Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 1 of new schedule

Today is the first day of my new schedule. And so far, I've already been failing. But I've got the rest of the day to go, and I think I can be more successful this evening. My first round at the new planner is complete. It has several sections:
1) Weekly At A Glance - Has a block for each day of the week, and notes at the bottom. This is for major events and appts.
2) Daily Schedule - Simple sheet with time blocks from 9am to 11pm, in 30 min increments. This is the section to add more detail to my day.
3) Morning and Evening Schedule - This has all the stuff I have to do on a daily basis, such as brushing my teeth, taking a shower, taking my pills, eating, etc. Has a time allotted column for every task, and a y/n completion column.
4) Food Journal - Checkboxes for water intake and supplements. Space to write each meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Each meal has a checklist of the types of food I ate, veggies, fruit, grains, protein, fats. Notes section at bottom.
5) Pain and Mood Diary - Has a grid for me to track my pain and moods on a scale of 0-10 at 3 times of the day - AM, mid-day and PM. Each page can handle a whole week. Notes at bottom.
6) Stress Diary - Place to record the cause of stress, as well as the physical and emotional symptoms that went along with it.

I only printed out enough for one week. This way, if there's something I need to change or add, I don't have to reprint a bajillion pages. I also printed them all in several pretty colors (teal, green, purple and red). I did that mainly because I was out of black ink, but now that I've been looking at it for a while, I like the colors. Maybe the colors will make me feel happier or more likely to use it frequently. I already know I need to add three more sections - a basic to-do list, a supplement list and a pain tracker. The pain tracker will be a little more in-depth than the current pain and mood diary. It'll resemble the stress diary, with the space to add what the pain was, where it occurred and what I did in response. the supplement list will detail when I started a supplement/pill, when I ended it, dosage and side effects. This will be useful to me and my doc.

I want to get the pain tracker added tonight so I'll have a month's worth of data to give to the rheumy at my next appt.

The Soul Cysters Weight Loss Challenge started today. We have 15+ participants, which is awesome. The prize pot is pretty large, and I've already decided that if I win, part of hte money will go to a new tattoo, and the rest will be donated to Power Up for PCOS. I'm starting a walking group in the area tomorrow, and hopefully I won't be the only one walking.

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