Time to Check In

A month ago, I wrote a post about New Year’s Resolutions, and I said that I’d check back in “next month”.  Well, here I am… activating your webcam and peeking into your home office.  HAH!! YOU!!!  I see you putting an extra scoop of sugar in your coffee from the stash in your drawer that your honey doesn’t know about!!  Oh, wait, that’s the other post that I started.

Where was I?

Yes.  New Year’s Resolutions

We talked about selecting a word, as opposed to an entire phrase.  The idea behind it being that just one word is easier to achieve – more opportunities to succeed, and less easy to beat up on yourself, and give up on, than an entire phrase.

I chose “health” and “courage”.  Two words, because I often need the courage to make healthy decisions.  So how am I doing?  So so.  Every week, I carry those two words forward in my planner.  I have one of those two-page-per-week deals, where you make your plans on the left, and you have a list of days on the right, for appointments and stuff.  So at the top of each week’s “To Do List”, I have written “Health” and “Courage”.  Some weeks, that’s the best that I can do.  And that’s pretty pathetic, even for me.

But most weeks, I’m getting on the treadmill more than I did before.  I’m taking my vitamins every day (when I don’t forget).  I still have to work on the “eat more fruits and vegetables” thing, though.  And I’m not sure why.  I LOVE fruit, in particular.  But for whatever reason, it’s not the first thing I reach for.

I’ve also purchased the supplies for the Vision Book, and have started watching my magazines for stuff to put in it – phrases, pictures, ideas, that kind of thing.  I have a “vision” of the book, just not all the supplies that I need for it, yet.  But it is in the works.

I’ve re-dedicated myself to monthly menu-planning.  Whether we stick to that plan, well, that depends upon what life throws at us.  But at least it’s a framework for making sure I have the right ingredients in the house. And because I have that framework, it cuts WAY down on the “oh, what should we have for dinner tonight?” battle.

I’ve started putting aside the “important things I have to do” to play more with Josh when he gets home from school.  Because what could be more important – or healthier – than playing with your kid?

I haven’t lost any weight yet, which is the underlying reason for the “health” thing, and I still don’t have a job, but I’m thrashing around, trying to find something that fits with my weird life.

But, during those times when I’m most depressed and despondent (which seems to happen a lot, lately), it’s a way to pull me back to the present, to what can help me overcome those nasty feelings, and get me back on track.

So I guess in that respect, I’m making progress.

Now it’s your turn.  Did you settle on a word?  Did you do a phrase?  Did you make a resolution at all?  How are you doing?

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16 Responses to Time to Check In

  1. SKL says:

    I think I picked “integrity” or something like that. In the sense of being fully the person I am meant to be.

    Progress? Hard to say, I guess. I have been sticking to my guns better, and getting a better handle on my emotional reactions that could sometimes sidetrack me from the direction in which I want to go. I got rid of a fair number of distractions. I am taking better care of my health, incrementally, which leads to a greater sense of well-being. I’m being a little more “real” about my work.

    But on the other hand, my work backlog keeps me stressed out and distorts my priorities. My internet addiction, which is a significant cause of my backlog, is not getting better. I have quite a way to go before I really get close to the vision I have for myself.

    To be honest, it is hard to remember exactly what I was feeling on the day of your “one word” post. I change so much over time, always have, probably always will. If I were a time traveler, I might not recognize myself in a different year.

  2. Sue says:

    I don’t remember my word and at this point I’m just trying to get through Lent with no coffee!

  3. Joy says:

    I picked Motivation and I still haven’t found mine. I was really good for about two weeks and then fell apart. I’m not sure why and it’s driving me nuts. I really want to feel better and be able to breath easier but it would appear that’s not enough. I don’t know what to do. I guess I should get right back on the horse. I guess I got very frustrated because I lost a few pounds right away and then nothing. We had a very late Christmas with the Erickson’s and I really overate that day and I kind of never got back on track after that. I felt depressed that I did that and just felt crappy and I guess I’m drowning in “I don’t know what kind of diet to be on.” I’m not sure what’s good for me anymore. Do I count calories, fat, sodium……..I tried being really good but when you look at the labels, nothing is good for you. The biggest thing with me is I want to breath easier and not lose my breath so much and I know what I need to do, it’s that I lack the MOTIVATION to get off my lazy duff!! I know I need baby steps and maybe that’s why it’s so hard.

