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.
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.