"A full commitment's what I'm thinking of" -- Rick Astley
Monday, November 17, 2014
It’s amazing what a difference can be made by slowing myself down for ten minutes.
My life has continued to feel frenetic between work pace significantly picking up (and infringing on my personal time) and travel. It can be easy to let myself get out of control by slacking on exercise or making bad, mindless food choices.
But at the end of last week and over the weekend I set aside a few minutes to make a solid plan for the week and I can already tell what a difference it’s making in terms of addressing some of my usual pitfalls.
The first is that yoga has been seriously off my radar. That’s unacceptable to me – it makes a huge difference in my mental and physical health – and I’m not willing to give it up. Missing it makes me resent my job and social life. So last week I went through my crazy work and personal schedule and found a way to squeeze in class almost every day. Some of it is at odd times (early morning or long lunch break) but it means making a commitment to myself to not let go of the things that are important to me.
The second is my cardio. It may sound counterintuitive, but giving myself permission to NOT do cardio every single day (like I used to do) has allowed me to create room to prioritize it on the other days. It’s helping my running and I’m now back up to running 25 minutes. I put in my calendar my run days for the week (28 minutes tomorrow, 30 minutes Thursday, 3 miles Saturday) so that I won’t just blow them off. If I feel like going for a walk or something on my “off” days that’s great, but I’m not going to try to force it.
The third is my food. I did some great meal planning for the week and have meals I’m really excited about (thanks, in part, to my new SparkPeople buddy). More importantly, I recognized the nights I’m going to get home too late to realistically cook dinner. Usually this means stopping for Chinese on the way home, which typically means ordering too much and not healthy enough. Instead I spent 10 minutes yesterday whipping up a casserole and put it in the fridge with heating directions for my husband. Not only will I eat something healthy but I’ll save myself a take-out stop AND walk in the door to a home-cooked meal. Plus my husband is enjoying bragging about how he’s “making” dinner =)
A healthy lifestyle is hard, but it’s amazing how much time I created just by slowing down for a few minutes and doing some problem-solving about what is important to me and my health. Nothing will stop my success.
What are your priorities? How can you allow your priorities to get the time they deserve even when life tries to prevent them from shining?