Last year I tried all sorts of things to help me with a weekly routine. I spent hours reading the Fly Lady website – which I still do by the way. I tried to put her plan into action and it worked, for the most part. I started trying to read through the Bible in a Year…I think I made it about 30% of the way. I signed up for all my favorite blogs with Google Reader in an effort to be more organized. All of this was helpful but nothing ever stuck.
After much thought I’ve decided that it’s not a new system I need, it’s a new mindset. A new mindset is critical for me to experience change in the following three areas:
Diet/Exercise -This is absolutely the routine I like the least. Diet and exercise aren’t fun for me, interesting for me or enjoyable for me. If I had a list of my top 8 priorities…this wouldn’t even make it. My friend (and client) Ken Davis is 65 and running triathlons. He asked me to run one with him in May. I immediately and cheerfully declined.
The truth though is, I’m almost 36, finished having babies (boo)…it’s time to get serious. I have 36 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-kid weight. It sounds insurmountable but I’m determined to do it. How am I changing my mindset? Well, I got a coach. Michael Hyatt (also one of my clients…yes, his blog is worth reading EVERY day) and Tony Robbins are big on coaches. Sometimes coaches cost a lot of money but in this case, my coach is free. I’ll probably have to buy her a bottle of Woop Woop wine once in a while but she’s worth it!
Traci Scheer has been one of my best friends since we were about 11 years old. She is one of those people who LOVES diet and exercise. She studied it in college and lives it out every day. She’s helping me through this journey and I’m REALLY thankful for it. What are we doing? It’s super simple… I’m tracking everything I eat and my exercise at My Fitness Pal. The goal right now is 1270 calories a day and 15 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. Some days I’m making my goals, other days I’m not…but I’m focused and my coach is making all the difference.
Reading the Bible – This is easier for me, in fact I’m really enjoying it. My new mindset is to see this as a MUST every day, not a “wouldn’t it be nice” thing. Spending time with Jesus everyday is imperative if any of my routines or new mindsets are going to succeed. I’m using the You Version app to read the entire bible in one year. One cool feature – I can listen to someone read the bible (who has this cool British voice) while I read it. I find I retain it much better this way.
Keeping my House Clean – Well, I’ve made this really easy. My new mindset is, hire someone to help. For a few years my dad has been encouraging me to hire a housekeeper. We have a decent size house and what with living in the country, four kids and two dogs…things get messy fast. Plus, if you know me, you know that cleaning is NOT my strong point. I finally gave in. I finally hired Julia and Tina…my “cleaning angels”…who come once every two weeks. It was a squeeze to fit this into our budget, but SO worth it. The house is still not always clean, but every two weeks it gets put back to “perfect”. I can’t even tell you how much stress this has removed from my life. We eat a lot more ground beef and less steaks…but it’s worth it! :)
A new mindset is making a ton of difference in my life. A new mindset that I can’t do everything myself, it’s ok to ask for help, it’s ok to say NO (yes Travis, I am capable of saying this) and finally, it’s good to take time for myself…not good, necessary. Wow…that’s a whole other blog post, for another day.
What’s your new mindset for 2012?