January 26, 2010

The Habit Project-Final outcome of phase 1 and introduction to phase 2

Well, the weaning off of the comupter phase of my 52 weeks to better habits is over. And, it worked.    It really actually worked.  I didn’t think it would, particularly after my bad week and the panic and all of that crap, but I did the bootstrap thing and kept on where I left off and, amazingly enough, am now only using the computer to check two websites daily and craft my blog posts.

The bad news?  The iPhone is the reason for the majority of my current success.  Tiny, portable and connected it’s taken the place of my lap top which means weaning off of the iPhone might end up being the undecided final habit this year.  We’ll see.  I love the functionality of the iPhone.  And, it’s easy to keep up with twitter and facebook without that seguewaying over into wanton web searching and time wasting.

But, it’s great progress for me and I’m happy to be out from under my laptop’s thumb.

But now, things get serious because phase 2?  Daily exercise.  For the last week I wrote it into my planner knowing that starting this week it was part of my habit project.  I didn’t find one speck of time to exercise in the last week.  Now, I wasn’t trying to hard and I do have this idea of a minimum of 30 minutes all at once or bust and that might have to change some, because 1) I really cannot, at this point, get up before my little people.  Littlebit was up yesterday morning at 4:30 a.m.  I cannot beat her out of bed, ya’ll.  And, if I did get up at 4:30 she’d get up at 4:30 and that’s just a recipe for preschooler DISASTER 2) Littlebit doesn’t nap.  If she did, I’d be able to knock 30 minutes of exercise out of the park.  That means I have to find a way to exercise while she’s around.  Awake.  Watching.  Helping.  It’s not easy.

That means I either have to get my exercise in stages or have Big Daddy corral the kids in the evening so I can do it then.  That doesn’t really work either because evenings are busy, full times.    You have to get dinner on the table and oversee homework and give baths and tuck in and keep people from tearing the joint apart when they freak out during the witching hours.    My best bet is to try to get the exercise in two 15 or 3-10 minute segments.  Which I think will make the process more difficult from a motivation stand point but more doable from a kid standpoint.

The health benefits to exercise are huge.  Not just from weight loss and that sort of thing, but also because exercise is one natural way to combat panic.    And, to be honest, if you want to eat more  and not turn itno a Narwhal or something you do have to exercise.

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