Samantha had tubes inserted into her ears this morning after multiple infections and antibiotics. She was out of surgery in 11 minutes and we were at home in record speed. So I spent a lot of time scratching her back, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and playing with PlayDoh. During the fifth episode of the same Mickey episode, my mind started to wander. The calm and quiet house allowed me to spend time thinking of what is working and what needs work.
I have added a lot to my life over the past couple of months and I couldn’t be more thrilled. But one issue kept coming to the forefront of my mind… lack of consistent, self discipline. I’ve started swimming with the Master’s team and piano lessons. I’ve been trying to lose weight. Compared to 6 months ago, I’m doing great. But I’m not meeting my goals due to lack of consistent, self-discipline. Let’s face it, an excuse can always be rationalized.
So I need a simple way to keep me on track of my goals and values. I NEED to make these 5 things a habit for the next 30 days. I don’t always want to be this strict, as I like to live with grace and moderation. However, for the next 30 days I need self discipline more. I need some good old fashioned healthy habits that inhibit me from using any excuse.
I’m speaking these things out loud, as it will help keep me accountable.
5 daily habits in 30 days:
1. Read the bible. Not every other day, but everyday. I really enjoy this, but I just need to be more consistent, instead of feeling like I’m playing catch up.
2. Exercise for 1 hour . Just move. Walk, run, swim. Variety will be key for me. If at 9 pm I haven’t exercised, then I’m going to get on my elliptical machine and just do it. I have never exercised and later regretted it. Never.
3. Play the piano for 30 minutes. Not every 2-3 days for 2 hours, but everyday. It’s no secret. If I want to really learn how to play and school those little kids at the recital, then I need to practice.
4. Cook homemade meals every night. I’m tired of eating out. I’m tired of eating crappy foods that end up making me tired. I was so good until our vacation. Not a surprise, but as soon as I allowed processed sugar back into my life, I started getting headaches and needing occasional naps due to fatigue. I have too much to do in my life than to waste it napping because of sugar induced comas.
I was inspired by this article from Nicole. I’m taking inspiration from that and making a 30 day menu. I will gladly share my recipes and will keep track of everything as I go.
5. Write one letter everyday. No email, facebook, or twitter messages. Old fashioned letters with those things sticky things that attach to the top right corners. I think they are called stamps.
I write my kids letters every week and I’ve seen how much joy those have brought. But now I need to write to others – family, friends, and people who have inspired me.
I need to remember this quote:
“The pain of self-discipline will never be as great as the pain of regret.”
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny