And around we go

Life’s been going pretty well, lately. I’ve been nailing my goals, and recently moved on to what I’m calling “Phase Two” of that effort. It’s pretty much the same as Phase One, only I’ve added some new goals into the mix and further limited what I spend my time and energy on. Perhaps I’ll write all that up in the near future, but (as my lack of updates might indicate) writing blog posts isn’t high on my priority list, so I’ll keep this one short.

In fact, writing posts of any sort isn’t a thing I’m doing much of these days. My Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts have been gathering a lovely patina of disuse and I can’t see that changing any time soon. Twitter and Facebook? Essentially useless, unless your idea of fun is arguing with bots or being bombarded by poorly-sourced, easily-debunked memes. As for Instagram, I’ve done very little photography since the weather turned cold, and what I have done I’ve decided is just for myself.

Then there’s all the…bad behavior which pretty much every tech company in the world seems keen to engage in. So, yeah, I think I’m kinda done with most of them, and totally done with blindly handing over my data and relying on them in order to do my work.

To that end (and others), I just put Linux back on my laptop. That’s a blog post in and of itself, though, so I’ll leave it at that.

Suffice it to say, this whole “Refocusing” effort of mine has more than fulfilled every single hope I had for it, and the next few months are looking like they’ll be even better.

How’re you doing?

Not really an update

You’ll notice that I didn’t post a check-in yesterday. My bad. I forgot about it until halfway through the morning, and when I remembered, well, I just didn’t see much point.

At this stage, it really just so much copying and pasting. Every week is pretty much the same. I’m rocking my diet, meditation, and family-time goals, slowly improving my exercise habits, and totally suck at pursuing anything creative.

It’s been eight weeks, I’ve been feeling awesome, and I lost another two pounds.

Can’t really ask for more than that.

That said, I can tell you one thing about all this: it’s slow going.

Me and patience don’t often join hands, especially when it comes projects which require a long-term effort. I’m very good at initiating things, but (you might have noticed) I’m lacking in follow-through. I want what I want when I want it, and that includes results.

Given that, let’s just say the hardest thing about my “Refocusing” has been the slow and steady march itself.

There’s nothing very hard about any of the things I’ve been doing, and I can clearly see I’m making constant, incremental progress toward the place I want to be, but I’m just not moving fast enough to satisfy my “Now! Now! Now!” ego.

That’s just a little irritating.

I’m dealing with it, though, so that’s good.

Anyway, I’m going to forgo the check-ins for a while and begin using this blog a little…differently.

So, how are you doing?

Refocusing — week 7

Another week, another check-in, and–surprise surprise–things are still going well. I’m thinking of moving to a once-a-month schedule for these updates, because success has made them kind of “samey.” Then again, if I did that, this blog would probably be even more barren than it is.

Haven’t made a decision yet, though, so let’s just get to it.

Progress report — week 7

As always, I’ll give each of my goals a grade separately, then catalog my results below.

I will spend one hour a day exercising and stretching.

I’m doing much better here! I’ve gotten out every single day for at least one walk, and every walk has been at least a mile. The cold hasn’t bothered me a bit. In fact, I’m still enjoying it. I continue to stretch every day, as well. That said, I’m still not quite hitting the one-hour mark. If I had to guess, I’m at about 30, maybe 40 minutes.

I’m going to give myself a B for this goal.

I will use a meal planner to eat healthier.

This goal is hilariously easy at this point. I’m really only ever hungry at meal times, have almost zero cravings for “junk food,” and those I do have are easily dismissed.

A+.

I will spend one hour a day on meditation and related practices.

Again with the awesome. I am owning this goal.

A+.

I will spend one hour a day with my family members.

Owning this one, too.

A+.

I will create something every day.

This one? I suck at it. There’s just no softening the blow, here–I have totally failed this goal and have really no idea how to do better. I’m trying to find a way to set aside one, specific hour each day to just sit down and make something, but I haven’t managed to pull it off yet.

I’m giving myself an F.

Results

Apart from that last goal, it’s been another fantastic week. I lost another three pounds, I’m feeling great, and making definite progress on nearly every front of this “war” I’m fighting.

So, how are you doing?

Refocusing — week 6

It’s been another week of not-too-many updates, but I’m not really beating myself up too much over that. I’ve been busy with appointments, errands, holiday shopping–it’s kinda been one of those months already.

