Wednesday, October 03, 2012
so... lets not end on a negative note and work out how to turn it around. what was it that podcast said the other day? what do i need to do to achieve the result i'm after?
what can i do to break my bad habits? what can i do to reach my weight loss goals?
Issue 1 - lack of mental energy to focus on healthy foods:
- utilise as much of my morning as required on tasks related to this to avoid the brain drain from work. i know i come home from work tired and mentally drained and when faced with trying to find a healthy recipe and check for ingredients, shop if required and then cook and eat a meal or plan out the meals for the rest of the week when i know i don't want to spend any more than 30 minutes on this task, i'll always choose to eat toast or muffins and sit down with a good book and a beer instead (avoidance!)
- plan meals for the coming week in the morning on a weekend. before things get busy and you have to head out or do chores
- cook up on the weekend to reduce need to try to work things out when i get home from work which i then end up avoiding
- stop drinking alcohol as this reduces my already limited available energy and motivation
- pack my lunchbox for work as soon as i get home. don't leave it till later at night when i am already in relax mode and won't want to do anything
- put a time limit on 'relax mode' so i get more done. an hour reading after work is fine but not the whole evening! i have very limited time at home so i should try to be more productive (that whole laziness thing) with what i have. i think that will go a long way to reducing stress and feeling better about myself. spending more time on tasks at home will reduce my mental 'to do list' and reduce stress.
- a walk after work (which we do fairly frequently anyway walking the dog when we both get home) will also be much more relaxing than reading a book i suspect. maybe i should only stop and read when i'm winding down to go to sleep? (btw reading is my fav activity)
- investigate any links between reading and eating, i usually read when i eat (when i'm by myself) and i may have a bad habit there that reverses itself and makes me eat when i read as well!
Issue 2 - lack of discipline and focus on my goals
- review my motivation file first thing in the morning. i have an A4 display book with my goals and motivating statements and photos... in it. i should ensure i have 5 minutes extra in the morning to quickly flick through this to reaffirm my goals and renew my focus
- have a written food plan for the week to refer to when i get home from work
- should i also review my motivation file when i get home?
- should i consider setting up a blog or facebook event to invite my friends to as support and accountability? do i have the time to update this as well as spark and calorieking and my calorie deficit spreadsheet?
Issue 3 - Inconsistency with exercise
- stop drinking alcohol as this reduces my already limited available energy and motivation. i skip exercise (both walks in the morning and gym sessions after work) when i am feeling tired or hungover from alcohol the night before
- go for my morning walk at least 4 or 5 times a week. this is not a problem barring the above. i always feel more focused and settled when i make time for a walk in the morning. in the case of inclement weather i can spend time doing some yoga and meditating inside on my mat. that also helps with calm and focus.
That's the end of my brainstorm blog. i've run out of ideas for the moment, but there's plenty to work on above. i might transfer some of them over to my motivation file so i can keep them in the front of my mind.