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Week in Review: What I Didn’t Do

Each week’s Week in Review celebrates all the things we’ve accomplished the previous week.

But one thing I’ve learned self-care is that sometimes, it’s important to choose not to do certain things.

If there’s a negative emotion that tends to plague me the most, it’s guilt. I’ve written about this before. I tend to let myself be motivated by self-deprecating emotions that scold me for all the things I’m not doing–I’m not socializing as much as I should be; I’m not eating enough fiber; I’m not hiking all of the cool hikes that I should be; I’m not getting ahead on lesson planning for next semester–rather than recognizing that sometimes, it’s an accomplishment to let something go, or recognizing that I did something else important, instead.

So for this week’s Week in Review, I’d like to celebrate the things I chose not to do by focusing on the things I chose instead.Week in ReviewI didn’t drive down to Ft. Collins to see my boyfriend as soon as I got off work on Sunday night.

Instead, I went on a hike with a new friend on Monday morning and drove down to Ft. Collins after lunch.DSCN1293 DSCN1309I didn’t rush back to the Y camp on Tuesday, either.

Instead, I relaxed and hung out with the bf, then stuck around my apartment for a little while and tried out a new gluten-free pancake recipe!DSCN1329I didn’t allow my anxiety about my revved up appetite to stop me from listening to my body or denying my hunger.DSCN1315Instead, I snacked when I was hungry. I even let myself push the envelope of my FODMAP reintroductions with, for instance, a larger serving of chickpeas with rice for lunch on Saturday, and ice cream alongside a Lactaid pill on Wednesday night. (If I discover Lactaid pills are effective for me, this will open up a lot of new foods.DSCN1339I didn’t leave staff yoga when the yoga instructor didn’t show up.

Instead, I led yoga myself. I was nervous, although not quite as nervous as this silly selfie makes me look.DSCN1332I didn’t complain about being placed in housekeeping three days out of five this week.

Instead, I met some cool new people and found a few cool items that were being distributed by my co-workers or had been left by guests.

It’s a bookmark and a teddy bear…at the same time!!!!DSCN1347Also, how cute is this puzzle?DSCN1353I didn’t eat inside in the air conditioning at lunch time.

Instead, I enjoyed the sun and the beautiful mountain views!DSCN1223 (2)I didn’t wear sunscreen on Friday.

Instead, I learned my lesson and will remember to carry sunscreen with me to work from now on. Oops.

I didn’t go on a six-mile hike when I was invited to on Friday night, even though I’m sure I would have seen some beautiful things and met some cool people.

Instead, I drove the grocery store (the nearest place I get cell reception) and called my Mad Bad Mommy Bommy for the first time since she got back from Germany.

I didn’t allow myself to look at the calorie count on the label of this delicious gluten-free brownie.DSCN1344Instead, I nommed it all up!

I didn’t go roller skating after work, even though I considered it a couple of times. It would have brought back some very pleasant childhood memories of roller skating at the YMCA as a kid, but I acknowledged that my body was physically exhausted after long days at work and that I needed some rest.

Instead, I hung out in my dorm and kept pecking away at The Book Thief. I savor any break from grad school long enough to read books not assigned for class!DSCN1313 (2)This is my dorm, not my book, obviously.

Tell me about one thing you chose not to do this week, even though you might have thought about it, and why you made the decision that you did.

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8 comments

  1. Diane Wahto says:

    Joyce–I love that picture of you. It’s a keeper. I would say you’re making some good choices. As far as what I chose, I chose to read a little book by Carl Hiaasen rather than dig into the tome on exitentialist philosophy again. The philosophy book is fun to read–sometimes–because the author writes about the battle of ideas among philosophers in the early 20th century. Even so, it gets a little heavy at night before I go to bed.

    Otherwise, as Pat often reminds me, I’m retired so I can do pretty much what I want. I went to water aerobics this morning and had a good time. This afternoon one of my writing groups is meeting. I finally got myself out of my poetry writing malaise and I have two short poems to take for critique. Yesterday, I sent a ton of entries to the KAC contest, so that’s done.

    It sounds like you’re having a wonderful time right now. I’m happy for you.

  2. What a fantastic Week in Review. I love the concept. It’s so easy to get caught up in the could ofs and should ofs, that’s it’s refreshing to see what you let go and what you opted to do instead.

    I myself didn’t vacuum the rug. I opted to get more sleep instead, a very precious commodity these days.

    I am still loving on your new views.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks! I think sleeping, if you’re not getting enough of it, is far more important than vacuuming. Health takes priority in most situations in my world!

  3. Ellie says:

    I didn’t go to the grocery store this week and decided to just eat the food in my pantry =P I need to do this more often because I have some great stuff!

    1. Joyce says:

      I’m totally guilty of this as well. I’ll be like, “There’s nothing to eat!” when my fridge is full. Good job eating what you got!

  4. Cora says:

    Awesome concept. I’m definitely guilty of this. The voices are really good at saying, “yeah sure you did “this” but you DIDN’T do this..” and making that thing you “didn’t” do the only thing that matters. Which is so not right.
    This last week I did not hunker down with my computer to get a bunch of school and blog work done, but rather I went to visit a friend and had a good conversation.

    1. Joyce says:

      Awesome! Sometimes it’s really good to get away from the computer for a while.

  5. One of my best friends has some pretty bad anxiety issues that she has been dealing with for many many years and I’ve been there with her through some tough times. I know how hard it can be on your life, how interrupting it can be. I’m glad you put thoughts to paper (internet?) and changed your focus about your guilt!

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