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 Check my summer clothes Ė what fits, what doesnít, what goes out!
Yeah, that looks like a pretty good day to me!
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 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!
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
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!
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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