Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Everything is exciting in a new place. I was at my sister's last week caring for her after a major leg break that required a 4 hour surgery. I was helping her with very typical even mundane tasks like cooking, cleaning, fetching things for her, doing laundry. While I was baking banana muffins -heart healthy, of course- it hits me, a warm, content feeling. I wanted to transport my whole life to that warm content moment. I concluded that even the most boring tasks that I perform every week in my own home were now interesting and exciting and gave me a very content feeling with a change of scenery.
Take that thought and inject this nutrition, fitness and weight loss scene...a new place of mind. Exciting, interesting, fresh, surprising. What happens when this new scene becomes familiar, routine, a habit? Isn't that what I should be trying to achieve? Getting in a familiar routine of good habits? My fear is this new scene, like house work, will then become less interesting, boring, and mundane. What may come next for me is lack of interest and then finally all but abandon this old boring scene.
So, the challenge is to keep the scene fresh. Hmmm…keep the scene fresh. I think I will apply the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid. Try a new recipe – how about hummus? Try a new sport – I live in MN, snowshoeing sounds good. I simply need to keep this very important scene, this new place of mind, fresh.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Team: The Challenge of Harry Potter
Topic: Winter Term Week 5
I've made the Quidditch team and here is my game plan.
Challenge 1 ~ Set 3 SMART goals
I want to set a game plan that will help get the quaffel through the goal. The 3 goals are weight loss, healthy mind and a healthy body.
Quaffel #1.) Protein shakes for lunch Monday-Friday.
Quaffel #2.) Meditate and prayer 10 minutes/day.
Quaffel #3.) Stretch 10 minutes/day.
1.) Protein shakes for lunch Monday-Friday. I have been tracking my nutrition in the food log for 2 weeks. It only took me 3 days to realize a problem area. Lunch. I live a mile from work and am able to go home for lunch most days. Where apparently I ate for the whole hour! In my first days of tracking, my lunch was adding up to 850-900 calories.
The bludger for me is the need to eat my stress. It is so easy to grab the whole bowl or plate of left overs in the frig, plop down on the couch, turn on some mindless sitcom while I turn off my mind and turn on my mouth. Some days are a real handful! I, as a good beater, will wack the bludger named stress and replace it with deep breathing.
2.) Meditate and pray 10 minutes/day. A mind is a part of my journey.
The bludger for me will be telling myself I don't have the time. I, as a good beater, will wack this bludger by writing in my day planner the time of day I will meditate and pray.
3.) Stretch 10 minutes/day. My Grandmother will be 100 years old in April. She can bend at the waist and touch the floor with both palms. That's what I want for myself.
Although I love to stretch (it gives me energy) the bludger is all that I have added to and changed in my life in the last 2 weeks. I start wondering if I really will have time to stretch each day? It's important. I will make it work. I, as a good beater, will wack this bludger by once again scheduling in my day planner.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I feel like the character in the movie What About Bob that is constantly reminding himself to take baby steps. That was a real break through idea for him. I have adapted that theme for my first weeks working this site, changing my eating habits and changing my exercise routine. I'm doing my 8/8 water, waking up with 10 minutes of vigorous exercise in the morning, and working the food log.
What I have learned today...I eat way too much for lunch. I am off for 1 hour for my lunch. I live 1 mile from my work, so I go home every day to let our dog out rest and recharge and eat. And apparently I eat, and eat and eat... I have had my first ah ha moment. I'm making new plans for lunch, a protein shake.
Baby step drink my water, baby step heart rate up for 10 minutes every day, baby step watch what goes into my mouth.
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