October 5, 2010

I see life through a new set of eyes.

I feel amazing this morning.
A few days ago, when I was writing in my journal, I thought, man, I'm gonna be 18 in 40 days. And I proceeded to write a bunch of ways that I wanted to become better, overall, before my 18th birthday. I'm 5 days in to my "40 Day Challenge" as I like to call it, and I just. Feel. Good. I broke my goals down into three sections: Body, Mind and Soul.

The first thing I did was write down a workout schedule. I already have Pilates on Mondays and Wednesdays, so that's taken care of, but I decided if I work out at home when I don't have Pilates, I will feel much better, and I will also be stronger and able to work harder in the Pilates class itself. Tuesdays I jog (on the treadmill if it's cold) and Thursdays I do a light workout DVD (such as Jennifer Galardi or Ellen whats-her-name). On Friday I do a hard workout, like Jillian Michaels, and then I get the weekend off.

Second thing was to decide how much water I should be drinking everyday. They say (I still don't know who "they" are...) you should take your weight, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces everyday. I came up with 59 so I rounded up to 60 - a nice, healthy number. Didn't succeed yesterday but on Sunday I did.

Third, I wanted to start doing my BSF homework (hmmm, is it ok to call that homework?) first thing in the morning. Another thing I did this morning. By the time I was done reading the notes and answering the questions, I felt awake enough to jog for 20 minutes (about the length of one episode of Gilligan's Island, hehehe). It's just a good way to start the day and get focused on the Lord right off.

As far as mind goes, I just wanted to remove any distractions that keep me from getting my homework done. The main one would be Facebook, obviously, so I cut way back on that - and the other main one is simply how clean my room stays or not. I cannot focus or even sleep in a messy room. Just another one of my personality quirks. (Last night I actually left my closet door open. I have NO idea how I could have slept.)

So there you have it. If I feel on my 18th birthday the way I feel today, I will be satisfied. =]

my banana berry smoothie with protein powder and yogurt... waiting patiently as I blog! =]


Hannah said...

Isn't exercise a wonder? It seems to get all the endorphins (or, "happy signals," as my fiance calls them) flowing nicely. Who knew getting tired would make one so jolly?

Nicole said...

Happy signals!! I may adopt his terminology. I like it. =]
thanks for all your comments on my blog! You make me feel loved and like my thoughts are being read and comprehended. I <3 it.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Coley! Get your exercise on. It makes me feel exercised reading this.

Now I am going to go read a book and eat some chocolate cake.

Martha A. said...

Exercise makes me tired and faint if I overdo it....I am always jealous of people whom it makes them feel good.