Iíve wound up doing my assignments for the 5% Winter Challenge out of order, but this one just seemed to want to get written first LOL!
Assignment #6 is to list MY reasons/excuses on why MY diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past, i.e. giving 3 or 4 reasons and for each and write a strategy that will keep me on track for the 8 weeks of the challenge.
Food allergies and sensitivities have been playing havoc with my energy and metabolism, so my first order of business is to continue to identify and address these issues with my naturopath and oncologists. ĎNuf said.
One thing that always works for me, yet I can never seem to do consistently, is to plan menus and prepare my meals and snacks ahead of time. Mornings are always a rush and, although itís better than itís been in the past, there is definitely room for improvement.
Thereís one assignment Iíve put aside, the one regarding triggers, because I canít seem to identify anything that is a consistent trigger. Is it possible that everything is a trigger sometimes? In any event, in addition to exploring trigger issues more thoroughly, Iím going to keep away from those foods that I now know are not my friends Ė sweets of any kind (natural, artificial, doesnít matter!), gluten (which was just re-confirmed this evening Ė duh), and carbs (complex carbs only, sparingly).
To add to the paragraph above, Iím also going to treat myself to some really flavourful herbal teas. I donít feel like snacking at all when I have a cup of that in my hand. Iím currently drinking a mix of citrus and wild berry. Mmmmm, smells so good! I bring some to the office every day as well, so I can have a cup in the late afternoon instead of going for the chocolate that is always around.
And yes, I will make up menus and prepare my food ahead of time!
Continue weight training with my trainer 2-3 times per week.
Add some cardio to that every day Ė whether the stationary bike, rowing machine, or, when I can get to the gym at the right times, some AquaZumba classes.
I am back to incorporating small bursts of exercise Ė hip flexors, squats and the like Ė at work while Iím on the phone or at the photocopier, for example. Iíve done a few of the ďtowel exercisesĒ posted on Spark a few weeks back with my scarf. It does get some looks, but theyíre kicking off a wellness program at work so itís not so far out there anymore. Besides, Iím so over what other people may think of me itís getting ridiculous.
With all of this, Iíll be better prepared forÖdare I say it on a day with a 25-40 cm snowfall ?
GARDENING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! WooHoo!!!