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It's house moving day (& I went running)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hi spark friends!
Many of you have seen my little status updates from mid Jan.
I am writing this today to remind myself and to maybe inspire fellow sparkers too.
My family of three plus dog & cat are planning to mive interstate to my island home within a year. We currently rent a lovely house opposite our 7yo's school and we are very active school parents.
In mid December, x2 days before our five week working holiday in my home state, we received a notice to vacate, the owners are moving in!
We could not begin looking until our return. We have been searching and applying for homes within walking distance of school for over five weeks.
It sounds stressful, it is stressful.
We have x1 art studio, x 1 audio studio and a massive workshop on top of the usual family house to pack.
We have secured a lease but can't move in until a few weeks after we have to be out! We are staying with my partners mum for those few weeks and storing our household goods in a storage place.
So my point is this: from the time I got the news of having to leave until today, I have been proactive in taking extreme care of my family's health. I have been vigorous with sleep, with food and with routines.
My 7 yo has not missed any martial arts classes, I have attended every yoga class.
I have not even missed 1 of the x3 runs I do every week.
I feel fantastic, somewhat tired, but very alive and capable of making efficient decisions in this tricky week of packing, cleaning, moving.
I am proud of myself for taking care of myself and my family and pets so well!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRISKECK 7/10/2012 11:47AM

    Impressive! That is the kind of focus and discipline I'm working on - good for you!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/10/2012 10:43AM

    Congrats on your determination. That is amazing. I hope you are enjoying the summer.


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LIBBYFITZ 4/13/2012 11:51AM

    Well done on staying on track amongst all the chaos!

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BEANYGIRL 3/6/2012 9:59AM

  So glad you are getting situated and staying on top of your health/exercise despite stress of being in limbo for a few weeks...GOOD FOR YOU!...Stay safe, dear...Peace&Hugs, Beany

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    This is very inspiring! I "know" that exercise is important and helps with stress. It is just hard to actually make it a priority and "do" it.



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EMFRAPPIER 3/5/2012 7:05AM

    Good for you! Way to survive a difficult situation with health and sanity in tact emoticon

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SHEILA1505 3/5/2012 12:48AM

    Thanks for the full update - well done! With all the additional responsibilities added, you've managed brilliantly. Hope all goes well in the temporary situation, too.


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ANNEV2012 3/4/2012 10:32PM

    Good for you for taking care of your own...they are your true treasures.

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What you think is Natural is probably a Habit & habits can change!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I read a blog today: BLUE42DOWN, wrote about avoiding the absolutes in our thinking like: "ALWAYS" and "NEVER" to assist in gaining control over binge eating.

This blog made me realise that I do tend to use these unhelpful ways of thinking sometimes as it applies to my health and fitness.

Such as: "I never get out of bed on Sunday before 10 am" Or "I never eat just one chocolate" or "I always quit the gym when I get busy with work" or "I always drink alcohol at exhibition openings"!
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Then I remembered that I quit smoking like this:
Every time I encountered any situation where I habitually thought "I can never get through this without a cigarette", or "I always smoke when..." I challenged myself to wait and breath and observe myself.
The craving passed and I got to show myself that never and always are pretty much abstract concepts when applied to our human brains. emoticon
I just remembered this quote:
"Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature."
Blaise Pascal
I am also aware that I could also choose to smoke again anytime, so I can't think to myself: "I never smoke". I must be a little proactive with my healthy habits.
It is the same with running, it is too easy to slip down that slippery slope to sloth and so I regularly schedule a run, and it strengthens the habit of fitness and choosing healthful action in response to stress. emoticon

Yes, you do have the power to change any habit or way of being.
Be gentle on yourself today and keep on Sparking to your goals!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SEPPIESUSAN 2/28/2012 9:05PM

    Great concept! My weak point is, "I always continue to stay off track once I've had a slip-up." Well, why not change that habit so that when I get off track I get right back on!

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OOLALA53 2/28/2012 7:41PM

    I never thought I could go weekdays without sweets. I remember when I tried to limit myself to 500 calories a day of chocolate and didn't do it. Now, I rarely have a sweet on weekdays. I also quit eating anything after dinner. I've been 85-90% compliant for over two years. I wouldn't say needing to eat is just a habit, but I know overeating is. I'm still tweaking the edges, but life is so much better.

