If you have been around me in the last month and a half, I have probably showed you my Results Journal. I’ve been showing everyone and singing its praises.
I mentioned it in my last post but I wanted to go into more detail now. It really has been a game changer for me. I found out about it from Kris Carr. She’s that wellness advocate and cancer thriver that I discovered during my breast cancer trek last summer.
Every morning, usually after I work out, I take a few minutes and fill out my weekly checklist page and my daily page. All the goals are focused on what Kris calls her 5 pillars of wellness:
- What you’re eating
- What you’re drinking
- What you’re thinking
- How you’re resting
- How you’re renewing
Kris wants you to eat 3+ fruits a day and 4+ veggies. I was doing the 3 fruits a day back in January but I got to the point that it was too much for me. I’ve cut that down to only 2 fruits and I’m hitting that every day. I have banana in my oat muffin in the morning and then I have either an apple or a clementine on my salad for lunch. My 7 cup salad at lunch every day hits the veggie goal out of the park!
For the what you are drinking goal, you are supposed to halve your weight and drink that amount of water in ounces. I’ve been all over the place with this. Half my weight in ounces is 72. The cancer med I am on really sucks all the moisture out of me so I wanted to up that goal. I settled on 83 ounces and I hit that most of the time. I’m not gonna lie though. It is one of the toughest of all the daily goals. Some days I feel like I live in the bathroom!
The next goal is to take 2 mindful breaks a day. I love this! All you have to do is stop for a few minutes and take a deep breath and meditate or pray. It doesn’t have to be a long break but it is meant to ground you and bring you back to what your intention for the day was.
Recording how much sleep I get is so helpful. It really helps me stay focused on getting to bed on time. Sleep is so crucial to our well being. I’ve been going to the YMCA lately and participating in the LiveSTRONG program on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I also go to Tea and Yoga at my church on Wednesdays. I try to run on T/Th with my run club, run on Wed with a group of my very good girlfriends, and on M/F, I try to do my arm exercises at the gym before work. With all this exercising I have to focus and get to bed so I can make it for the next workout the next morning.
As I am writing this I know it is a lot of exercise but by going in the morning before work, it helps me beat all the very bad traffic. I have to leave early anyway so why not work out?! Exercise is not an area that I need to work on. I’ve got this pillar down! Getting enough sleep and enough of healing H2O are my toughest 2 pillars!
The next to the last row on the weekly checklist is my very favorite! It is how you are renewing. On the snapshot above, both my “fun” outings also involve exercise. I noticed that week after week, I was struggling to find things to do that truly made me feel renewed that didn’t involve exercise. Running on Wednesday mornings with my girlfriends is more fun to me than exercise. Yoga on Wednesday night at church is the same thing. I love visiting with all the other ladies at church and hearing the devotion that we have before the yoga. I wanted to make sure I had some variety in the weeks and I am doing better now. Some of my fun things that didn’t involve exercise was a date night out to the movies with Ron, a brunch date with Harley and Lydia, and my monthly book club get-together. Tonight Ron and I are going to the RV super show and tomorrow we are going to a Murder Mystery dinner theater.
The last row you get to pick a goal and I chose flossing my teeth. I hate to floss but I’ve been doing it almost every single night.
Now for the daily pages.
You start the day off with reflecting on how you feel. Every single day that I work out in the morning, I feel fantastic! Almost every single morning that I don’t work out first thing, stress starts to creep in on me. In the month and a half that I’ve been doing this I have noticed this pattern and I’ve decided to really strive to get to bed on time so I can wake up early enough to get a workout in first thing!
Next on the 2nd page, you write down 3 things that you are thankful for. I LOVE this! No matter how bad we are feeling, there is always something to be thankful for.
Then you write down your intention for the day. Another LOVE. You are in control of your day. By writing down and focusing on how I want my day to go, I feel so much more focused. During my 2 mindful breaks during the day I really try and come back to this and not let the day get away from me without working on what I intended to.
Then you write down your daily affirmation and your Big Sky Goal. For me these are the very same thing every day. I want to maintain vibrant great health and for Ron and me to get out of debt once and for all.
The last part is when you write down what you are going to do that very day to help you get closer to your goal. Most of the days so far for me in January and February are exactly the same. I have been working very hard to gain 100% mobility in my shoulder since my breast reconstruction surgery. I write this down and then you have to write specifically what you are going to do and WHEN that day you are going to do it.
Like I said, TOTAL GAME CHANGER. If you focus every single day on your most precious goals, you really look at all the millions of choices you make every day with a tremendously different mindset.
What are you drinking and eating? What are you daily thoughts? How are you resting and renewing?
Best wishes always and may all your Big Sky Goals come true and all your little choices you make every day help you get there.