grumble… Man, look at all the dust. And cobwebs. At least the management kept the spammer-droppings swept up. I know KB has had some serious things going on in her life, so I’m not criticizing… I’ve had posting privileges all along and could have stepped in at any time.
Okay, while I start dusting, I’ll start talking about what I have in mind. My daily commitment has definitely slipped here; I’ve gained back 20 of the 25 pounds that I managed to lose. I need to get back on track… but that’s what I’ve been telling myself for a while now.
The daily commitment is important — I think all the long-time readers agree with that. Our primary focus should be on the day ahead of us. After all, it’s pretty difficult to see in advance what’s going to be possible in the day ahead of us; how can we expect to plan for weeks or months ahead? But not all daily commitments, obviously, get fulfilled.
Again, the daily commitment is important — it’s really the baseline of how we roll here. But just like weighing yourself each morning (“oh cool, I lost a pound” … “oh rats, I gained a pound”) looking at each data point doesn’t tell us anything about the trends. As KB often points out in the Hacker’s Diet, it’s the trend line, those weigh-ins plotted over weeks or months, that matters.
So last week, I wanted to get a walk (or some other kind of exercise) at least four times. I managed two. Not good, but infinitely better than the week before that, in which I got no exercise at all. Doubleplusungood when peak Eating Season is closing in fast.
So what went wrong? Well, regular readers of my own blog, Tales from FAR Manor, know I have a new grandson spending a lot of time with us. Taking care of a baby can be time-consuming, and cut into exercise time, but at the same time the warmest November I can remember has given me the opportunity to drop him in a stroller and get my walk in while not leaving the kid unattended. We didn’t have the usual crazy-running-everywhere kind of October we usually have, but now we’re doing it in November. We’ve been eating out far too often. I’ve been pounding hard on a new story (also being posted on the blog).
I’ve managed above to identify several things that get in the way of my daily commitment, and one thing that actually helps with it. Now the question is, what am I going to do about it? You might know that too much sodium can run up your blood pressure, but if you keep unscrewing the salt shaker and dumping it on your meatloaf, what good has it done you?
I know that I can work taking care of Mason into my exercise routine; he likes getting outside. I know that even if I can’t stop the eating out madness, I can exercise portion control. I know that if I’m pressed for time, I can walk away from the computer for a little while and jump on the Evil Exerbike.
What has gotten in the way of your daily commitments over the last week? What has helped? How can you use this information to improve your commitment score this week?
I’ll do this Sunday mornings from now on, unless KB tells me to quit. Maybe I’ll get a chance to post through the week until she can get back into the swing.