Celebration Day 9:
It is 3 years today that I joined Sparkpeople (through a friend). I remembered she was trying to show me a before and after of some people as a form of motivation and I decided to check the site myself and I have been here virtually everyday for the past 3 years.
For 3 years I have not lost so much weight (approx 12kg) but I am very fit and happy. I love this site and being addicted would be an understatement of a description of my attitude towards on a daily basis.
I made awesome friends and we became so close as if we had met (I even enjoyed physical goodies not virtual alone, I am so grateful to everyone).
I can never quantify the encouragements and inspirations just by reading blogs and visiting pages. What would I have done without my sparkfriends, you are simply siblings from another mother to me.
Thank you and I love you all.
Back to business of the Day. Day 9
Your Active Challenge
Do the following Morning & Evening Yoga workout when you get up and before you go to bed. These moves should take you about 5 minutes and will help get your blood flowing in the morning, while relaxing you before you go to sleep.
Your Exercise Challenge
Medium-high intensity cardio exercise with no distractions.
This may be a real challenge for you if you listen to music, watch TV or read while you exercise. There's no time limit on this challenge, so it's your choice how long you want to exercise.
The idea is to exercise with no distractions - no music or reading, no heart rate monitors or watches. You can choose any activity - Walking, running, a cardio machine or even vigorous yard work.
Whatever activity you choose, focus on how your body feels, speeding up and slowing down to stay at a medium intensity. Think about your breathing and your form and let your mind wander where it will. There's no time limit, so go as long as like. When you get done, write about what it felt like to exercise with no distractions. Did this challenge feel difficult for you?
Your Flexibility Challenge
Your flexibility challenge is the same as yesterday's, but feel free to choose different exercises if you're so inclined. Do at least 5 (or more) reps of the following yoga exercises anytime throughout the day:
Yoga Fusion Workout
Beginner Yoga Poses
Do your own yoga workout, video or group fitness class
Your Nutrition Challenge
Explore your cravings.
Each time you have a craving today, get out your journal and write down what you're craving. Then ask yourself if you're really hungry, or could there be something else going on? The list below details just a few reasons we feel cravings, even when we're not hungry. Go through the list and write down anything that may be contributing to the craving:
Being thirsty. Often, dehydration can make you feel hungry even when you're not.
Being tired. The afternoon slump happens to all of us and it's normal to crave something sugary at that time of day.
Boredom. Being bored is one of the number one reasons many of us eat, even when we're not hungry.
Stress and anxiety. For some people, stress and anxiety can send them right to those comfort foods to help them calm down and feel better.
What else could be contributing to your cravings besides hunger? Become aware of your cravings - when they happen, what you crave and what's really going on. That awareness will help you learn how to deal with the issues instead of giving in to your cravings.
Your Mind/Body Challenge
Find 5 minutes today to sit and do nothing. Sit on your couch, at the park, at work, wherever you can find and just sit there. How does it feel to do nothing? Do you get antsy or jumpy? Where does your mind go when you do nothing? Pay attention and write it down in your journal.
Daily Challenge Checklist
I decided to copy and paste the whole of the challenge for day 9 because I feel others can benefit from some of the challenges too.
Note: On my nutrition challenge, I realized that white bread was the bane today (I scarcely take soda anymore), I took more than enough of it because I got home hungry and angry too.
What is your cravings today?