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Sunday, April 22, 2012

10 Things to Start Doing

Hello lovelies, How is everybody doing this weekend?

I have had a very uneventful weekend. Yesterday Alec and I worked door duty for the tours on campus and then mostly watched movies all day. We watched The Time Travelers Wife, which turned out to be really sweet. 

Yesterday I had a bit of a sore throat and ended up not being able to sleep all night because of it and waking up today with a sinus infection. Every symptom for a cold that you could possible get, I have it. You name it: chills, heat flashes, headache, sore throat, ANYTHING I have it. So, we made an emergency trip to Walmart this morning and returned with a bag full of medicine for me. So, today will be spent in my bed, with my laptop, surrounded by tissues and throat spray and cough drops. I hope everyone else is feeling better than I am and actually doing something fun with their weekend. Although, this does provide some down time for me to just relax.

On a more positive note, this little picture above here is of a gopher I almost stepped on yesterday! He was 3 feet away from me just minding his own business and eating leaves. He was adorable.

I have been thinking more about that "20 things to start doing" post. I decided to modify it to fit my own life and try to do them. I shortened the list so I could keep better track of what I want to try to accomplish everyday. I might even print out a daily check list so I can make sure (visually) that I'm working towards these goals and can track my progress. I usually try to make these little changes but I have trouble keeping up with them. Hopefully having them all written down together and on my blog will help me make the changes in my life.

10 Things to Start Doing:

1. Stop drinking Coffee
I really love the idea of sitting out on the porch with a big cup of coffee or getting one to warm me up. I do know how horrible coffee is for you, though. Also, I do not need to be drinking my calories in creamer and sugar. So, I want to try to stop drinking coffee so much and start opting for tea instead.

2. Eat a Big Breakfast, Average Lunch, and Small Dinner
This one will be the hardest. I am always afraid that if I eat a big breakfast I will give in and eat a huge dinner anyway, and end up being way over my daily caloric limit. I'm going to try and start by not snacking at night. Or snacking on light snacks or having tea instead.

3. Brush for 2 Minutes and Floss Daily:
I have a fancy electronic toothbrush that times how long you should be brushing you teeth. I usually am in a hurry to get to bed or get ready in the morning so I do not brush as long as I should. I know this seems insignificant but it bugs me, and therefore I'd like to change it.

4. Exercise 5 Times a Week:
I usually go to the gym 5 days a week but, I'm worried that when I go home I will stop running. Since I do not have access to an affordable gym at home, I need to go for jogs at least 5 days a week to stay fit and healthy.

5. Record What I Eat:
I have been doing this for years but, sometimes inconsistently. I know for a fact that when I do write down everything I eat, I hold myself more accountable for what I actually ate. If you want to try doing this too I highly suggest using www.livestrong.com.

6. Stop Thinking Negative Thought About Others:
I try to do this everyday. I know this isn't something that people think about often, but most of us do it without even meaning to. So, I"m going to try to stop cold turkey. It doesn't help anything to think badly about others.

7. Do Not Procrastinate:
This one is simple. Start a project when you hear about it, do what you need to do ahead of time without waiting to the last minute. Hello, college. This one will also be a challenge. 

8. Stay Organized and Clean:
Keeping a space clean brings me joy, but I find that it is difficult to keep up with during the week. I want to try to spend 10 minutes a day picking up so that my room stays clean and devote more time on the weekend to getting it back to spotless. Yes, this means dusting, vacuuming, and changing sheets!

9. Eat Healthy:
This means picking a salad over a slice of pizza, homemade trail mix over chips. I hope to make these changes and stick with them, so that being healthy becomes a lifestyle, not a diet.

10. Thank God:
Many of us go to God when we need help or guidance. Number 10 is all about thanking God for the little things like the beautiful weather, or the good hair day, or even helping you complete the goals on this list! This way you connect with Him while you are doing well and not only when you need something. Also, I'd like to try and work at reading the Bible more often and spreading His word.

Let me know if any of you are going to use my list, or make a list of your own! Link me to your posts if you create your own lists, I'd love to see them!


  1. Visiting you from SITS today! I love your list. I am the same way. I need to write things down and publish them to keep myself accountable. :) I particularly like #6. More of us need to do this.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it. Its good to find someone who has to make lists, too!

  2. Your post today was very thought provoking. Thanks for the inspiration. Also, thank you for your stops at my blog and the comments left...so encouraging. Since you are a non-reply blogger I am leaving a message here for you. Hope you get to feeling much better really soon.

    1. I still don't know how to change my blog from being a non-reply! Thank you for taking the time to read my post, though. And I love your blog!

  3. Also visiting a day late from SITS. Your list looks like so many of my lists. #1 every day on my list is dance around my kitchen. It improves my mood and helps with everything else the entire day.

    1. Thats wonderful! What are other things on your list?

  4. I really enjoyed this post. I don't know how I found your blog, but I think the name caught my attention.

    I need to be doing all this stuff as well. I think for me I'd have to start on a couple things and get those into a routine before I add more to my plate. Guess I may have to sit down and write a post to figure mine out.


    1. I'm glad this has helped you! I've been working on a few of them but, i'm trying to do all of them now.
      Let me know if you end up posting about it!

      Amanda Rose

  5. I can honestly say the hardest one for me isn't even on this list but is similar to #1. Its give up Coke. I've gotten a LOT better at drinking only 1 per day, but nonetheless I don't know if I'll ever truly give it up.


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