During the 5% challenge, team members add up their exercise minutes (up to 120 minutes) and get a weekly team total. That is part of every week's activities. Today, I will be able to put down at least 2 x 10 minutes = 20 minutes of garden work exercise. I am supposed to watch a yoga video and substitute for our regular 40 minutes of ZOOM chair yoga, but I have not attempted that yet.
Then, each week the teams get at least one LGTL ("Living the Good Life") Challenge. This week --the FIRST week of our 8-week summer challenge -- includes two LGTL parts.
Part One is an easy one for me: drink at least 64 oz of water and no sodas.
I have gotten good at this.
Part TWO: "Daily Routine
During this time we are isolated ... we can feel very lonely and disconnected.... the time of day become irrelevant. We are moping around, and our motivation... seems gone. Maybe the only thing that gets you up is another trip to .. the pantry.
We need structure and purpose in our days. Look at what you can do and make this a time .. when you challenge yourself to find happiness and purpose. ...focus on the positives of what you can do."
Here is a tentative outline of my week day routine:
7:00 AM Get up, watch the news with my spouse
8:00 AM Breakfast, chores
9:00 AM Video exercise with friends
9:45 AM Tidy up
10:00 AM Computer Work
11:00 AM Practice harp
1:00 PM Work
4:00 PM Ride bicycle with spouse
4:30 PM Happy Time - play cards, watch Just for Laughs, music
5:30 PM Make dinner
6:00 PM Dinner and clean up
8 PM Watch News program
9 PM Bedtime
Note: The above outline was a quick adaptation of our challenge leader's sample.
I need to think about this over the next 72 hours or so and pin down a pretty consistent/productive schedule for the following 7 weeks.
Here is more to the description of the motivation for this week's LGTL Part 2:
"Regardless of what you are doing have some lively uplifting music ...in your home. Even if you are watching TV ... If you can, try to limit TV/radio news time and reading news online, to one hour SPREAD through ... the day, and not before bedtime.
Open your curtains first thing in the morning to let in natural light... tidy your kitchen and the most used areas of your home. If you can open a window and air out the room.
Spend a little more time making your meals, you are worth the effort. Set your place at the table nicely to brighten your meal. Maybe you can find a colorful place mat...
Each day have some planned physical activity... Some of us may be able to spend time outdoors too.
You need a daily schedule with a specific times which includes at least the basics. Know
1) what time you will get up in the morning,
2) what time you will go to bed at night,
3) meal times, 2 snack times (if you are a snacker),
4) some exercise,
5) some social contact - call [someone] and ask how they are doing and give them attention. Be that person."