Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.
This week I ran across the quote by Aristotle that is shown above. I included it at the beginning of my post today because it seemed like an apropos bit of wisdom and a good word with which to explain what it is I’m doing with my Three Goals Thursday initiative.
I’m learning by doing these days.
I’m also once again going to break my Thursday post into sections, because, yeah, this one is a long one. You’ve been warned. Here we go…
I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 6 MONTHS—CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!
I started my TGT initiative in July of this year. JULY!!! Can you believe it? That means I have been at this habit forming practice every day, of every week for six months. Woohoo, yay, me! In looking over previous posts between now and July, I noticed that I have had the same goal, to eat oatmeal for breakfast, every day for six months. I think I’ve probably formed a habit by now, so I will not be including oatmeal eating in my goal list going forward! Something new is coming. Yay x 2!
MY 12 WILL BECOME 15
In November, I committed to doing 12 minutes of exercise in the morning, each morning. This routine feels like it is beginning to be a habit for me. I like that. This week, I will be upping the number of minutes I spend exercising and stretching each morning–to 15 minutes. I am also using my recumbent bike for 15-20 minutes a day, and have found that so long as I use the recliner for sitting at night, I am able to do this without pain. Thank you, God! This is good news.
A NEW RECLINER
Since I’ve found that sitting on a hard chair or in the recliner is helping me with my sciatica pain and making it easier to exercise on the bike, I will be purchasing new furniture after the New Year. One of the pieces I will purloin is a new recliner. Anything that helps alleviate this leg pain is a blessing.
THANKSGIVING RECAP AND RANT
I think I talked a lil bit about Thanksgiving in an earlier post. I did stellar with my eating that day, but struggled a bit with grazing on the Saturday after, when we had a joint birthday party for two very young family members: 1 and 2 yrs old respectively.
The good news: I noticed the grazing behavior I had entered into right away and went to work fixing it. In the past, I either would not have noticed anything different about my eating, or would not have addressed it, so this is a win for me. Yay x 3!
The bad news: I saw food obsession and signs of sugar addiction played out at the birthday party.
As a recovering sugar addict, I’m able to spot another addict from a mile away. It’s that glazed stare in their eyes, the inability to “look away” when sugar is presented to them, the shaking of limbs that goes along with anticipation, and that obsession–that constant obsession that dictates their actions–that signals me that I’m in the presence of another sugar addict.
Most of the time I’m able to disconnect from sugar cravings these days. Most of the time. Especially, I am strong when the sugar conveyance is not something that triggers an addictive response in me, ie: cookies, cake, jello, cannolis, soda, and things of the like. I simply don’t care that much about these types of foods to be enticed by them to the point of addiction. What I do get sucked in by are things like: Pasta dishes that are cheese laden, artisan breads, homemade spreads for those breads, red licorice (don’t ask me, I don’t know what that is about), or flavored coffees. Oh, and pumpkin spice or sour cream donuts.
I don’t know why those last two bug me, but they do. Any other donut I can pass by, and I do, but these two bother me and cause cravings.
Anyway, back to the birthday party. There was a addict there that day, one who could not, NO WAY leave the sugar alone. That one had eaten plenty on Thanksgiving, and wasn’t unlike a lot of Americans in that way, but at that birthday party I saw addiction in all it’s gross glory. I saw someone shackled by food obsessive.
It broke my heart, and made me angry!!!
MAKING “MY” WAY IN THIS WORLD
More than ever before, I realize today that I cannot control other people.
I. Can. Not.
What I can do is make three teeny, tiny goals each week and work to see them achieved. I can and will learn to live differently by doing!
MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
I am changing up my goals for December.
This week I will…
1. Meditate to 5 minutes each day, quieting my mind and opening my soul to receive guidance from outside myself.
2. Exercise for 15 minutes every morning, before I do anything else, and ride the recumbent bike 3 days out of the week.
3. Count calories each day as a means of being accountable for what I eat.
That last one will be hard for me, since I hate doing it. But….I can do something I hate to do if I see a reason to do it, and I need to start being accountable in this way. It won’t be pretty and it won’t be easy, but it is doable. Millions of people will be joining me in this work this week. Pray for us all. Together, we get better!
What have you been doing for six months that you never thought you’d do? When have you learned by doing?