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TOL: change is hard

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Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

It’s the first week of January, so it seems like everybody is making changes:  to their diet, their exercise routine, to their life. It’s a little overwhelming, frankly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge supporter of positive change, and, as a habitual Type-A overachiever, the fact that a new year started on a Monday almost makes me giddy.

But there’s a lot I need to change in my life, y’all. Like, a lot. So I have my work cut out for me this year.

Let’s get the first and most obvious thing out of the way first:

I need to change my workout routine. <cough> To be honest, actually having a workout routine would be a good place to start. Because I’ve been pretty lazy/unmotivated for many months now. I mean, I did the Route 66 Half-Marathon right before Thanksgiving, but I didn’t train for it, and walked the entire thing.

So, yeah. An actual exercise routine would be a good change. That Cowtown Half Marathon at the end of February is just around the corner…

On a related note, I need to change my diet. “Diet” as in “the foods I’m eating,” not as in “I’m on the so-and-so diet to lose weight.” Let’s be honest, from Thanksgiving to Christmas was a crapshoot as far as eating went. Our patients brought us goodies. Chocolate. Then there’s all the get-togethers. My food choices were kind of like this:

…except with more chocolate and sugar.

My aim is to eat more whole foods and less processed foods and carbs. Sounds easy, right? Yeah. Right. Work in progress…

I need to be more productive on my days off—instead of wasting time on the internet. I don’t want to spend 10 hours on the computer without much of anything accomplished. Especially with less than two weeks before classes start again.

I need to get rid of stuff/simplify my life. Again.

This is the side table in my dining area/workout area:

liquor

First of all, let me say that the only bottles I’ve acquired in the last 12 months were the two tiny ones—Christmas gifts—and most of those have never been opened. I don’t actually drink that often. Except two Fridays ago, when I cam straight in the door and had a couple of swallows of tequila straight from the bottle. #sometimesmyjobishard

So, yeah. I need to get rid of some stuff. Some clutter. Absolutely. I think I’d feel so much better without all of this stuff hanging around that I never use. So why am I keeping it? Habit, probably.

I think these four areas need to be my focus. Change is hard. Four areas is enough.

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