Wednesdays are my ‘Wellbeing’ days, so here is what I am up to on the Wellbeing front 🙂
The Minimalists 30 day challenge is going well. The first few days, even the first couple of weeks, were relatively easy as there were quite small piles of things to get rid of. Now that I am on Day 25 it is getting increasingly difficult, but at the end of the day it IS supposed to be a challenge. If it was easy what would be the point? I’ve been keeping a list of what I’ve got rid of, and been trying to post daily updates over on Instagram, although sometimes I’m a little late. But better late than never. And so far I’ve cleared out over 300 items!!!!!!! I wont bore you with photos here, so head on over to NewYearNewHappy on Instagram if you want to see how I’m doing.
This year I am also determined to start sorting out my health and fitness, although right now I have a streaming cold caught from my youngest :-/. When I first started setting my goals for this year, I broke down each goal into manageable chunks. Rather than just say “I want to get fit and healthy” I was more specific and set myself SMART targets.
*I want to lose 52lbs this year, so that is one pound per week over the space of a year.
*I also want to be fit enough to run the Rainbow Run in Exeter again this year on 10th June for Children’s Hospice Southwest as I was unable to do it last year as my damaged achilles tendon was too painful.
*I want to be able to hold a handstand pose in yoga by the end of the year.
I’m not one for going all out on New Years day with a crash diet and multiple New Years Resolutions that I have failed by the middle of the month. Instead I plan to go slowly but surely, making steady progress that is sustainable. To achieve my goals I have broken them down into month-by-month targets, and then as I write out each month’s planner in my diary I can build tasks in each week. Easy bitesized chunks. Here is an exert for the first couple of months. I’ve already lost some weight by just logging what I am eating and making sure I keep moving, and anything that I do makes achieving my end goal that much easier.
And as for the cold, well that’s only slowing me down a little bit. And hey, at least it’s not man flu 😉
Many of us, myself most definitely included, are living in survival mode. I feel like all I do is barely keep afloat, with so much going on, and going wrong, that I often feel really overwhelmed! I have this underlying feeling that this is not what I really want to be doing with my life, but have not yet figured out what it is that I actually do want.
Over the last few weeks in the lead up to the new year I have put aside some time to figure out exactly that. What am I doing? What do I want? I made a mind-map of big areas in my life that I wanted to work on. Actually when I sat down and properly really thought about it (and not allowed myself to drift off to thinking about what to cook for tea, or how I was going to manage this month’s mortgage payment, or get another cup of coffee) it actually didn’t take me very long at all. It all sort of flowed out, like it had always been there, just that I had hidden it all away somewhere.
Once I started I realised that there were some key areas, so I tried to make some specific goals for each one. My next step needs to be to make those goals as smart as possible – specific, measurable, agreed, realistic and timely. Then I can figure out the steps that I need to take in order to achieve those goals. Break it down, little-by-little. This is usually where I feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to tackle everything at once. Instead, with the help of my trusty planner, I’m going to decide which tasks to tackle in which month, and then try to spread them week-by-week, assigning small manageable tasks to days in my planner. Over the next few weeks, I can start making small changes, and gradually make the changes and do the work that I need to do.
So, for example, with the house. I want to get the house sorted by the next long school holidays. So I have allocated two areas in my house to sort out each month.
Then for each month I have made a list of what needs to be tackled in each room, eg painting, sorting more storage space etc. Then as I come to write up that month’s planner, I can fit those tasks into specific days in the planner. Bite sized chunks.