March Challenge's update and new one's for April...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
In March I made 3 challenges for myself:
1. Replace Breakfast during the work week with a Green Smoothie;
2. Get Some Sleep; and
3. I work out.
Number 1, replace breakfast during the work week with a Green Smoothie, I started this one for numerous reasons, I wanted to take in more fruits and vegetables (and all the nutrients they carry) was the biggest reason, while wanting to make a low carb breakfast essential during the week being the second runner up.
At first I started with a recipe I found online but then through-out the month I just started making the smoothies based on what I wanted to be in there. For the most part my recipe was- Kale, baby spinach, flax seed, protein powder, apple, banana, strawberry’s, almond milk and sometimes pears. The texture took a little getting used to of course and I did a little experimenting by adding plain yogurt instead of almond milk and it was a failure. The hardest part about this challenge was prepping the smoothies, it took the husband a long time in the morning to make it (because of the amount of ingredients), and so I had to find a way to prep it in advance. I have taken to making a batch in the blender on Sunday and freezing a few in to go cups for the week. The only problem with freezing it is waiting for the smoothie to defrost in the morning. I also had to purchase a new blender half way through my challenge when my old personal blender chewed up its last seal due to not knowing not to put the base in the dishwasher (big whoops). After a search online to discover that they don’t make my blender anymore, I gave up and purchased a big one on sale at The Home Depot. So I only missed one morning.
I have noticed some positive changes since I started drinking them, when I drink them I have a little more energy during the day, I feel better, my skin is slowly clearing up and it fills me up so I don’t feel the urge to snack as often in the morning. It is something I am going to continue doing.
Number 2, get some sleep, ever since I worked during the day and went to school at night I got in the nasty habit of going to bed super late. Now that I don’t have any reason to be up that late, except for a bad habit, I still don’t make sleep very important. I noticed this was dragging on my body big time.
I got really good at prepping at night, especially since the husband’s works a lot of closers during the week now. My theory was if I established a set routine with a set bed time I could make it a habit enough to continue it. So I would prep my lunch, do the dishes, feed all the animals and then enjoy an hour or so of TV. Then I would get distracted by my book or TV or I would simply miss the husband and want to wait till he got home at 11 p.m. So more often then not I still was putting myself to bed around 11 p.m. I even went as far as to set alarms to go off every hour to remind me what I was supposed to be doing, that seemed to work pretty well and those nights I made it to bed before 10:30 p.m. It is still a work in progress.
Number 3, I work out, this one revolved around incorporating exercise back into my daily life, especially running because I want to run that 5k in September for Power up for PCOS. I started noticing within a week I was struggling with this one a lot. So instead of forcing myself to follow a set schedule I focused on just involving exercise more into my daily routine again. I pulled out the bike, dusted off the cobwebs and proved to myself I could ride all the way to work in 1 hour. I rode my bike to run errands around the house. I started taking the dogs to the dog park more and walking the length of the park several times. I started doing yoga, stretching in the evenings and of course doing my toning exercises. Every day I tried moving a little more and tried doing something physical. It worked. I am already starting to feel stronger physically.
So since I really enjoyed working on the 3 challenges during March, I decided to do it again in April. So my 3 challenges for April are:
1) Start sitting right- I sit at my desk and tuck my legs behind me. This has almost completely hurt my hips, stretching out my thighs and put strain on my lower back. Not to mention my IT Band is so tight I can barely reach my toes, actually I can’t reach my toes. So I want to start being conscious of how I am sitting, sit properly, stretch out my legs during my lunch and just generally make sure I am not hurting myself anymore. Especially since it effects how far I can run or walk these days.
2) Let’s ride- Ride my bike to work and then home on Wednesdays and Fridays. I also want to ride my bike more often to run errands. Better on the gas and better on my body. I love riding my bike and it is the perfect weather (when it isn’t storming) to do it in.
3) Get out of bed at 6:15 a.m. each week day morning- I am famous for hitting my snooze a whole bunch in the mornings, usually because well I go to bed late in the evenings and because I simply hate mornings. But I want to start having plenty of time to style my hair, do my make-up, maybe fit in some yoga and on the mornings I ride to work, get to work early enough that I can change and sit down at my desk 5 minutes early since usually I am running in the door right on time.
So that is what I am working on this month, want to read more and get more updates, hop on over to my blog, Finding a Skinnier me on blogger.com.