ProgressingPosted: January 19, 2013 | |
“Spiritual-ness” – I haven’t been sticking to my daily readings as much as last week. I can tell that this affects my overall feeling of closeness with God. Instead of trying to read passages at once I have been focusing on one verse at a time or choosing a mantra for the day, reminding me of my ultimate purpose in life and to keep myself humble (not get too swept away with our secular world).
Spanish – I have been playing my Spanish language CDs in the background while I work, even listening to the Spanish news channel while I eat or clean my room. Even if my entire attention is not focused on the words hearing the phrases allows me to become used to the faster pace of the language and reinforces what I’ve been studying. I have also been completing one unit of the work book a day by “scheduling” it into my day. I work well with structure…
Nutrition – This week I actually prepared several meals ahead of time. I’ve talked about doing this for weeks, but since I’m not working my extra demo job I have found more time to prep. I have also been inspired by the homemade, healthy meals that the mother of the children I nanny for makes and reheat for weekly dinners. Usually by the time I get home from work it’s late and I’m exhausted. Whipping out pots and pans and waiting for a meal to heat up is not too appealing. So I prepared a few batches of scrambled eggs, Lentil “meatloaf” (see recipe below), and snack mix to take to work. I have already noticed an increase in my energy level since I am eating less processed, whole foods that contain more balanced nutrients (and protein).
Fitness – I’ve been slacking once again in this department. I guess I feel like in order to work out I must include cardio, strength, stretching – the whole ordeal. These thoughts in and of themselves make me feel like I’ve had a workout. A workout for my brain anyways… So it is time to break things down into more manageable sessions. Even if I do 5-10 minutes of abs or run through a few yoga poses I feel better. Since I work well with structure I’m trying to set a time during the day/evening depending on my schedule to take a few minutes to strengthen myself. Eventually I want to build up my endurance but for now baby steps will get me there. 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes!
*Social – I’ve added a social category this week. Lately I’ve been feeling like I have no friends or don’t see anyone outside my parents or boyfriend. It’s not true and I love my family and man to death, but it’s healthy to spread the love! Last week my best friend came to visit which was wonderful. She had never been to my new apartment and I enjoyed her company. I would like to reconnect with several people I have fallen out of contact with (while also adding to my social circle). I did contact a friend that I had assisted with her wedding business over the summer. I don’t plan on working with her anytime soon, but we do have a lot in common and I wouldn’t mind meeting her for lunch if she has time. I also want to visit with one of my roommates who I had a falling out with a few years ago – that will be my goal for the upcoming week.
I hope everyone is staying positive and moving forward. I can’t believe that we are already halfway through January!