Embracing the Suck Again
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Every day I keep telling myself "I just need to get through the day", tomorrow will be better. But every day (or so it seems), curves come my way. Whether it is some family emergency, crazy happening at work, my needy teenage boys, or bumps in my own personal road. It is what is and will always be. My mentality of just getting through the day is working- I am getting through the days- but that is about it. and that's not enough. So, I am changing my mantra back to Embrace the Suck and raising the bar up a notch or two.
I am predictable, if nothing else. When I set my goals at the beginning of the week and put my plan on paper, I do well. And when I don't (because life gets the best of me), I don't. It's not rocket science, so I guess the challenge is to commit to doing what I know works amidst chaos (yeah, I know, not exactly an earthshaking revelation). I think I need to take my own advice- I work with sick kids and frequently talk about the importance of selfcare to the parents. I remind them that they need to take care of themselves in order to be able to take care of their kids. I always remind them of the brief lecture given on planes where if the cabin pressure drops and oxygen masks drop, the parents are always told to put their mask on first because if they don't have enough oxygen, they won't be able to help their kids.
My goals for the week are:
1) Journal. Write a quick blur every am to gear up for the day(or boot my mental desktop). Frequently I will also set daily goals. I LOVE a successfully completed checklist (am pretty sure it has the same effect on my endorphin level as exercise ).
2) Plan. All meals, Monday through Friday. This is such a time saver - not only does it help keep my on track with healthy food choices, it decreases my after-work stress not having to scramble to plan of meal for my ravenous minions.
3) Track my foods. Each and every one. There is a reason it is the number one predictor of weight loss success.
There you have it. Lets hope the Evil Blog-Eating Monster lets me post this because he has been a jerk for the last three weeks.