November 16 and habits and all the junk in my life


Yesterday was an awesome snow day. Shawn cooked stuff and then we ate it. Disclaimer: I was at work all day. And I also feel like crap today from all the stuff I ate yesterday. Which brings me to habits and all the junk.

Good habit or bad, it takes a while to build. Getting up at 4:40 am every morning, getting dressed, grabbing my gear, and heading to the gym is still not a habit for me. I’ve still not disciplined myself to make it happen every morning and until I do that, it won’t become something that happens without thinking aka habit. (Let’s be honest, who wants to make getting up at 4:40 am to be at the gym by 5:00 am a habit?) Well, actually, I do. And here’s why:

the gym at 5 -> home with coffee at 6 -> quiet time/bible study -> time to do a load of laundry, fix breakfast, and a little cleaning -> shower and to work by 9 -> everything is done at work and home before 5 -> on time dinner -> time and energy to do things in the evening -> tired and ready for bed early -> sleep well -> energized to get up at 4:40 am -> the gym at 5

I was easily sidetracked from the early morning gym time by all the junk in my life. Bad eating (habit), not getting to bed early enough (habit), not putting my gear out the night before (habit), and staying up late to (not) work on the projects (habit) (see the pic above? pulled all of the stuff from our dining room that has been piling up from shopping and trips and “remember to do this” stacks and it still sits in the living room this morning as I’m writing this.)

So what to do first? This morning I jotted down a list of my “whys.” Why do I want to go to the gym early? By the way, I’m using the gym as the model, but really, this applies to all the habits we want to create. Here’s my list: (in no particular order, because my lists are basically brain dumped.)


Two comments on my list I want to make: 1. I know some of y’all are going to comment that I have to do this for me, not for Russell. You are 100% correct. The fact that it makes Russell happy is pure gravy. 2. As I re-read my list, I realized that losing weight and building muscle was at the bottom of the list! Even tho this is a total brain dump list, I was really surprised that those two things were at the bottom. But they are huge motivators for me.

I’m not just talking junk as actual stuff, by the way. The junk in my life includes negative thinking, unhealthy food and drink, unsupportive people, habits that aren’t good for me (too much time on the sofa binge-watching The Office for the 100th time), retaining all the things I need to let go of, but definitely actual stuff in my house. Which, by the way, Brett & Rachel, our minimalist minions, are determined to help me with next week. #yay? I suppose I should admit that one of my habits, and I’m not saying it is a bad one, is that I like things…especially things handed down from our family. But it has totally gotten out of control. We, including me, are cleaning out our home of 25 years and getting it ready to sell. Gutting the basement and redoing that is #1 on the list. The basement is also where I have positioned all of the stuff. I’m already preparing myself to let it go. I’ve set the following criteria for keeping anything down in the basement:

  1. Was it something handed down that meant a lot to that person?
  2. Does it mean something to me and do I love it?
  3. Even if I do love it, can it be replaced?
  4. When was the last time I actually used it or displayed it?

Not all criteria must be met, it’s just a place to start and to get me thinking about whether or not I’m going to keep it. I wish Mrs. D and Mrs. A were here to help me along with my thinking. They were instrumental in getting me this far with comments like, “Susan. No.” And my personal favorite when I insisted on keeping something, “I’ll allow it.” Seriously, this is what I need. Brett assures me he is going to be just as tough on me. Which means it is going to be ugly. #prayersrequested

So that’s it for today. Trying to wrap my head around making this stick in my brain and just do the thing.

See Y’all tomorrow, and let’s see those lists!

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