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Plan for the Break

Monday, July 21, 2014

We are supposed to create a plan for our break, and I just wrote a post earlier today about how, much as I am a planner in most of my life (to a fault sometimes, LOL. Just ask my husband!) it hasn't worked well for me on the healthy lifestyle front. Instead, I have focused on a combination of goals, flexibility, and strategies.

For example... my goal for the last few rounds has been to maintain an exercise streak of at least 20 minutes a day 5 days a week of exercise. But that also has to have room for listening to my body. So I try to adjust my plan week to week depending on what other stuff I have going on, when my rest days have to be, etc.

This break... that flexibility is going to be even more key. Between now and when we start the next round, I have a 2 week long re-enactment event, a 5 day writer's retreat, and at least 2 weddings. Oh, and hopefully buying a house soon. Not to mention putting together a book proposal and some articles, hopefully. My biggest priority is to listen to my body--and to rest. I desperately need rest. I've been so stressed. I am going to be REALLY active while at the SCA event--lots of walking, fencing, probably some dancing thrown in. And more walking. Not to mention stuff like setting up camp, hauling firewood, ice, and water, etc. Usually by the time I get back my body is in so much pain I can barely walk and I will need some time to recover. The weddings it will be balancing travel and wedding fair and still eating responsibly, and exercising while away from home (hopefully I'll be able to swim). The writer workshop I will be challenged to remember to eat regularly (the person I am going with is worse about eating regularly than I am) and probably going for regular walks. And the house hunting? I will need to guard my sanity, make sure I get rest time. Maybe even start relearning how to truly relax--I no longer seem truly capable of relaxing, even when I'm doing something fun or soothing.

It's not a great SMART plan because my goals aren't concrete and measurable, but I need them to stay fluid, flexible, and realistic. Saying "X number of fitness minutes" doesn't make any sense when I know I will over do it for 2 weeks and then need to rest--really rest--to recover. My needs and problems will change as circumstances change.
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    Zanna, how are you? How was your summer? You certainly had some fun and challenging things planned. I'm just now catching up on blog posts and I read yours with interest. You and I both were in high-stress mode for so long with our studies and other life situations.

    I found while I was in the States this past month that I was able to relax to a level I hadn't reached for awhile. In fact, there were days where, for no apparent immediate reason, I would suddenly feel overwhelmingly tired. I chalked that up to the general slow-down in the pace of my life. I don't like feeling that tired, but I do believe it was my body's signal that there's still a need for much good rest.
    2481 days ago
    I hope that all is going well for you! "Fluid, flexible, and realistic" sounds like an excellent plan to me.
    2485 days ago
    The best plan is the one you can stick with! Enjoy the break, Zanna!
    2515 days ago
    I always love how realistic you are when creating a plan, Zanna. What isn't important is creating a perfect SMART plan, it's creating a plan that will work for YOU. You have a very concrete idea of what your needs are, and you've proven adept at being clear-headed when considering your goals. I think you will be fine, and I hope you manage to have some fun! And best of luck with the house-hunting, that sounds terribly exciting!
    2515 days ago
    I think you need one major goal - to relax over break. emoticon That doesn't have to mean not making good choices, but it would be so nice for you to get some rest. Hope you have a great rest of the summer and have luck finding a house. That in itself is stressful, but also fun. emoticon
    2518 days ago
    Flexibility is life. I don't think I have ever had things stay in a simple routine, something always interferes and takes me down another road. You can always add exercise throughout the day if you feel you aren't getting in enough. I am sure you will come up with a great balance... anyone that likes to make lists understands how to work it all in!! emoticon
    2518 days ago
    Zanna - You have recognized the challenges that each of your summer activities will present. That enables you to have a plan and strategies to keep you on track. emoticon Have a wonderful, if busy summer. emoticon
    2518 days ago
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    Flexibility is so important, otherwise life happens and it all gets away from us. I find it useful just to plan 1 week at a time.

    Have a great day
    2518 days ago
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    I think your plan over break is great! It doesn't always have to be SMART goals. emoticon
    2518 days ago
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