Planning_Part 3: 112 Find it!

Posted on September 15, 2009


“Planning_Part 2” left off asking you to rank yourself on the ‘scale of achievement’ in 4 different components of health/wellness: cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, sound nutrition, and mental well-being. Did you honestly assess and then take action on the things that were within your grasp? If not, it was probably because you were busy, right? There was probably just ‘not enough time,’ so let’s figure out how we can either alter the space/time continuum or come up with a “positive mental attitude” to overcome it! 

112 – A Key Number to Jump Start yourself

112 hours in a week. This is the number of hours left in a week after you take out 8 hours each day for sleep. And I am sure that you are all getting 8 hours a night right? Most likely not, but for the sake of the argument, let’s assume you do a great job and get 8 hours of rest each night.

That leaves you with 112 hours each week to do all of your other things. Now let’s assume you are a hard working American and work 60 hours a week and that you commute 1 hour per day M-F.

You now have 47 hours each week to live your life.

Let’s assume you have spouse/children/house duties and those take up 2 hours each day, every single day.

You now have 33 hours each week to do with as you please.
Everyone’s final number may be a little different based on their life duties, but everyone will start out with at least 112 hours each week to choose health, wellness and vitality.

112. The question that we all have to answer is, what are you doing with those hours that we cannot find time to exercise, grocery shop for healthy foods, take time to relax and renew our mental energy? We already agreed that you are worth it and we agreed that you are not going to be your own worst enemy, so what is left besides forming a plan and making it happen? I cannot stress this enough folks, the people who are fit, healthy, and happy did not get there by accident, and neither will you. But you CAN get there by having a basic plan of what you’re going to do with those hours so you make the most of them and feel good when you lay down for those 8 hours of sleep that you’re getting. 

There is a model used in team development that works well for anyone starting or re-starting a health and wellness program plan. It is “forming-storming-norming-performing.” Here is the definition from Wikipedia:  “The Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing model of group development was first proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965, who maintained that these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to deliver results.”

Isn’t this what we are faced with everyday when fighting the good fight for our health? Read it again and process that definition with your own goals before moving on to this next section.

Form – your goals and set a day by day plan. Storm – yourself regularly; used here this means that you can and should question your choices, determine what is working and what is not, push aside the things that are keeping you from your goal & come out the other side with a better plan than you started with. Do this without fail and with fierce determination because you cannot do every health kick or nutritional plan at once or you will lose sight of your end goal- a healthier life. Norm – your habits and daily practices into healthy and productive ones. It is not a question of “if” but “when” you are going to exercise/choose healthy foods/take the stairs instead of the elevator. Perform– your optimal life by executing consistently your best practices that perhaps started with a 10min walk daily and now have become a truly healthy lifestyle that you are loving living in!

You’ve got 112 hours, how are you going to spend yours this week?