100 days from now will be January 1, 2013.
I will have thousands and thousands of decisions to make between right now and 100 days from now. Every day, I will have the choice about what to put in my mouth, how to move my body, what to put in my mind, how to spend my time, how to treat other people, and how to live my life.
There are some decisions I can make right now about how I want to live the next 100 days. As always, I want to live in kindness - remembering that my job here on earth - just like everyone else's - is to take care of my fellow man (or woman).
I'm becoming more and more in touch with how much I believe this. Our job is to take care of one another. Maybe that's what families are for - but the job goes way beyond that of families. I believe it's my job to help take care of whoever will allow me in their life in a caring manner.
If we all take care of each other, we all will be taken care of.
I'm very aware of the people in my life that take care of me - many of you are in that group. I'm also very aware of the people in my life that allow me to help take care of them. Frequently, it's the same people. That's what friendship is, I think.
Wow, this is not where this post was supposed to go.
Obviously, my subconscious self needed to remind my conscious self about ALL the decisions that I make on a daily basis. My outsides needed to read what my insides wrote.
But, in addition to all the daily decisions to make during the next 100 days, I've spent the afternoon thinking about what lifestyle-changing behaviors I am willing to commit to for the next 100 days.
I've been thinking about them with the belief that I can do anything for 100 days.
And here's what I've decided to commit to. Beginning tomorrow:
1. I will wear my fitbit pedometer and walk 10,000 steps daily, five days a week. I've learned that, on an average, I walk about 5,000 a day - just in my daily activities. I think I can double that in a way that it will feel like being more active, and less like e.x.e.r.c.i.s.e.
2. I will go to Zumba at least two times per week. Barb, did you read that? That means Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30.
3. I will try to take a hike once a week. It doesn't have to be long. It doesn't have to be hard. But it needs to be in nature, not asphalt. If it gets too cold or too snowy, I don't have to do it. Again, the purpose of practicing it for 100 days is to learn to see hikes as an enjoyable activity, not e.x.e.r.c.i.s.e.
4. I will find a container in my kitchen tonight to be my "water container". I will fill it up in my office every weekday morning and finish it by the time I leave my work. What should it be? A quart? A gallon? A juice pitcher (what is that - two and a half quarts?)?
5. I will clean my face with Pond's cold cream every night (just like my mom did) - or at least until someone tells me of something much better than Pond's. Then, I'll moisturize. I'm very conscious of this because - I swear to God, my face has grown much bigger since I got my hair cut.
And finally, I will learn to turn on my damn TV. I wanted to watch the Emmys tonight but am too technologically-impaired.