Sunday, May 19, 2013

Don't get upset, get it done!

Lately I've been upset about a number of things - not losing weight (and actually gaining: up about 15lbs since my lowest in September), not being able to get faster times in my 5K events (I think I've done 9 so far this year with varying results), not finishing my dissertation by May 16 (only about 75% of the way done) and then I read the above quote. So simple yet so true. I'm upset but I'm not doing the work so it holds true that I'm not getting the results I want. Let's face facts, I haven't been eating the way I need to in order to lose weight, I haven't been putting in the workouts outdoors that will lead me to faster times in my 5K events, and I haven't been spending the amount of time required to be done with this dissertation on time. What's a girl to do? Quit being such a lazy a$$ and get with it!

My plan? First I'm writing up the results that I was upset I didn't get followed up by the work I didn't do and THEN my plan for making those results happen. Let's begin, shall we?

1. I'm upset I can't get faster times on my 5Ks.
Result I didn't get: better time (i.e., < 40 minutes)
Work I didn't do: train for runs OUTSIDE, eat clean

What I can do about it:
  • Set outside running schedule for next 2 weeks
  • sign up for this 5K on May 31st
  • Pledge to eat clean
    • make a food plan and stick to it

2. I'm upset I haven't lost any weight and have actually gained about 15-16lbs since my lowest weight in September 2012. 
Result I didn't get: weight loss (or even maintenance at this point)
Work I didn't do: didn't track my food, make good food choices, consistently exercise

What I can do about it:
  • Make a food plan and stick to it
  • Track all my food 
  • Make workout schedule and stick to it

3. I'm upset I have not finished my dissertation by now
Result I didn't get: Finished dissertation - oral defense completed
Work I didn't do: spend the amount of time needed to get it done, stop endless distractions

What I can do about it:
  • Schedule time (Saturday 5/18, Sunday 5/19, Monday 5/20, Tuesday 5/21)
  • Talk with adviser about reschedule date
  • Stop screwing around on the internet (this blog today doesn't count since I'm posting my goals)
  • Get draft to editor by end of day Tuesday 5/21

I also need to realize I can do anything, but I can't do everything and that's what I keep trying to do. I want to be able to work, workout, sleep, finish dissertation, watch TV, go to movies, spend time knitting, hang out with friends, etc and I can't do all of that all the time. Some sacrifices are going to need to be made if I want to get the results I say I want.

So there it is internet world. I wrote down my goals for right now, made a plan and now I'm going to get on it. I'll check in later in the week to report my progress.