Three down, five to go! Setting goals last week completely changed the outcome of my week. I had a great week and am going into this week feeling positive and optimistic.
My goals last week were:
1) Journal a quick blurb every day. This was my secret weapon. It's nice to boot my mental desktop early and it felt a little indulgent spending a few minutes on myself before firing up on all cylinders. On many of the days I even jotted a quick blurb in the pm to review the highs and lows of my day. We always remember what we did wrong; that is effortless. Remembering what we did right actually requires extra thought. Think about the test that you took that you weren't sure of an answer so you guessed. The answers you got wrong always get as second look, but most of the time you don't look back at what you got right. So if you guessed and got it right, you never really imprinted what the right answer was. Reminding myself of what went right seems to be just as, if not more, effective than just thinking about what went wrong. In any event, reviewing my day helped me to plan my tomorrow so I repeated positive behaviors and came up with strategies to avoid repeating pitfalls. This goal will carry over to next week,
2) Plan my meals Monday through Friday. Did that, too. I planned so well, as a matter of fact, that I had leftover food for Friday at work and I didn't have to even think about it. This goal is going into next week, too.
3) No candy at work this week. Another goal that I crushed. The cookies, however, tricked me. It was only on a couple of days and not obscene amounts, but they were eatin in times of emotion... So, cookies will by my new target for this week. And Pepperidge Farm cookies are not that good anyway. Not worth the calories. I hate, hate, hate wasted calories. And lastly,
4) Don't blog directly into Sparkpeeps. I felt good about this one until I went to cut and paste this blog and The Evil Blog-Eating Monster wouldn't let me. I had to retype this whole blog directly into Sparkpeeps. In the end I still beat the jerk- although I had to type it twice, I didn't put my hard work at risk and I will just consider that extra typing as exercise for my typing skills. (can I track this under fitness????)
My goals for this week:
1) Journal every day.
2) Plan my meals Monday through Friday
3) No cookies at work this week.
4) Bigger meals, smaller snacks. I found that if I just had a generous and satisfying breakfast and lunch I didn't get hungry between meals and, since I felt satisfied, I wasn't trolling for a morning or afternoon treat (information gleaned from diligent journaling
Have a fantastic week!