGH getting moving in a positive direction after after falling back on old habits! Yes, friends and neighbors, breaking a downward spiral is tough. Really tough. I found myself thinking today “Gaining weight and getting out of shape is easy; loosing weight and getting into shape is hard. Very hard.” [Watch for a coming post on the difference between “being overweight” and “being out of shape”. They often are used synonymously but they are actually two different things.
So here I am, looking at the numbers this week on the scale and NOT feeling great about the numbers I’m seeing. I track both weight and body fat by weighing twice a day. For body fat, I use the TBF-531 Body Fat Monitor/Scale by Tanita. It uses the electrical impedance method of measurement.
I also use the Omron Fat Loss Monitor HBF-306. I take two measurements in the morning, one from each device and then average the numbers. And then I repeat the measurement in the evening, giving me four measurements per day. I weigh in twice a day and average those two numbers as well.
Well, that’s how I track my progress when I’m actually *ahem* tracking my progress and I haven’t been regularly *AHEM* tracking my progress (or lack thereof) since Worlds. Which brings me back to my original statement at the beginning of this entry “I haven’t been a good boy since Worlds” *SIGH*
So. Hello mild depression. Glad to meet you, let you introduce you to my good friend “mild frustration.” Oh you two know each other? I thought you might. *SIGH*
So what to do? Read the rest of this entry
The Week in Review or… “Ya gotta have a bag-o-tricks”
For the first trick of the evening: Being Strong without even trying…
I have to share a “moment” from this week from where I work I’m surrounded by a group of folks who like to bring in food and leave it on the break room table for everyone.
This is sweet and nice and generous, and it does foster a sense of community at the workplace, HOWEVER, for me those little offerings of friendship are sneak attacks! They are land mines on the way to a healthy me! They are evil incarnate! Basically they kinda suck eggs.