Tuesday, December 10, 2013

#onesmallchange Taking a Step Back

I am linking up again this week to Marcia’s #onesmallchange challenge post.

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We are winding down the year in such a positive way… making a commitment each week to #onesmallchange that we can focus on to help that new behavior become a good habit.

This week I am Taking a Step Back… backing away from my computer.  A few weeks ago, The Captain and I spent a couple of days snuggled up in a hotel suite, completely unplugged, in order to celebrate an anniversary that is very special to us both.  It was lovely and I was reminded that I tend to spend a lot of time at my keyboard… both online and off… mostly out of habit and fear of missing out.

So, Taking a Step Back is really good for me in so many ways. It frees my time considerably and it frees my mind as well.  I have no set boundaries or rules about it… I think that would be defeating the purpose, somehow.  But I know when I need a break… and this week I am making sure to take it.  I am spending more time reading, cooking, decorating, sightseeing, and enjoying the leisure. 

Sometimes I think that Social Media is like a soap opera, or a reality tv show… you don’t want to miss out.  But, honestly, anything that you really need to see or hear will still be there when you start watching again.

In past weeks, I have made these #onesmallchange commitments:
  1. no eats after 8 p.m.
  2. drink 64 ounces of water each day
  3. take my supplements
  4. uplift at least one woman each day
  5. be extra nice to a difficult woman each day
  6. have enough pre-workout fuel
  7. nutrient combination of 20% fat, 35% protein, 45% carbs
  8. pre-bedtime routine
  9. allow myself to be IMperfect
  10. one yoga session per week
Do you Take  a Step Back occasionally, too?


  1. Stepping back, especially at this time of year, is a fantastic idea. Enjoy it. Thanks for linking. Thought I'd posted this much earlier today but just realized it didn't post for whatever reason. Eeek!

  2. Elle, I have to say I really admire your commitment to stick with the list above. Going without a computer for a few days is a great idea. Who knows how we managed years ago!

  3. YES!
    I may never "crush it!!!" as I skip most all twitter chats etc---but it is so so much more important to me to be present with him.


  4. Wow I think your list looks great!! It is so true we seem to spend way to much time at the keyboard some days. I think it is awesome to just get unplugged sometimes!

  5. I will definitely be joining you this month Elle! We will be travelling over the holidays, and as much as I hate to miss out (really, though what are we missing out on? so much more going on in the real world, right?), I will be much less present online than I usually am. Enjoy!

  6. Stepping back? What is that?!?! HA! I never step away from the computer. If I do, it's only to go over to my cell phone or my other computer. LOL! My work and life is on the computer, I cannot leave it, because I am always working. LOL!

  7. This sounds very familiar - I have been finding social media and email quite stressful recently so have chosen one day a week to give up using the internet. It makes for a more restful day :)

  8. I quit when my kids get home from school or my husband comes home. I want to be in the present with them and not worried about online stuff. I miss out on a lot and don't keep up with things the way I used to, but I think my prioirties are good :)

  9. I'm taking a HUGE step back this holiday season. Trying to disconnect from social media as much as possible and spend quality time with my family!

  10. Wow! Those are impressive changes. I am more like Gigi. I don't unplug for long.


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