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Groundhog Goals

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day, SparkPeople!

I don't really have 'groundhog' goals, LOL. Living in a downtown community, my rodent encounters are limited to squirrel and rabbits, with the occasional chipmunk if I really pay attention.

But today is Groundhog Day and serves as a good reminder that Spring is in the distance. Granted, it may seem like it's a ways out, but so far it's always come, year after year. What sorts of things are we planning that are just around the corner? Now is a good time to envision ourselves as the garden we'll plant as the soil warms. What can we do today to help us look forward to the promise of Spring?

I am in the middle of a new schedule shake-up and I'm trying hard to manage it in stride. I'm an IT Consultant and work has been pretty steady for a year at my current client. Presently they're working on funding proposals for some new projects. My current project keeps me busy about 50% of the time, and is slated to ramp up to 100% in a month or two. So, until another project fires up - or I decide that I've had enough and move on to another client - I'm down to part-time.

I'm trying to be OK with that. After all, I have plenty of homework that needs to get done. emoticon I could also manage a bit more knitting or even on-line gaming, all inexpensive pursuits. After working non-stop through the holiday season, I'm not complaining about a break in the action. That said, tuition still comes due and bills still find their way to the house. Here's hoping that it's a temporary pause AND that I manage to make good use of the time.

So far I'm feeling better about my habits. I'm still challenged with bedtimes and cocktails, but I've accepted the outcomes of my choices. For some reason I make things more difficult for myself with these poor choices. Why do I do this? I suppose that may be the last, great mystery.

1 - Go to bed, Trish!
I'll get it... someday. I do pretty well all week but the weekend undoes my efforts. Clearly I need more adherence to the routine no matter the day!

2 - Workouts
I'm getting there. I let SparkPeople set up a core routine for me and it feels like there are new muscles in the mix. I also determined that I can do full pushups with the help of some stairs. That makes me happy, because someday I'd love to do a full pushup without any modifications!

3 - Logging the intake
Silly me for thinking that I can do all that math in my head! Again, my sneaky treats and extra cocktails mean that I have to work harder to get / keep the weight off. It's a stupid cycle and I should really know better!

4 - Thank all my SparkFriends
What's more amazing, seeing all the great things that my buddies are up to, or knowing that support is just a (virtual) shout away? You all rock and make a difference in my experience at SparkPeople. Since joining this site I've never felt alone in my quest for health and fitness. Thank you for always being there, no matter where 'there' is!


I hope that everyone has a great week; if not, be sure to plan one!!
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  • no profile photo CD4053819
    Good luck on the work front. I too am hoping to find a new job. So I can relate. But while you can, take some time for yourself. I am starting to do that, and when I do, I feel so much better. Spring is gonna be here before we know it!
    4047 days ago
    Great goal set! Sleep is always a tough one for me too - now ideas there. Hope work speeds up (but only fast enough). ;-)
    4048 days ago
    Got to love you honesty! You remind us all time doesn't stand stil for any reason. Thank you thank you
    4048 days ago
    Goals are oh so important. I'm not great at them, but one of the goals I set for myself in January was to honestly log what I was consuming, yes, even the glass of wine or gin & tonic after work. But doing so, as you said, helps me to see what else I need to do on working out to minimize the effect of my choice to have a cocktail or "just a small piece of cake." :)

    Writing down your goals is definitely a great way to kick off February! Thanks for doing so - spurring me to think about mine and get them on electronic paper tomorrow!

    I hope that the work stuff resolves itself soon - I know that the joy of having more time to study, knit, or do other activities definitely is overshadowed by bills and rent needing to be paid.

    If you ever have a few minutes and want to just sit at a coffee shop somewhere and knit, let me know.
    4048 days ago
  • LLTS01
    I hope that the work front improves for you. It seems we either have too work 100 hours a week or 20. What happened to moderation?

    I hear you on the sleep front. There is just no enough time to sleep. emoticon
    How about knitting me a sweater in the meantime. I can send you my 100 unfinished knitting projects. Your choice. I am not picky.

    4048 days ago
    Good grief, we must be related. I have enough work for 10 people and still think look for more when I can sit down. LOL.

    This economy sucks. We are just going with the flow here. Living lean and mean.

    As usual you have good goals.
    4048 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/2/2010 4:37:58 PM
    Great goals! Logging is soooooooooooo important!

    Spring will be here very soon and we'll be either a.) wishing we had worked harder in February or b.) thankful that we did!
    4048 days ago
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