Developing New Habits

Posted: October 3, 2015 in About Me
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TFTR-Official-Blogger-Badge-1In the clubhouse for the Fat Girls Guide to Running the focus for October is meant to be on developing new habits. Much like the social running challenge, the timing seems to fit my life fairly well.

I just started a new full time job Monday! I haven’t had a full time job in… I think 4 years. That last full time job was also my first full time job. All my other jobs have been part time. Though at times that has meant combining multiple part time jobs and being in school full time. I’d actually say that latter is a more busy schedule, but moreso there is just a different feel to it.

Of course I’m not just working full time right now, but also in school part time. And trying to juggle both of these along with outside goals with my chronic illnesses/disability. Which is a challenge and incredibly overwhelming and the truth is I’m rather concerned about attempting to do so.

This past week the juggle did not go well. Monday was my first day of work followed by my first exam in an extra political science class I decided to take… that I’m now kicking myself for not dropping because what the fuck was I thinking taking more than the necessary amount of schoolwork?

The exam did not go well. Not that I have received a grade yet, I just know it didn’t. I was so exhausted after work I could not think straight and forming coherent sentences seemed a challenge. Not a good state to be in for an exam.

Since starting this job I have not done any work on my research practicum. Also had to push back meeting with the professor I’m working with.

And I have not worked out at all this week.

My life has basically been: get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to sleep, repeat. And still not getting enough sleep (for me) under this schedule, leading to me being increasingly exhausted everyday.

Assuming you’ve read this far, you may be wondering- what the heck does this have to do with new habits? Possibly also, how does this make now a good time to talk about developing new habits for you?

Well, for one thing, just getting used to my full time work schedule is a new habit for me! Balancing any other habit around that is also new in that sense. Balancing all of this is a new habit. I have a lot of new habits!

So my habits I am focusing on for October?

  • Get used to my new work schedule
  • Get used to my new bed time
  • Start setting in school work time after work during the week
  • Get used to fitting in workouts around those things
  • Work on drinking more water again

Aside from the last, these also can be considered to be in order. I’m also trying to remind myself that everything isn’t going to happen at once. Let me get used to my work and sleep schedule first. I took this week off schoolwork due to work, that’s ok, that will get added into the mix next week. It will probably be longer for me to really get into a good habit regarding workouts among all of this.

Water is already something I’m working on though! I was drinking plenty of water and in the habit of it but started to fall out of the habit. So last weekend I decided to redownload an app that lets you track how much water you’ve drank. You have empty cups and you just tap it to fill it for each cup of water you drink. it also will record the time you clicked the cup.

I set my goal on the app for 16 cups of water/ 128 ounces a day. That being the minimum for days I don’t work out. I would aim for 24 cups or water/ 192 ounces a day on days I am working out. That number just based on what amount of water I typically feel hydrated and good drinking. Also with a 64 ounce water bottle, increments of such are easy. No workout- aim for 2 bottles worth of water. Workout- aim for 3 bottles worth of water.

Since I started using the app last weekend, Friday was actually the first day I hit my goal. Since this is a habit I only slipped up on much recently I’m not expecting it takes too long to get back into the habit and after I do I will likely delete the app. The app is just helpful as I get back into the habit of it.

So those are my New Habit goals for October 🙂

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  1. Hey soz what’s the app and is it good? xx

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