This week has been challenging. I don’t know what is going on in other areas of NEPA, but in Lori’s World it’s been strange. I’ve probably been thinking too much. My mind can be a dangerous neighborhood sometimes. A place where no stranger should ever venture. :)
This week I will admit to some working, some fretting, a lil bit of amazement, and a whole lot of behavior modification with me, but like Pete the Cat says, “It’s all good!”
I love Pete the Cat. Do you know him?
Like Pete, I’m standing tall.
If you will allow, I’d like to meander a moment…
In the last millennia, I worked at a drug and alcohol recovery center. I loved that job, because it was 90% about helping other people. I didn’t like the management so much–they had lots of room to grow when I was there–but I did like our clients.
I loved that job because I love helping others.
I also loved that job because I got to see how people changed because of little things we did while I worked there, little offerings of grace. A smile shared. A joke told. A listening ear and open hearts. A simple task done without grumbling, like emptying the garbage without being asked or buying creamer and paying for it yourself when you don’t use it.
Creamer makes life for others sweeter.
Half and Half is one of those mood-altering foods that a smoothly running office can live without, but why should they? Chocolate is another. I always used chocolate when the psychologist was in the house. I’m still not sure if that was to sooth him, or me. He made me nervous.
Lately, I’ve faced some changes that have been challenging. I think maybe the nastiest part of my current sitch is that we’ll-do-it-this-way-today-but-then-again-tomorrow-maybe-it’ll-be-different pattern I’m seeing develop.
I don’t work well with fluctuation.
I like rules!
I like predictable.
I like rock-steady.
Give me a pasture with strong fences and grass to eat, and I’m content.
Fluctuation is a part of the change game, I know, but dealing with flux can be exhausting. If I’ve seemed sullen or negative in my posts of late, let me apologize and say, “I will try harder not to bring that stuff to the blog in the days ahead.”
You don’t need to
hear read that!
Besides, I have goals to set and an update to provide, so let’s get to it.
MY THREE GOALS LAST WEEK WERE
1 Call the Y and the BW in my area to check on swimming options.
2 Plan meals 2 x this week, and count calories 2 days this week. Try to eat enough less that I am hungry before I get to the next week.
3 Talk to a professional about putting together a workable plan for losing 10 lbs before summer.
HOW DID I DO?
Goal No. 1 DONE, BUT JUST BARELY! I contacted both a local hotel and the Y about membership fees and swimming options this week. I now have info I need to make a decision about which way to go for a new exercise experience. Yay!
Goal No. 2 KINDA DONE! I did plan meals this week, more than two days actually, and I did pay attention to what I ate. Once I threw out food I planned to eat but felt would not feed my body well. I did not count calories this week, though, so this is only a kinda done goal for me.
Goal No. 3 FAIL. I did not talk to anyone this week about a workable plan for losing that 10 lbs. Well, that’s not entirely true, I did talk to someone, but I didn’t talk seriously, as in planning to work a particular program. That being the case, I’m counting this as a fail.
HOW I FEEL ABOUT HOW I DID
I think I had just too much to think about this week. the office was really busy, and home was busy, too. I had those changes to balance, and I’m dealing with others who are going through changes, too. My mind has been swirling lately, and while that may not sound like a good excuse to some, its what I have to offer.
WHAT I’M HOPING FOR
My hope going forward is that it will be a lil quieter on the upper levels (my brain), this week, and that I will be able to get more done on the lower level (with my body). The wee ones come to the house Saturday evening and will be with us through Wednesday night, so I’m not sure how much thinking will get done, anyway. More action, no doubt. I hope to get a lot of hugging time in and some reading time, too. The elder is now an accomplished reader, you know, so I can’t wait to have him read to me. :)
MY THREE GOALS THIS WEEK
1 Spend quality time moving with/enjoying the wee ones this week, and doing something extra special on Valentine’s Day.
2 Do 3 things that reflect faith and empowerment, and continue to meditate daily.
3 Exercise each morning, and eat the rainbow every day.
The boys love veggies and doing stuff, so these should not be hard goals for me to achieve. Woohoo! These will get done. Stay tuned to find out how!
What three things will you do to get yourself moving this week? What one goal have you had for yourself for a while now, but haven’t committed it to paper?