Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Quote Day

The impossible can always
be broken down into possibilities.
~ Author Unknown

What a week. I'm busy all day long, every day, and it seems like something needs attention every time I turn around. I don't even have a written-out to-do list, I just know that when one thing gets done, something else is right behind it.

I didn't used to feel like this. There was a time when I would plop down on the couch with a book or a magazine and read – guilt-free – all afternoon. I'm not sure when things changed, or why. I still read, but now it's only a couple pages right before I go to sleep. I have three months' worth of magazines to go through and quite a collection of books on the Nook, all waiting for their fifteen minutes at the end of the day.

My plan to drink more water, cut out snacks, start a strength-training program and take a daily four-mile walk has worked out well so far, and the accountability part of it – the daily Stats post – has been very helpful. I'm sure it bores you, if you even read it. And I'm sure you're not going to beat me up or make fun of me if I sputter or falter.

Yesterday proved to me how valuable that post is. I was very tired after a morning in the garden and could easily have justified that work as at least as valuable as a walk. I was smart enough to do the lower-body workout before I went out to the garden, I can almost guarantee I wouldn't have done any squats or lunges afterward.

The impossible (referred to in today's quote) is, of course, getting back to a somewhat normal weight for a woman my age and height. The possibilities are working well. If it's true that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, then I've given myself a bit of extra insurance by promising to "report in" for a month. I wish I didn't have to resort to little tricks like this. I'm a grown-up, I shouldn't have to. I should want to do these things because they make me feel good and because they're good for me.

My husband is a little worried that I'm doing too much. All I have to say to allay his concerns is this:

I don't want to end up like my dad.

1 comment:

denise said...

I think you're making GREAT progress this week towards your goals. I have started working with a trainer again because I'm not "adult" enough to do the right thing on my own...sigh.

He has me writing down what I eat, but I'm not doing a very good job of that either. And, I use the small squares on the form he gave me as an excuse that I don't have to write a lot of details - like quantities, for example...

One of these days I'll get it as much together as you have it. You continue to be an example to me of the way I want to live my life - setting goals and working towards them, feeling passionately about something and acting on it (as in your politics), accomplishing things every day (left to my own devices, I can totally waste a weekend - or even a week - without accomplishing ANY of the tasks - large or small - that I should have or even that I WANT to do).

So, recalling some of your older posts, I'll just say...keep on keepin' on, sistah!