Tuesday, October 28, 2014
No PAWSE last week, even after stating my good intentions.
I anticipated the upheaval that various changes would have on me and our household and planned accordingly. However, I was still swept along, not exactly swimming, but at least being able to tread water and gasping for air as needed.
Both paid and unpaid work had major deadlines these last two weeks. All are done, except for one that I broke the back of yesterday, which will be finished today. My partner also started new work this week which meant we both had to be out the house after a good breakfast and healthy lunches packed. In addition, we went to his first work do - a formal dinner, and celebrated his birthday at a new Nepalese restaurant.
Nothing to report on the weight loss front, that is, a gain, but a great NSV. I very confidently tried on my long black dress to check shoes, stockings, lingerie, jewellery, and jacket in case I needed a Plan B. It all just worked. My shoes may have been a little heavy for the dress, but I didn't want to go and get shoes for just one evening. I reasoned that it was a dinner, so I would be sitting down with my feet under the table most of the evening; which we did. I felt good in my dress, it fits just right. But it was the feeling of just being comfortable in my own skin having got dressed, I just forgot about what I was wearing or how it fitted.
The planned weekly menu sees that we can eat most dinners from the freezer. Thank goodness for bulk cooking a couple of weeks ago.
I have started to schedule my fitness minutes like I would any other appointment. This is because any additional activity on top of my bike rides has been put aside when life got busy or hectic.
My Garmin running watch hasn't had much of an airing since I tested it last week. This week I intend to figure out how the heart rate monitor works.
Gadget or no, I'm running.
Write and reflect
I have been sleeping better I think because various projects I have figured out and started to complete.
However, the routine got a bit of a shake up these last two weeks, with new people and places to go. Also, I've had a stomach bug since Saturday, and I'm still feeling a little fragile.
Set a goal
We are half way through the BLC26 and I've plateaued after a couple of weekly losses. For the next six weeks I am going to change up my exercise routine and eat on the low end of my calorie range to see if I can get back to the steady losses.
Execute movement the Wild way!
I clawed back some me time over the weekend. I really like SARK planetsark.com/ and I have her "Living Juicy" book. Instead of just having the book on my desk, and receiving the weekly Great Life Letter in my IN box, I'm going to read, reflect, and act. Today's Living Juicy morsel is about re-creating yourself, following on from yesterday's "create your own world". And the Great Life Letter was about "Time for surprise". I feel joy just considering the possibilities.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Tigers were asked to read "Visualization a Key To Achieving Your Goals" and practise the seven steps, see www.essentiallifeskills.net/visualiz
I decided to use the seven visualisation steps, to be practised daily, to visualise running round the Perth Bridges www.thelongrun.com.au/?p=335 . This is a 10km run along the Swan River foreshore on the Perth CBD and South Perth riverbanks, crossing the Narrows www.virtualglobetrotting.com/map/nar
rows-bridge/view/google/ and Causeway www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Causew
The furthest that I have ran, is 7km. I am, or was working towards 10km by running along the foreshore and back towards another bridge, the Windan Bridge www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUw4emBB8ig . I figured, that once I could do 10km I would run round the bridges.
However, I have been advised it would be better to train for 11-12km, before attempting round the bridges. Hence practising the seven visualisation steps:
How to Visualize What you want:
1. Go somewhere quiet and private where you won't be disturbed. Close your eyes and think of the goal, mood, new behavior or skill, you want to acquire.
I find I can do this in any part of the house, if I am by myself. However, if my SO is home, I have to tell him that I am going to sit quietly for a little while, and for not to come looking for me.
2. Take several deep breaths and relax.
This is the most difficult step for me. I practise the breathing that a yoga teacher showed me. Breathe and count the breaths in and out, slowing each time and making the breaths deeper and deeper.
3. Visualize the object or situation you desire in your mind as clearly and with as much detail as you can.
I have looked up the destination on maps, photos, and been round the bridges on my bike. I know the terrain from my bike, and from nearby in the car and bus. I know the surface of the shared path that goes most of the way around, except for when it comes to the &^%$# Elizabeth Quay www.mra.wa.gov.au/Projects/Elizabeth
-Quay/About-the-Project/ that the Government of the day is erecting.
4. Add emotion, feeling, and your senses to your vision.
It is a fairly flat run, except for getting up onto the Narrows. Even on my bike I have to stand on the pedals. But from my strength training, I know this comes more easily now. I may be slower up this bridge, but I know I can do it, because I have run a steeper elevation when running around uni. I know I will puff, pant, and sweat, but focusing on the distance, to the next landmark, I can run through this.
5. Practice it at least twice a day for about 10 minutes each time.
I have done this visualisation twice now, Saturday and Sunday. At the moment, I feel like I am just going through the motions.
