It is very nearly a month since I gave the #52SmallChanges project any kind of intentionality. I could blame a mini season of depression occasioned by my fixation on S, or the fact that I have upcoming exams I am freaking out about, or work – which I have had loads of.
Bottom line is I haven’t been on the money with regards to the small changes I was meant to be progressing through till the next birthday. The barely there silver lining though is besides the ‘get more sleep’ change, I’ve pretty much kept up with the new habits I have picked up in the first three weeks.
So, this is me waking up again, rebooting; with change #4: Keep a food journal
Currently listening to Change My Life – Ashes Remain
From the 52 Small Changes book:
An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body
– General George S. Patton
Last week’s change didn’t exactly go down very well – my fitbit sleep data suggests I didn’t do as well as I thought I would (averaged 6 hours 7 minutes of sleep as against 5 hours 52 minutes the week before); still shy of the 7 hour target. On a slightly more positive note, my water drinking challenge continues apace, thanks to my 600ml mug perched right next to my bed it seems.
This week the challenge is to get more active, something I am already doing a lot of between walking to and from work, church and the shops and going to the gym thrice a week.
For the plan this week, two main things stand out as potential focus areas:
- Take an active lunch – not have lunch at my desk this week but go somewhere further than I usually do (loads of different places in Union Square :))
- Take the stairs at work rather than the elevator.
Currently listening to: Hope Will Lead Us On – Barlow Girl
From the 52 Small Changes book:
Sleep is the best meditation
– Dalai Lama
Last week’s small change went fairly well – bar the odd day on which one coffee just didn’t sort me out. By the end of the week, I was reaching instinctively for my 600ml bottle of water to kick start my day, before anything else. The slightly harder challenge was staying off the cokes, which I did for the most part except for two days – along with a green leaf salad for Wednesday for lunch and on Friday afternoon during my monthly catch up with O. at Nandos. All told there has been noticeable improvement in the quantity of water (and green tea) I drink, which can’t be such a bad thing.
Sleep has never been my forte. For as long as I can remember, I have been a terrible sleeper. My fitbit data only buttresses that fact, which makes the timing of small change #2 particularly apt.
- Buy blackout blinds for my room to eliminate outside sources of light
- Stream smooth jazz music primarily to create a sleepy ambience as sleep time draws near
- Adjust my sleep schedule – I currently wake up around about 5am regardless of when I go to bed. The idea is to try to go to bed by 10pm at the latest.
- Drink a cup of decaffeinated herbal tea to ease off into sleep.
Currently listening to: Forward Motion – Thousand Foot Krutch
From the 52 Small Changes Book:
Water is the driving force of nature
– Leonardo Da Vinci
Or as Fela once famously sang, water no get enemy.
Up until a month ago, Cokes were my default drink, in all its forms – diet, regular, zero and a few non conventional forms too [mixed with all sorts of other liquids], which is why this first small chnage will need some serious getting used to.
Replace coffees with green tea. Target is to scale back to one morning coffee each day at most.
Buy a 1L stainless steel water bottle and keep it topped up at my desk through work.
Straight off the bat, upon waking up, I will down a cup of water to kick start my day.
Currently listening to: You Are – Colton Dixon