I’ve been so focussed on the big things and the big picture and big changes that I have not been keeping up on my day to day/week to week analysis. It’s really about time to start digging back into the details and when it comes to details, stats (and things like that) are where it’s at.
Have I written about balance? Yes
Have I written about everything being connected? Yes
Have I concluded that being healthy starts with sleeping well? Yes, lots of times. All of the validation I need is within these few important items…
Sleep: Last 7 days average 7 hours and 39 minutes. 39 minutes above my unofficial goal. 😃
Exercise: 7 day average step count is 18,150. That’s 6K over my official goal of 12K per day and 3 K over my unofficial daily goal. 😃
I’ve been to 3 or 4 Jazzercise classes this week as well as multiple workouts at the gym and several walks in various parts of town (hence the stellar step count). 😃
Eating: This is the one area I feel I’ve sort of failed on as Ive given in to lots of cravings and eaten out a bunch. The scale is up a few lbs. and I want to try and figure out how to make a plan and stick to it. Of all the things, I think this will be the biggest challenge ahead of me.
For today though, I want to celebrate this success. Deep down in my heart I feel like I can attribute my sleeping better to the huge weight that has been lifted off me. I also feel like the fact that I am beginning to “let go” has given be back a little more time to focus on exercise, even though I’m not really done yet.
That celebration starts with enjoying the rest of my weekend. Monday will be here soon, so I am going to go now, and squeeze as much funday out of the rest of this Sunday as I can.
It’s a beautiful morning and it’s going to be a glorious day. It’s Saturday and I woke up to 66 degrees of easy breezy sunshine. I decided to get a bit of a workout in before the kids wake up and will prolly also try to squeeze a Jazzercise dance Mixx set too.
Lunch with mom yesterday was good and she took the news of me quitting well. She’s pretty much supportive of me no matter what choices I make, so that’s nice. I told her I’m already sleeping better. I’m not even done working, yet knowing I’m not going to have to be responsible for everything I was accountable for in my position is such a relief.
I decided a week ago I was not going to take anything to aid my sleep anymore. And I’ve stuck to that. It’s been amazing that each day that goes by I’ve slept better and better.
My average this week is about 6.5 hours which is great considering I was sleeping on a couch in Denver for half those days. The last couple nights I’ve gotten almost 8 hours. No wonder I’m waking up feeling so wonderful,
I have a good feeling next week is going to be even better. I’m going to go for an average of 7.5. There are more factors that affect that besides waking up in the middle of the night with my mind spinning, trying to problem solve (or not, as the case is now). The other factor is my own choice of when to go to bed. I often choose to stay up late for one reason or another. So if I set a regular time to call it quits, that’s going to make a big impact.
I just need to continue to do the things I’m doing and I will be on the successfully sleepy train for good.
Continuing to get good workouts during the day will also help. On that note, I’d better get to it.
Last night I fell asleep at 9:30 and this morning at about 4. Those doing the time math on that can clearly see that means I had 6.5 hours a sleep. It was absolutely necessary and it was AMAZING.
Never in my life did I think I would ever be so excited to have 6 and a half hours of sleep. Or that I would feel so great about it.
Today went much like yesterday and was a flurry of activity from start to finish. Several days in a row now I have not even had time to get any exercise and I’m starting to feel it. I’ve also not been eating well and I’m feeling that too.
It really would have been nice to come to Phoenix and actually see Phoenix, but I don’t think it is in the cards for this trip.
I also have not had time to write like I would want to and don’t really have that now either because I have to get back to working on items. I would say, more later but that would be a lie.
And on, and on, and on,
It’s been a long day. It’s been a long evening. I sort of feel like today was a success because I was able to balance everything and hit most of my goals but It’s 10:15 PM and I’m wiped, both mentally and physically.
I got 20K+ steps at the gym and went to Jazzercise. I cooked breakfast and dinner for the kids (lunch was courtesy of a TJ run). I worked a solid 7 hour day and managed to finally orchestrate our annual easter egg hunt. I think that is enough, but there is still more I could/should do.
I’m really not prepared to go out of town for a week. My mind is already racing to write mental lists of things I don’t want to forget, both for my project and for actually traveling. Friday I fly to Phoenix for work and it’s kind of a big deal. Tomorrow I’m booked solid for meetings and my evening will be spent packing and preparing, so the frenzy is only going to increase.
