ADHD and ADD present so many different challenges to adults. Sticking to it. Avoiding procrastination. Generating motivation. Stay on track. Creating achievable goals. (Rather than pie-in-the-sky dreams.)
This week (2012) I’m traveling. I’m with our editor/jack-of-all-trades Jimi on a four day road trip to PBS stations in Boston and Albany, with a chance to sit down and do a long interview with ADHD legend Dr. Edward ‘Ned’ Hallowell. We’ll talk to him about anger, ADHD in women, ADD & marriage, holistic strategies, and more. All bookended by 22 hours of driving.
This won’t be a vacation. But it will be fun. And we’ll be working as we drive. Multitasking.
Those 22 hours will be spent discussing videos we are working on, and our evenings will all be taken up with viewing footage for the website, making notes on the redesign of the websites, and more. Always more.
Since we have GPS and Google Maps, the biggest challenge is eating right. And by right I mean well. Healthy.
In the past I have always viewed eating healthy when I’m zooming from one PBS station to another as either a challenge, because I’m spending hours in the airports. Or punishment. “I’m on the road. I’m going non-stop, under stress, a new station every day, hours of travel, hotel rooms, waiting, when there’s time to spare I’m handling all kinds of stuff around the website and videos we’re making and…
Blah, blah, blah. Woe is me. Poor Ricky. Flying all over to meet great people on PBS stations and make a huge difference for hundreds of thousands of families. Tough life, right?
This trip is different. I’m not alone. Jimi will be there. A witness. Jimi eats well. (Damn.)
So suddenly I’m seeing an opportunity. Because I’ll have an ally who wants to eat well. (Jimi is half my age. And probably half my weight. And twice my IQ. But I’m the boss. So it works out.)
There’s something very powerful about having an ally. Or multiple allies. You know this if you’ve ever joined a class to get in shape, learn yoga, or lose weight. Or just had a partner who would go jogging with you.
But I have been reading a lot of the forums lately and suddenly it occurs to me I have thousands of allies. You. The members of TotallyADD. This amazing, kind, wise, supportive community.
One of the best aspects of a coach is having someone who has you make commitments and holds you to them. Even the process of deciding what you want to do between ‘now’ and the next coaching call is powerful. It helps you sort out what matters and set priorities.
I’ve got thousands of TADD friends who can hold me to my promise and help me achieve my goal. And actually, so do you. We’re here for you. So, I’m committing to eating well on this trip. And exercising every day. And stretching twice a day.
In one week we are moving into our new home. After two years of living in other people’s houses, and all our stuff locked away in storage.
So I’m going to need to be in shape. Or at least better shape than I am now.
Knowing you’ll be watching me is going to be very helpful. Traveling is going to make it hard. In fact, today, on our first day of driving, we were on an Interstate and running late, so we just ate at the service centers. Not great. A burger at one place. But no fries or pop! (I considered it. Jimi talked me out of it.) On the plus side we bought apples. Avoided donuts. Drank lots of water. And stopped every hour to 90 minutes for a stretch. You could hear our spines popping over the sound of the traffic.
So day one was challenging. Day two promises to be better. We’re in a nice hotel.
Oh, and feel free to make a commitment of your own for this week. Oh, and post it so we can support you. It doesn’t have to be big. Or dramatic. Just something that would make a difference and is achievable. Like me going a day without a donut, dessert or junk food. Oh, did I mention the slice of pizza? It was veggies? Is that okay?