August 20, 2012
Getting into the groove. Taking it easy. Don’t want to burn out. Don’t want to get bored. Don’t want to hurt myself, either.
Slow train comin’…
I was at my son’s place, yesterday, to take care of his dogs while he was away. So I slept there and, of course, woke up there this morning. Normally, I wouldn’t have started the challenge today. I would have postponed it because What?! I can’t start my challenge if I’m not home!
Normally, I wouldn’t have started the challenge this week. I’m leaving for Montreal on thursday to house-sit for a friend and I’ll be away for 8 days, maybe more. I would have postponed it for sure because What?! I won’t have my rebounder and my yoga mat and my weights and how in the world will I do my workouts?
This is a ”do-what-you-can-with-what-you’ve-got” challenge. When I’m home, I have a few pieces of equipment I can use, but if I’m away from home, I can skip rope instead of jumping on the rebounder, and I can still do my crunches and push-ups on the floor. There are alternatives to lifting weights: a resistance band will easily fit into my bag or I can add more push-ups. Walking up and down stairs, taking a brisk walk, disco dancing till I drop… there’s ALWAYS a way to work out.
So no more excuses.
These are not “normal times,”
these are “shape up or ship out” times.
(may be modified)
- wake up at 7:45
- stretch (5 min.)
- conscious breathing (5 min.)
- meditation (20 min.)
- breakfast — no computer, no book, no reading whatsoever / conscious eating while listening to music (30 min.)
- brisk walk outside; if the weather is bad, disco dance inside (15 min.)
- writing and/or drawing (3 hours)
- lunch — forbidden to open computer / open book at random and read both pages… or more, if I feel like it (60 min.)
- writing and/or drawing (2 hours)
- rebounder (20 min.)
- weights (will fill you in on my routine as I go along)
- abs (varied exercises)
- GET OUT OF THE HOUSE — walk… meet people… enjoy life!
- supper — computer time!
- social networking, blog posting, etc.
- go to bed as early as possible, preferably no later than midnight (I’m starting tonight… because I went to bed at 4:30 this morning — this Night Owl will need LOTS of discipline!)
- drink at least 3 litres of water each day
- eat fruit or nuts or some sort of snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon (5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones)
The challenge will last till the end of the year — 134 days!
P.S.: I’ve decided to go back and read Nicole Cody’s GRATITUDE CHALLENGE posts. When I was doing the challenge, I didn’t take the time to reflect on everything because I was so busy doing it my way. So back to Day 1 and all the good vibes… YES.
August 20, 2012
My “shape up or ship out” challenge starts today.
In part one, the diagnosis covered the physical aspect. In part two, the diagnosis covers all the other aspects I’ll be working on.
- Depression was a big part of my life. Now it’s gone for good.
- Between the years 2000 and 2005, I took antidepressants on different occasions, but since 2005, I haven’t taken a single one so that’s it, no more. YES.
- These last few years, even without the depression, there were times when I was either down, lonely, sad, discouraged, scared, anxious, overwhelmed, overstressed, etc., but now, thanks to the GRATITUDE CHALLENGE, I know how to snap myself out of these states. As soon as a negative feeling creeps up, I automatically say to myself DON’T GO THERE! — which makes me smile — and in that split second, I know I have a choice: either stay in the bad mood and become miserable, or switch to something exciting and encouraging to think about, and life is beautiful. It gets easier and easier to snap out of it. And life gets more and more beautiful!
- The GRATITUDE CHALLENGE changed the way I look at things: nowadays, I focus on what I have — and what I want — instead of focusing on what I don’t have.
- Through the GRATITUDE CHALLENGE, I’ve acquired a sense of discipline which has already made a big difference in the way my brain/mind functions/focuses — I feel I’M in control of IT now, instead of IT being in control of ME.
- WHAT I’LL BE WORKING ON during this challenge: developing my mental powers. YES.
(the following are habits I had long before I did the GRATITUDE CHALLENGE)
- Upon waking up every morning, after giving thanks for a new day, I ask the Universe to keep an eye on those I love, myself included.
