Creature of Habit

One of the things that multiple people  have said to me multiple times  that now I can sleep in and do nothing since I am no longer employed by someone else.  Interesting thought, but not happening.    First and foremost I am a creature of habit and routine.  So in spite of this big change in my life there is so much I do that I have always done and will likely continue to do, but I am seeking something different.

For this creature it means that I get up each morning and almost universally am rocking and rolling each day by 7.   It is my internal time clock.   It is part of me.  Regular time or daylight savings time each day at 7 bells each am I am getting up, no alarm required.  I am a morning person it is part of my undeniable chemistry always has been and not likely to change.

Another piece of my make up is the need for some kind of control.  It is that type A, analytical business analysis that I spent most of my life being speaking up here.  To satisfy that need to plan and have some control I still use  a planner.   In my planner you will still find a to-do list, though I will freely admit it looks much different.   No longer is full of things my employer needs from me.  My day is no longer driven by the obligations I have as an employee.    Instead it is full of ideas that pop in my head, people I want to call, appointments I need to make for myself or the animals, things I want to learn more about, places I have wanted to visit and other things that are on my personal wish list.  Each morning over that first cup of tea I look at the list and decide what on my list I want to do today.   Some days it is one thing and other days it is five things.    It depends on if the weather calling my name to come out and play in an early spring day in Montana, or my creative muse is begging me to spend the day in my studio space, or a book on my reading list just became available at the library, or a million other things that can make that day just right for me.

So maybe my method has not changed, but what I am doing with my time has changed.    Lets see what the changes bring into my life.

Within My Power

DCA_BrushSet_Scrapbooking_GreatestWealthI have always been a plus-sized girl who has been fairly active.   This summer I seriously fell off the regular active lifestyle and exercise wagon and have gotten just nasty out of shape.  Even worse I am having trouble getting back into any routine of activity.   I am doing lots of occasional good activities but none of those day in, day out good health habits that I had in place.   I know that those active lifestyle habits have helped me keep my other health indicator numbers (BP, glucose, lipids) in the very good range, except for the scale.

At this moment I am really looking at myself and asking what changed, why now.   If you don’t figure out why or how you got there ultimately you will be right back there.   I have some ideas, but not sure that any one of them is the sole cause.  Folks can share with me how they did, or what this book, doctor, tv show or internet article says to do, but ultimately it is me and only me who can make a difference.

In the meantime I have made one achievable goal, and a few other things that I would like to change to work on.  My goal is SMART;  Specific, Measurable,Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.  I am working hard at keeping the goal.   I lived it through the holidays (it was likely an easier goal because it is an activity goal not a food goal).  As soon as I have done so for four weeks straight I will mark it up to life style change an make another another and another until I find good habits once again as natural as breathing.   Hopefully I will soon identify why I made this rotten change in my lifestyle and correct it, so I don’t end up back here again.

I want to get back living an active  lifestyle. I am not waiting until tomorrow, next week or new years.     If  mess up, I begin again immediately time is ticking.    I am working at achieving my goal.   I know it is within my grasp and only I can make it possible. I am not saying it is going to be easy, but it is within my power.