Mindful Mommy

Monday, 6 January 2014

It is the eve of day 7 in my quest to focus on four areas of my life-- family, fitness, finances, and fiction. How am I doing?

I have started reading some books about being a mindful parent and today I did pretty well. Even when it was obvious that Hunter was trying to wind me up, I didn't cave. In fact, the only shouting I've done today was when Scarlett decided to climb out of her high chair to stand on the tray-- in my defence, fear was behind that one. An awesome day for my focus on family, I'd say.

As for fitness, I started the day with 1.6 miles on the treadmill at 6am. I even tried to go to yoga. Sadly,  it isn't back on until Wednesday. I'm in the gym, so I'll try again Thursday. But, since I had braved the cold, wind, and rain to get to the leisure centre (instead if being at home in my pj's drinking chai), I decided I had to do something. So, I did 15 minutes on the bike and 5 on the elliptical trainer. I would have done other stuff, but I was in Converse (I had planned on doing yoga barefoot, even painted my toe nails :D). The bike was okay,  of course, for the first 7 minutes I thought I was going to die, but otherwise okay. The elliptical was not ok. I won't be doing that again without my knee brace. On every down swing my left knee joint separated. I had to give up after 5 minutes because the pain was making me feel sick. Nonetheless, I have done more exercise today than I did in all of December! Which I think makes up for the six chocolates I just ate. Mostly.

Finance is a harder one. I have to concentrate on making good decisions and avoiding impulse buys. I didn't do so well on that today. I bought lunch at work-- even though i had taken the time to make a shake. But, I did make a big meal for supper tonight, which means leftovers tomorrow night. That will save some money. My financial planning book should be here any day now, so hopefully that will help, too.

Finally, fiction. This is the area where I need the most focus but have the least. Mainly I struggle because this is genuinely the first chance I have had to write all day and I am exhausted. It may take a week or two to get used to working out and getting up earlier. Hopefully soon I will find it easier to write at night. But since this is my first week of this new schedule, I'll forgive myself. And if Scarlett decides to let me sleep (she was up at 0330, my alarm went off at 0545 :( ) I might fall asleep before midnight for once and maybe even stay asleep.

Overall, I have had two strong areas of focus and two not-so-strong. It's not perfect, but neither am I. And it's a start.

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