Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekly Goals #4: I'm Back

Just six goals this week. And they are:

1. Buy nothing at work except max of 1 cup of coffee and cup of hot water for tea per day. While I almost always bring my lunch to work, I do occasionally purchase less-than-healthy and expensive sodas and snacks from the vending machines. Coffee is relatively cheap (70 cents) and I'm OK health and money-wise with getting a cup a day. 

Report out: Done--I came very close to caving and buying a snack one day and a soda another day, but did not and and am glad for avoiding the unnecessary $2.00
2. Drink two bottles of water at work every day. I've been doing better with this, and want to keep it up.

Report out: Done 3/4 days. On Thursday, I had one bottle in the morning but then drank diet soda that I had brought all afternoon. Doesn't count.
3. Read Bible for min of 5 minutes/day. I've struggled with this goal in the past when I attached prayer time to it. I'm going to go back to solidifying this habit first. 

Report out: 2 out of 7 days. I am still struggling with this, mostly because of laziness which is not a good reason at all. I always have time for at least a few minutes of reading before bed. 

4. Send IRA paperwork in. Good grief, I need to finish this!

Report out: Report: Done-Mailed Friday. 

5. Make appointment for Lasik eye surgery evaluation. My contacts have been getting increasingly uncomfortable and I've gone through more than 10 monthly lenses for each eye already this year. 

Report out:  Done! My consultation appointment is this Thursday at 2:15 pm and lasts three hours. I have to wear glasses all day starting tomorrow, which will be somewhat of a challenge as they are old and my vision won't be as good as it is with contacts. But this is important to me, and I would like to find out if I am a candidate for Lasik or another similar corrective vision surgery.

6. Finish typing up notes from premarital counseling. This is part of my push to get organized and to have electronic versions of important notes and memories. 
Report out: I typed up a couple of pages but am nowhere near finished. This was not an important goal to meet this week, so I'm not too concerned with not meeting it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Goals #3: Ambitious

This week was a difficult one in terms of accomplishing the goals I set out for myself at the beginning. I got sick with a head cold, which caused me to change gears and interfered with some of the goals. Others I did not meet because of bad planning and/or laziness. I am OK with having adjusted some of my goals due to being sick, but there is definitely room for improvement for the goals that had no good reason for not being met.

1. Drink at least (2) 20 oz bottles of water at work each day.  I generally do not drink enough water
Report out: This was done (I think). On Friday, I'm not positive that I had the full second bottle, but I think I didn't. I just don't remember. Probably should drink more water.

2. Be in bed and ready to sleep (eyes closed!) by 10 pm at the latest on every work night. Just a good idea.
Report out: Did not accomplish. I got to bed at 9:55 on Monday night, and had to choose between this goal and Goal #6. I chose Goal #6, which was a good choice, but it would have been better if I had not put myself in an either/or situation to begin with. Once I realized I wasn't going to have a perfect record of meeting this goal, I pretty much gave up for the rest of the week. Classic perfectionist attitude.

3. Walk for at least 15 minutes during lunch break 3/5 days this week. The weather has cooled down considerably. I did this today, and found that I had more energy to get through the afternoon (even without a soda...see side note below)
Report out: Did 2/5 days (Monday and Tuesday). On Wednesday, I had an hour long lunch meeting (ugh), and I don't remember why I didn't walk on Thursday. On Friday I chose to work through lunch to get a project done. I think this is a goal worth continuing to shoot for.

4. Work out for at least 60 minutes/day at least 5/7 days this week.  Given that my injury has been acting up again, I'm reducing this from the 6 days/week of last week to five. So far this week, I ran/walked for 30 minutes before work, walked 15 minutes at lunch time, and did a 1 hour yoga class after work.
Report out: I think I ended up at 4/7 days. It was a conscious decision not to meet this goal, because on Tuesday I came down with a bad head cold. When I am sick and work out hard, it seems to delay my recovery. Not to mention that not being able to breathe well makes it very difficult to get a good workout. To honor my body and help it recover, I chose to not work out as much as I would have liked to. However, I did go for a run and a walk on Saturday and a bike ride today, both very gentle.

5. Read Bible for 5 minutes/pray for 1 minute each day.  Let's try this again.
Report out: I did not even come close to accomplishing this goal. I did Monday, and that was it for the entire week. I'm not sure why I am struggling with it so much, although I think waiting until the end of the day has something to do with it. You would think that setting aside 6 minutes for something as important as this would be easy, but I have been very lazy about it. Not good. 

6. Meet one new person at work. Just one. This shy self can do it.
Report out: Done! Two people actually. Stephen and Nick.

7. Paint the patched bathroom wall. Doggone it, I will finish it!
Report out: Done, albeit last minute! It looks good.

8. Get up before work at least 2x this week to work out. One day done so far-a run/walk at 6:10 am. Felt very good to have something accomplished before 7 am.
Report out: Only 1/2 days (went for a jog/walk Monday morning). I did find that I had increased energy through the day, but due to getting sick, I did not do it again this week. 

