My workout group has begun a 30 day challenge. Set goals, and meet them for 30 days. My lovely trainer Michelle bought these fun calendars and stickers so everyone could mark their progress. I have four daily goals. As you can see, I have done well so far. I missed my first goal this morning. I am trying to eat something within one hour of waking up. I just couldn’t get myself together this morning and the only way to do that would have been to eat in the shower. So I did not get my 3rd morning star today. I missed it by about 20 minutes. But I still missed it. I don’t find any value in lying to myself and giving myself the star because I almost got it in on time. My fourth star is for not eating after 20:30 at night so I don’t get that until the next morning.
This kind of thing works for me because I dislike failure and if I commit to something I will do my best to do it. Seeing the tangible proof daily is a motivator for me. Not everyone is the same.
I was thinking this morning about how much more effective other life choices could be if we did the same thing. Set up goals and record daily how you’ve done. Chew your fingernails? A sticker for each day you don’t chew them. Run out of patience too easily with your kids? A sticker for each day that you practice better techniques.
It’s about accountability. Don’t just say you want to do or be better, challenge yourself to do it, and follow through.
Had my lung CT w/contrast done yesterday. OOOO EEEE isn’t that dye fun for those few seconds! My arm is quiet sore from the IV. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen before, or perhaps I just don’t remember. Also had a little drama before the CT scan as my doctor got a copy of my blood tests and was alarmed at my Kidney function. I forget regularly that I have Kidney disease. It just doesn’t affect my daily life as other things do. She had me test again and the results came back the same. I suspect I’ll be getting more regular kidney checks for awhile. It’s always something right?