Friday, 31 July 2015
I'm going to miss them all and although I get Hugslut and Bard back in September, August is going to have a big hole in it.
I plan to keep busy by rearanging Hugslut's appartment so I can finish bringing my stuff over and making it our appartment. We've already discussed what's going where, and I can do almost everything solo. Kettle said I could borrow her boyfriend to help me carry the dresser and bed across the street and everything else is light enough for me to carry by myself. I do plan to keep up with my challenge while they're gone and as long as I'm not going psycho with the house stuff I should be fine for the workouts.
I've been succeeding with the No-S with one modification. I decided that if I was having a drink(since I don't usually do straight shots) the cola wouldn't count as a "sweet". I am going to go lower carb all August by cutting out the cola completely and making sure I get in lots of veggies(spinach, broccoli, brussle sprouts, etc), with a good amount of fats(olive oil, avocado, whole fat dairy) and protiens(chicken, eggs, fish, tofu). I want to have progress to show Hugslut when she gets back.
To-Do List For This Upcoming Week
- Monday is weigh-in/measure day (Aug.3, next is Sept.7)
- Keep up with challenge
- Spend quality time with Hugslut
- Help Hugslut prepare for trip
To-Do List For The Rest Of August
- Keep up with challenge
- On weekends prep work lunches & dinners, do laundry, and rearrange appartment
- Go to bed at 9 and get up at 5:30 for BBWW(M&F) or Walk & Meditate
- Rearange appartment after work most nights
- Create basic food & workout plan for Hugslut to look over when she returns
I'm feeling kinda brain dead today. Kinda detached and distractable... while at the same time feeling like my train of thought is chugging through wheel-high tar. Hope your day is going better.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Monday, 27 July 2015
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Part of addressing that will be eating healthier, another part will be scaling back on the frequency of my workouts. I had thought Mon, Wed, & Fri made sense with rest days between them and all weekend off... but that's the problem with logic, it has no place without data. I have now done science too it and found out that I am not fit enough to do bodyweight training 3 days a week, especially not if I'm walking an extra 2-3km on the "rest" days.
I don't see this as a failure, I just hadn't got a weather forecast before leaving port and the headwinds are stronger than anticipated. I'll adjust my sails to keep the ship from tearing apart and still make (slower) progress. Anything is better than nothing so scaling back to Monday and Friday for now will be good for me.
Friday, 24 July 2015
Sunday is the pride parade but otherwise I'm not exercising this weekend. This week was a lot harder than I expected considering how easy Monday seemed.
I'm looking at food more. I know I eat a bunch of junk and it's costing me a bunch of money. I had set the idea of taking lunch to work every day but wound up not doing that because it took so much time everyday.
Once(just once) we made a whole week of breakfasts(refrigerator oatmeal) and lunches(salad in a jar) and it took up all Sunday and the whole fridge. I think I can do better.
Breakfast - Hardboiled egg, cheese, fruits (protien heavy keeps me from being hungry before lunch)
Lunch - make a big pan or two of stir-fry or frittata and portion into ziplocks, tupperware, or jars, bring fruit or veg with it(the salad in a jar was awkward to eat)
Dinner - protien(meat, tofu, eggs, beans, nuts) + a ton of veg (salad/stir-fry/fritata/classic protein & sides)
Looks simple enough and I can cook well enough to not be bored. I'm also considering implementing the No-S approach to moderation. It's simple enough to be explained in one sentence: "No snacks, no sweets, no seconds, except sometimes on S-days." For details check out the Everyday Systems site.
I am interested in what you might have to say about any of my posts so please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comments section below the post.
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P.S. Reading this I can see I'm tired because of all the brackets.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
At that point Hugslut gave me some really good advice. She pointed out that eating healthy most of the week and having a sweet or soda/pop one day is a hell of a lot healthier than eating junk every day.
I had been considering the baby steps of slowly eliminating sugars... but I hadn't considered that I don't need to completely eliminate them to be healthier. Focusing on moderation may just be my key to actually living a healthier life for the rest of my life. I can continue to level up as I go and if I decide my Level 50 self has home made gluten free apple pie with Sunday dinner, well who's to tell me otherwise.
It's hard to describe the relief this has provided me. Logically I already know these things... but sometimes it takes someone I trust saying it for it to really sink in.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Warm-up walk home from work(about 30 min)
((Did not do stairs since still achey))
10 body weight squats *
5 incline/chair push ups * (last one sucked)
10 walking lunges +
10 dumbbell rows (using 2/3 gallon milk) *
20 second plank *
20 Jumping Jacks *
Cool down stretch (stretched much better this time. Hopefully got everything this time.)
Everything was harder this time. Maybe I'll just stay here and work on form.
Started a journal to keep track of this stuff. I'll still update you, probably once a month on weigh in day (first monday of the month).
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Figured I'd walk along the river instead of straight home today. It does make the walk about 1.5x longer, 10x prettier, and adds some difficulty with hills... but I think I need to switch from large purse to small backpack.