    • Laura says:

      I get stuck on the diet thing, too. There’s so much CRAP out there… “don’t eat fat, fat is evil. “You need fat, mainline omega 3 fatty acids. “calories are evil, cut calories” “raise your caloric intake and you’ll have more energy”. “Carbs are evil” “Carbs are necessary”. GYAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

      And on top of it all…. “fat is pure evil, if you have an ounce of fat on your body, you, too, are evil” (ok, you’ve struck a nerve)

      ANYWAY…. My dad’s favorite movie is “What About Bob?” Remember that one? His mantra was “baby steps”.

      Do baby steps, Joy. don’t think about running a marathon, think about going for a walk because it’s a beautiful day. Don’t think about a 1500 calorie day, eat an apple because you’re hungry and that’s what’s good for you. Play your flute because it’s fun and you want to learn it, not because you HAVE to fix your lungs.

      [……..and I just now read your last sentence. sorry, I glossed over that one earlier. I got so fired up by your sentence about what to count, that I just jumped over the end. sorry.]

      I do the same thing… I don’t stick with diets because I want the instant gratification of losing ten pounds in three days. If I don’t see that “progress” – as unhealthy as it might be – I want to quit. Which is why I chose “health” – because there’s more than just eating right encompassed in that word, and I can do a LOT of things right, instead of counting the things I did wrong. Just eating a vitamin makes my day a success!

  4. Joy says:

    Where the heck is everyone today? I thought there’d be lots of chatting on this post.

    • Nikki says:

      I have been elbow deep in crap if you really want to know! LOL Andrew has been sick this morning. He’s sleeping now, just in time for lilly to show up..yay.

  5. Tessa says:

    I admire your honesty and steps to do a vision board, be healthier, and play with your son more! When I get down and depressed, it always cheers me right up to get on the floor and play with my little guy. I love how you move to words in your planner, it keeps it in the front of your mind. I use to put notes on my mirror to remind me of my goals-little mantras-

    I cannot remember mine..I believe it was courage to get out and meet new people, do new things when we move, but we haven’t moved yet! We leave in 3 weeks…but I have been working out more. My stomach is sore from sit-ups and I really need to do these more-I could barely do a cartwheel a week ago, and as someone who use to be a gymnast that is bad!! So I am determined to get in shape….my other resolution was to pray daily or thank God and I do.

    Good luck to everyone and keep on trying!

  6. Nikki says:

    I picked 3 words..b/c I don’t follow directions well I suppose. But I’ll narrow it down to 1. I’ll pick ambition. I am saving money for my GED. It costs about $100 now. I think you have to be of a certain age, NOT 30, to do it for free. So I’m working on that.
    Health wise, I am doing SO good. I’ve been eating fish, and salads, and chicken! CHICKEN!!!! Lots of it! And fruit, our strawberries are huge and wonderful right now! I can’t even believe it. It’s like biting into an apple! So good! I started my 30 days of work out. I’ll explain more in my Thursday post what that consists of. I’m sore today, but it’ll be so worth it.

    Laura, I’m sorry you are getting down. I now how that feels, it’s easy to fall into that depression. It’s easy for people who don’t understand it to just say…ohh it’ll be fine, pick yourself up again. But it is hard and I admire your honesty and drive to keep above water. I’m with you, believe me! 🙂

    • Joy says:

      I feel super depressed and sad today for some reason. I think I need to get away for a week. Neither Paul or I have been anywhere in three years and I think it’s starting to wear me down. I need to take a week and go somewhere.

      • Nikki says:

        Then you need to do that. Catch it before it gets too bad. It happens to me about every 2 years, sometimes every year. Now I know so I try to do things to stop it.
        It might have something to do with your baby being 30 now!…and your 1st grandbabies will be 10. That’s enough to put me into it! This weather too. it’s been very nice and it makes you want to get out!!!

      • Joy says:

        I hope it was WELL understood that I meant I need to get away ALONE.

    • Laura (LS) says:

      thanks, ladies… you have no idea how much those words help me.

  7. SKL says:

    Yes, I think the weather is bumming everyone out. I really hope the worst is over now. Today it’s pretty bright out – still snow everywhere, but bright daylight is a start! I heard it’s supposed to get nice and “warm” as the week goes on. Right now I just wish I could go outside and run down the sidewalk – but there isn’t any sidewalk. I’m about ready to explode here.

    • Nikki says:

      All the snow has melted around the house…I can see grass. It’s brown but I can see it!!!!! LOL I want to go for a bike ride SO bad!!!!

  8. Just a Mom says:

    I picked Courage and Freedom. I had the courage to answer an ad for part-time work and I got it! Now I have a little more Freedom because of my courage. Now I just gotta keep working on my freedom from fat! 🙂

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