Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Is it only Wednesday?

Yeeks, this is a long week already. But fret not, dear Internet. I will survive. Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'm still alive.


So, yeah. Here I am. Day 3 of Operation Rehab my Thutt Operation Oh Gawd, This Again? Operation Don't Get Comfy on the Couch is a success. By "success" I mean that I got out of bed and got on my treadmill this morning. I might not have pushed it real good or real fast, but I got on the thing and I slogged it out in intervals of running and walking for 30 minutes (tra-la-la, complaining all the way), so at least I don't have to start over again tomorrow. Some days that slow, lame workout is still a victory and today was that day.

Victory is mine, victory is mine. Great day in the morning, people, victory is mine...I drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land.

You know how much I love me some lists and charts, right? For similar reasons I also love grocery shopping, filing our taxes, and beating video games. I love the feeling of crossing off a word, checking a box, completing a form, rescuing a princess. I know, my nerd is showing. But in this same spirit, I've been using a new (to me) website called HabitForge. The sole purpose of this website is to track whether or not you've been successful at doing something the day before. Each morning you get an email asking "did you _________ yesterday?" and you click yes or no. It builds on the idea that it takes 21 days to establish a habit, so what you're going for is a 21 day streak. If you click no, it starts you over again. Here's a list of the habits I'm tracking:

Exercise: did I exercise for at least 30 minutes the day before (run, walk, do my physical therapy, stretch, etc)? On my rest days I'm just trying to do what I've heard called "active rest." Stretch, walk the dog/kids to the park, etc. Because it never hurts me to move. (PS I'm going to up this to one hour as soon as I can start lengthening my runs.)

Vitamins: did I take mine? Because Dr. Oz thinks I should. (For the record: a multivitamin (actually, leftover prenatals 'cuz I don't want to waste 'em), fish oil, Vitamin D, and a Claritin (which is not a vitamin, but it makes my day a whole lot more enjoyable).

Sleep: did I get in my bed by 9:00? I can't promise myself an awesome night of sleep every night, but when I get in bed by 9:00 I get consistently more than if I don't. Even if I'm not sleeping, I feel better if I told myself to cool my jets and be in my flannel cocoon a little early.

Writing: did I blog? Because I'm trying to do it at least once a day.

So you can bet your sweet bippy I'm hard at work thinking of things to track and "win" and "beat" in this little program. I might start setting the bar low and just make goals like "wake up" and "put on pants." Fun, right?


  1. That website sounds great. Plus, who doesn't love a West Wing quote in the morning?

  2. I'm rewatching West Wing Season 1 right now and every time I do I complain about how this show should never end and I oh how I miss me some Joshua Lyman!

    The website sounds pretty nifty. I might have to try it out with my exercising.

  3. Thanks for the tip on the website! I have been trying to wake up at 5am to get my workouts done in the morning and it hasn't been going so well.

  4. That website sounds amazing, and just what I need to continue getting my butt to the gym each night (because on my own it only happened three nights last week).

    And I miss West Wing - time to start watching it all over again!

  5. I'm going to have to use this website, once I figure out what my habits are that I want to create. You're quite the impressive lady and I've got to tell you I look forward to seeing what you write every day.