Monday, January 25, 2010

Working Toward a Better Me ... I Think...

Over the past year, my stress load has been extremely high, with our 2 moves, kids’ school, my workload, the holidays, etc. I've had to take my pain killers more often & my eating & sleeping habits have gotten pretty bad.

In talking with a couple of friends, and their coercion to get myself better, I took on a bit of a challenge. Well, I suppose I’ve made it a challenge, perhaps because just the right person who for some strange reason, I feel competitive toward (you know who you are *wink*), suggested I workout with her. Her idea was to workout with our Wiis together… except, since the move, I can’t find my Wii. Trust me, I’m still looking. However, until then, my friend suggested that I walk instead. She said, “You only need 20-30 minutes to start.” Since I already knew this, I figured, in my tiny little brain, that she was still challenging me and that the excuse of not finding my Wii wasn’t going to work. Damn! Ok, fine, you win my friend. I accept your challenge!

Today marks my first day of walking for 20-30 minutes before I begin my day. I'm skeptical about this commitment. It means I have to exercise! Ugh! I hate exercise… but admittedly, I hate feeling like a slug, being overweight, and being in pain even more.

So, what then do I write? Should I share where I walked? Or how far I walked? Or perhaps, how miserable or thrilled I was to walk? How about why am I choosing to do something I loathe so much? Hmm… there are some possibilities.

As stated, I’m not one to exercise. If a walk takes me to a destination, like from my truck to the store door, then fine, I'll walk; but to walk just because? I don't do 'just because'... I have too much on my plate to take time out to walk. Or do I?

First off, I've learned something… You are the one that makes your own schedule. No one else can. I’m not very good at this, I'm what you would call, 'organizationally challenged'. Yeah, that’s it! I’ll probably find that either family, friends, or even clients may become upset that I have trouble juggling my time. However, I have that problem already and the only way to correct this problem is to figure out another way to organize myself. The only way to learn to better one’s self, is to try. So, this is me trying.

Here are some goals I have:
  1. Create a more positive me
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get out of pain
  4. Relieve stress
  5. Unpack my home
  6. Get lots of work done & get caught up
My list seems short, but it isn't really. Each point has sub points that I won't bore you with, yet. Nevertheless, in order to accomplish these goals, I have to create a schedule that works. I used to have one and somehow, I became derailed. I let other things get me distracted. Well, here's me putting my derailed self back on track.

Let's begin with a schedule. This schedule is not yet in stone, so there's no reason to become upset at myself if I fall off course. I tell myself this, but in reality, I get very negative and upset with myself if I don't keep up. There is a way around this negative part, but first, here's my schedule.
  1. Get up by 8 a.m.
  2. Walk 20-30 minutes in the morning.
  3. Hit the shower! Eat! Get coffee! (The 3-musts to get my brain functioning.)
  4. Take time for me. (This is my quiet time for my devotions.)
  5. Make sure boys are on track for their school. (By now, they should have had breakfast and should be ready to conquer their day. (This could take all of 10 minutes or a couple hours, depending on what they need.)
  6. Begin with work.
Well, so far today, I am off schedule.
  1. I woke THIS morning at 10 a.m.
  2. However, the first thing I did once up was go for my walk. I walked 45 minutes, not 30.
  3. I did hit the shower, I ate & I consumed coffee.
  4. My 'me' time wasn't what I wanted it to be, however, I used it to write this post which I felt, was important to help me with my goal of creating a more positive me.
  5. I checked in with my boys and found they had their social studies underway and they were writing their required assignments.
Therefore, I am currently at a juncture. Now, I must focus on work. So, for now, I will finish this post so that I might begin to organize my work routine.

I'm not much with challenges, but if you would like to work with me and challenge yourself to get into shape, or perhaps you just want to encourage me, post a comment.

I'll post again with my progress later.

Here's to good health!



Sara said...

*taps foot, hand on hips* see!! That wasn't so horrible now, was it?! Admit it - you enjoyed yourself ;) just think.. You do that a couple every morning and the weight will be dropping off, and you'll start waking up PAIN FREE! YAY for HV!

Bouncy72 said...

:) Well done hon. I hate most forms of excercise too so i know where you're coming from..Good luck the rest of the week!

Honolulu Girl-Suz said...

Good luck Sweetie! I'm rooting for you!! Keep up the good work!

Lynda said...

Glad you found a friend to be accountable with. Good luck.

Aim4theNeck said...

Good work Sweetie =] I hate exercise too.. and i am very, as u called it 'organizationally challanged'
Good luck with ur 'journey to a new you!'