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Monday, January 30, 2006

A 99:99 Update

I know, this makes a second post in one day - not that I've ever shied away from doing that before. But I felt this subject was deserving of undivided attention.

If you don't know what the 99:99 in the title refers to, it's a plan I've devised that will hopefully help me develop better discipline about varying my activities - and most important, including exercise in the schedule.

The 99:99 comes from the maximum time I can set on the digital timer I'm using that's key to the plan. Essentially, the idea is that instead of losing myself in the flow of one thing all day (and thus winding up never moving from one chair, and ignoring other chores and activities), the timer goes off at intervals to remind me to think about what else I might be doing.

In a rather angst-ridden post on Friday, I talked about why I'm doing this. It's to the credit of you, my readers, that many of you came forward to express your understanding and support. I can't tell you how much it meant to see all those comments and e-mails - some from names I recognized, some from names new to me - and to know that you're all pulling for me and hoping I'll be able to make this work. Thank you.

One friend who's local to me was even able to guess the identity of the doctor, and I'll tell you, that may have helped the most to know that I'm not the only one who has had a similar reaction to her. It proves that it isn't all just me, and that's a tremendous relief. This friend also reassures me that working with this doctor gets better - more good news!

One thing that will help to keep me honest about implementing this program is to fill you in now and then about my progress. I'm going to try, each Monday, to let you know how the previous week went and what my goals are for the current week.

Last Friday, the first day I worked the 99:99 Plan, I did 5 minutes of marching in place. And because the plan is about more than just exercise, I also took the beeping of the timer throughout the day as opportunities to spend time: straightening up the table in my crafting area so I can do beadwork and other crafts again; reading a bookbookbook; and working on other things on my computer besides just blogging. I also did enough knitting to count, so it's not like I can say I feel deprived of that by including all the other activities!

For now, the important element in the 99:99 Plan is that I'm trying to include 5 minutes of marching in place (while watching television to distract me), as my exercise option. The ultimate goal is for a total of 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, but since my history has not included any exercise at all, I'm starting slowly. This week, I'm aiming for 5 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In future weeks, I'll either add more days each week, add more sessions each day, or extend the length of the sessions until I reach the goal.

Today is Monday, and I've already done my 5 minutes of marching. I'm hoping in other 99 minute time chunks today to read a little, perhaps do a little beading, and to try to formulate a plan that lets me write a few blog posts a day or two early, to help with time management on those days I have lots of places to go.

Many, many thanks to all of you who spoke up. If I haven't already responded personally with my gratitude, you're likely to get it today - one of my 99 chunks will be devoted to dealing with e-mail!

Tune in next Monday to see how I did this week!

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