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Day 99/100 Ė Yesterday I was an idiot! Today I'll be smarter! Promise!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

For the first day of my challenge, yesterday was pretty good. It was a work day, and I got thrown into a meeting at the last minute. A 4-hour meeting... really changes your schedule! I ate very well, resisted pop & pizza at the meeting and brought my own lunch (bean salad, mixed fruit bought that morning, and water). Plus the meeting was very interesting (have I said lately that I love my job???) and the time flew by.

The idiot part came after the meeting, which was held in a building along the river. I walked to a park to meet my husband, but do I start off with a warm-up, or a slow walk ? No. Do I have good walking shoes on, to support all this extra weight I carry? No. Did I have a light bag or nothing to carry? No, I had about 15 lbs in my workbag.

I naturally walk a quick pace (I guess it comes from previously having walked everywhere!) and I start off quickly right off the bat. Probably a 15-minute mile. Last night shins were hurting. Knees were hurting. Shoulders were hurting. This morning my lower back is killing me.

Itís not like I was in a rush; I had to wait about 20 minutes for hubby anyway. Itís not like I donít know better. But I just donít notice when I do stupid stuff like this.

So, like I said. Idiot.

Plus I didnít do my weight training. I got neither my freggies nor my water in. And looking at my daily goals, I realize that I didnít do my 15 minutes of zone decluttering, and I spent money on both breakfast and lunch.

So what was so good about yesterday?

Aside from the walking, I made good decisions, especially about that pizza, and pop Ė oh, and cookies too!

I had a good work day, contributed to interesting and lively discussion, and closed some files.

I got some fresh air. Along the river. Really, really nice.

And Iím ready to go at it strong today. So my four things to get to today are:
ē Buy good walking shoes LOL!
ē Check what food is left, and go to market (farmerís market opens today WooHoo!)
ē Garden
ē Check my summer clothes Ė what fits, what doesnít, what goes out!

Yeah, that looks like a pretty good day to me!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/21/2011 8:34PM

    Freggies!?! Love that "word." I knew there had to be a better way to get around the cumbersome "fruits and vegetables" but didn't know what it was. Thanks for shortening my blogs!

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JULIEANNCAN 6/19/2011 12:22PM

    Way to go on all the great decisions you made! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/19/2011 6:06AM

    hi seawave, i'm on this spring 5% challenge and every week there's a new job for us to do. so i recognize one thing you didn't give yourself credit for, and that's for giving yourself credit for the good things you did! so kudos for that, too! emoticon

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RUTHXG 6/18/2011 4:06PM

    Not an idiot--that busy day required a LOT of forethought & juggling. Your aches remind you of how you'll need to plan ahead next time.

Walking by the river sounds just lovely.

Have a happy day taking good care of yourself!

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MBNIX100 6/18/2011 8:48AM

    Way to keep a good attitude about it all! Great job emoticon

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Day 100/100 - Back to basics

Friday, June 17, 2011

My goals for this week are in the areas of Health & Fitness, Money, and Household. Iím returning to the basics this week, which means:

Health & Fitness:
ē Minimum of 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of weight training per day
ē Eating nutritious food, including 8 glasses of water and 7-8 freggies per day
ē Iíll have one day off per week (havenít decided on the day yet) where I can eat whatever I want and donít have to exercise.

Iím inputting our expenses since January into a computer program so I can set up our budget (finally!)
Iíll also go back to tracking everything I spend. This is something that pretty much got ignored while I was off work, and I really have to get it back in order!

Iíll be doing 15 minutes of zone decluttering and 15 minutes of garden work every day.

This really is bringing me back to basics, which should give me a solid footing for the 100 days to come.

Aside from those, my four priorities today are:
ē Work
ē Ffood for this week-end and do groceries
ē Find my sandals (which disappeared into the deep, dark recesses of the basement while I couldnít wear them)
ē Call Dad (because I know I wonít reach him this week-end! Itís hard to believe heís 89 years old Ė he has a more active social life than I do!)

My ultimate goal: We plan to go to hiking in the Lake Placid/Adirondacks area in late September, and I want to be comfortable doing that. If anyone has any experience there, Iíd be glad to hear about it!

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/21/2011 8:41PM

    I just last night decided I needed to go back to reading FlyLady's emails to make sure I don't forget to work on the house once in a while (Ha--every day I meant) Ironically, the first task was to clean up a pile of clothes and darned if I hadn't already done just that the very afternoon.

