Friday, March 1, 2013
We have just entered into the 3rd month of the year. That means, if you have a New Year’s Resolution, you should have been working on it for 2 months now…right?
Maybe not so much…
I myself cannot successful pick one thing to improve on and just go from there. Now, I do have a goal setting chart that I will talk about another time that helps break goals down, but now I’ll simply focus on how I am currently focusing on my resolutions, all in part to help make me a better and healthier person.
In Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, she created a resolution chart each month with several resolutions to focus on each month. (Check out her site here: http://www.happiness-project.com/ for some great tips and tools). At the year’s onset, I figured I would just take her charts, post them on the fridge, and go from there.
Again, this was beyond me.
She had a ton of great resolutions to work on the for the month of February, but I encountered 2 problems for myself: 1) there were too many for me to manage, and 2) while there is no doubt I needed to work on some of her resolutions, they just didn’t quite hit home enough. However, I did take on the chart idea...Gretchen was right, that little check mark can be amazingly satisfying!
So instead of throw up my hands and call myself helpless, what did I do? I broke it down, into 2. One more personal, and another running related.
My first February resolution was to: Use the Foam Roller Every day.
Every day sounds like a lot, but I needed it to become a habit as my mileage increased and, if I only said a few times a week, I’d end up skipping a lot of the days when I really needed it for being too tired…not an excuse!
And, while I probably didn’t use the foam roller as long as I needed to every day, I still followed through…for all 28 days of February. Hopefully long enough where I’ll carry it through with me into March.
February Resolution Two: To Do the Jillian Michael’s Exercises in “Unlimited”.
This one I didn’t do quite so great at. It took quite a bit more time and thought than the foam roller.
I did the (mental/journal) exercises about twice a week for 15-20 minutes. I got through the first two sections: Imagine and Believe. I needed to do the groundwork laid out for me in the chapters, to look back and see when my negative behaviors were rooted, to fully move on and become all the I can. The time was worth it, and I plan to finish it in the next week. The last section is: Achieve , and I am excited to start!
What’s up next in March!?
8+ Hours of Sleep EVERY NIGHT (I don’t think I even have to explain to you all how difficult that one will believe, but I owe it to myself to try)
Update my blog once to twice a week (I needed an easier goal to keep up my confidence!)