Yes, I know it's Tuesday. There was no school or work for anyone in our house yesterday, so I took the day off as well.
And did housework.
I'm such a party animal, I know.
- Last week's goal: Start exercising. This gets a huge checkmark! While I didn't do yoga in the evenings and I missed a couple of days this weekend (because I was sleeping in...), I did do yoga every weekday and got my three days of elliptical in. The best part is I'm feeling healthier than I have in a very long time. More energy, more clarity of mind, more peace. *happy dance*
- New goal: Exercise at least five days a week. I'll probably keep this as my goal for the next couple of weeks until it becomes a habit, but I'll tweak it as I go.
- I love doing yoga first thing in the morning. I even set an alarm for 5:30 am to ensure I fit it in. However, some of the yoga routines take more than the thirty minutes I allotted. So I've set my alarm for ten minutes earlier, starting tomorrow. I'm sure Handyman Husband is going to be thrilled. *cue exasperated groan*
- Three more days of elliptical work this week. I'm working my way up to five minutes of walking speed, five minutes jogging speed (up from the three minutes I did on Saturday), five minutes walking speed. I can do this!
- I've started learning the basics of Tai Chi. Two different doctors have recommended it for my back, so I'm finally getting into it. This week - the warmup. I may move forward to learning the first couple of moves, but for now, the warmup is kicking my butt. In the best way possible, of course.
- New goal: Drink more water. I discovered infused water last week. It was quite by accident. Handyman Husband and I went out for dinner to Zupas and they had an Orangeberry infused water that I simply died over. I rarely get drink refills at restaurants, but gosh darn it, my cup was filled to the brim as I walked out the door. There are now two pitchers of infused water in my fridge - one with berries and oranges; the other with orange, lemon, and lime. The next time I go to the store, I'll be picking up some fresh herbs to spice up future infusions. I have a feeling this goal is going to be an easy one to achieve. Mmmmmm....
- Last week's goal: Use my planner every day. Kids and husband home = I slack off. However, I did use my planner Monday thru Thursday last week and this morning. Yay me! I also finished getting it set up and ready to go.
- New goal: Repeat of last week. They say it takes anywhere from 21-28 days to develop a habit. So far, I'm really loving dropping off my kids, then going home and sitting at my desk with a mug of hot goodness while I plan my day. Ideally, I'll do it on the weekends as well, but let's not get too crazy.
- New goal: Set up a system for paperwork. Once upon a time, I had a system. And it was beautiful and wonderful. But it died. I need to revive it and put it back to work. With baskets and labels and all sorts of organizational loveliness. Come back to me, paperwork system! I need you!
- Last week's goal: 5-7 chapters in my WIP. Ummmm....oops. I didn't write a single word. However, I did save what I do have as a PDF and sent it to my Kindle to reread. Which I didn't do, either. In my defense, it's really hard to get back in the writing habit when you've let it slide.
- New goal: Write every day. Butt in chair, hands on keyboard every day at 9 am (except Wednesdays). And again at 12:30 pm (except Fridays).
- WIP: This week I'll reread and take notes on what I have so far which accomplishes two things - it reacquaints me with my story and characters and such and I can take notes for the revision. I already know there's some worldbuilding I have to fix. This just gives me a jumpstart on it. Once I get back in the story, I'll be itching to write and it will just happen. Hooray!
- Blog: The usual. On time.
My Challenge for You
Don't give up. Whatever goals you've set for yourself, don't let a bad day (or week) discourage you. Developing new habits is hard. You're not going to be immediately successful. There will be days when you absolutely want to quit. That's completely normal.
The secret is to learn from those days. Allow yourself to fail. Figure out what went wrong and recommit or readjust. Then pick yourself off the floor and get back to work.
You can do it. I believe in you!