Whatever. I’m hitting the important, “Refocusing“-related posts, and that’s enough for me. And speaking of, how’d I do this week?

Progress report — week 6

(I notice now that in my copy/paste frenzy, last week’s “Progress report” heading said it was still week four. Oh well.)

As always, I’ll give each of my goals a grade separately, then catalog my results below.

I will spend one hour a day exercising and stretching.

Okay, this one’s still a pain in my ass, but I’m doing better. I continue to stretch every day, and I went for a walk five days out of the seven. I’m not yet exercising every single day, and I’m not hitting the one hour goal when I do, but I’m improving. In fact, I think I might even be starting to enjoy walking outside in the cold. I can’t explain it, but that appears to be what’s happening.

I’m giving myself a C for this goal. I’m making progress, but I definitely need to do better.

I will use a meal planner to eat healthier.

What’s that sound? Is it me nailing this goal over and over again? Why, yes. Yes it is.

Another A+.

I will spend one hour a day on meditation and related practices.

Ditto with this one. This goal’s practically a lay up.

A+.

I will spend one hour a day with my family members.

This one, too. Totally nailing it.

A+.

I will create something every day.

This goal, though, not so much. As with my exercise goal, I’ve made progress, but I’m not quite where I need to be. What’s more, I don’t really know how to “fix” this. Doing better, though, so there’s that.

Giving myself another B- here.

Results

It’s been another great week. I’m feeling awesome, lost another three pounds, and continue to be very happy–both with my “Refocusing” and in general.

How are you doing?

Refocusing – week 5

Another week of Refocusing has come and gone. This one was a bit wonky on account of the holiday weekend, but I think I did alright. If you’re keeping score at home, though, you’ll notice that I didn’t post anything here Wednesday or Friday. I’d tell you it’s because I was too busy doing other sexy, awesome things, but I’d be lying if I did. I pretty much just blew off the blog last week. I’m trying not to feel bad about that, and so far that’s going quite well.

Anyway, how I’d do?

Progress report — week 4

As per tradition, I’m going to give myself a grade on each of my five goals, then write up my overall results.

I will spend one hour a day exercising and stretching.

I’m still not doing so hot on this one. The stretching? I’m doing that every day without fail. In fact, it’s become such an integral part of my daily routine, so relaxing and invigorating, it’s kind of silly that it was so hard to get started at the beginning.

But as for actual exercise? That’s been a challenge. I am a major, irredeemable wimp when it comes to the cold, and since it’s cold and windy where I live, and since walking is kind of my whole exercise plan at this point, I haven’t done hardly any at all. That said, I did manage to get outside a bit more than I did last week, but I’m still not where I need to be.

I’m giving myself a C- here, instead of last week’s D, because while I have a long way to go, I did improve a little.

I will use a meal planner to eat healthier.

Nailing it. Even with Thanksgiving thrown in the mix, I’ve kept my calorie count down and continue to eat much healthier food.

A solid A+ again.

I will spend one hour a day on meditation and related practices.

Ditto on this. Haven’t diverged an inch from my plan and am just killing this goal with a consistence I never really thought possible.

Another A+.

I will spend one hour a day with my family members.

Nailed it, crushed it, killed it–I need another term to mean “I’m totally kicking this goal’s ass beyond all reasonable belief.” Seriously, it’s almost a gimme at this point, and I’m really happy about that.

An A+ like burning.

I will create something every day.

Alas, we once again come upon a goal I’m not doing so well at. The creative juices are pretty hard to squeeze out these days, but (as with my exercise goal) I did a little better this week than I did last week.

So, that’s a B- because of the improvement, but I really need to get my act together here.

Results

I’m tempted to just copy and past last week’s Results in this spot, because the trend of total awesomeness just keeps going. Energy, patience, lack of anxiety–it’s all there. I did have a rough, semi-sleepless night on Saturday, which was weird, but that’s about it. Sleep’s been great otherwise.

Oh, and I lost another three pounds, putting me at 233. Admittedly, I still have a lot of weight to lose, but my pants are getting looser and I’ve had to use holes on my belt which have never before been penetrated.

That seems kinda obscene now that I’ve written it.

Whatever.

How’ve you been doing?