I'm up to day 15 of SparkCoach's Consistency & Motivation program. The daily challenges for the last six days have included:
Day 10 - Practise best posture
I do try to correct my posture throughout the day, while sitting, standing, and walking. I think just being mindful helps. While I was walking and thinking about my posture I remembered what a previous belly dancing teacher used to say - "headlights front". This used to always bring a smile to my face, and I was positively grinning at work. I think my colleagues were a bit puzzled why I was looking so happy, considering we had just got some bad news that day at an all-staff meeting.
Day 11 - Don't eat at computer, TV, etc
Not eating at the TV (computer I stream programmes as we don't have a TV) was already tracking in Other Goals. But now I'm working on not having anything next to the computer, including snacks or drinks, other than my water glass.
Day 12 - Go to bed earlier
The night before I went to bed at 9pm; an hour earlier than usual. On the night of this challenge I went to bed at 9.30pm. I can honestly say that I felt much better the next morning - I woke at the usual time, that is, between 5am and 6am. If I didn't have a cat that was an early riser, I wondered whether I would sleep longer.
Day 13 - Eat only whole grains
This is really difficult. Especially bread. The best I can get locally, without going into a speciality shop is 70% whole grain. I have ended up getting wraps this week, simply because one variety is 100% whole grain. But, I like toast, and well, you need bread for that
So the hunt is on again for whole grain bread.
Day 14 - Exercise outdoors
I don't have any trouble with this as the weather here is often fine and I ride my bike to and from uni. And now that I have got some exercise DVDs from SparkPeople I can take my MacBook outside into the back garden and do them there. Except, this week it's raining. Not so good for my jumping about in the back yard, but so wonderful for my garden.
Day 15 - Write down three recent accomplishments
* Getting up each morning to start tracking on SparkPeople, and completing it before I go to bed.
* Spotted a job on the noticeboard at work, scanned it and emailed to someone that recently graduated and would not be walking past the noticeboard. They replied to say that they have applied for the job.
* Helped my Mam to use her iPad. And she was thrilled that I was able to assist her to redeem a gift voucher that I gave her a year ago, and downloaded a couple of apps that she wanted, including the SparkPeople app.
All of these recent daily challenges I should be able to keep up with, even if I don't track them. I especially want to keep up going to bed earlier, and writing down three accomplishments.
I recently ordered and received a book called Brain Power www.bookdepositor
by Michael Gleb (http://www.michaelgelb.com/) having heard Gleb being interviewed on Radio National's New Dimensions programme, see: www.abc.net.au/ra
I have only read the first two chapters, and my reading so far is that it is good for your brain to be challenged with new things every day.
So if I need any additional challenges I am going to learn a new word and increase my vocabulary and get my Japanese language books out if I want to learn a new non-English word. I don't think I have the patience for Chess, but I have a Sudoku book and I might learn how to do these. But that's only when I run out of SparkPeople videos and exercises