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Just the Facts

I tend to babble, or talk way more than anyone wants me to.  I often want to give all the background so people will understand why I’m saying what I’m saying.  But most of the time, people just want the facts.  Cut to the point.  Get down to the business.  I’m horrible at this.  But I really need to improve because babbling isn’t helping me.  I feel like a child when I talk to people.  So I’m going to start making a strong effort to just say the facts.  No other words shall leave my lips.  Short, sweet, and to the point.

Day 1: Restart my Walking Routine; Day 2: Drink less coffee; Day 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day; Day 4: Do one household chore before leaving the house each morning; Day 5: Leave my desk clean each evening; Day 6: Do not beat myself up over set-backs; Day 7: Take a Daily Vitamin; Day 8: Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day; Day 9: Be Complete; Day 10: Just the Facts

Be Complete

Often I’m not complete.  I wear makeup but not lipstick.  I put on clothes, but I don’t really do the accessory thing.  Not that these things really are important, but maybe if I put on the lipstick, and paid a little more attention to how I’m dressed, throw on a necklace, etc. I’d be more confident about my appearnce and babble less.  I know, how to I get from not wearing lipstick to babbling?  Its just the way my brain thinks. 

Day 1: Restart my Walking Routine; Day 2: Drink less coffee; Day 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day; Day 4: Do one household chore before leaving the house each morning; Day 5: Leave my desk clean each evening; Day 6: Do not beat myself up over set-backs; Day 7: Take a Daily Vitamin; Day 8: Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day; Day 9: Be Complete

Wake up 15 Minutes EArlier Each Day

Eventually I’d like to be waking up about an hour and 15 minutes before I currently do, but I need to work slowly into this so its a permanent change, not a temporary one.  I’m often running around forgetting things in the morning because I wake up so late, so I think getting up a bit earlier each day will help.  In a few weeks I’ll add another 15 minutes to my morning and go from there.

Day 1: Restart my Walking Routine.

Day 2: Drink less coffee.

Day 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day.

Day 4: Do one household chore before leaving the house each morning.

Day 5: Leave my desk clean each evening.

Day 6: Do not beat myself up over set-backs.

Day 7: Take a Daily Vitamin

Day 8: Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day.

Week 1 Check-In.  I’m doing really well, I’ve successfully added several things to my day and I’m keeping them in my routine.  So I’m very happy about that.  I must admit though that coming up with something new each day may be struggle when I get further along.  But for now its doable.

Take a daily vitamin.

Okay this doesn’t seem like a real way to improve, but its true that I don’t get the vitamins I need in a day.  Taking a vitamin in the morning makes my stomach upset so I need to take it each evening with dinner, or each day at lunch.  I’ll probably remember it more in the evening.  So that is what I’ll do.

Day 1: Restart my walking regimine.

Day 2: Drink less coffe.

Day 3: Drink 100 oz of water each day.

Day 4: Do one chore before I leave the house each day.

Day 5: Leave my desk clean when I leave work each evening.

Day 6: Don’t beat myself up over set-backs.

Day 7: Take a daily vitamin.

Don’t beat myself up when I have a set-back.

It is inevitable that whenever you set out on a journey you will have a set-back, big or small.  And like any human when that happens I tend to beat myself up over it, get down that I went back to my old habits, allowed myself to gain weight back, didn’t do what I had set out to do.  I had dropped many sizes last year and I just had to go buy clothing in a larger size because I allowed myself to gain weight back.  I didn’t want to.  I swore to myself I’d never shop in that department again.  But once again I was back in the curvy woman section buying clothing.  It is a minor set-back, and its still a smaller size than I once was.  But I also can’t go to work wearing clothes so tight fitting that its embarassing.  So I psyched myself up, went to the store, and bought the larger size.  it had to be done.  But there’s no reason to beat myself up over it.  Its a minor set-back.  And in the meantime I’ll look more work appropriate which is important in my self-improvement as well.

Day 1: Restart my walking regimine.

Day 2: Drink Less coffee.

Day 3: Drink more water.

Day 4:  Do one chore each morning before I leave the house.

Day 5: Leave my desk clean when I leave the office.

Day 6: Do not beat myself up over setbacks.

Leave My Desk Clean Each Day

I leave my desk every day and its typically a mess.  And when I get back to work the next morning, its still a mess.  For some reason the cleaning fairies don’t do anything with my messy desk.  So each night, my new goal is to leave it tidy and orderly so when I come back the next day its a nice fresh start.  I always can find everything, but I don’t need it to look so disorganized.  So tonight I left my desk nice and clean and Monday I’ll come back in to a nice orderly place to work.  Unless the cleaning fairies decided to mess it up so it’d look like it normally does.

Day 1: Restart my Walking Routine.

Day 2: Drink less coffee.

Day 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day.

Day 4: Do one household chore before leaving the house each morning.

Day 5: Leave my desk at work each night, clean and orderly.

Do one household chore each morning before I leave the house for the day.

Let’s face it, I’m lazy.  I don’t like doing housework, and I’ve never gotten into good habits.  But I really need to improve in this aspect of life.  I’d like to by the time I’m 40, 2.5 years from now, have a nicely organized, very clean home.  So a part of my 90 days, has to be learn some good home care habits. 

This morning I took out the trash.  No, no, my  house isn’t filled with trash.  My husband typically takes it out.  BUt he always forgets the little trashcans in the bedrooms.  So I went around and gathered it together and took it out since today was garbage pick up day.  It took all of 2 minutes, but it felt good to have done something homey before I left for the day.  So each morning I intend to do something quick and simple to aid in the care of my home.  It only takes a second but eventually the effect will show.

Day 4: Do one household chore before the leaving the house each day.

DAy 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day.

Day 2: Drink less coffee.

Day 1: Restart my walking routine.

Drink a minimum of 100 ounces of water each day.  Including weekends.

Water is a great thing, it hydrates one, is calorie free, and has the added benefit of kinda filling one up.  I used to drink a ton of water, then I got out of the habit.  So I’m getting myself back into the habit.  Its amazing how much better even your skin feels when you are properly hydrated.  Although I must say its a good thing I work in an office building near a restroom, as without that, I wouldn’t be able to drink 100 ounces each day.

The weekends will be a tad tougher though.  I often don’t drink any water at all.  So I’m going to have to make a concerted effort to get my 100 ozs. in on the weekends.

Day 3: Drink 100 ounces of water each day.

Day 2: Drink one cup of coffee on the work day and no more than 3 cups a day on the weekend.

Day 1: Resume my walking regimen.  (doing good on this except for today when I spilled hot tomatoe soup all over myself and had to walk to Macy’s to buy a new outfit to get out of my sticky clothes…although its probably a good mile plus to get to macy’s and back.)

Reduce Coffee Intake

I don’t drink a huge amount of coffee, somewhere between 3-5 cups a day.  Okay that sounds like a lot now that I see it in typewritten words.  Now the problem with the coffee isn’t the actual coffee its the splenda I put in my home coffee and the splenda and cream I put in my office coffee to make it tolerable to drink.  Also, it is a lot of caffeine. May 2009 I completely cut out soda from my drinking repetoire.  I wanted to see if my severe addiction could be beat.  I had several years prior switched to drinking diet soda, so at least I wasn’t consuming 1,000 calories a day of non-beneficial calories.  But by cutting all soda out of my diet I saw a remarkable change in my health.  I used to have a lot of intestinal problems, but as soon as I cut Diet soda out of my diet, they completely went away.  I don’t know for a fact it was the artificial sweetener that is in Diet soda that made me sick, but whatever it was removing that from my diet helped immensely.  now I wonder if I cut even more artificial sweeteners out of my diet, such as the splenda I put in my coffee and my tea and also lowering my daily caffeine intake will help. 

So I’m reducing my coffee to one cup a day, made at home and taken in my travel coffee mug, during the work week, and 3 cups on the weekends.  The coffee we have at work is yuck anyway.  When I need something warm to drink, I’ll drink tea, and I’m even going to try and reduce the amount of artificial sweetener I put in that and slowly try to wean myself from all artificial sweeteners.

Day 2: Reduce Coffee Intake (artificial sweeteners)

Day 1: Restart my walking routine.

Restart my walking routine.

Today I walked 2 miles at the St. Louis Arch grounds.  There’s an “outside” and “inside” loop at the park.  I used a friend’s GPS watch one day to track how far it is and its just a tad over 2 miles when you add the distance from my office to the grounds and back.  I used to walk this nearly on a daily basis and it was a pretty good key to my weight loss last year.  Its hard for me to walk it in the summer as its often too hot and you end up looking completely melted through the second half of the day.  But now that fall has arrived, well at least in theory as today its over 82 degrees outside, its more doable.  The walk at mid day allows for 2 things, one its a break from the office, and two it provides much needed exercise without much or any change in my routine.

Day 1: Restart my walking routine.

So the way I plan to run this blog is each day I will post and add to my daily routine either one thing that will benefit my health, life, and/or weight, or I will remove or modify one behavior or thing from my daily routine that is a detriment to my health, life, and/or weight.  I will then keep a running total of what those things are.  And how I’m doing on adding or removing those things from my life.

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