By now, you all know that Thursday mornings are my times to talk about my quest to develop habit through the practice of three teeny, tiny goals each week. This morning, I have a variation on that standard practice that I want to talk about, but first this…
I recently read a quote that I have been unable to get out of my head.
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. –Mae West
Why this sentence had been spinning around in my head for two weeks, I couldn’t say, but this morning I saw a connection. I’ve been thinking all week about my goals, and how they have remained essentially the same from week to week for a while now, and that because they have been habitual in nature, they have begun to develop habits that are unconsciously and successfully steering me where I want to go. This is a big difference from how I used to live.
I used to sit and wait for inspiration to come to me.
Now, I wait no more.
Instead, I run to meet inspiration half way!
This morning, I was able to relate Mae’s double entendre, saucy as it is, with my less titillating attempts to get healthy prior to my Three Goals Thursday campaign.
Once I was an unhealthy Snow White. I was young, innocent, impressionable, and ignorant of the ways of the world with regards to health. I had virtually no education about nutrition, exercise, self-control and/or diet when I was a budding woman and young bride. This lack of knowledge left me susceptible to any food or eating pattern I happened upon. I had no idea that there was a way to approach life that could bring about better outcomes in the future.
I didn’t know!
I had no idea that I could use exercise and diet to train my body to do what I wanted it to do, and not what all that junk food and creamy, saucy, and sugary glazes would teach it to do.
While Mae’s drifting points to a more sensual choice of lucrative careers on the stage, my drift has taken me in a decidedly different direction. A more positive direction. That’s not to say that Mae’s drifting didn’t produce positive results for her. I think she did very well for herself, but let’s face it, I’m not Mae West and I really don’t want to be.
What I am is a sassy, sexy granna seeking to drift away from the dark side of food addiction in order to find health and wellness, and finally, peace, with food.
I used to be a food-dumb Snow White, but then I drifted!
All this to say I’m happy to be on the path I am on today, and I’m happy to be drifting into better circles, with wiser friends, and more helpful habits than I have ever had in my life. I’m drifting in all the right ways!
It is with this concept of drifting to better outcomes that I update you about my goals this week.
I did a stellar job meeting all my objectives this week! Woohoo!!!
I meditated five minutes each day. I exercised eleven minutes each morning, and I ate my oatmeal 6 out of 7 days this week. I am thrilled to report that I can feel habits forming in my life and changes taking place in my body.
What changes have I seen?
More regular bathroom habits. Yay!
Less stiffness during the day. Yay!
Much more muscle tone in my legs and arms. Yay!
A greater sense of what I need to do spiritually, to clean up some of the debris of the past and move forward with relationships that support my goals and benefit my family.
More serenity. Not a small thing, I assure you.
My Three Teeny, Tiny Goals for this week:
What I have decided to do for the remainder of November is keep my goals static. The holidays are coming up soon, and I want to have my habits for eating and exercise firmly in place and serving me before the sugary stuff starts sneaking into the break room at work. I want to have my head about me as I shop for gifts for family members, and I want to have the stamina I need to get through the holiday blur. To this end, I will not be changing up my goals again until the first of December, but I will be reporting on those goals each Thursday, so that I don’t lose momentum and I am able to keep that accountability factor that means so much to my success in place.
My Three Teeny Tiny Goals for November then, are:
- I will eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning in November.
- I will exercise for 12 minutes each morning before doing anything else.
- I will meditate for 5 minutes each morning, seeking to have a better understanding of my needs and God’s power to fuel each day.
If you are the praying type, pray for me as I move through this month of busyness, please. If you’re the praying type, let me know and I’ll pray for you! 🙂
What goals do you have for yourself going into the holiday season? What habits would you like to change before the end of the year, so that you can get a running start on 2016?