Monday, July 12, 2010

DAY 337 First Freedom Challenge Report!

Hidy Ho,  Journal & Friends!

Today is the end of Week One of the  Freedom Challenge (here for info).  We survived!

Okay, here were my goals... I'll put after each one how I did. I decided try out a 1 to 10 rating scale this time. I think it forces me away from all-or-nothing thinking. Possible 10 points in each area, for a total of 70 for the week if I'm a real good girl, LOL!

My goal is to be CONSISTENT in these things:

1. STUDY. Consistently do my online Read-The-Bible-In-One-Year  program.
RESULTS: 69 out of possible 70 points. Deducted one point cuz one day I whizzed thru in a hurry just to get to say "I did it". :-}

2. NUTRITION. I want to be consistent again in not going over my daily calorie budget, even by a little. I got sloppy, and justified a "little here, a little there." No more.
RESULTS: 57 out of 70. There were two days that we shall not discuss any more. Blush.

3. SLEEP. Getting to bed on time. Not playing around on the computer, or watching old Star Trek reruns on tv. Go. To. Bed!
RESULTS: 60 out of 70. Only three days did I get my full 8 hours. Funny... I thought I had done better til I looked at the whole week!

4. EXERCISE. Consistently follow my pre-set schedule. I KNOW when I must genuinely make adjustments, or when I am making excuses. No more.
RESULTS: 57 out of 70. Four days I did everything on my list, the other three I did minimum. Definitely need to put more effort here!

5. WATER. Instead of hit and miss and guessing, I want to consistently drink my minimum 2 quarts per day. I will measure it out in the morning.
RESULTS: 62 out of 70. Today is the start of Sean and Kenz's PEWC water challenge (click on badge in sidebar for details). That will be added incentive to do better here!

6. FEELINGS.  I want to know I did my best, and feel proud of myself.  I am not trying for perfection... but for Consistency.
RESULTS: 51 out of  70. Hmmm... I rated each day at the end of that day.  My performance numbers averaged out to about 60 for the week. Yet here, I only rated myself as feeling a 51. Hmmmm... that doesn't match my performance score. I wonder if I am being a little harsh on myself?? I don't want to take the easy way out, and I've found if I don't push myself, I tend to accomplish less. I'll think on that.

"Freedom Is A State of Heart"


I'm going to enjoy the Freedom of not holding my breath at a weigh in, because I know I was consistent in those behaviors that produce healthy results.

I look forward to the 
Freedom from regret... regret at wasting time.

And I REALLY long for the 
Freedom from physical pain, and I know as I get healthier, that will get better, too.

I've decided I REALLY like the 1 to 10 rating system. Wow, it is so easy to fool yourself... okay, it is so easy for ME to fool MYself into thinking that I am doing better than I really am. This was an eye-opener. 

I am excited, truly! Thank you, Deb, for sponsoring this Challenge.
I can't wait to see how much I have improved by next week. 
I feel full of hope and anticipation!

From Dr Phil's book: "You can 'pull up the stakes' , transcend your conditioning, and reprogram yourself for success rather than failure."

My verse for today:  "I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High."

My quote for today: "It's a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself." --Muhammad Ali

Enjoy the Journey,



anne h said...

Yeah about the not holding your breath.
The time to panic is when you mess up, not when you do right!

Diana said...

I like this 1 to 10 rating system too, and I think I might incorporate it into my life. I'm really good at telling myself how great I'm doing when in fact I'm a big cheat, on the food and the exercise. I eat healthy, but I eat too much. I go to the gym, but I don't always give 100%, some days I'm only about 70 or 80 percent into it. Some days 110 percent, but usually not. :)

Great idea!

M Pax said...

You seem to be doing quite well.

I'm trying to have smaller, less intense spurts of activity throughout the day instead of one, heart-pounding workout.

I've made little progress with this. Yet my mind is so fully entrenched elsewhere, I'm not surprised. This is perhaps something to work toward after August 8th. Until then, practicing my better, healthy habits consistently will have to do.

I am thankful I have not fallen back to old, bad habits during this time. That's something and I'll take it. :)

You, however, inspire me to think about trying harder.

Leslie said...

I generally like your way of thinking, Loretta. The 1-10 rating system is great, and I might incorporate it for myself!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! That quote from Dr. Phil just confirms what I know I need to do! 'You can 'pull up the stakes', transcend your conditioning, reprogram yourself for success..."

God is good.


cmoursler said...

great job loretta! Keep up the good work. I like the definition of freedom.

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