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Day 3 of Daily Exercise

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today is the 3rd day in a row I have exercised. This is the "hump day" that people talk about, and it's supposedly going to get easier after this, right? I don't know, but it's not too hard right now either. I've been doing two workout videos posted on sparkpeople each day, they're really fun!

I haven't been having much luck with my morning routine goal. I have been busy with finals and sleeping in until 11AM everyday XD so bad! I know lol. But I have been studying Japanese and I've been improving a lot. I still want to have a morning routine, so I'll still work on it.

A few things I have noticed that have changed in my diet this past month:
1) eating more veggies: I loooove veggie sandwiches and I find myself ordering from the vegetarian menu more when I go out to eat.
2) don't like milk or cheese so much: I've been drinking almond milk, it's so good!
3) eating less meat: I guess my diet is looking more like a vegetarian diet, but I'm not being too picky about it. I'm not going to turn down a tasty bowl of chili just because there's a little beef in it!

Recently I have felt guilty about not progressing in my weight loss, its December and I've been surrounded by sweets everyday, but when I thought about what I've been eating other than the sweets, I've been eating healthier than ever before! Now I just need to get my sweet tooth under control now! It will be much easier after December.

  
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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/15/2012 6:23PM

    I just finished day 31 of my exercise streak...once you exercise for an an entire week straight, you'll want to keep it up! That's what happened with me, anyway. Keep up the healthy eating!

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On to the next goal!

Friday, December 07, 2012

I have succeeded in simplifying my schedule and commitments. I learned about minimalism and even started applying it in the material things I own. My stress has gone way down and I have so much more free time. So much so that I find myself watching hours and hours of TV or browsing the internet. Hmm... busyness has been replaced by laziness. Figures, that's the curse of the college student.

So, to add some stability to my ever-changing class schedule, I decided I need a morning and evening routine. This will ensure my goals of daily exercise and Japanese study become habits, and I will be able to prepare for the next day/keep my apartment clean.

Morning Routine:
8AM: exercise/shower
9AM: Japanese study/breakfast
10AM: walk to school

Evening Routine:
clean apartment/kitchen
write in journal
pick out tomorrow's workout video

That's all I have right now. I figure, hey, it's got exercise, Japanese, and some relaxing in there, that should be a good routine! And a clean apartment is the icing on the cake. Mmm cake... no, no cake! Bad thoughts! Sorry, I digress.

So yes, that's my new goal, to establish this routine thing. It'll be good to be exercising everyday again, even if it's only for 20 minutes.

  
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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 8:16PM

    After a few days of doing something, it becomes a habit. Your goals are just right for you.

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Happy November!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Congrats everyone! We made it through Halloween! The first of the holiday season is over.

It has been a very busy week for me. I've been working on my application to Teach English in Japan after graduation, and I've been working on my application for an Advanced Printmaking class next semester. The advanced class will be very difficult, but it's my last semester and I want to do something amazing.

I have also been working my on list of changes I need to make to reduce stress and avoid burnout this year. I have completed:

3) Quit pole classes
4) Quit my burlesque group: they were very supportive and I'm still going to be around to hang out and help with little things.
5) Don't worry about weight loss: yes, this needs to take the back burner until I have more time. But there is still room for tiny diet changes and small increments of exercise. I'm just not OCDing about counting calories and whatnot.

My burlesque group wants to buy my pole, so I can get #2 done soon. I really want a bed! Futons suck.

It feels odd to be making all these changes, I felt guilty for little while and wanted to change my mind about all of these changes. But I remembered that I love school the most so that's where I need to have my dedication right now.

Without the pole and performance group, I now have no ties to my college town that would keep me here after graduation or Japan. That means I can literally go anywhere in the world after Japan, there is no reason for me to stay here unless I wanted to. The thought is overwhelming and exciting. I've always wanted to travel the world or move up north and out of North Carolina, but with all of this stress I've wanted to give up on that dream and stay here to work retail or something lame. This is the first step to getting back to my optimistic and adventurous self.

So my next steps are:

1) decrease my Japanese study to 15 minutes per day
6) Do a 1hr workout class per week at school
7) Finish my Japan and Adv Printmaking applications

Once I get the applications out of the way and catch up on a little schoolwork, I will be done with this purging/reduction stage and at a healthy level of... living I guess, lol. Once I get used to that I want to add the 10-minutes SP workout videos everyday. I think doing yoga would really help with my stress, or kickboxing lol!

I've got a good feeling about November!

  


Taking care of myself

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

College, homework, Japanese study, burlesque group, pole dancing, workouts, weight loss, body painting, and a part-time job.

I knew I would break at some point with all this. I'm on a one-track course to burnout and dropout (and hobo-ism).

I tend to overextend myself all the time. Even when I cancel some commitments, I still want to do more. More more more. This is causing me to get burned out in my last year of college. I realize this is unhealthy and that I'm not a robot that can go 24/7. Thanks to Sparkpeople message boards, I have an idea of how to fix this and realize I need to take care of myself if I want to graduate. Instead of having tons of priorities, I am making school #1. And no matter what, I can't add more commitments after this final purge. So some changes I will make immediately:

1) Decrease my Japanese study to 15 minutes per day.
2) Sell my Pole and buy a bed: I have a professional pole that I used for fitness. I haven't been able to practice at all. If I sell it, I can buy a mattress. This would greatly improve my life because my current futon leaves me tired and achy every day.
3) Quit pole classes: I haven't been able to go lately and my school has free zumba classes.
4) Quit my burlesque group: We perform at clubs and are getting more and more shows. The other girls are aiming for stardom, but this is just for fun for me. I can quit or decrease to a behind-the-scenes role.
5) Don't worry about weight loss: I will not worry about losing weight and counting calories, instead I will only make tiny food changes instead of a diet overhaul.
6) Do a 1hr workout class per week at school

Yeah I know, weight loss is going on hold until I graduate. But I can slowly build up a healthier diet without calorie counting. And hopefully, once things settle down, I can do the 10-minute SP workout videos everyday.

I will aim to get the immediate stuff done within the next two weeks. Once my plate is cleared of nothing but school (and a tiny bit of Japanese), then I can work on small habits. Really small, like, eat 1 piece of fruit per day. I will try not to get overloaded again, but I will also try not to gain weight. Maybe I'll end up losing weight once all this stress is gone.

I LOVE SCHOOL! I WILL GET MY DEGREE IN AWESOMENESS!

  
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KARRENLYNN 10/30/2012 4:18PM

    Good job. Making too many changes at once can sometimes be detrimental, so I think your plan of making a few priorities and gradually incorporating other habits is good. Good luck with school and I'm sure you'll reach all your other goals as well. :)


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