As part of today’s blog post, I’m going to begin a new format with my Thursday goal and habit formation posts: TGT, or Three Goals Thursday. This new format will include four sections. Each section will have a header, and those headers will read:
LAST WEEK’S GOALS-where I will remind you of what my goals were this past week.
HOW I DID!-Where I report my progress, both successes and failures.
OBSERVATIONS-Offers more details and insight into my struggles and achievements.
THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS-New goal list for the new week.
LAST WEEK’S GOALS
As you know, I had three very small goals last week. They were:
1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.
2 Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.
3 Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.
HOW I DID!
We’ve had another great week over here in NEPA!
Goal No. 1 EXCELLENT! I can confidently report this week that I have followed the path of recovery laid out for me by professionals, and I have done all my chiropractor asked me to do.
Goal No. 2 EXCELLENT! I have started to feel very comfortable with picking a different simple living project to focus on each weekend, while through the week I continue to read and study about minimalism and share what I’m learning with others. I’m so thrilled with this new phase in life that I’m sure everyone is thinking, “Will you just shut up about all your cleaning. It’s just cleaning, for crying out loud!” Little do they know how much deeper this thing has gone with me than mere cleaning. I’m developing a whole new perspective on life because of this new understanding I’m gaining of what it means to be materialistic and how the the trappings of life can cut off the flow of joy.
Goal No. 3 STELLAR! I didn’t give myself an excellent rating on this goal because I don’t have an Action Plan that is formally styled, typed, and hung on my wall. Those things matter to me for some reason. I have made concerted efforts to eat the rainbow this week though, and water consumption is up! I do have an Action Plan.
FaceBook is a pain in my backside some days, and yet so addicting. I have one person who asked me to add her to my friends list a while back, but never ever indicates that she has read my posts, or gives any encouragement about anything I share there. I’m not sure why people ask to be included in my life when they don’t want to partake of it. Thinking about what I should do about this, if anything at all.
My chiropractic treatments have not been achieving success quickly enough for me. On Thursday of last week, I had this extended gripe session with myself. I’m impatient for this therapy to work so I can get back to some form of exercise on a regular basis. I complained that I don’t see any appreciable difference in my condition/pain levels past those first two days of treatment, when I slept so well. I’d been at this for all of three weeks and figured I should be feeling better. Of course I logically know this is not the case, but in my emotional brain felt like this was taking too long, and asked myself, “Why am I wasting my time and money on this, and why am I giving myself false hope?” Yeah, it was bad.
Don’t you know, on the following Saturday I had no pain all day! No numbness, no hot spots, no tingling and with no pain meds, all day and through the night! Bamm!!! Take that, Lori!! The bad news is that the pain returned on Sunday and it was there Monday, Tuesday….you get it, but, I am in less pain. I am sleeping better. My mood is improved. I guess I best focus on being all I have to be thankful for, hunh?!!!!
As my pain has been decreasing, my spiritual sense of well being has been increasing! A decision I’ve made to not buy anything I don’t need has been an unexpected source of joy. Silly, I know, but I feel joyful about not spending money. Weird. Temptations to buy have come and gone, but I have not bought things I didn’t need. This is HUGE and I’m guessing can only impact life in a positive way for me and hubs. We want to travel to GA this coming February, to stay with friends over a long weekend. The money we save now can be used then to enjoy that time and make memories. Yeah, that brings joy!
As for the glimmers of inspiration, this: I have written a well-received Friday Fiction short story, I have produced some penetrating and fearless journal entries that have addressed personal issues with me in a satisfying way, and I have experienced a rare piece of intuition that although it was not spot-on, led to the fixing of a hidden problem with our car that could have been a serious issue. Serious enough that I would have had to purchase a new car. These are true encouragements to my soul and are helping to bolster my faith in the process.
THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS
Keeping goals the same for one more week. These are too good to mess with right now!!!
What are you doing to improve your odds this week? What is one goal you’re willing to work on as a project of self-care?