Looks like this won't be the way I walk home in the winter. I guess I'll have to enjoy London's trails while I can.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Actually did my first real workout at home. Here's what I did:
Warm-up fast-walk (2km)
Climb 6 floors of stairs +
10 body weight squats *
5 incline/chair push ups *
10 walking lunges +
10 dumbbell rows (using a full ketchup bottle because I didn't plan ahead)+
20 second plank *
20 jumping jacks +
Cool down stretch
+ means I could have done more easily so make it harder next time
* means the last one or two were really hard so stay there
- means I couldnt finish, ease up a bit next time. There were none of these because I purposefully tried to make it easy so I wouldn't chicken out.
Happy dance!.... Actually... I'm gonna take a shower. I'm super sweaty. Ick.
Friday, 17 July 2015
- Warm-up fast-walk (at least 15 min)
- 10 body weight squats
- 5 incline/chair push ups
- 10 walking lunges
- 10 dumbbell rows (using a gallon milk jug or similar)
- 20 second plank
- 20 Jumping Jacks
- Cool down stretch
Monday, 13 July 2015
I wanted to sit and pout and complain that it wasn't my fault so I shouldn't have to do it.
I wanted to quit my job and just power through with no sleep or food because there was no way we could do ALL that and have time for anything else.
I wanted to just torch the place and say "Fuckit I'll buy new everything".
I wanted make a time machine and go back to before there was a problem and hermetically seal our home.
We did it though. Bit by bit we did all the things. We just picked away at it in manageable chunks for a couple days until 9:30pm, twelve short hours before he was scheduled to arrive, we looked around and saw that we were actually done. A change of clothes and a shower later Mom and I stayed over with Hugslut while Riza slept over with her girlfriend.
I can't wait for things to go back to normal but at least our home no longer has insect squatters. **shudders**
Saturday, 11 July 2015
This goal focused but baby-step action thing is kinda uncomfortable for me... but I guess you can't grow if you stay in your comfort zone right? I have goals to aim for, I'll be taking a close look at the first few steps in front of me, but how A gets to B is a mystery. There may be back tracking, or mountains to climb, or chasms to walk around, or all three for all I know. It's very unnerving.
I've set the compass, so now it's just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and doing it again and again till I'm there.
Wish me luck?
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Being the end goals I'm not really setting time constraints on these except that I'd like to hit all these within three years. The breakdowns of the little steps will have dates attached, for now these are the over arching goals:
- Physically fit enough to run the future homestead
- Eating healthy
- Financially responsible
- Socialy/mentaly healthy
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Usually I'd get up with my alarm, feed the cats, crawl back into bed for a half hour and then hurry to dress and get to the bus that would get me to work exactly on time.
Because I'd been getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep instead of 5 or 6, I mananaged to get out of bed when my alarm went off. I got up, fed the cats and cleaned their litter(don't usualy bother to check the box in the morning), got dressed, had half a second of "I don't have to leave yet? huh, I'm kinda bored." before brushing my teeth, putting up my hair, and then poking around on my phone for 20 min.
Imagine that, bored on a workday morning. Thinking back I can recognise the stress under the haze of exhaustion. I'm glad I'm starting to be nicer to myself. I deserve the same level of care and compassion I give my loved ones.
I'm going to be working on figuring out my goals and breaking it all down in to baby steps. If there's anything I've learned by injuring my knee is that it'll take 'forever' to do it the safe and healthy way... but if I go slowly, I'll get where I want to be instead of making things worse.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Already I'm itching to make getting up early, exercising before work, always taking the stairs, writing articles on every Sunday morning, and doing laundry every Monday morning a commitment. But that's the thing, they are not a commitment. Thinking like that is what got me right back where I am time and again.
What I have done is commit to going to bed on time (start getting ready for bed at 10 & in bed to sleep before 11). Once I've done that for a whole week I'll consider the next step which is probably getting things ready before bed. There's so many steps between where I am and who I want to be... but if I jump in again I'm liable to fall again so fuck that, I'm doing it right this time.
The big things to remember for me is willpower, and the force of habit. We all only have so much willpower and if I use mine all up by tackling to many things at once I'll just fall back into the well worn ruts of habit. If instead I use a small rechargeable amount of willpower to make a new habit and then tackle another tiny habit, over the course of time I will cover all the things I'd like to address without collapsing under the weight.
I've already adjusted my social media notifications so that I'm not a slave to das blinkenlights. I'll be going through my email tomorrow to reduce that stressor by sorting and unsubscribing as required... and I have to be really really careful because I really want to make grand statements of all the many things I'm going to start doing right now! and we've already covered why that's not helpful.
I'll write a battle plan later. For now it's simple, address my mess of an inbox tomorrow and go to bed on time every night. That's it. Nothing else. ... Well nothing else except convincing myself that's enough and I am doing the right thing by going so slow it's painful.