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Belated Update - Small Changes Challenge – Days 14-19

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I’m sad that I haven’t blogged about this excellent challenge for a while but I’ve been very busy, I HAVE, however, been following it through.
I’m dividing the 12 days that I haven’t blogged about into two sections to save an ultra-long blog but in the name of accountability I feel I need to do it.

Day 14 - Fresh produce. Try to get more servings of fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks. Just not a problem at all. I love veggies of all sorts and can make a meal from them – Ratatouille – Cauliflower cheese – Kale with Tomato Sauce and White Beans - and lots more. I also wrap sandwich ingredients - mostly vegerables - in Romaine leaves to save eating bread and add to the veggie count.

Day 15 - Challenge for today is to take timeout to actively manage stress. This is basically not a problem for me as I’m retired but I certainly remember when I was working full time with two children, life was hard and stressful. I do still try to stuff more into my days than I can manage so I’m always fretting/running, but I’m working on that.

Day 16 - One Minute To a Healthier You! Sometimes small changes can lead to big results! Challenge is to choose three of the one-minute actions listed to boost health and happiness. My three today were: -
1. Push ups – on ball – a current project of mine anyway.
2. Paying attention to posture – starting with a torso twist and following up with various pieces of advice and exercises in an accompanying article. This is very useful as I’m conscious of having become rather round-shouldered lately and want to change that.
3, SMILE emoticon

DAY 17 - Look on the Bright Side - challenging me to write down at least three things I’m grateful for today. This is definitely something I need to work at and particularly the advice to look on the bright side. Not one of my virtues but I’m going to practise!

Day 18 – Reclaim your lunch break. Being retired, lunch breaks are no longer an issue. I don’t eat much breakfast so lunch is my first real meal of the day and always cooked – or a luscious salad. One thing I can take from today’s challenge is not to eat it in front of TV – I know it, but it’s hard for me to do. So my resolve for this small change is to eat mindfully at the table. We’ll see how that goes.

Day 19 – Plan meals in advance. Another one that’s no problem to me. I keep a master shopping list on my phone with tickboxes and update as I go along. I use a lot of Spark recipes, planning the day’s meals very first thing in the morning and add the ingredients as I go along. I try to go to buy food every day because I have a lot of nearby shops and walking to them every day is all extra movement.

Six more days to come tomorrow and subsequently the final six days at the end of the month. I’ve been reminded daily of things that I know and learning more along the way. Great Consolidation!
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    emoticon I appreciate your blogging about how you are doing with the challenge. Those small changes do add up and help us all the time! emoticon

    Thank you for the kind words on the feed about my recent weight loss! That one pound sure put a big smile on my face today!! A real inspirational boost for myself! emoticon emoticon
    1511 days ago
    Doing well girlfriend emoticon

    How's the decorating coming along?
    1511 days ago
    Yay great blog! Sounds like you are doing really well with this challenge and your going to be really proud when you reach the end. Your doing all the right things. I need to learn from you :-) Not eating in front of the tv is a hard one. I love that but It defo does make you eat more emoticon xx
    1511 days ago
    It is an interesting challenge
    1511 days ago
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