Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Frosty February, Finding my Focus, Fabulous, Fresh, Fruitful, Forward-looking: I was going to title this post "The F Words" but I thought better of it. :-D
Now that the two challenges I was participating in are over, it's time for a new focus.
I've been slacking off on my tracking, and eating things that I almost never eat. Not sure what that's about! I'm dealing with a rather high level of uncertainty in other areas of life, and that sometimes causes snack attacks! But it's not a trend, just fits and spurts. This too will pass.
Exercise has been a little spotty, too. I'm exercising daily but I need to pick up the intensity a little. With the cold weather, I'd be happy to just hibernate, but I want to start getting in a few early morning workouts as time permits. I feel so good when I do a short AM indoor cardio session or outdoor run!
My studies are still in the forefront, but it now looks like my exams will be taking place in May and June instead of February-March. To make a long story short, I mistakenly thought that I could do my final practical project parallel to the exams. It turns out that the project has to be graded before I begin exams. No problem - I can still graduate in October, but this requires a shift in perspective and time frames. I think it's going to turn out for the best because I'll have more time to do a really practice-oriented project to include one or more actual teaching units, possibly at different locations. More on that later!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Winter %5 Challenge ended yesterday. I ended up with a 2 pound overall loss. I lost and gained and lost and gained and lost that same 2 pounds over the 8 weeks of the challenge. But I've decided it's gone for good now!
It was fun getting to know the new Firecrackers and hanging out with the returnees from the Summer challenge. Shout out to you fine folks!
I probably will skip the next challenge because of my studies and an upcoming stay in the States. I wouldn't want to make the commitment to the team and then not be able to check in regularly. But I'll be keeping in touch on blogs, pages, and status reports.
During the challenge, my church had our annual week of prayer and fasting. This was a very special time for me. Without going into a lot of detail, with the Lord's help, I was able to break through some fear issues. I also gave up diet cola for over 10 days. I won't say I'll never drink it again, but it was getting to be an addiction and I'm glad to have that broken. I used to fast one day a week and I plan to start that habit again.
In fact, the past 8 weeks have really been a time of returning to some healthy habits rather than starting new ones. I'm doing my 10 pieces of paperwork each day and keeping my sink shiny :), thirty minutes of exercise a day goes without saying and my ST has been pretty consistent, too. Now that the challenge is over, I plan to go back to Monday weigh-ins, a habit that just seems to work better for me than Saturdays.
I also completed the Spark January Jumpstart challenge - really wasn't anything new for me except that one of the requirements was to do a certain Spark video every day. I "discovered" a few new ones that I really like (9-minute arm sculpting, and 9-minute total lower body workout). I'll be incorporating those exercises into my routine. Anything that helps make ST more fun and that brings results - and a trophy - is good by me!
Have a good new week,everyone!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
"I've got all day" syndrome - the situation that arises when you have a whole day to get things done but end up frittering it away because, after all, you've got all day!
I have the day free tomorrow, except for a prayer meeting in the evening, and I want it to be a productive one. I'm going to make a list before bed and a time plan, with plenty of breaks and fun stuff to keep things flowing. Will let y'all know how it goes.
This is a habit thing, too - or maybe better to say it's a breaking-the-procrastination habit thing.
P.S. Thanks for all the sympathy on my blog yesterday - one thing I'll miss is that visits to the gym were the greatest way to make productive use of my "extra" time in the city. I sometimes have early morning lessons and then nothing till evening with hours in between. Will be planning for some creative, active, no cost ways to spend that time in the future.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Today was kind of a sad day. It was my last trip to my gym. I've cancelled my membership, mostly for financial reasons. I believe I will either be back when I get my tuition bills paid, or that the Lord has an even better plan.
It was ironic in a way because today was the first time in ages that I've seen someone I know at the gym. If there's anything at all that I've missed there, it's making casual friends like we tend to do at the gym in the US. People are pretty focused - come in, work out, and leave. I seldom even see the same people there! Today, however, I saw a former colleague who I hadn't seen in a couple of years. I actually recommended the place to her a long time ago. We didn't have much time to catch up but I won't be seeing her there again --- at least for awhile!
In the meantime, I'll be working out at home indoors and continuing with runs/walk/polewalks outdoors as the weather permits. I've got all I need - mat, dumbbells, stretchie bands, DVDs, and the right clothes for outdoor winter exercise...and of course Spark People!
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