30-day Paleo Challenge plus some other stuff

monkey 082615I make big proclamations semi-often about things I’m going to do. I do them for a while then fall back to my old habits. Anyone relate?

I’m doing it once again (no, I haven’t learned my lesson).  There are four things in my life I’d like to improve, I guess you can make that five. If I’m going to swing for the fences, I might as well make it a good one. I’m going to challenge myself to do something each day to improve on those things for 30 days.

Sounds like a lot, I know. It is. There’s a quote I like to repeat to myself when I’m especially in need. That is “Only the disciplined are truly free.” It almost doesn’t make sense on the  surface, but when I think of how many times I’ve gone to bed feeling bad that I didn’t do this or that, or bad because I did do this or that, it makes more sense  to me. If I’m disciplined about the things I need to do, there’s no need to think about it, or worry about it. It just is.

It started with my diet. I’d been eating less than stellar and feeling the effects of it. Exercise was spotty and I wanted to make a change. In my case, I’m better off when I go drastic. I can’t say I’m going to cut down on bread and starches, and sugar, and actually do it. I have to just eliminate all together. It forces me to think about my meals and how to make them healthier. I had done paleo before, and the result was a happy tummy, lean muscles, and a varied diet of proteins, veggies, and fruit. Things I’ve been avoiding like the plague.

So when I decided to start paleo again, I figured I might as well throw a few more things in the mix like exercise, writing, teaching the kids Spanish, and now doing something for the health of my marriage.  These are all things that will enrich my life and add to my happiness.

So here is what I propose to do. Every day except Sundays, I will eat the paleo way, exercise, write for an hour, spend ten minutes reading to the kids in Spanish, and doing one nice thing for my husband. Whew, it made me tired just typing all that. It is a formidable list but not if I break it down in pieces. Ten minutes of reading to my kids is not that long, and doing something nice for my husband can be anything from a loving note to a special dinner.

It is Wednesday and I am ahead of the game in paleo, exercise, and writing. I started those things on Monday so I only need to add in the Spanish and hubby to the mix.

Wish me luck and good luck to all those who work toward discipline and becoming the best version of them they can be.

I make big proclamations semi-often about things I’m going to do. I do them for a while then fall back to my old habits. Anyone relate?

I’m doing it once again (no, I haven’t learned my lesson).  There are four things in my life I’d like to improve, I guess you can make that five. If I’m going to swing for the fences, I might as well make it a good one. I’m going to challenge myself to do something each day to improve on those things for 30 days.

Sounds like a lot, I know. It is. There’s a quote I like to repeat to myself when I’m especially in need. That is “Only the disciplined are truly free.” It almost doesn’t make sense on the  surface, but when I think of how many times I’ve gone to bed feeling bad that I didn’t do this or that, or bad because I did do this or that, it makes more sense  to me. If I’m disciplined about the things I need to do, there’s no need to think about it, or worry about it. It just is.

It started with my diet. I’d been eating less than stellar and feeling the effects of it. Exercise was spotty and I wanted to make a change. In my case, I’m better off when I go drastic. I can’t say I’m going to cut down on bread and starches, and sugar, and actually do it. I have to just eliminate all together. It forces me to think about my meals and how to make them healthier. I had done paleo before, and the result was a happy tummy, lean muscles, and a varied diet of proteins, veggies, and fruit. Things I’ve been avoiding like the plague.

So when I decided to start paleo again, I figured I might as well throw a few more things in the mix like exercise, writing, teaching the kids Spanish, and now doing something for the health of my marriage.  These are all things that will enrich my life and add to my happiness.

So here is what I propose to do. Every day except Sundays, I will eat the paleo way, exercise, write for an hour, spend ten minutes reading to the kids in Spanish, and doing one nice thing for my husband. Whew, it made me tired just typing all that. It is a formidable list but not if I break it down in pieces. Ten minutes of reading to my kids is not that long, and doing something nice for my husband can be anything from a loving note to a special dinner.

It is Wednesday and I am ahead of the game in paleo, exercise, and writing. I started those things on Monday so I only need to add in the Spanish and hubby to the mix.

Wish me luck and good luck to all those who work toward discipline and becoming the best version of them they can be.

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I’m going to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon of improvement in 2014. Exercise and eating I don’t find too difficult to stick with. I guess I can thank my vanity for that. Easier to ignore are the things that aren’t seen by others, the secret goals I keep private so that I won’t be held accountable for them, at least not by anyone else.

Not surprising, one of my goals for the new year is to sell more articles with the ultimate goal of giving up my day job to only write. I know, me and half of America wants to write for a living. The difference is that I’m going to do something about it this year. I am putting myself out there and declaring to anyone listening that I have made the decision to pursue a full time writing career. 

I’ve decided a few other things for this year as well. I have decided not to submit to feelings of inferiority, not to be governed by my fear, keep love in my heart, and to be more decisive about every day decisions that I struggle with now. 

I have a full plate, I know, but they are all related and I believe that one will propel the next until it is habit to do these things I am proposing. 

Let the life improving begin!

Why I Love American Idol

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With the explosion of reality tv which in fact isn’t reality at all in most cases, I continue to be a fan of American Idol. I jumped on the bandwagon somewhere around season 5 and each year I tell myself I’m not going to watch and get sucked in but I inevitably do. I watch year after year as these young people pour their hearts and souls into what the competition to win fame, a contract, money, but in most cases to get a chance to do for a living what they really LOVE to do.

The show isn’t about who slept with who, or who said what. It’s about winning a vote, about pushing yourself to the limits of your talent and expectations. It’s about growing and learning. That is something I enjoy seeing in others and encourages me to do the same.