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Update on the off the couch challenge (and briefly the sleep challenge as well)

So we’re on the second weekend of me getting up at a set time (with an alarm), we’ll see how tomorrow goes. So I’m getting closer to getting a set sleep schedule set up, it may just take a couple more months before I’m getting up at the same time daily.

As for the off the couch challenge I’ve realized two things: 1) I’m fairly active during the day at work (for the most part), to where I’m getting at least 250 steps an hour [fitbit tracker], but 2) I’m not that active on the weekends—I’m trying to play catch up on stuff on the computer, so I’m sitting on my butt more than I’m moving. Plus the weather is getting nice, so I really just want to sit outside and soak up some vitamin D. So I’m going to have to come up with ways to combat my sitting on my butt during the day on the weekend (and I do realize that there may have to be an alternative plan in case it is raining out).

Today for example, I took the three dogs (one at a time) for a walk around the block before and/or after dinner. This allowed for me to give them some brief exercise and for me to get some of my steps in (I’m slowly getting tired of marching in place to movies). Tomorrow I may try to do the same thing, but maybe spread out through the day [to where the dogs may get multiple walks]. Also during the week (depending on where I’m at step wise), maybe I’ll walk the dogs before or after dinner as well to get the steps in and get some additional exercise. Though I may also try to do some more yard work (weather permitting) to also be up and moving around.

I also need to charge my iPod again, that way I can also just dance around the bedroom and get some exercise in that way as well.

I’m thinking with the computer work, since there are numerous videos to watch in these different modules, that after each one I may march in place for fifteen minutes (or straighten something up), to get the blood flowing again before sitting back down and doing more computer work.

Other ways of getting my steps (and getting off the “couch”)—using a smaller glass/mug for water [therefore I will have to refill it more often]; folding the clothes out in the laundry room [instead of carrying the basket back to my room]; and using the kitchen sink to fill the container that I use to refill my aquarium [slightly longer distance=more steps].

This is about the time of year that I slowly start fading on my step goals, due to the weather getting so nice, and me just wanting to sit outside and watch the birds. I know that there are numerous ways to get my steps in on the weekend that aren’t just watching a movie and marching in place, I just need to figure out which one(s) I can consistently do, and do them.

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Day 14 of Photography Challenge

Decided that today’s photo would be a peek into my first attempt in keeping a bullet-like journal. The reason why I’m calling mine “bullet-like” is that I’m still writing in it daily; I’m just incorporating some of aspects of a bullet journal. I really do like the weekly habit tracker, as part of the bullet journal.

Peak into my habit tracker

This week I’m trying coloring in each block. Last week I used star stickers, and the week before I just checked the box (and I’ll admit the first week of the month was rough and there weren’t that many boxes checked).

The habits that I’m keeping track of for awhile also fit in with a couple of other personal development goals from 52 small changes: One Year to a Happier and Healthier You by Brett Blumethal (and I realize that I never formally reviewed book–I gave a brief blurb when I started the blog–note to self–add the book to the list that needs a review written over them).

So back to the habits–I’ve always been slightly bad about making sure that I take my multi-vitamin and supplements (such as an extra calcium pill, and I’ve added one or two that help with digestion and joint relief). So I’m tracking that I take those daily. Meditation is new to my list, as a way of self care, I try to sit and clear my mind for hopefully at least five minutes every night before I read (I’m go between 3-5 minutes). My goal is to get to 10 to 15 minutes of mediation a night. I know there are numerous sites that can lead meditations, but right now I prefer just sitting in a dark bedroom and listening to the fan, aquarium, and noise maker going.

I’m also trying to make sure I get enough water in. I vary with this one depending on what I’m doing daily. If I’m sitting at a desk at work for some reason I drink less than if I’m on my feet and away from my water mug. The weekends are at times difficult as well. Right now I’m aiming for at least 70 oz of water a day (halfway between the 8-10 glasses that are suggested). I know some people say take your weight & divide it in half and that is the amount of water you should be drinking in a day–but that won’t work–at times I have to remind myself to get the water I’m focused on–going up is good–but at times it doesn’t happen.

Stretching is something else I’m adding to the list, before bed to help make sure that I’m not going to be a totally achy mess in the morning. My workouts are also going to be tracked, and while it isn’t shown in the picture, below is a list of different workouts I can chose from this week (since I’ve allowed walking to be the main one for the past week and a half–I’m trying to get back into a fitness routine).

I love reading–though at times I love reading fiction more than non-fiction. So I’m trying to make it a habit to read at least thirty minutes a day from one of the many non-fiction books that I have on my kindle (then I will go and read a fiction book). I’m seeing a lot more book reviews being put on the blog this year–both fiction and non-fiction alike.

Listening to podcasts is something new as well. I’ve figure this is a good way of spending the time waiting for the bus and heading into work. Also I will listen to one while I’m marching in place/circles to get my steps in for the day (if I’m not there after work and the evening workout).

So in conclusion,

I’m slowly falling in love with the bullet journal, though I think I will keep to the format that I’m currently using a mixture of a bullet journal and a normal journal. It’s nice to have a couple pages for each week where things are planned out. Then I will use the next ten pages (or more) as the normal journal to keep track of my food, my mood, and anything else that I feel I need to.

This is the year that changes will occur, and I think writing in the journal will accomplish many of those changes

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