Today marks Ash Wednesday, which is a very important day for Catholics (and maybe more religions, but being Catholic, I don’t know!) as it marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time when you make a sacrifice, or go out of your way to try new things. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do this year, I ultimately came up with a list of goals. These are things that I really want to be committed to and follow through on. I am always looking for ways to improve, and thought now was a great time to put my goals into actions.
So here I go:
- Devote time each night to be technology free. I am pretty much addicted to my phone. If I am not on Facebook, I am on Twitter. If there is nothing new on twitter, I read blogs. All of which I enjoy. My point is that I always have my phone in my hand. Even while eating dinner or talking to my parents, I am probably on my phone checking something. I want to spend less time doing this. I think I do it out of habit more so than any other reason, but it’s still not healthy. I will start small each night just turning off my phone and laptop and hopefully it won’t be such a habit anymore.
- Prep meals ahead of time. I am usually good at this, but I could be better. Some nights I’d rather lay on the couch instead of making my lunch. I would like to make a weeks worth of breakfasts and lunches at the beginning of the week so all I have to do is throw it in containers, saving myself some time and stress in the morning.
- Listen to my body while working out. I admit it. Sometimes I become obsessed with calories and pushing myself to the max. After receiving a heart rate monitor for Christmas, I try to scale back the intensity when I am in my max zone, but I could do better. I also need to listen to my body when it’s begging me to take the day off, but I am too focused on getting that workout in. My body tells me what it needs, and I need to listen to it more.
- Limit after dinner splurges. I do so well with my eating during the day. I eat meals, I eat snacks. I try to stick to a eating every 3-4 hours. For some reason, though, I cannot keep this up after dinner. It seems that I am always reaching for something even when I am not hungry. Because I get up to work out first thing in the morning, I am not opposed to eating something after dinner to hold me over, but my eating turns into too many calories and food that I shouldn’t eat ever let alone after dinner. I need to work on making better choices with what I do decide to eat.
- Be a better listener. This is something that I feel everyone can improve on. It also goes back to my technology goal. Constantly having my phone or laptop makes it harder to listen to others. I want to focus on the person talking to me, and not be thinking of everything else going on. I need to stay in tune with the person I am talking to.
- Let Go and Let God. This is harder than it sounds. I have type A personality. I don’t like to wait, and have a hard time being in stressful situations that I am not in charge of. I like to get things done and usually stress about them until I finish. I worry about the future all.the.time. With this goal, I am going to try to let my stress go, live in a more carefree way, and let God handle my problems. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I know this seems like a lot, but they are all small changes to make daily and will hopefully result in a happier life for myself and everyone in it (NOT that I am unhappy in any way! Always room for improvement). Jesus gave up his life for us; I can certainly change mine for the better.
- Do you participate in Lent? Would you rather do things or give things up? I feel that in my life now, there isn’t anything I would do well at giving up. In the past when I have given up food, I have done worse with it and ended up going crazy eating it in the end.
- Are you good at letting go in situations or do you stress? I’m trying really hard to be better at this!