Intentions Review for March 2019

My Star Word for this year is “Empathy”. The internet defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Merriam-Webster says, “Empathy is similar to sympathy, but empathy usually suggests stronger, more instinctive feeling.”

Here are my intentions for 2019.

Physical Health

  • Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year. – I’ve hit a plateau and am only down 3 pounds so far this year.
  • Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit. – Again, I’ve done well.
  • Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance. – Check. We worked regularly until last week when she got sick – so I’ve been on my own for the last week of the month. I really miss her.
  • Return to weekly Tai Chi classes. This is a non-starter.
  • March was better than February, except I was out-of-town from 3/18-3/20, and Sarah was ill from 8/25-present. I was making progress, but now I fear I’ve dropped back.
  • Nevertheless I Persisted” has been discontinued. WordPress in it’s great wisdom decided to start charging me, and I figured I could keep those stats on a spreadsheet just as easily as on a blog.

Emotional Health

  • Practice empathy by taking a picture a day of someone who crosses my path. – The picture a day this has also gone the way of all good (?) ideas.
  • Tribes” is no longer active.
  • I AM trying to remember “empathy” in my interactions with people I meet.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading from fluff mysteries to more substantial novels. – Books read this year.
    • The Library Book by Susan Orleans – finished
    • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – finished
    • Becoming by Michelle Obama – finished
    • Womanish Midrash by Wil Gafney – finished
    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – finished
    • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor – finished
    • Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine – reading all through Lent
    • Silent Night by Danielle Steele – finished
    • Autumn by Ali Smith – finished
    • Winter by Ali Smith – reading
  • Continue to read the Washington Post and the New York Times for reasonably non-biased reporting. – I scan the headlines and read articles that interest me.
  • Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve. – Check
  • Return to writing.
  • Keep writing midrash poetry, as I’m inspired by the Sunday sermon or weekly Bible study. – I’m working on one about the Daughters of Zelaphahad.
  • I’m also writing things for the Poetry class that meets twice a month. I wrote five or six “narrative” poems this month. A couple of them may be worth keeping.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship. – Check. I’m a regular at the 11:00 o’clock service.
  • Try to carve out time daily for intentional prayer and meditation. – Keeping up with the “photo-a-day” from #RethinkChurch is forcing me to spend some time in the Bible every morning.
  • I attended NEXT Church in Seattle, and reconnected with many of my PCUSA friends from around the country. I also got a “pick-up” roommate who is a sister of one of my on-line friends from Centralia, WA. It was a small world thing. She put a notice on the board asking if anyone had an extra bed, and I had one, so we hooked up for two nights. We got along fine.

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones. – I still regularly attend the Gazebo Group (the folks who meet on Monday evenings for Happy Hour.)
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church. – I also regularly attend Bible Study. Coffee Hour is between the services, and it was held upstairs (adjacent to the Sanctuary) this month instead of on the lower level. I’ve been going pretty regularly and will continue next month when I am Lay Reader.
  • Tend the relationships I have on Social Media. – I try to keep up with people I call my friends on Facebook. It’s hard when so much of the stuff there is political.

Miscellaneous

  • Keep up with People Power as an Admin. – A new group of people has become very active as admins, and I’m allowing them to take the lead. I keep up with what’s going on, though, and support if and when necessary. I’ve been more active towards the end of this month because the ACLU is starting a new initiative called “Right for All.” The kick-off was today and we sent 200,000 texts inviting people to attend the on-line initial meeting.
  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. – Attended a town hall in East Tacoma with all three of the District 27 legislators.
  • Attend GA Nominating Committee meetings, both face-to-face and virtually. – The first meeting is scheduled for the end of April. I have my train tickets, and plans are made.
  • Support #BlackLiveMatter, #Me,Too, #ThePoorPeople’sCampaign, #ClimateAction, and other social justice movements. – I donate regularly to MoveOn, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I attend rallies and marches if I’m available.
  • I attended the second Interfaith Women’s Conference here in Tacoma. We had most faiths represented there and it was nice to meet with women who were interested in that collegiality.
  • I attended a vigil at the local mosque after the horrific shooting at the mosques in New Zealand. It was well attended by elected officials and people from local Christian and Jewish congregations.

 

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/6

Today we were exhorted to MOVE.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today they suggested we find our discomfort zone. The exercises are FAR from strenuous. Sorry NYT, it will take more than a 7-minute workout for me to find discomfort.

Cardio – March in place – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Lower Body – “Sit to stands”. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Upper Body – Push-ups with my hands on a chair – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Plank – I did a seated plank. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Rinse and repeat.

Rest and stretch

Before this, I spent an hour at the Wellness Center, and pedaled the recumbent cross trainer for and hour.

 

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/5

Today we’re working on REFRESH.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge is to make a list of things to do tomorrow right before you go to bed. I keep a pretty detailed calendar in my Outlook, so I rarely, if ever, need to worry about missing anything. I prefer to do a “brain dump” of things that made me happy today. In fact, I am cultivating a habit of posting “Five things that made me happy today” every evening on Facebook. It keeps me mindful during the day, because I have to notice and remember the things that make me happy so I can write them down in the evening.

 

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/4

Today we were exhorted to WRITE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today we’re back to the 7 minute workout. I didn’t follow this at all today, because I had an appointment with my Personal Trainer. The suggestion was to make write a letter to my self about my intentions. Sorry, NYT, I already did that at the first of the year. You can read all about it here.

Cardio – Obstacle Course (including cones, dots, and steps) – 3 min.

Lower Body – “Sit to stands” – 10 times – twice.

Upper Body – Flexible Bar (20) – 15 down, 15 up, 15 in

Cardio – Up the ramp to third floor, Down the stairs

Upper Body – Close-Grip Row – 60 lbs, 12 – 2 reps.

Plank – Seated plank – 10 sec. twice, 15 sec. twice

Stretch

60 min on the recumbent cross-trainer while I watched Upstairs/Downstairs on Prime.

 

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/3

Today we’re working on REFRESH.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge is do a 10-minute Walking meditation. I spent 10 minutes outside walking – it was cold, but sunny, and not as uncomfortable as I was afraid it would be. I’m longing for the time when we will have temperatures in the upper 50s and/or lower 60s. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to walk and meditate indoors.

 

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/2

Today we’re working on NOURISH.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge asked us to Reverse our Pasta. They had several suggestions for putting more vegetables in our pasta sauce or toppings. This didn’t resonate with me at all because I rarely (if ever) eat pasta. I’m just not fond of it. I did make a plan to being more deliberate about my suppers (I eat my main meal at noon). I bought some really good artisan whole grain, sugar-free, organic bread, and some pate to add to my cheese for dinners. I rarely eat sweets or sugars, but I love good bread. Since Dave’s Killer Bread was sold to who knows who, it hasn’t been very satisfying to me. But I’m trying this new bread to get more fiber in my diet.

#NYTWellChallenge – 3/1

Today we were exhorted to JUST DANCE.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today we’re back to the 7 minute workout. They suggested we warm up by dancing. Sorry NYT, I warmed up with an hour on the Recumbent Cross Trainer. Don’t feel like I need another warm-up.

Cardio – March in place – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Lower Body – “Sit to stands”. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Upper Body – Push-ups with my hands on a chair – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Plank – I did a seated plank. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Rinse and repeat.

Rest and stretch