I’ve 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. ‘Nuf 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 it’s better than it’s been in the past, there is definitely room for improvement.
There’s one assignment I’ve put aside, the one regarding triggers, because I can’t 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, I’m going to keep away from those foods that I now know are not my friends – sweets of any kind (natural, artificial, doesn’t matter!), gluten (which was just re-confirmed this evening – duh), and carbs (complex carbs only, sparingly).
To add to the paragraph above, I’m also going to treat myself to some really flavourful herbal teas. I don’t feel like snacking at all when I have a cup of that in my hand. I’m 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 – 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 – hip flexors, squats and the like – at work while I’m on the phone or at the photocopier, for example. I’ve done a few of the “towel exercises” posted on Spark a few weeks back with my scarf. It does get some looks, but they’re kicking off a wellness program at work so it’s not so far out there anymore. Besides, I’m so over what other people may think of me it’s getting ridiculous.
With all of this, I’ll be better prepared for…dare I say it on a day with a 25-40 cm snowfall ?
GARDENING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! WooHoo!!!