Things have just been crazy busy the last few days. I have a kid that’s into a particular sport and it seems that it has been all time consuming for the last few months with everything coming to a pile up over this week. It’s been the last three nights in a row and late too but even though we’ve got a few days break until the next round with him, there is just a lot going on in other aspects of life as well. The point to all of this is that it’s been hard to find a moment of peace to focus on this blueprinting I’ve been doing. However I have managed to keep a few of my goals in check My to do list as of this post was as follows;
- Drink 5 bottles of water a day
- Only 1 cup of coffee a day
- Write down everything I put in my mouth
- Weigh myself every morning and write it down
- Use arm weights every morning
- Walk 10 minutes a day
I have tried to get the 5 bottles of water in a day but I am not there yet. I am however drinking much more water than I was so it’s an improvement but not there yet. My goal to limit my coffee intake to 1 cup a day has been semi successful but in an equally satisfying lateral type goal. My reason for limiting the coffee intake is that I take a lot of cream in my coffee. It is the cream that I was attempting to eliminate or reduce as a way to improve my chances of weight loss but I was finding the tea as a substitute (with milk) was not as convenient and just not what I wanted so, after reading some of Dean Dwyer’s make shift happen book about the paelio diet and drinking coffee black, and then remembering my mom always drank her coffee black I thought I’d give it another shot. I did try it and was not amused but then I tried it with a little sugar – not lots – less than a teaspoon and found that I quite liked it so – I am changing that goal to eliminating cream from my coffee and I will work on reducing the sugar. I don’t like artificial sweetener so I’m not going that way either and I do think that bit of sugar is healthier for me than the 10% double cream or 18% in the coffee shop. Other than today (yet) I have written down everything I put in my mouth and my weight daily, I’ve also used the arm weights daily but I’m a little concerned about what’s happening to my chest muscles and the impact of that. I had a complete mastectomy and reconstruction after breast cancer and the feeling of the implants ‘under’ the muscle is a little odd, I find the muscles feel tight quite often and I had some illusion that the arm exercises might help stretch them a bit and make them less uncomfortable but so far the reverse has happened. It might be that I just need to work them out a bit but if there is anyone out there reading that knows anything about this, I do accept advice. With gratitude. I am also revising the 10 minute walk to some focused time on the elliptical machine in my front room. Because of my sciatica I have to be a little cautious so I’m managing something like 5 or 6 minutes at a time but I think even that little bit is lifting my mood so I will keep putting one foot in front of the other with this and set a goal to improve my time until I’m able to do 15 minutes a day plus the weights. All this is to help me create a visual on what works for me and what doesn’t. Certainly the data isn’t in yet, it’s only been a few days but I think it will be interesting if I can figure out to rate mood and energy and motivation and corrilate that to food and excersise I could concieviably end up with a me care and maintenance manual. hmmmm… I like that Idea. If I write it down in a blog as my idea with a bit of a description and someone copies it they can be in trouble … no? yes? hmmm… readers might be a good thing before that becomes a concern. So I’m seeing me work out a formula to developing a blueprint, a story of how I did mine and a template for doing your own and then I could provide it to readers on the sight..a…. just a thought but I think it’s a good one and I am going to go and develop it. I’m laying claim to “The Me Care and Maintenance Manual” or “_________ for dummies” hehe.. maybe that wouldn’t be so good. Anyway, digression but as far as my list goes, I’m feeling positive. Where I’m not feeling so positive is my parenting issues but I think I’ll have to write about that tomorrow because I need a night to marinate in the issue to get my head level and really look at the issues we are facing with my puberty boy.. I took something Dean said about needing to sweat the small stuff and address issues before they get to be big issues. Excellent perspective – I’m just feeling a little lost with how to go about this with this particular boy – and actually – all the kids because I’ve broken it down to one request I have for them around this and that is that I want them to treat each-other with decency and respect. Anyway, I am going to have to get this blog more reader friendly … for when I get readers but I might just ask Dean to read this part about the kids, in that he was a teacher before and this was his idea to see how I might make that kind of shift happen for them… maybe I’ll write that post first and then ask for an opinion. Maybe he would even take the time to come, he does kind of seem like that kind of a guy.; So I’m off to modify my to do list and maybe add in a few long term goals. One final note for this post, just because it’s a bit of a biggie – my husband and I looked at a house today. The fact that I am considering this as a potential good move and good choice for our family suggests that maybe I’m not really ready to give up on the marriage yet. Maybe it needs to be kick started. I think that’s a positive thought.