Plan for the Break
Monday, July 21, 2014
We are supposed to create a plan for our break, and I just wrote a post earlier today about how, much as I am a planner in most of my life (to a fault sometimes, LOL. Just ask my husband!) it hasn't worked well for me on the healthy lifestyle front. Instead, I have focused on a combination of goals, flexibility, and strategies.
For example... my goal for the last few rounds has been to maintain an exercise streak of at least 20 minutes a day 5 days a week of exercise. But that also has to have room for listening to my body. So I try to adjust my plan week to week depending on what other stuff I have going on, when my rest days have to be, etc.
This break... that flexibility is going to be even more key. Between now and when we start the next round, I have a 2 week long re-enactment event, a 5 day writer's retreat, and at least 2 weddings. Oh, and hopefully buying a house soon. Not to mention putting together a book proposal and some articles, hopefully. My biggest priority is to listen to my body--and to rest. I desperately need rest. I've been so stressed. I am going to be REALLY active while at the SCA event--lots of walking, fencing, probably some dancing thrown in. And more walking. Not to mention stuff like setting up camp, hauling firewood, ice, and water, etc. Usually by the time I get back my body is in so much pain I can barely walk and I will need some time to recover. The weddings it will be balancing travel and wedding fair and still eating responsibly, and exercising while away from home (hopefully I'll be able to swim). The writer workshop I will be challenged to remember to eat regularly (the person I am going with is worse about eating regularly than I am) and probably going for regular walks. And the house hunting? I will need to guard my sanity, make sure I get rest time. Maybe even start relearning how to truly relax--I no longer seem truly capable of relaxing, even when I'm doing something fun or soothing.
It's not a great SMART plan because my goals aren't concrete and measurable, but I need them to stay fluid, flexible, and realistic. Saying "X number of fitness minutes" doesn't make any sense when I know I will over do it for 2 weeks and then need to rest--really rest--to recover. My needs and problems will change as circumstances change.