The best rest I will probably get the remainder of this week is in the air, and that sucks because I don’t really relax very well on an airplane. Perhaps I’ll take a Xanax. My sister takes it for her flying anxiety, perhaps I can too. Perhaps I should take one now and really get a good night sleep tonight.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. (now channeling Cake).
Time for Lights Out,
This morning I feel pretty good about life in general. I’m well rested and ready for a highly productive work day. I fully intend to get a lot done today and am also looking forward to a sister-date I have scheduled tonight with my lovely sister Jamie. I’ve got a lot to catch her up on and I’m sure she has some good-goodies for me too.
Since I don’t have a lot to write about this morning, how about a random weekly update:
Last night I had 7 hours and 26 minutes.
So far this week my average is 6 hours and 25 minutes.
I’m doing a little better with this balancing act and have not had an “Under 4 hours” night screwing up my average.. yet.
Exercise (according to FitBit)..
Yesterday I had 17,655 steps.
My average in the last 7 days is 16,503.
I had my best recorded day ever last Sunday 4/2 at 26,775.
No Jazzercise since last Sunday. Just not enough time in the day to fit it in this week with work and kids stuff.
Not tracking my food anymore and slowly trying to just substitute healthy choices for not so healthy choices. Sometimes “slowly” means not at all. 😉
That’s it for now, time to get to work.
Two days ago, by the sheer force of my own will, I turned a rotten day into a good day. At the very least, I took a negative start to the day and made something positive out it. I did that with my mind powers. Or so I thought.
Yesterday, it was a complete turnaround. There was no reason for me to have a bad day, but no matter what I did, the mood was stuck in the gutter. A little thing happened during work, and I let it affect me.. for hours. I wasn’t even at work, and I could not stop dwelling on it. I had my Jazzersize which generally puts me in a happy place, but left feeling unsatisfied. I kicked ass by getting more cardio in at the gym. I even went and had one of my tried and true favorite cheeseburgers after the gym. As I finished it and a nice slice of cherry pie, I could not help but think how blah I still felt. So maybe I don’t have the mind powers I thought I did to change the day.
Fortunately, it seems as though the good vibes can come and go. So if I am having a heavy day, I just need to sleep on it and tomorrow it could bounce back. Like it did today.
Lots of great energy and interactions today and things just felt like they were going to be all-right. Everything was right with the world. Things felt good and felt good.
So is it me, or is it all just circumstantial, or is it completely out of control and being dictated by the powers of the universe? I’m not sure, but if it is the universe, let me just say, “Thank you.. May I have Another?”.
I’m going to sleep now so I can wake up and see how things have changed.
Yesterday I woke up in a funk.
I had more than 8 hours sleep which is outside the norm for me and yet I was groggy and did not feel well rested. I was sort of crampy and a lot grumpy and just generally feeling low and dumpy from what felt like 100 days of overcast weather in a row. But I let my mind be open. I embraced the “wait and see”.
At 8AM I was working from my bed trying hard to focus and wake up by listening to some jump-jump jams.
By 10 AM I was engaged in some heads down lab interface work… finding energy from the productivity.
By Noon I had a somewhat successful call with tangible takeaways with regards to a tough work issue. Any progress is good progress.
By 2PM I had two other projects elevated to a better status in the eyes of my customers. I always get satisfaction from knowing I’m helping make things go in the right direction.
By 4PM I was on may way for some Dunkin’ feels. Breaking the “no caffeine” spell to try and help with my persistent headache.
By 6PM I was playing tennis despite the weather and really got my blood pumping. I had completely forgotten how much my legs hurt when I woke up in the morning. This is when I mentally recognized I have the power.
By 8 PM I was getting my steps in by doing cardio at the gym, sustaining my good vibes about the day by going 3K over my daily step count goal.
Twelve hours and I had completely turned my frown upside-down. I didn’t actively try, I just kept an open mind about what the day would bring and did not let my negative start bleed into the tasks before me. So if you ask me if I have the ability to change my mood by sheer force of will, I will answer, “Yes I Can”.
I have the power to choose how to feel. 86400
That Was Yesterday.. Now what about today?
Just Getting Started,