Clarity for Success

This is from an article in the Himalayan Times that I read while in Kathmandu back in May.

“Clarity for Success”

  1. Decide exactly what you want in life.  Be specific!
  2. Write it down, clearly and in detail.
  3. Set a deadline.  If it’s a large goal break it down into sub deadlines.
  4. Make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal.
  5. Organize by listing in proper sequence and priority.
  6. Take action on the most important thing you can do on your plan.
  7. Do something everyday that moves you toward the attainment of your goal.

MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM.

It’s been about a week since I set my July Goals and I figure it’s time to for a progress report.  Let’s take my goals through the “Clarity for Success” list.

  1. Decide exactly what you want in life.  Be specific! I want to continue recovering from this bout of illness that wiped me out at the end of June.  I want to regain my strength and fitness that I lost from being in bed for a few weeks.  I want to rebuild my immune system and make it stronger than ever so I don’t have reoccurring health problems.
  2. Write it down, clearly and in detail. Read July Goals for details.
  3. Set a deadline.  If it’s a large goal break it down into sub deadlines. My deadline is one month but I plan on these goals being lifetime changes.  Also, I like to check my progress each week or so.
  4. Make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. Plan!  Make sure to always have fresh greens and berries available.  Plan! Prioritize exercise each day and start early in the day so that it doesn’t get put off until too late.  Pause before eating and remind myself to slow down, chew lots, and appreciate what I am feeding my body.
  5. Organize by listing in proper sequence and priority. I guess I already did this with my July Goals list.
  6. Take action on the most important thing you can do on your plan. All of it! My goals this month are daily occurrences so I must take action many times each day to follow my plan.
  7. Do something everyday that moves you toward the attainment of your goal. I have been doing really well with most of my goals.  The two where I have really been falling short is with stretching everyday and recording my exercise.  Irony is that if I were in fact recording my exercise everyday I would be more motivated to stretch everyday!  I have done my yoga routine 3 or 4 times this week (I don’t remember because I didn’t write it down!) but besides that no stretching.

Setting goals is motivating and an important step for achieving clarity on what you want to achieve.  Just as important as setting goals is assessing these goals and giving yourself progress reports.  By going through the “Clarity for Success” list I realized where I am achieving my goals and where I need to step it up.  I will start stretching and recording today!

Only two more days in Portland!  Tomorrow we load up the Penske moving truck and Tuesday morning head east!  We plan to arrive in West Virginia by the 20th.  The truck has to be returned to Charlottesville, VA (our new home!) on the 22nd so after throwing stuff in storage in WV we will make an overnight trip to C-ville (I already sound like a local) to start looking at houses TO BUY!

I am really excited about the move.  I am actually looking forward to moving to a completely new place and starting from scratch.  I am also looking forward to getting back to teaching!  Aerobics studio, here I come!

Today’s exercise is a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, push-ups (I am shooting for 50 today), and STRETCHING (or maybe yoga).

Summer is Yummy

Recovery is SLOW!

And I am starting to get frustrated.

I got some perspective last night though while talking with a friend I hadn’t seen in a few years.  Mike has been having a lot of problems with his knee and between injuring it originally and recovery from surgery he has spent the majority of the last year unable to put any weight on that leg.  None. At All.  He spent the winter getting around the house in a rolling desk chair.  Now I don’t feel quite so annoyed at only being able to walk slowly for an hour instead of run for an hour!

It’s always good to get some perspective.  I know that my illness was serious in terms of my personal health and experience but really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

That said, I am SO ready to get off antibiotics! Three more days.

I returned to my yoga practice this week.  My body is still really stiff and tight and my 20 minute routine requires a nap afterward but it feels good to get moving at least a little.

Eating has been glorious since returning to the U.S!  Portland has so much to offer, especially in the summertime.  I have been eating out of my sister’s garden everyday.

She has a one bedroom apartment with a side yard and manages to have quite a prolific little urban garden.

Breakfast this morning is yogurt, strawberries, and raw oats.  I missed plain yogurt while traveling, I love the tanginess!

And I must keep up on all the great probiotics yogurt has to offer while on antibiotics.

It’s been really nice to cook again.  Yesterday I made quinoa burgers.  It was a total experiment and it worked out rather well.

They were pink with green spots!

I started out with the leftover pulp from juicing carrots, 1/2 beet (the pink!), ginger, spinach, and kale. 2 cups

To this I added

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 chopped onion

4 cloves chopped garlic (boost that immune system!)

chopped cilantro

1/2 chopped jalapeno

2 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 egg

1/2 cup spelt flour

1/4 cup raw oats

a few spoonfuls of water

salt, nutritional yeast, liquid aminos, fresh ground pepper

The egg and cheese could easily be omitted to make the recipe vegan.  I think a bit of cumin would have added a lot but I couldn’t find any.

I cooked them in a lightly olive oiled cast iron skillet over medium heat.

These “burgers” are a little on the carby side for me to eat with a bun or bread but they were great as a side for salad with some condiments.

I guess you could say I got back to my abs/arms yesterday, although VERY gently!  I did about 40 crunch variations.  So today is an arms day.  I have a feeling my push ups are going to be crazy modified but hey, ya gotta start some where!  It’s amazing how quickly we lose strength, it’s been about three weeks now since I worked my arms.  It’s also amazing how quickly your body can regain fitness if it knows where it’s going.

I have to get a bit stronger by Monday though because that’s when we load the moving truck!

Time for a little workout and then off for one of my favorite Portland summertime activities, berry picking!  The early varieties of blueberries should be perfect around now.

Let’s hear it for summer harvest!