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2014 - I am back (for now): resources, inspiration and my new wonderful life (with challenges)

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hello Sparkpeople friends

I haven't posted in a very long time. Things have changed a lot.

- I moved to a lovely home in rural Switzerland with my partner. I am a housewife and freelance language teacher. My partner offered me to pay for my living and food by taking over the household chores. I love being able to give my time and work and not money (that for now keeps coming in irregularly), plus it makes me move.

- I put the weight back on; 51 kg it was at its maximum. I was so fit leading up to the move with all the packing, walking around in the good weather etc. I have managed since late autumn to loose 2 kilos by eating less.

- I am the main chef ;) in the home now, which means I have control. I cook healthier foods and am trying to make the portions smaller, but also have treats.

- I have a craving (chocolate etc.) problem

- I have built some nice habits: morning pages (after Julian Cameron), gratitude journal before bed, oils to wake/stimulate (citrus) and calm before bed (lavender).

- I love listening to podcasts now (the Rich Roll podcast, The Wellness couch and all their podcasts: favourites are Up for a Chat, Inside the Champion's mind, 100 not out, Careers unplugged)

- I am working on my productivity : books, ("Eat that frog" by Brian Tracy, "Get things done" by David Allen), Daily Docket to do list by Tsh Oxenreider and apps: wunderlist and Todois, mind mapping apps

- I got my best friend's old iMac (2007, Mavericks works still fine on this) and I enjoy the big 24" screen and all the apps that help me

- I had a hard look at myself after I inflamed my knee using Jillian Michael's "Ripped in 30" on a too hard a surface (yoga mat on our beautiful terracotta floor). I enjoy the programs, I did the 30 day shred again in May/June and felt great, but I don't enjoy the cardio part much. To take care of my knee I will do other things. I am doing Yoga since monday and I crave it so far. I have built it into my morning and evening routine. It's not so hard to do and I have several short or long videos, depending on how much time I have in the day. I will add more walking (Mon, Wed or Thu, weekend) and hopefully some more challenging yoga programs and some strength training. Maybe go back to Jillian in a few months, when I have built some strength and the knee has not responded with pain or anything...

Challenges 2014:

- keep building my career: widen the network, applications, replace the students I have now with new ones

- exercice (Yoga AM/PM for beginners with Barbara Benagh for now, since Monday; strength training and interval/heavier yoga around 3 to 4 times a week, get the cardio through walking the steep hills of where I live now)

- get the cravings under control and find a balance between not blindly giving into them and letting myself have nothing. A small sweet a day and an occasional treat (when eating out every other month or at a birthday) is the goal

- Keep the habits I've built up, for they make me stronger, mentally balanced, but when stressed the have a tendency to be left undone.

- Track the exercise on sparkpeople. I tend to get tired of tracking. I will not even attempt to track the food. I am losing weight with what I do (healthy breakfast, no or little lunch, healthy evening meal)

Cheers everyone, how have you been?
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  • KEC1974
    Hey! Which part of rural Switzerland? ;) I love morning pages, I use for mine. Hope you're treating your body gently but giving it the movement it needs and wants.
    All the best!
    1483 days ago
  • PEGGY11
    From the pictures I have seen, Switzerland is a beautiful country any time of the year. This will make your walks so interesting. emoticon Glad you are back. emoticon If I don't keep track I gain so here I am. I am at a plateau right now, but hopefully not for long. Have a good day. emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
    hi there--thanks for stopping by my blog--I am going to look into some of the sources you cited. interested to see you do morning pages--I do them too off and on, my sister in law gave me a copy of "the artists way" many years ago. take care of your knee--if you start on the high impact stuff again, wrapping it at first would probably help. I have a knee brace that I bought at a local drugstore--one for each knee. I don't use them all the time, but if I start having problems when running I wear them for awhile and lower my intensity. it helps. have a lovely day!
    1502 days ago
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    1503 days ago
    Love it! Thanks for posting!!! The 30 day shred is awesome! I have a soft spot for it, it beat me into shape a couple of times over the years! emoticon
    1503 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2014 5:12:17 AM
    Great Changes!! Keep pushing!! Currently I am doing The 30 Day Shred! IT's going ok. Many changes are taking place in my body. YAY!
    1503 days ago
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