- Many times during the day, I stop and give thanks for all sorts of things — there is beauty all around, so it’s easy for me to be grateful.
- Before going to sleep at night, I give thanks for my day and ask the Universe to bless those I love and yours truly.
(creating a new habit)
- Meditation. I’ve tried to meditate SO many times but never persevered. This time, I’m sticking to it.
- I write, but not enough.
- I draw, but not enough.
- I have ideas, but don’t develop them.
- I start things, but don’t finish them.
- I don’t have a structure for my creative projects.
- I’m not clear about my priorities when it comes to creative projects.
- I make more or less $13,000 a year.
- I owe $8,300 on my credit margin at the bank.
- I always pay the balance on my credit card — it’s at $0. YES.
- I always pay my rent and bills (phone, heating/electricity, insurance, internet) on time, every month. YES.
- Needless to say, I don’t have a life — HA! I hardly have the means to subsist, so I don’t go out much. I won’t give you a list of what I can’t have or can’t do, it’s pretty damn obvious. Let’s just say I want my financial situation to change for the better. Soon.
coming at the end of the day:
the plan for week 1 of the challenge
August 19, 2012
My “shape up or ship out” challenge starts tomorrow.
It’s not only a physical challenge; it’s a mind, soul, spiritual, creative, financial challenge — the works!
Here’s where I am NOW:
HEIGHT: 5′ 2″ (used to be 5′ 3 ¼”… shrinking!)
WEIGHT: 115 pounds
BICEPS (more like WINGS): 9 ½”
BUST: 35 ½”
WAIST: 28 ½”
CALVES: 13 ½”
- have been on synthroid for about 20 years due to hypothyroidism
- have been getting a monthly injection of B12 vitamin since February
- cholesterol is getting high (according to blood tests last February)
- back pain (lower and middle)
- used to have severe migraines every month or so, each time they would last 3 days, but I saw a new doctor in June — with an increased dose of synthroid, the B12 injections AND much less stress, the migraines seem to have disappeared — YES
- blood pressure has always been perfect — YES
- getting my energy back — YES
BODY / POSTURE / FLEXIBILITY
- flabby flabby flabby… not firm at all! the waistline and tummy flab are most apparent… and disturbing
- haven’t been stretching or exercising in the last 2 years or so because my head was in hell and my body was waiting at the door
- with no exercise and with the weight of all the drama on my shoulders, I noticed I wasn’t sitting up or standing up straight… I’ve been slouching and that ain’t pretty!
- flexibility is still good, but not great — shouldn’t take long to fix
- bad… real bad — 2 years of hell wasn’t healthy at all
- for far too long, I’ve been eating my emotions = lots of chips, popcorn, chocolate, and more chips — I’m a salt addict more than a sugar addict (haven’t gained weight because if I eat chips, that’s my meal… nothing else… so no overeating involved)
- haven’t been drinking enough water — hell was dry
to be continued…
August 17, 2012
30 days — i DiD it!
I am grateful for sticking to the challenge all the way through because over this 30-day period I developed a writing habit and now, as soon as I wake up in the morning, I’m excited about “writing” as much as I was excited about “playing” when I was a kid. YES!
I am grateful for not giving up on the challenge because now I know that discipline has its rewards.
I am grateful to be a new fan of discipline because next monday is the start of my “shape up or ship out” challenge and thanks to the discipline I’ve acquired, I know for sure I’ll be reaching my goal — to get my body into the BEST and most BEAUTIFUL shape EVER.
I am grateful for my new SUPERPOWER because I can now snap myself out of any negative state as soon as it arises — NOTHING is going to slow me down and keep me from making my dreams come true… especially not ME.
I am grateful for Nicole Cody because she is a gifted teacher and the Universe put her on my path at just the right moment: when the student in me was ready to learn.
THANK YOU, NICOLE!
THANK YOU, UNIVERSE!
For more on Day 30 of the GRATITUDE CHALLENGE, please visit Nicole Cody’s blog.