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Doing Less is Okay

I decided to change my workout plan. Today I was tired…seasonal allergies slowing me down a bit these past few days plus menstrual hormones were sucking the life out of me. I actually took a nap this afternoon. LOL. So I decided to do half of my strength training workout but still committed to yoga. I decided that I’m going to do a strength training workout only on Sundays, flexibility on Saturdays, and still walk during the week and do yoga every day. At first I felt a little discouraged but then I was like why? I’m trying to improve my health, not to reach a certain weight or dress size. And I’m still working out more than 30 minutes every day so I’m burning calories and closing my exercise ring. Had this been years ago, even last year, I would have let the discouragement take over and quit altogether. I’m learning to find what works for me and to also be kind to myself. Doing less is okay because it’s so much more than doing nothing at all.

new workout plan (I made some edits using the Passion Planner’s Workout Tracker)

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Accountability

I’m writing this post as an accountability for my new journey to a better me. The first week went well. I feel empowered and optimistic. Yes, I did make quite a few changes to my original plan but really that’s what it’s about. Finding what works for me. I wanted to find a schedule, that challenges but not overwhelms me. I wasn’t going to force myself to read or study if my mind was focused on something else and I had no interest in doing so. So instead of studying five days a week, I knocked it down to two days where I plan to work on one chapter for two weeks.

weekly spread (Passion Planner PDF)
weekly spread (Passion Planner PDF)
yearly look at emotions

I did my morning walk every day until Saturday morning. That morning I thought “I want to take a little break.” So I skipped it and also decided to do walk just during the week starting the second week. I‘m still doing my strength training and yoga in the afternoon every day though.

Apple Activity rings from the past week. I initially set my move goal to 600 calories but then changed it to 500 on Saturday.

I’ve also started journaling and it has helped with my emotional and mental well being. I forgot how therapeutic it is to write things down instead of just bottling it up inside. And I don’t have a plan on what I’m going to write. I just write whatever I feel like putting on paper.

screenshot of my journal (GoodNotes)

I’m still playing around with how I want to use my planner specifically the weekly spreads. I’m thinking about using not only as preplanning but to also record things I do/work on throughout the day. Although it’s only been a week, I really do feel great both physically and mentally, and I’m very optimistic and excited for the future.

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Begin Again

A couple of weeks ago, I thought “I have to do something. I need to make some changes. I need to make plans.” I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t being productive. Some days I was consumed by anxiety. And I’ve said to myself time and time again, “This is it. I’m really going to change. Get healthy. Work on projects, etc.” Well I’m here again. LOL. But this time I feel more confident, more excited, and optimistic about this refresh, restart or whatever you want to call it. I’ve started making a routine using a digital planner (I’ll share a post later) where I make time to do things that I need to do such as working out and doing some online work for income. But to also have time to have fun, read books, catch up on some hobbies.

I have also worked on revising my social media sites, especially this blog. Part of the problem with not keeping up or constantly redoing this blog was that I was overwhelmed with what I wanted to share and how I wanted to share it. I was obsessed with making it “perfect”. So I decided I’m simply going to share different aspects my life. Things I’m doing, things I’m thinking. And I’m categorizing it into three areas: life in general, spirituality, and health. This time I’m not going to make any plans for upload scheduling. I’m just going to go with the flow.