Small Changes Challenge
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I'm progressing with this better than I expected.
Day 9 - "Exercise in the morning... before your brain figures out what you're doing!" Today’s challenge was to prep for an early-morning workout next day. Lay out the workout clothes and have a workout plan ready. Done and dusted as this is exactly what I do – if the workout isn’t pre-planned I tend not to do one so I decide on it the night before and just get on with it.
Day 10 - The challenge was to have two healthy, portion-controlled snacks. I don’t actually snack much but there were some useful suggestions given between 100 and 200 calories and I’ve picked the ones that appeal to me. Particularly frozen grapes which I’ve been meaning to try for ages
Day 11 - Challenge was to drink one cup of water per hour from waking until bedtime. I have to say I try to drink water regularly tho NOT with a great deal of pleasure but in fact the various water mixes (‘gussying up’ the water, as it is called in the accompanying article) and tricks for ‘getting the habit’ were useful. So I set my phone to remind me every hour.
Day 12 - Repeated the hourly water drinking and actually found myself clockwatching despite having set my phone again – that way lies a habit!
Day 12’s challenge was to invite someone along for my my workout. Well – that really is a problem. My partner thinks I’m mad - ‘at your age’. I’m afraid I sometimes find myself thinking, rather unkindly, when he needs me to do up his shoelaces, that it may not be me who’s the mad one! Occasionally a few friends and I go walking by the sea or on the hills behind Brighton, but more often than not I’m on my own. I do get encouragement from my Sparkfriends, of course - XXX to all of you. So virtual company in spades.
Day 13 - Still drinking the water on the hour – a definitely good result from this Challenge.
Today's challenge is to practice mindful eating during every single meal and snack. Focus on all meals without any other distractions
I’m SO bad at this and yet I can totally see the advantages of doing it. I’m constantly eating on the run. However, the recommended exercise to plan meals down to the last calorie and nutrient is great - to stop everything and just eat the planned food. Seven days is the recommended period to do this – as a start - to encourage thought about what I put in my mouth. I know that I mostly DO think but I’m certainly going to try the seven days! If it works as well as the water exercise then I’ll be very happy.