Week 1 has been busy and fulfilling.
Monday: Kicked off they by waking up at 5 am. I was able to get in 22 minutes using my pedal-er (pictured below). I purchased this little device last year after my yearly physical. My doctor recommended I get one to help me begin moving more. Specifically he said it would be good for my ankles, knees and hips. Since I have been working from home, he thought this was the easiest way to encourage me. I found this one online for around $40. That first week I could only do a couple minutes at a time. Over the last year I have come to enjoy using this to help wake me up. I put on my headphones and jam to my favorite tunes. It has really helped me get into a habit of moving everyday.
In addition to pedaling, I have 2 pound hand weights that I use to help me with upper body movement. I bought them when they were on sale locally for $2 each. For less than $50, I was able to get basic items to help me begin improving my physical health. I don’t have room in my house for big equipment like a stationary bike or treadmill. With these items, I can tuck them away under my desk. The confidence I built using these items consistently led me to joining a gym that has very low monthly membership costs; $10 basic, $25 premier. I do the premier because I get access to additional things like massage beds and chairs. The premier membership also allows me to bring a friend for free whenever I want. With this, I have take my daughter many times. It is like having 2 memberships for the price of one.
Tuesday: I am part of a women’s bowling league. Every Tuesday I bowl 3 games. I love this sport for so many reason. Being a part of bowling helps my mental well being as well as physical. I lovingly call my time each week, Lane Therapy.
Wednesday: Whoo-hoo! 30 minutes pedaling. Original plan for day was to go to grand opening of the new gym location right by my house. Winter storm kept that from happening.
Thursday: Woke up a little later than I wanted due to a headache. I tend to be sensitive to barometer changes and the winter storm definitely brought that. Instead of pedaling, I did 15 minutes of yoga-like stretching while focusing on my breathing. Recently my job implemented an opportunity to attend virtual meditation classes weekly. I have attended a few and am learning how to use focused breathing and low intensity breathing to lower stress.
Friday: Winter storm delivered over 6 inches of snow in my area. We have a very large driveway and alley way to clear before we can leave our home by car. I spent 30 minutes shoveling and managed to make good progress. We can at least get to our cars and trash cans.
Saturday: Plan for today is continue shoveling.
Those are all things that helped with my physical well being this week. As for my mental health, listening to music and attending the meditation class helped. Something unexpected happened too that is in line with what my goal is for this year. During my weekly check in with my boss, we were talking about work load and stress load. She provided me feedback on some items that I could have done better but so didn’t focus on those. She gave me a great gift. She said, “I want you to write a note and post it where you can see it all day, every day. I want you to write, ‘I am great at my job.’ I want you to see that because it is true, you are great at your job. You know what you are doing. Believe in that.” How many bosses out there would give this gift? Many more than do, I wager.
Additionally, I reach out over a mechanic’s forum to ask for help with stuff for my car. Over the course of the week, I have regained confidence in myself that I am able to do “guy stuff”. I was reminded that I do enjoy working on my own car. I was informed and encouraged to not be afraid just because it is a foreign car and has a lot of computer stuff.
Bottom line: I am worthy of loving myself. I am strong. I am smart. I am capable of doing so many things.