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SHEILA1505 6/19/2011 6:04AM

    Well done - it won't be long before these become habits that are as natural as breathing

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KELPIE57 6/17/2011 9:15AM

    Great plan

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    You have a great plan laid out! Hope to see you tomorrow morning!

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/17/2011 7:13AM

    go babe, i'm rooting for you

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My 100-Day Framework

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So tomorrow is Day 100/100, starting the count down of my 100-Day Challenge. Iíve been working hard this week thinking thinky thoughts, to identify the right my priorities and goals, that is achievable but not so easy that I get bored, not so hard that I get discouraged. I should contextualize this by saying that all aspects of my life have suffered from lack of attention during my 1.5 years of cancer treatments. This is my fresh start. My framework is my longer-term "vision" oriented stuff that generally looks like this.

Health and Wellness: My body is strong and healthy, and I trust it enough to be spontaneous, daring and fun! (Obviously, this is my priority). (I just realized that this reads more like an affirmation, but it works for me.)

Family (including extended family and friends): I'm not even sure I know how to express this one. There's an awareness that the kids are growing up (i.e. my son, nieces and nephew) and so our lifestyles are changing. I want to ensure that it means we'll all grow closer rather than growing apart. I've been quite isolated during my cancer treatments, and I want to re-connect.

$$$ (there's no money emoticon??? or am I blind???)
Money: Be debt free, get our son through college without acquiring more debt, and really start focusing on emergency and retirement savings.

Household: That our house be a home, not only for us but for our extended family/friends to drop by whenever they feel like it. (Yes, that means decluttering, but also finishing some renos that we had started before cancer and getting the yard landscaped/patio re-done, and start inviting people over more often).

Recreation: This one is only on the list insofar as it feeds into Health and Wellness, i.e. hiking, photography, snowshoeing, etc.

All other aspects (learning, career, etc.) are coasting for now, as one can only focus on so many things at a time. I'm working on specific goals for those areas today

Taking a tip from the ďLiving Well Beyond CancerĒ workshop I took with the Canadian Cancer Society, Iíll be identifying three goals each week, and ignore anything further than that. Holding a laser focus on short-term activities leading to my longer-term goals will kick-start my program, and get me further along than what Iíve been doing so far (that is, looking too far ahead and getting discouraged when roadblocks delay my journey).

ďIt must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach." Benjamin E. Mays

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/21/2011 8:38PM

    Your plan is so great I am practically envious! Sounds like your life is really under control! Congratulations!

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JUSTYNA7 6/20/2011 8:37AM

    First, I love the world contextualize, lol. Mmm. This course sounds like it was really good. I read your blog quickly then was doing some work around the house. I found myself asking "is this working towards today's goals?". I am SO EASILY DISTRACTED! Just had to come back and say thanks!

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RUTHXG 6/16/2011 11:56PM

    May you take good steps toward these good goals week by week, & may there be many encouragements along the way!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/16/2011 5:27PM

    Wow, you are SO RIGHT ON!

We all need to take that advice and use it daily.

emoticon & we are here for you along the journey.

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KAREN_NY 6/16/2011 4:37PM

    Sounds like a very sweet life indeed!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/16/2011 2:15PM

    emoticonhaha this is the closet to a money emoticon I could find!
I love your visions for yourself

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KELPIE57 6/16/2011 2:02PM

    Love them all, so focused, can I hitch along for the ride?

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Tracking Nutrition for my 100 Days

Monday, June 13, 2011

In thinking about my 100-day challenge, I realized that it will be a lot of experimentation on my part, trying to consolidate the lessons Iíve learned over the years with the perspective that SP has given me and my new metabolism since cancer. It is likely that the particulars wouldnít work for many people. Nevertheless, Iíll be blogging both for my own purposes (for my own clarity and later perspective) and for anyone else out there who may be interested. This is how I think it works for a lot of people who are striving to regain health and wellness: trial and error, figuring out what works for yourself!

One thing Iíve learned is that the food tracker is not currently as useful for me as it once was. The sodium, potassium, etc. arenít reliable measurements for a variety of reasons (I donít add salt when I cook, potassium isnít listed on labels so I canít add it when I do add food, etc.) For me, at this point it isnít about weight loss and/or calories, itís about the lethargy I feel after overcarbing, or the bloating I feel after eating too much gluten, about how energetic I am when I eat well all day. I need to listen to myself for that, and the tracker is both distracting and time consuming in my current context.