6. Persevere until you succeed.
I feel that with more information, that is, more detail I will get there both visually and physically.
7. Maintain positive thoughts and a good attitude throughout.
It is not just the distance, 10km. It is the feeling of achievement of running around the bridges that I find very uplifting and worth working towards. I'll keep practising. It's relaxing and dare I say fun!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Cupcake with "Number 1". Scheduling non-negotiable time for myself.
Planned and functional, and actively having fun. Running to feel the air on my face, walking in nature, swimming, cycling, and seeking guidance from others.
Depicted as "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".
Books, woman with image of brain her head, and woman reading in library (fuzzy because of reflected light). Continuing to explore ideas, think, and learn is essential part of my being.
Compass, feet feeling the ground, outstretched arms, cruise ship, map, and man looking at flight schedules to invoke a feeling of travel. Boy flying a kite, because I want to be free to travel as I would like, reduce obstacles and limitations. And penguins, because I would especially like to go to the Antarctica.
To get a life, be in the moment.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A couple of projects didn't go ahead as planned. This was pretty disappointing as I put a lot of effort into them. It is envisaged that they will, but just not in the short term. Anyway, onto the next project, as soon as I've picked myself up from these.
I lost 1/2lb this week. I really do wish it was as simple as CICO. My pattern is to have a big loss, plateau, little loss, plateau, repeat.
Weekly menu plan is in progress as it needs to be ready for Friday night Saturday morning for our weekly shopping expedition. My husband is starting some new work next week, so I want all the meals to be quick and easy as we will be leaving the house about the same time and getting back together in the evening. Most of the dinners I have in the freezer from doing some bulk cooking on the weekend, and doubling up this last week. And the ingredients for breakfasts and lunches are or will be partially ready in the freezer or fridge.
My Garmin running watch arrived. I have never had this sort of gadget so it has taken some reading, and trial and error to just be able to go for a run.
At the moment, I can record my pace and distance, which is all I really want it for. But now I'm into figuring out if there is an easier way to do it, i.e. less button presses.
In addition, I want to figure out the heart rate monitor. I'm hoping that I don't have to go online to configure it, which is my understanding at the moment.
I'm pleased with my purchase so far, except for learning that I have to send it back to the factory to get the battery replaced!
Write and reflect
I have still got a mind like a hamster wheel. But I'm trying to focus on the face of the hamster and visualise this small animal grinning from ear to ear. Because this is how I feel when I get out in the open to run.
Set a goal
To meet my goal in eight weeks time, I need to lose 1lb/week. This only allows a slippage of 1lb. No guessing what my goal for this week is.
Execute movement the Wild way!
The challenge over the weekend was to eat freggie rainbows. I am going to go for a rainbow everyday. Even if it means I have to eat blueberries!
Got the watch, now see how far I run. I know what days it is not going to happen, so I am going to have to think about a schedule just for me to run. Working full-time is good in one way, but it has completely messed up my me time!
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
I have been really tired this week, but it is a good sort of physical tiredness as opposed to a mental tiredness. I have been working with a new group of people that acknowledge, affirm, and appreciate my efforts. I feel really grateful to have found these people that share and enthuse about the project that we are working on together.
I maintained or plateaued this week. However, my feeling of wellness is much more buoyant than the number on the scale.
Weekly menu plan will be done on Friday or Saturday, as I will be working late on Thursday to meet a deadline.
This past week I have had meetings that start at 1130 and go for three hours. I am going to ask that if a meeting goes over lunch time, that we break for lunch, or start after lunch. I was ravenous by the time I got back from these meetings, and it was really difficult to mindfully eat the portions that I had set aside.
I'm back into the swing of things. So tracking in the Nutrition Tracker is being done in advance so that I can see if I have any wiggle room for snacks.
With my birthday monies, I have ordered a Garmin running watch. Once this is out of the wrapper, I expect to be out there doing it. So it will be time to change up my routine by running again, and I'm looking forward to it. I received notification that it had been shipped, so hopefully this time next week I'll have worn it a few times, so stay tuned.
Write and reflect
Not eating after dinner was a seemingly difficult goal to commit to, but surprisingly easy to act on. I have a glass of water next to the computer, where I'm sitting, or when I go to bed.
I haven't been sleeping well and I think this may have contributed to the numbers not decreasing on the scale as I expect. A lot is happening right now, some bad and some good. If I can change my thinking to that of excitement rather than anxiety, maybe I'll sleep better. But my mind is like a hamster on a wheel at the moment, I really do wish I could switch if off!
Set a goal
I'll aim high, and go for 1lb.
Execute movement the Wild way!
The motor is still parked up in the backyard. So it is on the bike or shanks pony. It is not a doddle though. I walk as fast as I can, and cycle as hard as I can. Even take the scenic route (long way round) if I have time.
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