Day 22 – “Goal setting is thinking about your ideal future and making a plan to turn your vision into reality. When you set goals, you naturally focus on the result, but you gain so much more. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate your efforts..” from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli. I always set goals for myself, but I usually know what my end aim is, and try to get there by setting smaller goals along the way. If my goal is 20 pound weight loss for the year, and I only focus on the end game, I loose the joy and ability to appreciate each pound on the way to the end result. As 20 pounds is this years goal, I realize I need to average almost 2 pounds each month with a bit of leeway. So I am working on portion control and tracking my daily input, along with exercise/movement, as well as mental challenges of brain training, reading, reflection, and meditation. So these things should help me reach my goal average of 2 pounds a month, and are part of my daily goals.
Quote – “Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.” Nicolas Malebranche. Everyone needs daily stimulation to keep from getting bored, stagnant, etc. When we are stimulated we are energized and new ideas “feed” our brain. Just as we nourish our bodies ,we need to nourish our mind, by taking a break from the norm of our life, and trying something new each day. Have you ever noticed when you can not solve a problem if you take a break for a bit, when you return to the problem you are most often able to solve it with a new viewpoint.
So supper was chicken breast cut into tender style pieces, rolled in a little corn starch and flour and flash fried in a pan, along with leftover angel hair pasta warmed in half and half Alfredo and Garden tomato, Yummy! Little one had french fries as he eats no sauce of any flavor, and the oldest worked so he ate fast food on the way home. The rest of the daily goals were met.
FINALLY, finished a book I started after New Year’s. I am having issues keeping up with my old self, when read 1-3 books a week, and I believe it has a lot to do with the Bi-Pap machine I have to use at night. I used to have difficulty sleeping through the night so when I woke up, I would turn on my light and read for awhile. As I now don’t wake up through the night as much, there is not as much reading getting done. The book I finished was “Me and You Plus Two” by Susan Coventry, which was a very good read about lovers from high school meeting back up in adulthood after the birth of one child each and a divorce for each.
1 meet step goal
2. reflection at least 15 minutes
3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am
4. Move more
5. Read every day
6. Stop being an Enabler
7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year. In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing. Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.