Yes, it's a quote from a Killers song that popped into my head as I was pondering this blog.
So yesterday I blogged about feeling lost, adrift, not having a good direction to head, and thought I should make a list of things I'd like to accomplish. Not a bucket list, just a list of potential goals that I could work through. That got me to thinking about all the things I've already accomplished, and I thought that might be a good place to start. Give myself credit where credit is due.
1. I lost 55 pounds in 1987 and have pretty much maintained that for the past 27+ years. (I'm actually closer to 65 pounds down at this point, but that's how maintenance works, you may go up and down a bit until you find your happy weight)
2. I've developed a good (for me) eating plan. Mostly whole foods that I cook myself. I do enjoy some processed food, and nothing is off-limits, but there are foods I enjoy and some that don't agree with me, so I eat what I like, and skip what doesn't serve my body well.
3. I've got a good habit of fitness. I've had the luxury of engaging personal trainers (I think I'm on my 5th one?) for the past 12 years or so, and it keeps me motivated an on track to push around some weights. Lately I've taken to running in to work a couple of times a week. It takes planning to get that all together, but it's become my thing, it's what I do.
4. I get at least 5 fruits and veggies every day, usually more. (adjunct to #2)
5. I focus on good sources of protein, and aim to get at least 20 grams with every main meal. (another adjunct to #2)
6. I foam roll after my strength training.
7. I do yoga at least 5 days a week.
8. I meditate at least 5 days a week.
9. I read books every day.
10. I knit in the evening at least 3 days a week.
11. I have a monthly massage and facial.
12. I get a minimum of 6000 steps per day (thanks Fitbit!)
13. I take my vitamins and minerals daily.
14. I batch cook on weekends to have prepared lunches for the week ready to go.
15. I drink at least 64 oz of water daily.
16. I have a small vegetable and herb garden.
17. I write down one thing I'm grateful for every morning.
18. I get rid of things that no longer serve me.
That's a lot of things I've done. I'm proud of the list, and proud of who I am doing them. A lot of good has come from doing these things, I am healthy, I move well, I'm strong.
I also don't want to stop here. I think there is always room for improvement and transformation. I'm not looking for a great change, but I do always want to try to be better.
So that's the reason for yesterday's blog, and why I want to make a list of where I want to go in the future. So I have a place to start, and goals to strive for. At the moment I don't have anything new I'm working on consistently, and I think that's why I'm feeling stagnant. So this will give me a nudge in the right direction.