What have I accomplished in 2011?
In January, I packed up our house and cleaned it as best I could.
In February, I melted snow for cooking and washing water when the cistern stopped working properly.
In March, I started seeing an ADHD Coach.
In April, I began working on a screenplay of a novel I wrote several years ago, which required me to change the story a little, making it stronger and more interesting.
In May, I took up running.
In June, I discovered the method of to-do lists that really works for me.
In July, I adopted a new guinea pig.
In August, I attended a writing conference and sat on four panels.
In September, my older guinea pig died. Not sure that's really an accomplishment, but dealing with that somewhat positively was, especially since it happened right around my birthday. I also managed to handle my FIL coming for a visit, which was incredibly stressful for me.
In October, I outlined the fantasy novel I was planning to write in November (for NaNoWriMo), got back into the swing of moderating a crazybusy forum multiple times per day, and handled drama with... well, not aplomb, but at least I was mostly nice about it.
In November, I wrote about half of a fantasy novel.
In December, I survived J's work Christmas party.
Overall, I lost about 20 lbs this year. I finished a couple of short stories to final draft and I finished the first drafts of a couple of other short stories. I made some nice knitted things.
In general, I am feeling very positive about my progress in all areas of my life, and I am looking forward to the changes that I am sure 2012 will bring, especially if I can keep myself focused and looking ahead!
Instincts: Your new, healthy habits are becoming second nature by now. You are changing, inside and out. Open up to the team about what you have learned so far.
Day 71 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 7
225.5 lbs today - I am so confident that I am not going to get above 230 lbs ever again!
I did really well last phase with avoiding candy. I'm going to keep focusing on that (cold turkey is really the only thing that works for me with this sort of thing) and make sure I take my Adderall every morning, since that helps curb the carb craving. I eat lots of carbs to self-medicate since the brain relies on sugar to function; the problem is that too many carbs increase my risk for diabetes, and the sugar I get from them doesn't last long enough to really benefit my ability to function. I try to eat a higher-protein diet (and, hence, higher-fat... but we don't get fat from eating fat, so that doesn't matter so much) because proteins and fats are what really help with brain function.
I DIDN'T get out for any runs (maybe one?) and I wasn't very active during the last phase. I'm going to do my best to find those wind pants and an insulated windbreaker (and a balaclava and a neck warmer) so I can get out for a run at least twice a week. Hopefully I can get those necessary items during this phase!
So... I am going to focus on my activity level this phase. I need to increase it. I need to do my physio every day (it really helps me keep from being in constant pain). And I'm going to see what kinds of dance tutorials I can find on YouTube so I can start learning to dance and get active that way! (Now I just need to find a way to make strength training more fun and interesting - any ideas?)
Finally, I am going to try to make sure I get AT LEAST seven hours of sleep every night. I need at least seven to feel truly rested (eight is better). This means I need to go to bed by 11.00 p.m. It's one of my goals for Health Month, but I only have to do it one night per week over there, and that's easy. I'm going to aim for eight nights out of ten for this phase.
Okay, in summary, my three focuses (foci?) this phase are:
1. DON'T eat candy and DO take Adderall every day!
2. DO learn to dance and DO get hold of the rest of the outdoor running stuff I need!
3. DO be in bed before 11.000 p.m. for at least eight nights!
Day 72 Share what has changed about your state of mind since starting the challenge
Day 73 Identify and release old anger
Day 74 Perform a random act of kindness
Day 75 Post something inspirational (Quote, photo, song lyrics)
Day 76 Drink an extra 16 ounces of water
Day 77 Try a new fitness activity
Day 78 Identify something you like about your personality
Day 79 Review food and fitness logs to be sure you're logging accurately
Day 80 Examine phase 8 victories