Back to the Grind ~ A Note from Katy
By Katy Agro Myers
Remember last week when I said I was trying to get my life together again? This week was step one. I spent Sunday doing arts and crafts a.k.a. organizing my new planner, setting goals, creating goal tracking sheets to add to it. I set three goals for the remainder of this month:
Drink 80 oz of water each day
Move my body three times a week
Do the Morning Miracle Monday through Friday
Water: that's a no brainer. It's good for you. I'm always needing more water and I'm always thirsty. Downloaded an easy water tracker and just started. Got a little derailed yesterday, because I was COLD. When I'm cold, I struggle to drink water, but I grabbed some tea and lemons and I'll get back on track today.
Moving: I have learned at this point in my life, my stress and anxiety are tied to how much physical activity I do. But I forget. I get distracted. I get tied up in work. I tell myself "I'll do it after I [insert any activity]" and then I never do. Monday night, my youngest told me. he felt stressed out. I felt it too. So we bundled up and went for a walk at 8pm. It was dark. It was freezing. But it was also so peaceful and the stars were magnificent. We focused on our breathing and just enjoyed each other's company. He's usually my super talkative kid, but even he was just enjoying the quiet moments. This morning, I had a lot to do, but I grabbed just 15 minutes on my Peloton. I feel so much better for doing that!
Morning Miracle: So my version of this is a little different. I chug water, let the dog out, do some menial task that's been hanging over my head to check off my list, journal, read 20 minutes for business and 20 minutes for pleasure. Last weekend, I slept in and both Saturday and Sunday, I was grumpy. I didn't get those moments to myself in the morning before my family needed allllllll the things from me and well, you know. You can't pour from an empty cup. I'm not a morning person. Every time my alarm has gone off early this week, I have wanted to hit snooze a million times. But the peace I have in the morning starts my day so much better. I feel grounded. I feel centered. I feel prepared to start the day. So I will continue to get up early. I may let myself sleep in on the weekend again -but still get up just a little before my family to enjoy that time.
Routines are hard sometimes. It's hard to stick to the same thing every single day. It's been hard for me to even pick three goals that I thought were achievable this month. But in starting small, I'm just trying to create some small habits. Just focusing on the routine itself. It hasn't been perfect every day, but I'm celebrating the fact that I'm trying. Putting one foot in front of the other. At the beginning of the week, I wasn't sure I could do that. At the end of the week, I'm finding that I already am. I hope you are too.
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