Monday, October 22, 2012
My original goal for the BLC challenge was mostly survived the 12 weeks of the challenge without putting my health on the back burner. To do this, I had focused on four main categories: school, fitness, nutrition and taking care of myself.
My goal for school was the simplest and in many ways the hardest I need to have a draft of my dissertation done by the end of November. This is a really hard deadline for me because there's so much that I need to get done in order to accomplish that goal. In order to do this I have been working many long hours. I've canceled or turned down many commitments of friends and family as well as activities such as the SCA in order to stay home and work.
Unfortunately, I have not gotten done as much as I'd hoped to at this point. I am hoping that by cutting back on activities even more and by putting it even more hours in the month of November I will build the least finish that draft I'm hoping that my hands will hold out as they have been giving me problems. Failure to meet this goal is NOT an option so somehow I will have to make it work.
Essentially my fitness goals were to get a minimum of 20 minutes of activity at least five days a week. As part of that some of the activities I had planned to participate in our fencing 1 to 2 days a week, yoga, and a yoga/Pilates class. I figure that while the weather was nice I could go for walks and other outdoor activities as well.
This goal I've been doing a very good job of meeting. I have made 1 to 2 fencing practices every week, I have made the of the class most weeks and I have made at least one yoga/Pilates class. I have done a lot of walking and enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, and when the weather wasn't so nice I've done exercise DVDs and other indoor forms of cardio. Most importantly and maintain my streak of at least 20 minutes five days a week--and in fact have mostly gotten in quite a bit more than 20 minutes of exercise on the days I've worked out.
My other fitness goal was to make at least 5000 steps five days a week, using equivalent numbers for days when I don't exercise by walking. I haven't quite met this goal as a result list one week so far that I did not hit 5000 steps five days a week but on the whole I've been doing pretty well.
my nutrition goals for the BLC were three things: to eat breakfast, to eat small meals and snacks at regular intervals, and to drink tea instead of soft drinks for my morning caffeine.
Sadly breakfast has been something of a hit and miss I have done better with eating breakfast that I had before the BLC so in that regards I have been successful. I have not however have breakfast every morning. I will have to work on that. I have however been doing well at the other two nutritional goals. I have been consistently eating small meals and snacks throughout the day, and since starting the BLC I have had tea almost every morning for my morning caffeine. In fact I have almost completely eliminated soft drinks from my diet.
TAKING CARE OF MYSELF:
In some ways, this is the most important category after school. My goals for the care of myself were designed to be flexible to depend on what I actually needed at any given time but primarily I focused on 1) "me" time, 2) sleep, 3) not over committing self. I also noted that I would need your member to stretch my hands and to take frequent short breaks source not kill my hands.
So far I've done pretty well at making sure I got at least 20 minutes of "me" time-- which for me does not include exercise but rather something like reading, playing video games, or watching tv and knitting-- every day. I had not been quite as well I getting at least eight hours of sleep every nigh, but not for want of trying. With a few exceptions most of the nights that I have not gotten a hours of sleep was because I could not sleep. I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping actually, probably due to stress. As for not over committing myself that has been something of a mixed bag. I have done really well at avoiding family and SCA activities and pretty well at avoiding friend activities. I have however not avoided all possible commitments, and as I mentioned in the section about school I am not as far along as I had planned. Part of that is due to headaches, but I'm also not getting as much done on the weekends and weeknights as I had hoped.
On the weight loss front, I had hoped to lose at least a half a pound of weight a week and the beginning of the round was promising, but then I gained that weight back even though I was exercising consistently and eating well. I was angry, frustrated, and discouraged because this inability to lose weight despite doing the "right" thing has been an on going problem. But then I realized that my primary goal for this round was not to lose weight so much as to keep my health goals off the back burner, and I've managed that so far.
This next 6 weeks or so are going to be crazy tough for me and if I can manage to keep what I have been doing so far going, I'll be doing very well indeed.