So a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I’d been annoyed at falling off the exercising bandwagon, and I was determined to change my attitude and get more exercise and eat better, as well.
I’d actually been thinking about it since the beginning of March (that I didn’t like the way my diet and exercise were going). And I recalled that in the beginning of the year, Hapalove, who is wise beyond her years, wrote a post about goal tracking using Joe’s Goals, which is a free web-based goal-tracking application.
I’m a scientist, so I like data and numbers and trends. I created a set of criteria to score both good and bad behavior for both physical and mental health. The good physical health ones are things like: tennis, running, other exercise, etc. The bad ones are: no exercise, eat bad meal, drink too much, poor sleep, etc. Mental health-wise, I score well if I read, play the piano, or get to have happy hour* with the Beloved. On the downside are things like: feel bored or feel stressed.
The plot above shows how it’s been going. So far, I’m pretty pleased – I’ve been playing tennis more regularly and have been able to work in a couple of treadmill runs in lieu of lunch at work once or twice a week as well. A couple more weeks and I hope these activities will stick as habits.
*Happy hour doesn’t require a drink, but is the time of day where we sit down, relax, talk about our days, play cards – its one of my favorite things we do, and always makes me happy – hence the name.