Sunday, July 20, 2014
For the end of the BLC 25 challenge I need to post about an NSV (non-scale victory) that I've had over the challenge.
I may not have lost much weight, but I did work hard for and got into a tertiary Product Design program at University. One of Australia's best design programs. It can lead onto Industrial Design, if I choose. Even more cool was that I was offered a place outright - meaning that the offer didn't depend on any other course outcome.
A unique project caught their eye, that I was doing for a lower design program, and they saw the level of research I put into it, and saw that I was keen on sustainable design, AND that I was willing to try different materials - in this case - testing how coffee grounds (a very common and BIG urban waste problem) behave as a compound, with the goal of developing it as fibreboard and moulded parts. It's being done in other countries, but not here, yet. May not sound exciting to you, but it is VERY exciting to me.
Can you tell I'm proud? I'm proud. It was worth the exhaustion...
I started this week and am already quaking in my boots - AUTOCAD anyone?
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I have an 8 week break between BLC challenges, and I was racking my brains all day trying to think of a structured, new way of boosting my motivation and getting back on track.
I remembered that earlier in the year I had tried out some different workouts on youtube for some variation. I found Jillian Michael's burn fat, boost metabolism workout and while I didn't exactly enjoy it, it certainly worked for me over the few weeks I used it!
So... my plan for the break is to use the Jillian Michael's slimdown routine, which is a 30 day mix up of a few of her workouts, including the BFBM, but mostly based around her 30 day shred program. I've found all of them on youtube, so no $ layout (phew). I'll go through it twice to make up the 8 weeks.
I'll be starting tomorrow, and will be tracking every bite and drink I take. I'm going to practise minfulness excercises everyday to help me check in with my feelings - hoping to dampen the ambush that comes with ignoring what's going on inside and around me.
I've changed my page look, and joined up the Jillian Michaels team.
My weightloss goal for this period is a hefty 20lbs. I'm going to work damn hard and I'm going to do it.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Well, well, well...
I could say I was sick for two months, or I was SO busy, or this new schedule threw me right off my game...
All of it is true, but the bottom line is, regardless of all my wanting to be amazing this challenge, I almost completely stopped trying. I say almost because it was on my mind constantly, and I am well known for getting back on the horse...but this challenge I allowed too much 'soothing' my stresses with the opposite to what I needed. I soothed them with too much food, with avoiding tracking where I could, but mostly, with letting things go til 'tomorrow'.
I've learned that 'soothing' with the wrong things can be an addiction - finding quick release through the things I am familiar with but are not good for me. Hard work is hard work, and I avoided it. Yes my illness held things up... but I even went easy routes with that too, which of course meant it was the LONGER route.
This is my reflection, and I am glad for the chance to self-evaluate and be honest with myself.
Back on the horse again!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Well what a wonderful weekend I had away with my son. We packed our backpacks and headed down to the ocean for two nights. Stayed in a cabin that faced the river, but we could hear the surf from the ocean beach, just 100 metres away over the dunes. The river turned golden at sunset last night, and the black swans swimming around made gorgeous silhouettes in the background as Crusoe ran around searching for river sandcrabs. Was the most restful time away with him EVER. Loads of long walks, breakfasts in cafes overlooking the beach, nights curled up together watching Scooby-doo movies.
But I didn't track my food, and I knew I had blown the calorie budget, even with the long walks.
So now we are home and I am facing the challenge of again being mindful of what is going in my mouth, and how active I am being.
Fortunately my BLC challenge this weekend asks me to do 2 things...one is how I shall get back on track, and the second is planning my meals for 4 days.
one - getting back on track. For me it's about getting my mind re-focused on my goals, re-inspired to take care of myself...how do I do this?
1. Spending more time on Spark! Looking at inspiring pages, going over my goal board on my start page (all those great pictures I've put up there), visiting my reward list and revisiting my goals post that I wrote a couple of weeks ago.
2 Also I chatted with my brother who is very supportive and all ready to push me to better myself.
3. Have already gone over to pinterest and pinned some lovely recipes to try out.
4. Also back to the one practise each morning that has helped me set my mind for the day - spending a few minutes with Crusoe going over some things we are thankful for, thinking of people who are struggling and wishing them well, and doing a short deep breathing exercise. This is a fairly new practice for us, and last week as I was making our lunches I peeped into the loungeroom and found Crusoe already in 'our spot' giving thanks. Made my heart smile.
next - planning 4 days of meals.
Brekky - Days 1-4: soaked homemade muesli, with fresh fruit.
Snack - days 1-4: almonds and fresh dates
Lunch: Day 1 chickpea salad,
Day 2 - left over sweet potatoe and adzuki bean casserole
Day 3 - homemade soup from the freezer
Day 4 - spinach frittata
Snack days 1-4: - apple
Dinner Day 1 - sweet potato and adzuki bean casserole
Day 2 - pesto pasta (vegan version)
Day 3 - spinach frittata with green salad
Day 4 - quinoa and veggie soup with garlic toast
Now - to go and put all this into my tracker.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Oh boy, do I have a lot of work to do!
Here's my results:
Spark Fitness Test Results:
Push ups – 14
Crunches – 4
One mile walking test 34mins
Step test 138 (pulse)
For those who have no idea what I am talking about, here's a link to Sparks Fitness test guidelines. You can do this test at the beginning of a challenge, or resolution, then redo it in 6 - 8 weeks to see how you are progressing.
According to the tables that Spark provides, I have a whole lot of work ahead of me. The crunches, well, I could hardly find the marker!
I'll take that as a challenge...
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