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The January jump-start challenge!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

It is summer where I live.
My running & eating program is scattered to the winds of holiday relaxation currently!
I have swum & played every day for nearly x3 weeks but my clothes feel tight and my body is craving the conditioning that comes from strength training.
Joining this Jan Jump Start is my way to leap into my fitness goals for 2012!
I have a challenging couple of months ahead, moving from our family home and starting a new life possibly in a new state.
Bring it!
I plan to concentrate on training with the videos each day, swim or run x3 per week, continue drinking loads of water and keep up with my healthy sleeping habits.
Good luck with your goals for this month and remember- don't wait for the motivation to get up and move, schedule it in and just do it! Have a "plan b" or "c" to complete your daily commitment no matter what life brings you.

The strategies I worked out to alleviate my emotional/ relational challenges of the holidays have been mostly effective! I am remembering to breath conciously without flicking myself with a rubber band lol!
Gorgeous gorgeous summer of relaxation!

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JAZZEJR 2/4/2012 10:49AM

    I did the Jump-Start Challenge too. It ends today, I think. How did it go for you. I did it in conjunction with the Winter 5% Challenge, so I was kept pretty busy exercising. Wish I were in summer months :)

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M77355 1/6/2012 2:23PM

    I always get good motivational pointers from your notes.

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I'm glad you're being good to yourself while being good to us, too!

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    Good for you !
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SHEILA1505 1/4/2012 12:59AM

    Doing great! Plan B and C is excellent
Loving summer here too (Cape Town)

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NATHELESS 1/3/2012 8:41PM

    Excellent attitude and strategy!

Good luck with the jump start and your move!!

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A Bag of Strategies for Family Gatherings

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I always experience a good (ravenous) appetite at family & friends gatherings. I identify that this is anxiety rather than hunger.
I need to be concious of that or else I will eat a lot of chocolates, cheese, nuts, everything in sight!
The consequences to over-eating at Christmas & family gatherings are that I feel bloated, my stomach hurts and I sideline my feelings, but I still feel anxious.
Plus nothing is enough and everything is enough!
So this is how I could handle the gatherings consciously:

Drink a lot of alcohol. Pros- relaxing & legal.
Cons- fattening, can exacerbate moods, can lead to eating more than intended. We will be driving.
Strategy: Water bottle wherever I go. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Designate myself to be driver & enlist the larger group for support.

Celebratory Dining:
I intend to focus on dividing my plate the bikini style!
One bra cup is protein & potato, the other cup is desert & the bikini pants are salad & veg.
It is summer here in Australia after all!
Importantly- one serve of anything is enough!

In Between Offerings & Visits:
Just say "no thank you, I have just eaten". Drink my water, chew my gum? This sounds not relaxing and uptight too.
What about getting out and about with people- suggest a quick walk in the neighbourhood? Water their garden, etc...
This might work- cheese n' bikkies are my failure!
So, yeah, ask if they feel like taking a stroll with us!
This is hard to implement with my elderly mother (who loves us with food) but one can only try.

Keeping my water bottle with me & chewing gum when preparing meals could assist also!

About anxiety: I find that pausing to breath with awareness averts much of my stress. How to remind myself in the midst of it all?
Strategy: Establish a routine now so I remember when needed. How? An alarm on my phone. A rubber band on my wrist. Apparently this is an Emotional Feedback Technique.

Further suggestions welcomed, what do you do to take the focus off eating at this time of year?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEENY_BIKINI 1/1/2012 11:47AM

    Cool! I love it! Great drawing too :)


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JAZZEJR 12/31/2011 12:53AM

    Don't forget to let us know which of these worked!

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/16/2011 4:51PM

    i love that drawing :) as for holidays you sound like you have a solid plan to avoid over indulgence, forget about giving you tips, i am takin tips from you :D

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MCJULIEO 12/15/2011 10:35AM

    Your strategizing will pay off in big ways...


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RED_WRITINGHOOD 12/15/2011 10:07AM

    Wonderful plan!

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