This is OPTIMUS PRIMAL’S PRIMAL LEAP POST 2:
Lifestyle Action Item 1: Introduce the Five Primal Blueprint Lifestyle Laws:
Getting Adequate Sleep:
Ha! I have a three-week old baby and a toddler. This one is impossible at the moment. Pert of the problem is that the baby keeps waking up at night, and there’s no preventing that for the next few weeks. The other challenge is that we basically have from 7:00 pm to maybe 10:00 pm of free non-toddler time to do chores, relax, play, hang out with our brother-in-law, and prepare for the next day (kid’s lunch, etc.
Later, when both kids are sleeping through the night, we can sleep from 10:00 or 10:30 pm to 6:00 am and get eight hours sleep. For now, I can do the following:
While I do like watching TV/movies in the evening, or watching stuff with my brother-in-law, I can ensure that, when I do, it’s worth my time. Otherwise, we can talk or read to settle down. I can reduce chore time at night by preparing several days of lunches at once. My wife and I can schedule things so that we each get half a night’s sleep without interruption (take shifts). I can also avoid digital stimulation (iPhone use) in the bedroom. We have made it a rule that bedrooms in our house will not have TVs.
We do not do enough of this, since we’ve been tired from pregnancy and having a baby. Also, I do not like the cold. When it warms up I’ll be forcing everyone to take daily walks, and I do tend to take my toddler to the park and goof off in the yard a lot. Also, we do hang out with my brother-in-law and other friends, but these visits tend to be inside and not very physically active.
For now, I try to play with my daughter, chasing her around the house, etc. Lately, I must admit, we’ve been much more lazy, since our sleep is messed up. That’s temporary though. My goal is to get enough energy so that my kids are begging me to stop chasing them around so that they can get some rest.
Also, I like skating and hiking, and jumping around in the woods with Vibram shoes. So I’ll be making time for that as it gets warmer.
We are not spending enough time outside right now because of our schedule and the cold. We do go for some walks. As it gets warmer, this will increase. I’m not worried here.
Avoiding Stupid Mistakes:
I don’t make stupid mistakes.
Just kidding, but I trey not to. When I drive, I WATCH what’s around me. Use turn signals, check mirrors, even when not changing lanes (It’s good to know what’s going on around you). Having kids has made me more aware of surroundings in general, and I want to teach my kids to think about where they are, what they are doing, and what’s going on around them.
Using My Brain:
I have gotten a little lazy here, although I do regularly attend seminars to keep my counseling license up. I could spend a bit less time on TV and more on games or reading. To that end, I have a list of books I want to read. I could dig into that. My wife and I sometimes have a game night with friends as well. This can include card games, board games, or video games.
That’s it for now. I’ll discuss exercise shortly!