Last week I posted about lowering my expectations. Well, in an attempt to put my own advice into action, I took a look back at my week, taking into account those lowered expectations (something I didn’t do a great job of throughout the week).
First of all, let me just say that I am a bit of a perfectionist (my husband actually said the name of this blog was rather ironic, due to this fact). If a recipe calls for certain ingredients, I like to use those very ingredients and not deviate too much from the plan. I started a new workout routine last week (Pretty Fierce) and have been trying to keep to the five-day-a-week schedule. But this week, with my son sick and home for three days, while I attempted to keep up with work responsibilities, that just wasn’t possible. I managed to get in three days of workouts (one of them substituting Wii Dance for the Pretty Fierce cardio). This change in schedule would usually cause me to quit all together. But I have to realize that sometimes our lives don’t allow for giving 110 percent as we might plan. Sometimes 75 or 80 percent will have to do.
And so it is that I wasn’t able to check off all my other to-do’s last week, either. It is
Sunday Tuesday and I am still feeling a bit unproductive, knowing I had all these plans of what was going to get done. I signed up for a blogging course which I was going to keep up on… I’ve only listened to the first two lessons (and have not gotten to all the homework). I even scheduled to take a half day Friday to get some things done. I ended up cleaning the office up a bit, a well overdue task that needed to get done, but not how I envisioned my Friday afternoon off.
As moms, we really do have such high expectations of ourselves. I realize even as I write this that I have failed to take into account in this weekly rundown the fact that I took care of my sick child, bought groceries with him in tow at 8 a.m. one morning, got bills paid, and was at the house to handle several home repairmen visits and a major delivery. Do I say all this so that you, the reader, will give me a pat on the back? No, I say so that I can acknowledge my own accomplishments, no matter how unglamorous or menial they may seem. This should be good enough for me and I hope that one day it is. That is something I am still working on. I still beat myself up for not hitting that 110% mark and maybe that is ok, at least some of the time. I want my son to set his sights high in life, no matter what his goals are. At least I can tell myself I am setting that example for him. It’s just that voice in my head telling me I should have done more that I need to quiet.
What did you accomplish this week, no matter how simple or ordinary? Give YOURSELF a pat on the back in the comments, below.