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Friday – Affirmations and Goals

Just 4 Today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds.  I will walk 3 miles, drink 2 liters of water and take my fiber supplement.

This post starts with an affirmation.

Drifting is all to easy for me.  I’ve lost whole decades without making progress on my goals. That’s sad but, the lesson I learned from the experience is powerful: Wake up this morning and do something.  Right now (I told myself), decide what it is and write it down.  So I did.

Your list could (and surely will) be quite different. It’s not my purpose to convert you to accepting my goals. But, if there is something you want to do —  something that hasn’t been working in your life then, the only hope you have of getting it done is to do something today.

I’m not going to let the obstacles/challenges/complexities standing (pushing against) me succeed in delaying my progress one more day.  So what if it’s snowing – and probably going to snow for the rest of the week?  I let that stop me in January but, it’s not going to stop me in February!

I’m going mall-walking.

What about you?

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I was told that new readers are confused by this method – my affirmation on top of a thought-piece.  And over the last few years, I’ve experimented with a number of different formats for my affirmation and contemplation posts.  Those experiments just didn’t work for me – for this blog – and I’m going back to this format. And I apologize in advance for any confusion for new readers.

Looking Back/Looking Forward

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.

Just 4 Today, Degaussing my brain

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.


And Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done once), drink 2 liters of water (I’ve drunk about 1/2 liter), walk 5 miles (yesterday, 5), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

To no one’s surprise but mine, this has been a very confused week. I’ve been very, very sleepy — to the point where I can hardly make myself do anything (although I have been taking regular walks.) And the week has flown by faster than I could have imagined. You’d think I’d be bored with time-dragging since I’ve got so little to show for myself….

Yesterday, I defied mister (who has heard about my regular walks but, never actually witnessed how it works) to actually take my 3 walks (not just one long one with him.) That last one was wonderful.  I felt like I was degaussing my brain.  As I walked all the random splotches and odd colors were sorted out.  The patterns were normalized.  And I could think clearly again.

So that’s my biggest plan for this holiday.  Sure, there will be plenty of patio blogging, hamburgers and baked french fries.  From this Independence Day forward:  I will walk alone (at least once a day.)

June 16, 2008 — Just 4 Today

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.


And Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done once), drink 2 liters of water (I’ve drunk about 1/2 liter), walk 2 miles, NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

Today seems like a good day to mention the 3415 club — walking 3 times for 15 minutes each time. I’ll aim for around 10 & 12:30 & 3 to head out. Can you join me?

What are you going to do today?

June 12, 2008 — Just 4 Today

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.


And Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done once), drink 2 liters of water (I’ve drunk about 1/2 liter), walk 2 miles (which I did yesterday!), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

What are you going to do today?