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Thinking about the new year.......

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hope everyone is feeling better. Take care of yourself, think of what's good for you to get and stay well, reduce the stress and keep changing our lifestyles.

This past weekend I lost sight of that and needed to re-focus yesterday. We're planning a house, so lots of decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. Right now it isn't bad since nothing can happen till spring, but the more decisions now the less stress later. So, during these "gentle" deadlines--not so hard and fast--we're trying to get much done. With all that, visiting the architect, and extra activities at church and with friends for the holiday, I sometimes get "buried" in what's going on and don't remember ME.

Regular meals, exercise time, good quality sleep.....those seem to be the first to go when I need to step up in activities. Yesterday we didn't have power for a couple of hours in the morning so we weren't home, then the internet connection was wonky, and then our daughter was coming for Christmas, so I was seeing to other things. The connection was fixed, our daughter arrived safely, and I took time in the evening to remind myself of what I need to do for me and how I can achieve those goals on an on-going basis.

I need to remind myself that I'm changing a lifestyle--this is not a "quick fix" and then back to the unhealthy choices/habits that got me to this unhealthy place. I know I'll struggle sometimes, but I need to refocus and move on.

I spent some time thinking about what my written goals for the new year will be and how I'll help myself achieve them. Nothing in writing yet, but I know I'll need to do that so I can re-read and re-mind myself of what I want to achieve. I need to think about what I want--which isn't so hard--but I need to spend time on how those goals will be met, what steps I'll take, and what my time-line will be. If I don't plan that part thoughtfully, I'll try too much/not enough too soon/too late and then not meet the goals because I'm not yet able to meet them or become complacent/bored and become distracted. Either way, not meeting the goals will make me feel like I failed and might as well not try, or not challenge myself to improve. So I want to spend time to create a plan that I can win at. I know I'll stumble, lose focus and need to get back on track, but I want something I can handle.

I wish everyone success in your plans/resolutions for the new year and great success in changing your lifestyle.
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  • no profile photo CD11232210
    You are doing great - taking the time now to plan what you would like to accomplish in 2014 is so important - whether it be weight loss or whatever. When you have a goal set down you can then break it down so that you can get to it.

    I have taken time to do mine and will be posting it soon
    2414 days ago
  • MADEIT3
    Thanks for posting. You are so right about how we fall back into old habits when life gets stressful. I've been following Julia Cameron's "morning pages" from the Writing Diet, and have found that a very useful way to get in touch with where I am and where I want to go next.

    Best to you in the New Year!!
    2414 days ago
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