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August 28, 2012

shape up or ship out – week 2

I’m in Montreal. Have been since last thursday. Don’t feel like writing much, so I’ll be brief.

(Don’t worry, I’m still pumped up about getting back in shape. It’s just a weird journey back to where I used to belong. But very revealing.)

  • Meditation is getting better and better.
  • Workouts are ok — energy is a bit low.
  • Water intake needs to go up — way up.
  • Internet can be surfed as of noon each day.
  • Once I get home, I’m inquiring about a gym membership!

That’s it.


August 21, 2012

it hurts so it must be good



This is what my tiny flat looks like and will continue to look like till I get myself a gym membership. That’s my yoga mat on the left and I figure what’s the use of unrolling it and rolling it again three times a day when I can just leave it there, ready for action.

Two days into the challenge, I’m already reaping the rewards: pain in my shoulders, pain in my calves. My calves are the worse — maybe I should have started with 10 minutes on the rebounder instead of 20. But it sure is fun!

Mornings are what I’m most proud of. The strict NO INTERNET rule is something I needed in order to stop going to my emails and Facebook as soon as I woke up. Now, with the stretching and the conscious breathing and the meditation, my mornings don’t seem so insane. I’ve started to reconnect with my body and my soul — YES!

No internet is harder to handle in the afternoon. When lunch comes around, I miss it. So as of week 2, I’ll drop the ban — the goal was to stop going online as soon as I woke up and to spend my mornings away from it.

Meditation: Yesterday, I went for 10 minutes. Today, I went for 15. I like it. I should be able to hit my 20-minute goal by the end of week 1… or even before.

I won’t be reporting every day, the idea was to do it every monday. But I’ll post now and then just so you know how things are going.


August 20, 2012

shape up or ship out – THE PLAN week 1

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.


week 1

(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.)
  • stretch
  • weights (will fill you in on my routine as I go along)
  • abs (varied exercises)
  • push-ups
  • stretch
  • 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

shape up or ship out – the diagnosis (part two)

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