It is said countless times that what separates successful people from all the rest is that successful people have goals written down.
Allez, let us therefor join the ranks of the successful and write down our goals for July, shall we? 🙂
Blog 6 days a week – do mini-assignments everyday
I want to blog again so I’ve given myself a ‘challenge’ to do one small ordinary act with intention everyday, and to blog about it.
I am an expat SAHM who is less-than-happy with my environment. I have found it really difficult to take root in this foreign country despite having lived here for 4 straight years already. Because there is nothing outside the house that I find worth going out for, nothing interesting ever goes on in this city, plus I have a 1-year old, I very rarely go out of the house which, definitely does not contribute to my happiness.
I have since learned that I need to exert more effort than usual not to fall into depression. Blogging gave me an outlet for my thoughts. It was like I had friends to talk to, and every time a “stranger” (yes, I’m looking at YOU dear) would care to comment, I would feel heard.
So I am coming back to “friends” because I need all the friends I can get, real & virtual 🙂 🙂 🙂
Be consistent with my exercise routine
After giving birth in October of 2017, I was only able to get some momentum going on any type of exercise last May (2019). Pre-childbirth I used to LOVE exercise and HIIT-type routines were my jam, jelly and butter combined with dance fitness & strength training.
That is why it came as a total shock and huge downer for me to observe that my body, 1 year post-natal, still loathed exercise! I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything, not even a beginner 10-minute mat-Pilates routine. Heck, I couldn’t even do a walk-in-place!
I tried several times and each time I would fail. Last May, after reading so many self-help books & listening to motivational podcasts, I finally got myself to walk around the block 2 evenings a week. Fortunately, the experience was enjoyable so since then I have been able to do it 3 times a week and at a much faster pace. (Yaaaaaay!!!)
Inspired by this success, by the end of last month I also started adding in some strength training routines into the mix, but only for 3 times a week. I am taking it veeery slow because whenever I do a strength training routine, no matter how short & light, my body feels like it’s been hit by a ton of bricks for 5-6 days after! So I only do body-weight, mostly Pilates, and for max 30 minutes at a time only.
Painstakingly slow based on my previous standards, but you gotta work with your body and respect its own drum beat.
That said, I am hopeful that this schedule & intensity will work this time, and my goal therefor is to be consistent with it.
Which brings me to today’s mini-assignment: listen to music & crazy-dance 🙂