As I reflect on my progress with my June goals so far, my inner perfectionist would say, “You should have done better.” However, staying true to our “Keepin’ It Real” approach, I was aiming for steps in the right direction rather than perfection. Although I certainly could have done better, I will practice what I preach to my clients and build on the positives, evaluate my shortcomings and formulate a new plan of action!
1. Chill for at least 15 minutes a day. I managed to have at least 15 minutes of “me-time” every day but one. I did a mixture of yoga, deep breathing and guided relaxation. Even though I went through the motions, it was the most difficult goal this week. I have always had trouble settling my mind. Meditation gurus tell you to acknowledge any thoughts that arise and let them peacefully fade away. If you’ve tried it, you know it’s not easy! For example, today I tried to relax while sunbathing and listening to Explosions in the Sky. Instead of focusing on my breathing, I was writing a to-do list and, actually, this very post in my head! I think part of the challenge was that I was thinking of it as just another thing on my to-do list, rather a rejuvenating retreat. To be more successful this coming week, I plan to make daily meditation more of a routine, rather than fitting it in whenever I can. I will do it first thing in the morning before my mind starts going at warp speed. To make it easy, I downloaded Deepak Chopra’s album, Soul of Healing Affirmations, and will keep my iPod next to my bed.
2. Enjoy the local fare with produce at the center of my plate. I was very dedicated to my fruits and veggies this week. I made green smoothies almost every day, brought produce to snack on at work and added extra veggies to my dinner. I even drove about 40 minutes in traffic just to buy *spinach and kale! (*Spinach is a rarity at the main supermarkets in Doha so I have to truck across the entire city if I want my greens….) BUT my other food choices were not so stellar. With leaving Doha this week, there have been a few farewell dinners and nights out and likely a few too many empty calories. This week is a fresh start and I already stocked up with healthy snacks for my travel on Sunday.
3. Move at least 60 minutes per day. Stress left me feeling a bit drained this week but having this goal helped me get up and get moving! Although my workouts weren’t super rigorous, I fit in at least an hour of physical activity per day. The simple act of setting and sharing my goals pushed me to do more than I would have otherwise. I did Zumba, went dancing, lifted weights and put in time on the treadmill. My workouts were a little lax but something is better than nothing, right? I plan to pick up the pace once I am back home and can hit the bike trails and join a new gym.
I’ll be in Europe this upcoming week—I’ll keep you posted on how I do on my goals while traveling.