Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Perfect Week Quest Continues

It's beginning to look a lot like autumn around here. My front yard this morning!
About 2 weeks ago I wrote that I was attempting "Perfect Week." I had decided that rather than try to accomplish one self-improvement goal, I'd do everything at once. 
Let me tell you something. It is exhausting.
The first few days it took nearly half the day just to get through all of my morning routine- exercise, eat, shower, pray, read, walk dog, etc. I was hyper-aware of every little thing. I couldn't just put a dish in the sink, I had to rinse it and put it in the dishwasher. Or better yet, wash it and put it away. I couldn't just shove a pot into the cupboard, I had to organize the cupboard until it fit properly. I couldn't just put on a t-shirt with a loose thread hanging from it. I had to fix the shirt. I kept my laundry sorted. I kept my house spotless. I ate at home and I ate healthy, well-balanced meals. I flossed. I did yoga three times a day. I bathed the dog. 
I did everything. 
And let me tell you again, it was freaking exhausting. 
But by Friday it wasn't that hard to do. The kitchen was spotless so it wasn't hard to keep it spotless. I only had to bathe the dog the one time. After a few days there were no stains or loose threads on my clothes. And all of the cupboards were organized. 
It was perfect. 
However, after that much stretching and yoga, I was so sore and in pain I had to go to the chiropractor. 
After a few days it wasn't that hard to get into my morning routine and get through it faster. I figured out I could sit on my big yoga ball while reading my scriptures. (Good ab strengthener and posture improvement while reading!) 
I also learned really fast which things I cared about and which ones I didn't. For instance, I really don't care if there are dishes in the sink when I go to bed. I'd rather get the sleep than waste more time cleaning. And keeping my voicemail checked and cleared is a complete waste of time. In fact, I really don't get why I need voicemail at all!
It has been 2 weeks now and I can say I've kept it all up. I've formed some pretty good new habits and routines. Am I perfect? No. In fact, I'm more aware of my shortcomings than ever before. But I'm happy with some of my new habits and routines, and I hope I can keep them up. I'm not as exhausted as I was at the beginning, and now I even look forward to my morning yoga. (Without it I'm horribly sore all day long.) 
I even had a couple of compliments this past weekend that I'm looking more fit or thinner. I haven't lost any weight, but there is a tiny possibility that I do have a little more muscle tone in a few places.
I'm now looking into more things I should be doing or adding to my routine. For instance, paying my bills/checking budget as a daily activity, or car maintenance. I know they are things that will take a lot of time at the start, but like everything else, will only take a few minutes to keep up with the routine. 
All in all, "Operation Perfect Week" went really well, and I look forward to continuing it.

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