#20 Aim For 85%

Aim For eighty-five percent – You don’t have to make 100% healthy choices all the time. It’s what you do most of the time — day in, day out — that counts. The healthier you get, the easier and more automatic healthy choices will become.

AND

Write in a journal every morning. And record gratitude every night.

We all have habits.  Good habits, bad habits, mediocre habits…they are all part of our day-to-day routine.  I am definitely guilty of making unhealthy choices and then beating myself up about them, and so the yucky cycle continues.  It wasn’t until I read this at 101 Revolutionary Ways to be Healthy, that I kind of breathed a sigh of relief!  Ever since our sweet Miss K was born, I’ve experienced some really grandiose ups and some depressing lows.

I think people (and when I say people – I mean women really, as that is who I can relate to), have these crazy high expectations of themselves to do it all and do it all so very well.  I’ve never been a clean freak, but in the past 6 months I’ve morphed into a mini clean freak.  I find myself on a mission to declutter and dehair the house a few times a week, only to find more clutter and hair the next day!  It’s a never-ending task and it bothers me that I can’t keep it all neat and tidy for more than a 24 hour period.  Hubby works outside of the house, I am lucky to work from home…but my work days at home feels like a hard-core mosh pit, pushing and shoving until I am just mentally beat.  On most week days, I don’t get to shower until well after noon, and once hubby gets home – it’s a mad dash to the office to finish my work day.  I look back at my day and feel utterly unproductive.  But I don’t have too much time to let that thought linger, soon I’m on to planning the evening meal; which I’m lucky if it makes it to the table before 8pm!  Dinner time is the time that I make sure homework is done and we quiz wee man on his spelling words and times tables (I have multi-tasking down for sure)!  Then it’s dishes, kisses good night and oh – wait for it….ahhhhhhh, fall into the couch.  On nights when I have something to say and have the energy to put together cohesive thoughts – I blog.

Don’t take the paragraph above as a complaint, it is far from it.  I love my life, for the most part I have great days.  What I don’t care for is feeling as if I could have done more, or could have done something better or spent time on something more productive than watching the entire series of The United States of Tara ( I love Netflix and Hulu, but holy heck, I can get my zone out on with the plethora of shows at my fingertips).  But then I read that I should aim for 85 percent.  Well that I CAN do.  Day in and day out, I am getting better at managing my time in an attempt to get back to ‘normal’ (whatever that is anyway).

The one area I am falling short of my 85 percent goal is 30 minutes for me to get out and run at least 5 times a week.  I always have an excuse, mine or my hubby’s work schedule, the weather (nasty spring winds – no one wants to get pound in the face by 2 tons of desert sand), I woke up late, my knee hurts…blah blah blah!  I think at the root of it, I’m scared to begin running again.  It takes dedication, stamina and conditioning – all of which I had in the past, now I must start from square one.  I know that I am fully capable of getting back to where I was, but it will take some hard work to get there.  I hate starting over.  Maybe I should instead welcome the clean running slate.  I’m not sure how I’m going to work my 30 minutes in, but I am definitely going to start making an honest attempt!  Perhaps I can get some tips from @run5kaday!

Next time…Keep Your Body Clean, Inside and Out – Toxins, poisons and other gunk have no place in the temple. Avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, fragrances, petrochemicals and other toxic ingredients whenever possible.

From Robin Sharma – Do work that scares you (if you’re not uncomfortable often, you’re not growing very much).  <———- Running?

Gratitude list for today:

Thankful for my wonderful accepting hubby & flexibility to work from home 99 percent of the time.

Good night!

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