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...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
No surprise that my ability to manage time is the first thing that I see that I am going to struggle with. This is a learned skill, that I don't think I've ever really learned! Is getting up at 5am early enough? Seems not, according to how rushed I am towards the end! I may need to prepare a little more, at night. But that eats into my sleep hours!
Is not eating between lunch and dinner okay? Seems not, according to how grumpy hungry I was tonight when I got home. Does that lead to bad choices - it can do! I found myself nibbling, okay, grazing while I was preparing a hurried dinner.
Tomorrow I need to be more prepared, at least mentally - and perhaps stick something healthy in my bag to snack on during my afternoon lecture, that will enable me to be more present when I get home.
I think that on my days when I am not at uni, and on weekends, I shall have to do far more study than I am currently doing, so that I don't get stuck having to do 3+ hours study at night once Crusoe is asleep, then a tidy-up, and prepare for the next day. I need some sleep or this whole thing(challenge) is going to crash before it starts!
Time management 101
3. List transport, meals and other in-between things
4. schedule it all in
5. Do it.
My problem? It takes me over an hour to organise my to-do list. Duh.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
I need somewhere to go where I can make adjustments to my plans and preparations according to LIFE, so that my goals and values stay number one regardless of impulses and feelings.
I need somewhere where I can bring together all the goals I have written down in various places all over spark...my start page, my team challenges, my spark page, here. I need to make sure they are all smart, heading in the same direction, and aren't too many that my life is overwhelmed and I give up.
Each Wednesday after weigh-in (at least) I shall come back here and post, to re-immerse myself in my goals and action steps, discuss hurdles, whinge and rant, and celebrate achievements!
So here we go...
Firstly, I need to differentiate between my GOALS and my VALUES, and my ACTION STEPS. Because my values will help me state my short and long term goals. And keeping my values in sight I can keep my impulses in check. And my action steps are the HOW.
Healthy, ethical, sustainable living.
Being able to curl up in a chair, cross my legs, literally hop off a bus or run for a train.
Being agile (and alive) at 60, 70, 80, 90... (mainly so I can keep playing Twister ;-)
Perseverance and Resilience
Living out your passions
Kindness (grace, empathy, compassion, action)
(probably more but I'll leave it at that for this post)
So in keeping with my values, but also keeping these particular goals HEALTH-FOCUSED
My long term health goals are specifically:
1. To reach my goal weight range of 127-131lbs, by June 2015
2. To trek the Larapinta Trail in August 2015 (for my 50th birthday)
3. To reach an advanced level of yoga practice (i'm at beginner level)
4. To do at least one long trail run with my brother, per year.
5. To have a working, year-round vegie garden ( I have a black thumb)
Short term goals that head towards my long term goals:
1. To lose 30lbs this BLC 25 challenge
2. To get a 2000 min Sparkpeople Trophy in May, and 2500 Trophy each month after that
3. To go on a day hike with my brother in August 2014 ( my reward for consistency on this challenge)
4. To save $100 per fortnight (for the Larapinta Trail trek)
5. In this challenge, to reach 2000 mins yoga practice, at beginner level
6. Weather permitting, to be riding to uni 2-3 days per week by the end of the challenge
7. To keep the snails out of my small and so far manageable garden of winter greens.
So now I only have to reach my short term goals, then at the end of this challenge, assess them and make the next ones.
How do I reach my short term goals, on a daily and weekly basis? (realistic action steps) - I am not going to reach them without a plan!
1. Track my food and fitness daily.
2. Plan my meals and budget each fortnight. Prepare lunches for uni. Have soup and snacks ready in the freezer in case I get caught out. Keep shopping list on phone so I don't forget it (NO EXCUSES)
3. Drink water religiously - 2 litres per day minimum
4. Aim for 7-8 hours sleep a night
5. Yoga every morning
6. Time-managed to-do list every morning straight into my diary app so I get an alarm.
7. plan meals (IN MY TRACKER!!) every morning.
8. Tidy my kitchen, lounge and workspace every night
9. Check in and support spark team and other spark friends minimum once per day
10. Do everything my team leaders tell me.
11. Automatic transfer of money into separate savings account, every fortnight. (DON'T EVEN LOOK AT IT)
Oh my goodness I have just completed no.11 and set up the transfer! DONE!
To make my meal planning more varied and fun (and frugal) I am setting up a new pinterest board, and throwing in all the attractive recipes in there.
Good luck with YOUR planning and goal setting and goal ACHIEVING!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Hmmm....I wonder if there's a correlation between not doing my PAWSE for nearly a month, and my tracking getting sloppy, and my exercise getting lazy...and my weight loss slowing down?
Well here I am.
PLAN/PREPARE - I am still low on funds but have a lot in the fridge and freezer to use up. I will go through it every morning and plan meals for the day. Fruit is the main thing on my list for this week. Apple season has started!
ACT - This week I am planning my meals each day by putting them into my tracker first thing in the morning! None of this adjusting business!
WRITE - Last week's hurdles have been a combination of things: TOM, having a cold/chest infection, and a lack of commitment that had been creeping up slowly. This week I am being more mindful, being more prepared, and mostly, being more committed to my self care.
SET A GOAL - scales - I'd like to see this TOM/cold weight gone (3lb) but am going to be realistic and say 1lb. WOOHOO for the bonus 2 lbs if I get it!
EXECUTE some EXTRA! - Having spent so much time at the computer and in bed for the last week, my extra is about getting outside in small bits (this week is recovery week). A walk everyday, and half an hour's gardening everyday.
Let's get to it!
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