9. Make a conscious effort to avoid engaging in negative conversation about people behind their backs. I struggle with this sometimes, especially at work when it can seem like there is nothing else interesting to talk about (which in itself is rather sad). I need to disengage myself from conversations or change the subject when they start going down those roads. It's not professional, it's not nice, and it is not Christ-like. I want to be "beyond reproach".
Report out: This is a difficult one to quantify, but I do remember feeling more aware of what I was talking about during conversations, and making an effort to be positive about people. I still have a ways to go here, but some incremental progress was made.

10. Do something fun with my husband this weekend. This is an easy goal! I realized I didn't get much time with him last weekend, and want to be sure we do something together this weekend. I like the guy :)
Report out: We went on errands together Saturday morning, and a wedding shower. He came with me to help with the church nursery today. Not necessarily "fun" things, but made better because we were together. I spent a lot of time sleeping trying to get rid of this cold, and he had a lot of studying to do.

On a side note, recall the "No more than three diet sodas" goal from last week. Today, I found myself wanting a soda. I thought to myself: Hmm, no soda goal this week...I can do what I want!" I grabbed a dollar and a quarter and headed downstairs to the vending machine to get my Dew fix. Somehow I had forgotten that sodas are actually $1.35. Being ten cents short, I trudged back up to my desk...and stayed there, sans soda. I finished the work day without my fix and found that I didn't really need or maybe even want it after all. Interesting. Also, I was $1.35 richer.

Weekly Goals #2

1. Work out 6 days this week, for a minimum of 50 minutes each time. This is a goal from last week with the 50 minute part added on. One day down already-- 60 minutes of Calorie Crusher! It was a lot of fun with a packed class for Labor Day
Report: Did 5/6 days. I was feeling a little sore Friday and just wanted to relax, so I took it off (in retrospect, I wish I had done something that day). On Sunday, my gluteus injury was really hurting and I honestly needed to take the day off. The other days:
  • M-All-American Calorie Crusher! (70 min, special event)
  • T-1.5 mile run + 2.0 mile walk (50 min)
  • W-20 min on elliptical stepper and 60 min yoga
  • Th-Turbo Kick (55 min)
  • F-Off
  • Sa-30 min elliptical, 50 min spin class (20 miles, 375 cal), 15 min walk/jog
  • Su-Off          
         I would give myself a solid B+ on this goal. The injury flare-up made it challenging.

2. No more than 3 12-ounce cans of diet soda for the entire week. I really would like to reduce the amount of soda I consume-it provides nearly no nutrition and almost always leaves me feeling bloated.
Report: Done! I came very close to buying one at church for a meeting yesterday (yes, my church has a vending machine), but I thought of this goal and how much I wanted to be able to say I did it, and so I passed on the soda.

3. Read Bible for 5 minutes + pray for 1 minute each day. I know this doesn't seem like much, but I am beginning to form the habit and find it is easier to get started if it doesn't seem overwhelming.
Report: 4/7 days for Bible, 2/7 days for praying. I didn't do very well on this goal, and will be repeating this goal this week. Putting it off until the end of the day might have something to do with my lack of success.

4, Continue to have lunch with coworkers at least 3/4 times this week. This is the same # of times as last week, but with greater frequency due to the shorter work week.
Report: Done! And on the other day, I went out to grab a sub with a coworker (see #6....special occasion). I think 3/5 days is a good goal for next week and possible most weeks. 

5. Learn six new Catia tricks at work Last week, I tasked myself with learning five and only learned one. This week, I'm adding another!
Report: Done! Just barely fit the last one in on Friday afternoon. They were:
  • Tip #1: Hide everything in tree except element of interest, then right click on element.
    Select “Show Parents”. In window that comes up, right click on and show parents. This makes it easier to concentrate on an area to fix.  
  • Tip #2: Isoparameters-a very quick and useful way to create geometry from existing features.
  • Tip #3: Extrapolating points into lines. I knew I could do with lines into surfaces, but didn't know about points.
  • Tip #4: Right click, select “center graph” to show element in tree (I have used this multiple times since learning it--it is a huge time-saver.
  • Tip #5: Creating formula-base constraints  
  • Tip #6: Surface connection checker.  More investigation of this powerful tool is needed.

6. Don't buy any food or drink items at work. Usually, these end up being not the healthiest choices (recent purchases have included diet soda, Chex mix, and potato wedges) and they are expensive to boot. I have an emergency stash of soy nuts in my desk drawer, so there really is no need to purchase anything.
Report: Done, if you don't count Jimmy John's on Thursday. They were having $1 subs, and I love Jimmy John's. I'm OK with it.  I didn't get anything at work though, and I definitely want to try to continue that. 

7. Plaster and paint patch of wall in bathroom. It needs to be done. I have the tools, now the motivation.
Report: 50% done. It is plastered, and now needs to be painted. Small steps... 

8. Finish paperwork and forward check to new IRA fund.
Report: Only a little progress. I received the paperwork on Friday. I need to get my husband's signature notarized, which I probably could have done on Saturday, but didn't. I have until December to get this done, but the sooner the better.