Today I chose to make my big accomplishment about my training for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. This triathlon is a big fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and my triathlon team is part of the corporate challenge. The corporate challenge is about teams coming together to raise money and have a friendly competition. Last year I was the top fundraiser for our team and I was thrilled at how much I raised. It is easy for me to do. Plus every time I see a story about one of the kids I can not help but try and help (this is of course after I finish crying). My friends might say that I was so annoying they finally broke down and donated. Yes, that is what I do. I wear people down. I am relentless. But its for the kids. I cannot help it.
What I struggle with is training. It takes me awhile to get in a routine. Lately I have not been doing much at all and I knew that if I did not get started soon I might not start at all. The lazy side of me was settling in. I was starting to be disappointed in myself and I was not happy about it. Every Monday I kept saying today is the day and then all of a sudden it was Sunday and I had not done anything. This week was different. On Sunday I received a donation from my swim coach, Aaron Ciarla. It was a generous donation. Donations do motivate me so I was like ok I really do need to start. So today I made all the work outs. 6:00am swim, 7:30am weight training and 11:00am bike workout. For me that was a huge accomplishment.
I do not know why it took so long to get motivated. This is my favorite race and I love the reason that I am doing it. I have been trying to see what is holding me back and I can not think of anything but I know there is something. It is different than some of the other tasks because I am not being distracted by other things. I am certain that It will come to me in the next few weeks so for now it is what it is. The good thing is that I started and that is the first step in any accomplishment.
Since I did not blog yesterday I just wanted to touch on a little about my day yesterday. Yesterday I wanted to for once in my life finish all the laundry in one day. I never get it done and it drives me nuts. I had one load of sheets in that I must have washed 4 times because I would forget about it and then it smelled moldy so I had to start over. So I set out to finish before I went to bed. I was very close. The last load did not make it to the dryer but I am still happy with the result. I managed to finish it today. I am going to continue working on this until it becomes habit.
A couple of things are starting to happen. One is I am starting to realize routine is key to staying organized. Now I am not one for routine, I like living by the seat of my pants but I need to change this a little in order to say organized. I did already go to the grocery store on Sunday as part of my new routine. It was great. I planned my meals, made a list of what I needed and was in and out of the store in 20 minutes. I also did not buy anything that was not on the list and in turn had one of the cheapest grocery bills in a very long time. Two is that people are starting to send me articles on being organized or how to use a program to help me or just saying that they tackled a big project today. I love that. My purpose for this blog was to keep me on track but I am liking the side effects. Three (and I love this one) I received a belated birthday present from Jennifer King, my step niece today. She brought me seeds and a gnome for my herb garden. I think I will be pushing that project forward.
If you accomplished a major project or task today I would love to hear about it.
By the way if you would like to help me raise money for St. Jude’s here is the link to my fundraising page.