Today I stepped on the scale and saw my weight at *160 lbs. Not much of a difference from my last weigh in because I have not been on the diet, but the exercise regimen was okay. Since I’ve been pretty consistent with exercise, but pretty lax on the diet, my weight hasn’t changed much from the original post. I take full responsibility for it because I haven’t been as mindful of the things that I’ve been placing into my mouth. I was refusing to have any type of self control.
*This post was started 4 days ago. Weight was not the same once it was actually posted.
Self-control, discipline, and will-power are the traits I need to learn and accomplish at this moment. I have not been following through with tasks or plans. I have plenty of work to do, but I’ve been procrastinating and surfing the blogosphere to find something interesting. Before I know it I have an assignment due or some reading to get done, so the time I reserved for working out is time I am spending reading, completing assignments or sleeping because I’ll be up way into the AM surfing the web or watching Family Guy.
My 30 day challenge will help me to develop these traits which will only improve my life. Stephen Covey says it takes 30 days to develop a habit ( I know it seems I think Stephen Covey is God, but I don’t, his book is great and his advice works). I want to posses these habits as I had at one point in time when I was in college. My days ran smoother when everything was organized and well planned.
A few things that will take place during this challenge is…
1. Wake up at 7am, to eventually work my way to waking up at 6am.
2. Go to bed before midnight (when possible) so I can wake up at 7am.
3. Complete an AM workout everyday.
4. Complete a PM workout whenever I don’t work until midnight.
5. Learn to say no, I can’t be there for everybody, I need to support myself.
6. Eat better. No simple sugars or carbs. Plenty of water and vegetables. I need to kick my sugar habit and addiction. So I will go without sugar for 30 days.
7. Prioritize my tasks. Complete assignments in an orderly and timely manner.
8. Distance myself from “The Leech”. They can really work a nerve, I’ve never met someone who wants to be around another person 24/7. But I can’t help but feel that at times, I’m being taken advantage of (see #5).
9. Stop wasting time on the internet when I know there is work to be done. I can spend hours mindlessly surfing the net. I have no idea what I think I’ll miss. I guess I’ll reserve time for surfing on the weekends with two hour block sessions.
After going over this post, I think in short, I need to learn to Prioritize. I need to learn to organize my life so I can get the things that need to be completed, well…completed. Sometimes a person’s appearance can be indirectly related to how their life is going, and I think my weight is speaking for me. I eat fast food all the time because of all the things I choose to do at the last minute. Therefore, I don’t have time to actually prepare my meals. Grabbing something at the drive through is so much easier. Above is the Merrill Covey Matrix. The goal of this matrix is to spend the majority of your time in quadrant 2. I spend way too much time in quadrants 3 and 4.
So I’m up for the challenge, starting tomorrow. I know it’s not good to put things off until tomorrow, but one of my first items on the list is to wake up at 7am and complete an AM workout. I like what this blog wrote on prioritization, and I borrowed their image, but it’s exactly what I needed to make my point clear to myself. And they obviously read “The Seven Habits…”.