I was at a potentially contentious meeting this morning. I knew there would be time for a break, therefore, I brought a book to read. Funny how you attract just what you need, this is the passage that I read during the break …
Mind Like Water
“Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input, then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact.” Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does. ~ Getting Things Done by David Allen
I am sure we all heard the saying, don’t sweat the small stuff, but the imagery of the water’s property and calmness just put me in a Zen-like state. It really put me in the present moment, made me really stop and think before responding, being overly emotional, being like the water, responding appropriately.
Surprisingly, I have never used a habit tracker before. I have used many to-do lists, planners, calendars, and other systems before, but never a habit tracker.
I sectioned my habit tracker into categories, physical health, mental health, etc. Across from my habits, I listed the benefit of each. Sometimes we need to be reminded why we are partaking in certain activities. What am I really getting from performing this task?
I was very realistic about my list and how many times a week I wanted to engage in each activity. I found if I think I am doing heavy weights four times a week, I never sustain it. My body becomes too tired intermixed with my cardio days and I end up stopping. You need to find what works for you, but also with a little push forward. I want to grow as I incorporate these habits into my life.
I also like breaking my tracker into weeks so I can see patterns of behavior and what is and isn’t working. I can easily see that batch-co...
In the beginning of the year, I went to a plant-based diet. The definition of a plant-based diet that I followed was you can eat the occasional meat, but treat it as a condiment/side dish same with dairy. Prior to this switch, I was a clean-eater and was eating meat 2-3 times a day and cheese every day.
Now on the plant-based diet, I was down to eating meat once a day and some days not at all and I would only eat cheese occasionally. The cheese I did eat was organic and from grass-fed cows and my chicken was also organic. I pretty much gave up red meat and pork. I swapped out organic milk for quinoa milk for my morning latte and I substituted mushrooms in a lot of my dishes. I was eating a lot more vegetables, beans, grains, and fruit. I was trying so many new recipes. I felt fantastic!
Time passed and the more I read, the more beneficial being a vegetarian sounded, for my health, for the environment, and for the welfare of animals. I gave i...