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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Good habits

I'm marginally more alive now. For the first time in weeks, I didn't have to stop mid-run for a massive coughing attack! And good thing, because I'm about to get really busy.
In a few weeks, I will be starting marathon training, hiring a new technician, hiring a new bedside delivery tech, hiring a new pharmacist, and starting a new session of school (two weeks left in this one!). There will be a lot going on, and I want to make sure I don't let the good habits slide.

I was looking for an app to help me remember to do those basic, everyday tasks - like taking out my contacts and doing my Myrtles hip routine - and I downloaded Productive. It lets you put in day-to-day tasks, and as you check them off, it records habit streaks and other data. Mostly it's just a memory aid for me!
Some daily habits I added:

  • Floss
  • Do planks
  • Take vitamins. After getting so sick a few weeks ago, I added probiotics and a vitamin C/antioxidant/immune booster to my Bone Up supplement. 
  • Read Bible
  • Do strength. This marathon training cycle, I want to try adding some kind of strength in every single day. I don't want to get injured, and my once a week Iron Strength workouts were not enough! 

Weekly habits include:

  • Remove contacts (they're extended-wear, but if I had it my way I'd wear them until they dissolved on my eyeball)
  • Foam roll
  • Do PT. Even though I'm doing some kind of strength training every day and Myrtles each morning, I want to make sure I go through a full round of hip PT moves every week. I can't do too much to protect my hips!

I'm only a few days into the program, and so far it is a good reminder of those little tasks. Have you ever used a habit app? How do you keep up with those little everyday things we tend to skip?


  1. That sounds like a good app. When you get to my age it's really easy to forget stuff - I'll have to look for this one.

  2. I haven't heard of an ap like that but since I am a lover of lists, it'd be a good one for me to use. I think it'd be most useful for my PT right now because there are so many different exercises and now I'm in a phase of recovery where some still need to be done daily but some are 3 x's a week. So it would help me keep it all straight!

    I am glad you are feeling better! You definitely have some busy busy weeks ahead of you!

  3. I definitely need this app! But I also need to have some will power. lol

  4. (catching up on blogs....)

    I've been using for certain things -- you can pick goals (which could also just be daily tasks) & tell it how many times a week you want to do each one, and if you want a reminder, and if so what time of day. I am trying to get out of the habit of being completely sedentary on my rest days so for example currently I have a goal of 10,000 steps every day & get a little phone vibration every day at 4pm (which reminds me to do some walking or whatever if it's a non-running day).