A few months ago I got frustrated with constantly saying to myself “You’ll get better at [thing].” The [thing] I was referring to varied wildly, from to eating healthily and not sitting on my ass all day, to crafty things (painting models, crocheting etc), and many other things.
I decided that thinking that I would get better wasn’t enough, I needed to be better. Even small improvements are improvements, and many small changes add up to huge change.
So I changed. I’ve made a point of thinking and being positive. On game nights, rather than staying at work late I take the time between work and game time to treat myself to a relaxing treat (often gyoza at my favorite local teriyaki restaurant) and crochet a bit. I started seeing a chiropractor (and yes, it is making a fantastic difference). I’m eating better: Less fast food, more veggies, smaller portions of goodies. And, I’m getting up early and walking around the neighborhood before work at least 3 days per week.
I got a Fitbit (it’s a little thing that you wear on your arm or belt or in a pocket that tracks your movement) and joined Fitocracy, because for me making a game (or graph) of anything is motivational. I also did a genetic test to determine what kind of exercise / diet I need to lose weight and be healthier. I know this all seems silly, but I’ve struggled with weight loss and yo-yo dieting for nearly twenty years.
So far, it has all added up to huge improvements. I’m sleeping better, I’m less irritable, I’m more productive at work, I feel better (I’ve had DAYS without back pain), and in general I’m just happier.
And now to the challenge to myself: Keep it up!
Note: This was originally one of my big long rambling posts in which I come to my point about 2 paragraphs from the end. Hopefully this is an improvement.