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19/02/2017
  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 1 cheers 2017-03-18 16:00:37

    I did reaaaaally really badly with this this week. Now as I'm about to head to the grocery store again, facing the fact that I'm throwing out a horrifying amount of wasted vegetables to make room for more, I need to set some parameters for myself.

    My problem is this. I really LIKE cooking, and enjoy making new and often somewhat time-intensive recipes for myself. But I also have limited energy as the week goes on. I start out on weekends with the best intentions, planning a week of delicious meals. Come Thursday, or sometimes even Monday, I just don't wanna.

    I've tried keeping some frozen meals on hand for those "in a pinch" nights, but then I invariably consume those first. Even when I have the energy, I'd rather go the lazy route.

    And if I only buy whole foods I must prepare, by the end of the week I too often just make myself some spaghetti with olive oil in protest.

    So here's what will maybe work for me -- at least what I'll try this week. And let's yes call them parameters, because rules, even self-imposed, always seem to fail:

    —If I must start out with all good intentions buying lots of veggies for lots of delicious new recipes, then at least buy only veggies that are just as easy to eat raw with hummus, or to roast, or to quickly run through the food processor and throw into a stir fry or spaghetti dish if I do get lazy. No veggies that really can only be used in that single recipe that suddenly looks like a huge pain in the ass.

    —And have hummus and salsa and maybe some splurgy dips on hand so I will just eat them!! At the top of my game I would be making the hummus. But if I'm not there, just accept that and buy some damn hummus.

    —Tidy up the kitchen before bed. Non-negotiable. It's the last thing I want to do right after I cook, and by bedtime I can't muster the will. But I MUST. The greatest barrier to doing some actual cooking is seeing all the tools I need dirty in the sink. Do it. You'll thank yourself later.

    —If something really is about to go to waste, find some use for it. Freeze it. Throw it in tomorrow's smoothie. Have a garbage fridge meal. If I started out only buying vegs that have many uses, this shouldn't be hard.

    —Really need to protect one weekend day savagely and get back into the habit of making things ahead for the week. One day a week I have the energy for this. Play my favorite podcasts. Have some wine. This is fun, remember? Make energy balls for breakfast, make some seed-and-nut snack mixes. Make a big pot of soup. Will be well on my way.

    —I'll do this tonight, I really really do want to do this: make a dorky spreadsheet of quick bowl meals I can always quickly throw together. Grains, vegs, toppings, sauces. I could happily eat like this every day, no recipe required. Just need to make myself a big long list of sauces/dressings I can quickly whip up. Brilliant.

    Okay! Resolved! Off to the store! No! More! Wasting! Food!

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01/03/2017
  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 3 cheers 2017-03-01 17:45:23

    Ooooh my god it's out of control. My phone is so much an extension of my arm that I have woken up with my empty hand in front of my face, thumb moving as if scrolling through twitter -- more than once. I also recognize that, while it is not impacting my work or relationships or daily life adversely, my heavy phone use is keeping me from investing time in more interesting and productive activities and a lot of what I do is just a repetitive, addicted, waste.

    Although this is serious I am giving myself more or less of a pass for the next several weeks while I work on other priorities. But there are some activities I may try to introduce sporadically. Some of these may become specific goals I can put "in focus" and cross off. A few approaches I want to try:


    • Go ten days completely off the grid while I am in Europe in April (this will kickstart this goal officially to break the habit)

    • Stand every time I want to use my phone during the day

    • Turn off my phone and put it out of reach an hour before bed. I may buy a traditional alarm clock and keep my phone out of the room if necessary!

    • Try to get through a whole day on a single battery charge

    • Take a walk (almost) every day without my phone

    • Keep certain activities, like making dinner, completely phone-free


    My phone is always going to be an essential tool, and I recognize that some amount of mindless use is okay, too. But right now it is totally ruling my brain. Must get back into control!

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    • hopeslife
      hopeslife 0 cheers 2017-03-01 23:18:25

      @lockharting I'm more of a computer person, but I do understand the addiction! Lol I've never done the phone as an extension of my arm thing. In fact, i've lost my phone more times than one could probably count.

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 0 cheers 2017-02-19 02:44:07

    I've framed this goal this way as an alternative to something like "create and follow a daily routine." I'm predisposed, unhelpfully, toward being overly prescriptive about routines -- and then failing to live up to the strict rules and schedules I lay out for myself. I mean to use my time WELL, giving myself the flexibility to decide what that looks like day to day, hour to hour. At the same time I don't mean ALL time must be used to its greatest potential, like even free time must serve some higher purpose. What I'm really looking for is some balance at last between expecting a lot from myself, allowing myself to shift activities to a time when I have the energy to tackle them, and giving myself plenty of time to recharge. And also under this heading, I'd like to tackle curbing my phone addiction. Not every moment needs to be spent mindfully, but very few should be spent mindlessly. Somewhere in this, I think, is an approach that will allow me to look back on my day satisfied with what I've accomplished, but I can't say I've mastered it yet.

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 0 cheers 2017-02-18 00:26:59

    1 - Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker *****

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 0 cheers 2017-02-18 00:26:02

    This feels like a low bar and I'm already off pace but, well. It'd be better than the last couple years. Maybe I'd better start by giving up the book that's been sitting untouched on my nightstand for two weeks. 

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 0 cheers 2017-02-18 00:20:17

    About 20% there -- better not lose my job any time soon!

    I had a solid six months at one point and used it all up paying off my federal student loans. No regrets about that. But gotta get back to where I was.

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-17 23:31:28

    Welp this has definitely been on my list since 43T 1.0. I hate still having this hanging over me, but I've certainly come a long way since then. I paid off the federal loans. I consolidated the private loans. I'm paying mostly principal finally. I'm paying more than the minimum. And I -- not aaaalways, but often 🙂 -- put extra paychecks and bonuses toward them. And with all that, it's still going to take me at least another two years, groaaaaaaaan. This one will feel GOOD to finally cross off the list.

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-17 12:24:08

    So I took a couple weeks off legitimately after giving myself whiplash, and a couple more after that for more questionable reasons (boss is in town? clearly I cannot manage anything outside of work!). I still struggle with resilience in the face of any change to the routine.

    But bygones! Back on track this week, and got the 8lbers into the mix on both arm and leg days. My thighs are still furious with me two days later. 🙂 I feel like I lost a lot of progress on cardio endurance but oddly not much at all on strength, which is pleasing. Hopefully after this last bout we are done with snow in any disruptive amounts, so I'm going to start c25k back up this weekend.

    Let's see if I can keep it up this time -- but equally, if I work out three or four days instead of five, that's a whole lot better than zero. Must remember that, and keep showing up when I can.

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  • lockharting
    lockharting Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-17 23:15:37

    I was doing pretty good with this for a while! Until I decided walking on a sheet of ice would be a good idea, fell on my ass, hit my head, and gave myself a case of whiplash, haha. So taking it easy for a week or two until my neck seems to be fully recovered and then easing back in. 

    My preferred forms of exercise are yoga and hiking, but I wasn't getting where I wanted to be on that alone and added some strength and cardio to the mix. My goals are to be able to run a 5k and to develop muscle tone all over. After that we'll see -- I may set higher goals, or just maintain that and go back to yoga primarily. It gets addictive once you finally get to enjoying the pain, and one achievement makes you crave another! :)

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