Reflection on starting 2011
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I had hoped to be more eloquent with this entry but a cold has me under the weather. However, just as it was important to me to start the New Year with a hike, it is important to also start it with some reflection.
Exercise--Continue what I've been doing. Every week in 2010, I worked out for a minimum of 30 minutes/day for a minimum of 4 days/week. This week with my cold may be a challenge. My health is more important than my streak (56 weeks). I know I have the exercise habit and one or two weeks will not derail me.
Eating habits-Continue what I've been doing. Thanks to tracking on Spark my daily sodium level has come down dramatically. My blood pressure has come down from preHypertensive & some days hypertensive, to NORMAL. I journal my food almost daily and track calories several days a week. In the beginning I tracked calories more daily. I have lost over 20 pounds and am keeping hem off. I have a few more pounds to come off but would like to lose them VERY slowly. (At 63, it would be easy to get more loose skin from additional weight loss.) I have added more fruits & veggies to my life. I have eaten a minimum of five fruits and veggies daily for over 180 days.
What I want to add to my life: Get back to doing art work. The right side of my brain has been neglected for too long.
What would be helpful to change: Spend several 15 minutes increments of organizing my house per week.
My two biggest challenges: Perfectionism and dealing with stress. These are the two areas, that in the next few week, I hope to come up with concrete steps to deal with them.
My body off & on has wanted to come down with the office cold I have been exposed to. Most weeks, I don't get enough sleep during the week & catch up on the weekend. But before last Friday, there were only fleeting moments of thinking I might succumb to the cold. Friday during the day it hit. I had hoped at first, it was only not drinking enough water. What was different for me this past week was my stress level. The cold is a message that I need to add something (or let go of something) that will help me deal with stress. My initial thought that meditation would be a good tool. Now if I can figure how to fit it on regular basis to my life.
Re Perfectionism, it might be helpful to add positive affirmations to my meditation plans. RE THIS, I AM SO OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.