Hobonichi Weeks – Week 23 of 2020

On Monday mornings I like to take the time to reflect back on the previous week. For me, that means sharing the spread from my Hobonichi Weeks, which is where I track my daily/weekly tasks, habits, and time spent writing. I use the left side of the layout to write a few sentences about the day – it can be gratitude, gripes, or anything in between. This reflection and tracking process has been instrumental for my sanity – especially since March!

Waking up has been hard to do over the last week! I keep my alarm on the other side of the room, but I’ve found myself getting up to push snooze and then crawling back in bed for 9 minutes. Repeatedly. Sleeping later has not affected my morning routine so I need to make a decision about my wake up time. I could either set my alarm later or figure out how to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. The downside to sleeping later is that I never know when one or more of the kiddos will get up a bit earlier than usual and I always worry that I’ll run out of time in the morning and then feel resentful. I’d much rather be safe than sorry.

I’m still on my step and daily journaling streaks (60 and 64 days, respectively). I almost missed my step goal a couple of times last week. Having only two children at home has significantly slowed things down, so I walked laps through the house before going to bed at least three times to ensure I made it to 10,000. I expect this streak to end soon because there will certainly be a day when I can’t motivate myself to walk circles through the living room, kitchen, and dining room before going to bed. But the hard part will be admitting here that I’ve broken the chain, which is why I like these Monday morning posts: accountability!

I’m thinking of ways to incorporate healthy eating choices into my habit tracker. I’ve been wanting to transition to a more plant based diet for years and know the best way to do that is with my habit tracker – it’s helped me in so many ways. So I’m trying to formulate a way to use my tracker to phase out my most unhealthy choices first.

My most pressing need is to eliminate fast food from my diet, but then I think of all sorts of caveats. What exactly counts as fast food? Certainly a vegan burrito from Chipotle can’t be compared to a Whopper meal from Burger King? And I’m leaning towards using that as the caveat: not counting a meal as fast food as long as the choice I make is vegan – the most extreme option that significantly limits my choices. Many of you don’t know this, but I love fast food. So taking just this step is scary for me and sounds impossible. It’s a major hurdle that I’ve tried to tackle for almost twenty years.

Here’s my mantra for the week: I am a person who prepares all of her own meals.

Doesn’t that sound silly and basic? But that’s truly my first step.

And to really start off with a bang, every time I’m tempted to get fast food or takeout this week and resist that temptation, I’m going to move $10 into my Corgi fund. I’m calling this Temptation Tracking:

This plan is to just get me started this week and I hope to create a detailed road map in the weeks to come. But first, I have to decide my destination. What am I working towards? Like I said earlier, I’ve wanted to move towards a more plant based diet for years but have never been able to decide what that should look like. I hope to have this more fleshed out by next Monday and I’ll share more with you then.

Until next week – please stay safe. Please stay hopeful. And let’s all keep learning – about ourselves and the world around us.


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  1. Wait wait — Corgi fund? Please tell me more!

    You’re doing a great job on your streaks. I think you also need to plan to be gentle with yourself for that day when you break the step streak. Because even with the best of intentions, it’ll happen one day. You’ll get sick and need to spend the day in bed or your twist your ankle and need to keep it up. It’s not a failing when it happens; it’s just life. And loads of experts have noted that 10,000 isn’t really a magic number; really any effort you make to move your body is good.

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    1. You’re so right – I know it will be fine when I break that streak. But just a little bit sad, too.

      And I’ve been wanting a corgi for years! It’s a savings account line item on my bill paying spreadsheet. Unfortunately, it’s at $0 right now because we wiped it clean when I decided to be a stay at home mom and we wanted to pay down on several bills before making that move. So I hope I can rebuild it!


  2. I want to know more about the Corgi fund too! What?!?!

    I think that once you begin the cooking process, it is easy to keep. The meals are better tasting… and we love eating “what’s in season” versus what’s been shipped in from some distant land. I truly could make all my meals meat-free, but sadly Steve would complain (and loudly) lol.

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    1. I want a corgi! And I need to save up for it 🙂 At one point I had quite a bit saved for it, but had to use that money for some bills before I became a stay at home mom.

      I hope you’re right about enjoying the cooking process. There’s some things I don’t mind doing every day – cleaning the floors, washing the dishes, etc – but I HATE cooking every day!!

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  3. Love your updates, and am taking ‘stay hopeful’ to heart for myself this week. Good luck on the food front — a big, and worthy, challenge! (And I feel so lucky to live with people who like to cook — otherwise I would probably be eating beans and rice every day!) 😉

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  4. My husband and I make sure to take a 3-4 mile walk every day, but I don’t track my steps. I would imagine that even if your excellent motivation lags someday, it will be like meditation. Count it as a learning experience and begin again. I do hope you get to add $$ to the Corgi fund, and I’m joining with others to ask for more information!

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    1. You’re so right about counting the missed step day as a learning experience!

      I didn’t realize the corgi fund would get this much attention! I’ve been wanting a corgi for years and need to save up for it. I was doing a good job of saving for it several years ago, but then needed that money to be moved around elsewhere. So now I have to begin again!

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