Saturday, October 19, 2013
It has been nearly a month since I decided that I'd had enough and it was time to get out there and take exercise by the horns. I set a couple of daily targets, and whilst I loved doing the videos every day, if I'm honest, I was setting myself up for a fall.
Though my job isn't so new any more, I've still only been in it for just over 14 weeks, and it is a significantly higher level of job than the one I had previously and there is considerable stress on quite a few days.
I still have a broken foot (when will it EVER heal!!!) and have done since mid June, and it doesn't like doing too much which makes it much harder to do anything energetic.
However, I need to manage the stress of my life, I need to get some good feelings going around my body and my head, and some time out from life. So, I have to find a way of taking exercise.
I have managed to do the videos around once a week, which wasn't really cutting it. But last Saturday inspiration struck! I can go swimming - my foot doesn't hurt so much, I am taking all over body exercise, and it gives me time out and can be achieved in 30 mins.
I have managed to swim roughly every second day, it gives me the impetus to get out of the flat early if necessary to get my dose of endorphins and helps me manage my stress levels. And, I love swimming, which helps. My local pool even has cubicles to get changed in (I don't really like showing any of my scars or wobbly bits off)
And to the mix, my Fitbit and my plans to walk as much as possible, and suddenly you find a smiley Walking Chick, with the pounds gradually falling off.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I guess we all know how things can go, and despite my best efforts, I fell at the 'hurdles' of days 4 & 5 - simply down to feeling exhausted and having very long work days, which made it difficult (but not impossible) to find the time to do my workout videos.
What have I learned from that situation?
1. Preparation is key - take a workout dvd with me, because many places in Scotland don't have broadband
2. Planning is highly important - plan when I'm going to train, and (here's the main bit), PUT IT IN MY DIARY - just like all the other meetings/ activities that I do
3. Find a way to remind myself of just how good I feel when I've taken all of 20 minutes out of my day to do a little workout.
I know this happens to everyone, life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes, but this was a simple goal and I'm annoyed with myself for not sticking to it.
However, today is a new day, with new opportunities, and I've decided that, as a special treat, I'm going to do 6 workout videos to make up for the last 2 days, and to feel like a million $s.
Have a really great Sparking weekend everyone, whatever you are up to!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Delighted to report that I have achieved 2 workout videos every day so far, and have not found it as hard as I thought I would to make the time.
Not only that, it is much easier now to take more exercise - I find myself looking for ways to increase the exercise in my day. Anyone else deliberately take the bus so you can walk? Or park the car as far away from the building you need to be in so you can walk there? Or time yourself going up the stairs?
These habits were always there - but I think I let the fog of life cover them over sometimes, but the positive side is that it is just like Christmas every time I find the habits again
Have a great Sparking day everyone!
Monday, September 16, 2013
So I've been patient, and I've tried not to do too much, but frankly all this sitting around gives me a headache! Not to mention making me look like this: I can't handle stress well, I'm a pain to live with, and I focus on all the bad things in my life - seriously, things have to change!
My plan for this week? I have stacks of meetings and boring stuff, but I WILL do 2 workout videos every day - no ifs, no buts, I will. That may mean getting up a bit earlier, well so be it.
It will be worth it - I'll feel like and and I'll have one of these every day -
So, what do you say SparkFriends - shall we do this together?!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
On 10th Sept 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a day that I suspect I will never forget. Treatment finished on 10th May, and whilst I'm suffering with a number of significant side effects, I'm here, I've got a new job, and i'm working hard to build a new life.
I have to re-tell this story over and over, as it does several things
1. It reminds me that its ok to feel incredibly tired
2. It reminds me that I'm allowed to be emotional every now and then - hell, I've been through a rough year and faced the very real possibility that I might not have been here
3. It encourages me to look back to see just how far I have come in the last year too - I survived cancer and I got a new job
Today I find myself caught in a strange place - I have achieved so much in the last year, but some how it doesn't feel like its mine - it is as though I have borrowed someone else's life for a bit, to let me see what it feels like before I have to decide what my life looks like and set about building it.
So, how does this relate to SparkPeople? I am struggling to find the energy and enthusiasm to work at losing weight and getting fitter just now, but like my post from a couple of months ago said, I need to stay mindful of what has happened in my life and take my time to set the groundwork for the rest of my life.
All of that said, I get so much inspiration from reading other people's blogs, and it helps me to very slowly look at what I may be able to start doing soon - and the support I have experienced through my cancer journey from my SparkFriends has been simply fantastic.
to you all for your support and your inspiration, it means a lot.
and to you all!
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