Monday, June 11, 2012

Living Intentionally

To live with intention.  To be proactive rather than reactive.  

I'm not a natural planner, more of a "wing and a prayer" type, so my last few months of attempting to plan, be proactive and get organized have been a series of hits and misses.  Made some routine checklists, but have only  been slightly effective at implementing them. (Mostly a miss.)  Tracking what I eat and how much I exercise, every day! (Hit! Yay!)  Writing a budget, coming close to sticking to it. (Mostly a hit!)  Keeping my kitchen, bathroom and living room de-cluttered, well, the bathroom is clean. (Half and half.) Finishing my to-do list for promotion at work, every day! (Another hit, Whoop!)

Even though I've made some good progress, I find it so easy to get derailed and disheartened by the things I haven't yet succeeded at.  Thankfully, I have some amazing people in my life to keep me moving and motivated!  My best friend recently relayed a story to me from a blog she had read.  The woman in the blog talked about how she didn't like who she was, (prior to a weight-loss), and that now she knows who she is and likes herself.  Both my best friend and I are on a quest to be healthier people.  Losing weight is a nice side-effect, but we both just want long, healthy and happy lives.  

I like who I am, and even if I stayed at this weight, this level of organization, unable to quite stick to a budget or keep my house clean, I will still love myself.  My goal to be more proactive, organized and healthy isn't going to be measured solely in quantifiable ways, but in the added enjoyment I find from having an extra hour from my planning to spend with my daughter, or an extra $20 for a trip to the zoo, the extra energy I have to play outside with my family from eating healthy and exercising.

~ Liz

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love this. I feel I am in the same boat. I'm trying a new tactic this week...forming habits. I pick one thing out of each area of my life that I want to improve and start forming a habit. For example, one I'm trying this month is working out everyday. Whether it's an hour at the gym or a 15 min walk around my neighborhood. I have to do something. I'll let you know how it goes. :)