This week we are focusing on Commitment. This is a very important topic and something I need to work on developing more. I *say* I want to lose weight. I *say* I want to be fit and healthy. But do my actions support these goals? Lately it seems my commitment has been lagging behind my intent.
Question of the weekend:
Why am I committed to MY journey to being Healthy?
Oh man, there are many reasons. First and foremost is to live the best, active life I can. Many of you know that I deal with RA/RAD and have been for years (since diagnosed in 2005). In order to stay out of a wheel chair
(been there, done that, hated it) I need to strengthen my muscles, bones and overall fitness level.
I want to be able to travel, we love cruising and traveling to visit friends and family. We also used to love hiking. I want to be able to do all these things both again and for a long time into the future. This will not be possible without a focus on and a commitment to being active and eating *mostly* healthy foods.
I want to have a clean and decluttered home. I am totally ashamed of the condition of my house. I do not have many friends over, only my best friends because the house is so bad. The ones who understand and don’t criticize. That is only like one or two people/couples. I need my house to reflect my healthy lifestyle and be peaceful. Right now, it isn’t. I/we have too much stuff. I/we need to reduce the clutter… everywhere. I have made a start with my clothing. I have given/tossed a lot of clothes. I need to go through and do more, as I just bought several new pieces to mix & match. I can do this!
I also need to sort/declutter my “sewing room” and toss boxes from the living room. We have too many *empty* boxes just waiting to be tossed. DH has an Amazon habit and a need to fill the space I think. Every time I get rid of boxes and we can see the floor (anywhere! Well not really, but close) he fills it with more boxes.
Oh my, this is becoming a rant! Time to get back on track. We want to move closer to his mom in 2021. It would be a good and healthy move for us I think. He/we have friends there as well so instant group. In order to move the house has to be decluttered and cleaned thoroughly. This task includes the mother-in-law house in our back yard. WHEE!!
So here the list of goals I am focusing on this year. This is going to be a series of lists to come to statements that tie into my identity. It has been shown that if you tie your identity to your wanted outcome then it is more likely to happen. It is also true that by making a specific time or inserting the new habit behind an existing habit one is more likely to make the wanted change. So I’m going to make several lists to find what my overall goals are and then narrow down the ways to get there to something so small I can’t not do it.
Be able to hike the mountains (nearby and in Virginia).
Home cook most meals.
Be ready to move in 2021.
Living room decluttered
Dining table/room decluttered
5-mile hike in the mountains
Use 10 lb weights for strength training
Short-term goals (To be accomplished by July 17):
Exercise 1,200 fitness minutes.
Prepare 24 dinners at home.
Bring lunch from home 24 times.
Eat breakfast at home 36 days.
I will accomplish these short-term goals by:
Putting on exercise clothes when I get up
Keep the sink clean.
Keep the counters cleared.
Putting these into I do statements.
I put on exercise clothes after bathroom break upon rising.
After eating, I wash my dish.
After washing my dish I put it away.
I breakdown one box when I walk in the door after work.
I prepare my clothes for the next day when I change clothes after work.
I think that’s probably more than enough to start. As you can see all items on this final list is extremely specific and small. It is about building the start of the habit and a routine I want to build. I have tied my identity (the way I want to see myself) into these new habits. It also takes a lot of thought out of the day. I only have so much energy and willpower. If I can automate the small things that bring me closer to my goals it will take less willpower to live that way.
At work, I have a routine with slight variations on the day. I need to incorporate this at home too. My routine looks something like this. There is a little variation depending on the day of the week, but this is my basic routine (I’m learning the invoicing process right now).
1. Daily report to manager
2. Time cards
3. Pull invoicing from supervisors desk
4. Prep Mail if needed
5. Mail out (I have to walk it to the mailbox) if needed
6. Create estimates as needed for service requests
7. Generate PO’s (from estimates)
8. Invoice service requests that have estimates/PO’s
These things take less than 4 hours to accomplish in the morning. Having the routine means, I don’t waste a lot of time trying to figure out what to do next. It flows nearly seamlessly from one task to the next. I don’t have to use up my willpower trying to decide the flow day to day.
I want my life outside work to be the same. I want a routine so I can live the life I want. Healthy, active, clutter free (both body and home). I hike for fun. All that’s left is to believe and make it happen.
I got this!