I have started reading the book by Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before. It was recommended by my daughter. I had read her other books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She examined how people can make the changes that she identified in her earlier two books. I talked with Beth about how I made one change and struggled with another.
I like walking in the morning when the weather is cool with my new dog, Mr. Carson. I was waiting to read the paper and have a cup or two of coffee. Often it would be too hot or I had some other time commitment. Instead, I get out of bed and immediately get dressed to walk outside. I do the morning chores like open windows and blinds, and bring in the paper. Then I grab his leash, and plastic bag and start walking. We make a quick bathroom stop and and I leave the bag near my house and start again. I listen to a podcast on my phone and start off. With this new routine, I am averaging walking 8 to 10 miles a week.
I wasn’t getting in my piano practicing with the nice weather. I talked with my husband and we identified that I eat my lunch watching something on the computer. I could use the time to read and not get “hooked” finishing a TV show, etc. And immediately go to the piano. I had the goal of an hour but he said, “30 minutes per day is better than 0 minutes per day.” And the system is working.
My next new habit is not having a snack the last hour of the day watching TV. We only watch TV usually the last hour before bed. We reinforce each other to have a small snack. When we are on vacation, we seldom watch TV and don’t snack. I always say when we return from vacation that I won’t watch TV at night but read. But I never do. I give the excuse that I am too tired from all the chores once we get back in town. I need to start breaking that habit at night. Also I will end up getting more sleep because I won’t spend time reading longer in bed. I think I will see two very positive results–increased weight loss with no hunger and more sleep resulting in more energy.