Excited to be able to report a 2 lb weight loss from last Monday to today (also Monday)! I don't think I did anything differently but hopefully my healthy habits are starting to pay off.
We were given this mission today: "MISSION 4
So you’ve been working on the Unprocrastination habit for about a week now (no putting it off, right?) … your mission this week is to review the process, and make it better.
Ask yourself these three questions:
I really feel like I'm doing well, especially on the paper pile. As for the weight loss, I'm doing what I should be (exercising, eating healthfully, getting plenty of sleep) and if you run the calories in/calories out numbers I should be losing a few pounds a week but I don't think I've made any progress. Today I'm 28.2 lbs up from my goal weight. Maybe I'll post where I am in relation to my goal weight weekly. Granted, I haven't been at that goal weight in more than 10 years so it may not be realistic but I was within 8 pounds of it last year and I'd at least like to get back there. So, given that I'm only feeling challenged in the weight loss area now I'll answer the mission questions based on that.
5/7/14 (edited 5/20/14)
Mission: Read http://zenhabits.net/fear-not/ and share your thoughts on how this relates to the problems you’ve shared in the initial questionnaire.
Why do I have these problems?
I have two main challenges I want to work on in this program. One is more for my husband the the other for me. But they both help both of us.
1) Conquer the giant paper pile once and for all. I know it will take ongoing effort. But I want to establish a system I'll keep with (adjusting appropriately) long term. I've conquered the paper pile many times but it has always come back (sooner or later). Goal: An organized paper system whereby my inbox is cleared at least weekly and doesn't exceed its capacity (unlike at the present moment, where it would be over four feet high except that it crashed so it's spread to two piles). Why is it important to me? It will make my husband happy, reduce my stress (I hate visual clutter... just not more than I hate filing), and make our office look a whole lot nicer.
2) Lose weight. This is the one that's more important to me and to my health. Why is it important to me? I strongly desire a lean, fit healthy body. I love exercise and have a great diet but have many health challenges so it's more of an issue of figuring out how to reduce inflammation despite my health challenges and slowly work up the intensity and/or duration of my workouts without triggering a health crisis. Goal: a lean, fit, strong, healthy body in my ideal weight range.
Today and tomorrow we have some home stuff going on with workers coming and going so I thought it would be a good time to make a dent in the paper pile. I decided to try a new, speedier approach and just worked on sorting. So I filled a bag with recycling and had categories for stuff to shred, to read, to do/file away from computer, to do at computer and to give to others (bills already have their own system).
I took care of the shredding and recycling first. Then I put the others' stuff in their folders (not much in that department as things usually go in their folders to begin with). I have a big stack of "to read" and my next step for that will be to loosely prioritize it and clear a shelf or get a basket for it (I had a basket for it but gave it to our old cat when she was sick and she loves it so it's hers now). The biggest stack is the stuff to do/file away from computer. Right now it's all mixed together so the next step for that will be to sort it (receipts, regular filing, recipes, etc.). The last stack is the stuff to do at the computer and that almost fits in my regular sized inbox.
All that took about two hours. The more time consuming part is yet to come but the piles are so much smaller! My inbox is about two inches high (that's the size of the computer to do pile) and the other stack is about six inches high. The reading stack is quite high but that stuff will no longer be in my office or inbox so, to me, the paper pile went from about five feet high (if the two piles had been stacked on top of each other) to less than one foot high today. Yay! It's nice to have such dramatic visual progress, for sure.
From Leo B. "here’s the mission:
My report this week is that I survived a nasty bout of either stomach flu or food poisoning (which also triggered other chronic health issues). So I didn't make a ton of progress but other than a giant hot spot on my kitchen table things aren't worse at least. And I consider that a victory. I still managed to exercise, at least a little 6/7 days and I did get a lot of reading done. I started and am nearly finished "The Quarter-Acre Garden," which I'm loving, as well as making progress in "The Story," "The Just Right Home," some of my "Zentangle" books and more.
My main fear this week was health related so releasing it and giving that fear to God was a huge, many-times-repeated step. I hope you all are having a fantastic, healthy, energy filled, courageous week!
Our "mission for this week: be mindful of your ideals, of your desire to control life, of how uncontrollable life actually is. And journal about it, and how it relates to your fears, procrastination & problems"
How does this relate to my paper pile? Why do I hate to file? Because I want the "perfect" system, done right the first time? I know that once I let myself use post its as file labels it didn't seem so bad. I could always change it. It's temporary and temporary things don't need to be perfect.
How does it relate to weight loss? I want to be at my "ideal" weight. Really! But I have health challenges that prevent me from doing more than I am currently doing with exercise. As I've shared in previous posts, my diet's great. The health challenges are my biggest source of stress. Other than that, my life is fantastic. But I do feel bad about myself when I think about my current weight, even though I'm doing the best I can.
If I had a friend with my health problems and who exercised daily and ate well like I do I'd tell her how proud I was of her perseverance sticking with healthy habits and I'd encourage her to celebrate the health that she does enjoy. Keep at those healthy behaviors. Add exercise intensity and duration as health allows. Cut yourself slack when it doesn't. You're doing the best you possibly can! Be kind to yourself. You deserve it. And I'd give her a big hug and offer to pray with her.
When I was in military basic training they determined my "ideal weight" - an actual number, not a range. Since then, I think I've always held that number in my head as where I "should" be (aka my ideal). But I'm no longer a teenager and that number may not even be realistic anymore. It's true that seeing the good in my body is a lot smarter than focusing on the extra weight I don't appreciate. So this week I will focus on appreciating the good in this body God gave me.
As far as my paper pile, I think my ideal is to have an empty inbox, at least weekly. The pile is much smaller than when we started but I haven't made it to empty yet. It's kind of hard to see the good in a pile of paper but I suppose there are opportunities. To make decisions. To keep only what serves me best and release the rest. To figure out how to organize my medical paperwork (even a binder or file would make more sense than my inbox). To build my anti procrastination muscle and start making paperwork related decisions more quickly. And probably more.
Peace, love and happiness to you all!
Leo tasked us with doing 10 minutes of unprocrastionation daily. Ideally, 2-3 small items that take just a few minutes each. I've long had a personal policy of taking care of things that take such a small amount of time right away so I couldn't think of anything that fit the bill and instead just worked on my paper pile each day. Until today. When I remembered that my little cat is overdue for her vet appointment (and her seizures have been getting worse).
So I picked up the phone and made the appointment. Easy peasy. I'd been putting it off because I hate putting her in her carrier (though I suspect she hates it more) and she really doesn't deal well with going to the vet. Also I wanted my husband to go with me when I take her and it's been hard to get him to commit to a time. If you have tips on getting a feral born cat into a carrier I'd love to hear them!
Since I had more time left in my 10 minutes I tried to schedule my family's annual physical exams but after holding for 10 minutes twice and having their system hang up on me (apparently 10 minutes is the max hold time?) I decided to try another day and added it to my to do list for next week.
Some of the things this week's mission made me realize: