Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support. My aim was 5 points yesterday and I hit 6 points. (see yesterday's post for tentative points schedule)
After yesterday's post, Chris, a longtime reader, writes: "You swim? Who knew, I don't recall ever reading that before. Great. I joined my local Y a few months ago just to swim. I look forward to hearing about it. (any more yoga classes?)"
Chris, first of all, thank you for your tremendous support over the years. I haven't been in the pool in over three years. This is why I wrote, "...and if I get back in the pool, swimming thirty-minutes earns three points." And Yoga--yeah...that...I was also doing that a few years ago! I'll add yoga to my available points list, too.
I allowed the added prep time a consistent pool commitment requires to ultimately get me out of the water. Witnessing a couple of friends thoroughly enjoy their pool trips has inspired me to get past the time thing and whatever other hangups I have, and just go. My plan is to check the pool schedule today and make it happen either tomorrow or Saturday. I'm actually excited about it again.
The yoga. A friend of mine is known in this area as the yoga guru. Her and her husband practice yoga daily, host yoga retreats--and at one time, opened a yoga studio right down the street from the broadcasting studios where I work. OM Yoga is still operating with new people running the place. Occasionally, she gently reminds me about yoga. If I recall, it wasn't that I didn't enjoy the yoga classes, it was more of a scheduling thing. However, it too is worth another look.
One of the things that I've allowed myself to do is get into a routine where I hit certain minimums each day but I rarely push myself. That's honest. My poor sleep habits, time management, etc. contribute to this level of complacency. I don't write this is an attack on me--or as a club to beat myself up, it's simply what often happens. When I say I'm not perfect, you can bet I mean it! But this isn't and never has been about perfection. It is about progress. And progress in these areas is something I look forward to doing. And not just "trying," like doing, in a way that can help me establish a measure of consistency. This is what this points system is helping me create.
Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
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