Week in Review (Stress Day Seven)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stress Day Seven
-Tried to go out on the boat with the family. Boat wouldn't start. Spent three hours in the blazing hot parking lot of a boat maintenance store trying to get it to work. Parents getting anxious. Puppies getting anxious. Everyone hot and bothered. Rather stressful.
-With the boat in the shop, my parents decided to go car shopping. Not really my problem, but trying to convince them of the merits of a hybrid has not worked very well. This causes me STRESS because the crappy car they'll end up buying will pollute the planet I'll have to live on after they're dead. (That was a bit dramatic.)

Week in Review
-Tracked every day, every bite
-exercised every day except today, which was substituted with hot parking lot sitting
-tried to be active in the spark community and felt a lot more motivated and involved in my own weight loss than I ever have before.

-stayed within calorie limit only one day this week (eek!)
-exercised the minimum amount possible (20-30 mins each day)
-community involvement dropped off dramatically by the end of the week.


1) Exercise one hour each day. I'm not in school yet so I have the time. My goal is to burn 500 calories a day, so by this time next week I will have burned an entire pound. Accurate numbers for calories burned aren't possible since I don't have a heart rate monitor, but I'll do my best.

2) Eat the same amount of food more often. Sometimes when I sleep in I skip breakfast and get excited because I feel like I can eat splurge foods since I didn't use any calories for breakfast. Surprise of a lifetime: I still go over my calorie limit on those days. D'oh. So I'll stop doing that. I've been told ALL MY DAYS to eat six times a day if I want to lose weight. Goofy sparkpeople tracker doesn't have six slots. Humph. But I will try and eat six times a day every day this week and see how it goes.

3) Meditate. I learned about meditation in 2007 and I was like "hmm I should try that out" and every year since then I usually do it three days in a row and when I don't see progress I'm like "eeeurgh too hard!" Done with the excuses. 15 minutes daily this week. This will also be one of my aspects of Week Two of the Stress Busting challenge.

4) Comment on at least one blog/message board post a day. I don't want to get sucked into endless internet surfing, so a max of 10 mins/day sparking should be sufficient.

5) Stop spending so much energy worrying about the future (when I'll finally graduate/get a job/meet my soul mate/get my master's/adopt children, etc). These things will come in time. I'm going to enjoy being young and care-free.

Out of all of these goals, I predict the exercise and meditation will be most difficult because it involves two things I'm not very good at: moving my body and calming my mind. Perhaps I'll surprise myself.

Peace and love, ya'll.
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    I'm still trying the meditation...I have a bad case of monkey-mind! Still working on focus, too. I really enjoyed your reflection on the week and goals for next.

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    3509 days ago
    Nice job of recounting and reflecting. Meditation has been a lifesaver for me. I could almost say I am addicted -- but that would be a bit of an oxymoron given the whole "nonattachment" thing in Buddhism! :-)

    Nonetheless, I find that on those days that I "sit," even if I don't feel that I ever really calmed my mind down, I am much more at peace. I also find it easier to dispel negative thoughts and rid my mind of worries.

    Best to you on your journey! Wishing you peace of mind and health in body, mind, and spirit!

    3511 days ago
    great reflection and goals! emoticon

    you can add additional meals to your tracker, and even give them cute names if you wish, although I just call mine 'morning snack' and 'afternoon snack'

    3511 days ago
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