Friday 20 September 2019

“The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
– Samuel Clemens AKA Mark Twain

It’s been a while, but I’m still here. Last Friday I went out of town for a long weekend, returning home Sunday evening. On Monday I was still tired from the trip and didn’t do much. That momentum carried through the rest of the week. I’ve been working on my goals off and on, but not tracking them and not reporting on them here.

Bad habits form the same way good habits do; through repetition. The more you do or don’t something, the more likely you are to repeat that. It becomes your default behavior, and it difficult to change. But change is possible. You just have to keep working at it.
So here I am, back and still working on things.

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
– Mary Pickford

Friday 13 September 2019

Wednesday and Thursday were challenging. I woke up at 4 AM both days with low blood sugar and just got up for the day. Work was kind of hectic, with some urgent unplanned matters that needed to be addressed. My daughter lost her wallet, so I helped her manage that, and I ran some other errands to get ready to go out of town today. I got a lot done in spite of being tired, but my goals work took a back seat.

Goals Progress: Thursday 12 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I repaired some power cords.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading A Wizard of Earthsea.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Back to it on Monday. I had a particularly knotty problem at work to resolve, but it was the kind of problem I enjoy solving. I worked on all of my goals.

Goals Progress: Monday 9 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did some digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading A Wizard of Earthsea.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Monday 9 September 2019

Sunday was another semi-day off. I went to the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival. So much for staying within my WW healthy eating range, but it was worth it. A friend of mine organizes it, so I got to visit with him. I hadn’t seen him in a while, so it was good to catch up.

Goals Progress: Sunday 8 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I went over my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did some digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Another Day, Another Dungeon and started A Wizard of Earthsea.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goals Progress: Week 9 in Review

Sunday, 1 September – Saturday 7 September
Weight Loss Journey page updated.
What I’m Doing Now page updated.
Highlights from last week
(Chart created using Joes Goals)
Monday – Friday were great for my goals. I worked on every one those days. I tried to get my exercise and meditation done before my work day began, which helped a lot.
What got in the way / What didn’t work?
Sunday was a bit of a slow start, and my lack of sleep during the week caught up to me on Saturday.
What I learned from what didn’t work
It’s okay to give myself a break.

Sunday 8 September 2019

My poor sleep for the past few nights caught up with me on Saturday. I was tired and hungry all day. I did some work but also gave myself permission to take it easy.

Goals Progress: Saturday 7 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I went over my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: Nothing.
Is this enough? No.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did some digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.

Saturday 7 September 2019

Five days in a row of working on all of my goals, which is great. Friday was a tough day, though. I really felt the effects of not sleeping well. I’m still kind or worn out today. Glad it’s the weekend.

Goals Progress: Friday 6 September 2019

Goal 1: Eat healthy

Steps I took to achieve Goal 1: I stayed within my Weight Watchers healthy eating range.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 2: Exercise

Steps I took to achieve Goal 2: I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 3: Meditate

Steps I took to achieve Goal 3: I meditated for 10 minutes.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 4: Write

Steps I took to achieve Goal 4: I wrote my morning pages.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 5: Maintain my possessions

Steps I took to achieve Goal 5: I did a lot of digital decluttering.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 6: Read

Steps I took to achieve Goal 6: I continued reading Another Day, Another Dungeon.
Is this enough? Yes.

Goal 7: Post my progress

Steps I took to achieve Goal 7: I posted my progress for the previous day.
Is this enough? Yes.