Iíll still be logging my food list, but in a portable journal that combines food/meds/exercise/how I react. I also think that the simple act of counting my freggie and water servings is motivating for me, so Iíll be using the quick tracker for that (SparkStreaks!).

Iím still working on the rest of my goals and strategies, but this one was a big realization for me so I thought Iíd share.

Have a good week everyone!

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RUTHXG 6/15/2011 11:44AM

    I'm so glad you're figuring out what tools/practices are most useful for you in these circumstances.

And every time I read your blog I enjoy your articulate thoughtfulness, smart lady!

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SGILBER6 6/14/2011 7:38AM

    I don't use the tracker either- I like writing everything on paper where I can flip through and see everything in one book when I look back at what I've been eating. We all have to do what works best for us!

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KELPIE57 6/14/2011 2:57AM

    Quite right, do what is best for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/13/2011 7:58PM

    AMEN~ You are so right. We are each individuals and need to decide what works best for us.
Each body reacts differently to different things.

SO I'm right here with you, knowing emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 6/13/2011 5:32PM

    Sounds like a great idea! I look forward to seeing what works for you and might try out some of the things myself! :)

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KRISTA64 6/13/2011 4:49PM

    I think that figuring out what works for oneself is half the battle!! Problem is once we figure it out life throws us another curve just to keep things interesting. Thats when we grab the catchers mitt and come up with a new plan always staying in the game!!! Keep up the great work emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/13/2011 1:12PM

    Great! Do what works for you!

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PINK-SOLDIER 6/13/2011 10:11AM

    emoticonSuper Idea!!! emoticonThis may be a team challenge soon. All the emoticon

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NUTRON3 6/13/2011 9:02AM

    You have a great week too!

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Coming to you on June 17th...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My 100-Day Challenge

Friday, June 17th will be 100 days from my 50th birthday (September 24th). Iíve been having problems with goals that are too mid-term, and my part-time return to work has made lack of energy an issue again (and Iíve had to slow it down and delay full-time return by at least a month.) I need to get back into gear, so Iíve committed myself to my very own 100-Day Challenge. Of course, if anyone else wants to join me with their own goals, Iím more than happy to have company!

Until June 17th, Iíll be making sure Iím ready with the right food stocked up, the right mind set, strategies to address problems I may run into. Because my mid-term goals always seem to be blocked by events (toe operations, Tamoxifen, etc.), Iíve decided that for 100 days I will focus only on the current week and the current day. Thatís it. No forward planning, no thinking about what Iíll be able to do once Iím healthier, whatever. Small baby steps. Laser focus. Acknowledge and reward small successes.

"To reach a port we must sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift." (FDR)

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BELLEFAITH42 6/13/2011 2:26PM

    Great idea to take the time to properly plan and prepare for your 100-day challenge. Wishing you all the best!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/13/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds like an awesome challenge!

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JUSTYNA7 6/13/2011 8:11AM

    Nice analogy. I think of sailing and tacking into the wind... you can't just go one direction but have to go back and forth to get upwind, and yet... against the odds you can sail against the wind. I hope soon you will find yourself in an easy channel soon sailing WITH the wind, no luffs, no dead space, just the luxery of chopping through the waves. A titanic moment of arms outstretched and leaning towards something magnificent! It will come!

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JMCADE 6/12/2011 8:57PM

    Great challenge. I want to be more consistent with my exercise so maybe this will be my goal for 100 days.

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FITGRL124 6/12/2011 1:59PM

    Excellent plan!! emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 6/12/2011 11:54AM

    Great plan! I wish I could commit to that. Returning to work has been difficult for me as well. I wish you all the best and know you can do this!!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/11/2011 4:07PM

    Ah, sounds like you have a workable plan


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SPARKCHANTAL 6/11/2011 3:00PM

    hello seawave, we've been 'drifting' pretty close to each other but haven't yet met directly; kelpie caught my attention with some great jokes she'd posted somewhere, and i'm also a spring 5%-er (cat).
100 day challenge? you're on. after doing the math, this will bring me to 2 weeks before my 57 1/2 th birthday, and will be perfect for losing 7 or 8 kgs, or let's just say 10 kgs as of now.
when i started sparking, i intended to drop molecules with as little stress as possible, no counting little things you can't see, for example, so doing it day by day sounds just right. i'd like to aim for a pound a week, or a kilo every two weeks. and enjoy life as much as possible in the meantime.
sound ok to you?

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