Moving on from last week, I spent yesterday (Day 8) constructing a home gym, of sorts. Since we moved, the lower level family room has housed remnants of my old house (moving boxes). I set up the extra TV and DVD player on top of appliances destined for future remodeled kitchen and cleared out half the room giving me oodles of floor space.
I have an entire box of workout DVD programs to pick from. I decided to go with P90X to start, maybe a little Yoga Booty Ballet or Hip Hop Abs. One can only take so much Tony Horton, I mean REALLY!
Today I finished scrubbing the floor in my new gym as well as finished off the rest of the household chores. My fitbit tells me that I’m well within my calorie count for the day, YES! I’ve already smashed passed 10,000 steps for the second day in a row and I still have 3 Fidos to walk.
Tomorrow (Day 10) starts P90X first thing in the morning. Yay me!
What happened to days 6 and 7? Nothing great. Nothing that was preplanned, precooked, some hardly even countable! It would be real easy to make excuses, or just start over and pretend like the first week was a practice and the real
Day One” starts tomorrow. But no.
Day 8 is Day 8. I’m not starting over. Starting over is unfair to the overall plan and unrealistic if I plan to be successful with my 100 day plan!
What Days 6 and 7 taught me is that my anxiety-prone approach to the day job is my number one greatest challenge. All the candy, soda, bread, chocolate, cookies, cake, snack bars, pastries, danishes and donuts I consume throughout the workday / workweek only fuel the anxiety. It doesn’t soothe the soul, like I want to think it does. (Just ask my coworkers who have to put up with me all day.)
Today is the first day of a long weekend. I have three full days to regroup. I have three full days to design and test better ways to manage the work day stress.
Looking forward to days 8-10.
I am just going to CRUSH Day 11.
Brutally Obvious – the weekday habits are my greatest nemesis.
It would be easy to say the day job is the culprit of my stress, weight gain, sleeplessness, weariness, anxiety, etc. But, that is just plain lazy and enormously untrue.
I have a great day job. It’s not perfect, as no job is. There are always times when the workload is heavy, staffing is short, deadlines loom and tempers flare. How one navigates that and remains true to oneself is the key.
Now, to find the damn key!
The clean eating and increased steps didn’t happen on Days 4 and 5. I have offer no excuses, it just is. It all seemed to go off the road when at the end of Day 3 when I chose to skip Monday night Zumba.
Big mistake. Huge!
But, I hate Zumba. I have two left feet and I hate salsa music. HATE, I tell you. So that decision was way too easy.
Day 6 begins now and my three Fidos and I are headed out for a brisk 2 mile walk.
It’s a new day. Enjoy!
First work day with this challenge. All in all, not too shabby.
(focusing on the positive)
I stayed in my calorie range.
I walked stairs instead of riding an elevator.
I drank all of my water
I was up on time and not rushed going to work.
Still, I have *opportunities* to improve. Like, more time in the schedule for my lunchtime workout, reach for ways to reduce stress instead of giving into it….which I will have MASTERED 97 days from now. Right?
“She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she’d always been.”
— Amy Rubin
Nothing is truer for me than this – and why I’ve embarked on these 100 days.
On tap for today:
- 2,000+ new words on the novel
- multi-mile hike with my 3 doggies
- pre-make healthy meals and snacks for the week
- Yoga class
It’s going to be a great day!
Day One! I got a new “do” to kick off my 100 day self-challenge.
It’s a very nice new color! It’s been quite a number of years since I’ve been this close to my natural color. Guess I’m going to have to change all my avatars now!
As to my other goals, I weighed in this morning and the scale actually moaned. Not kidding. It moaned. I knew I was up, but damn. Have a heart!
By the end of this challenge I plan to be a lot lighter and stronger, much more in touch with my creativity (more on that later) and stress free.
In other words, I will be completely unrecognizable! Friends, relatives and coworkers are going to wonder what happened to that flabby chick who used to run around with her highlighted hair on fire….
I’m about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime. For the next 100 days I’m going to document my journey. Follow along as I explore different paths toward one main goal — focus on my what I want and need. So every day for the next 100 days I plan to post the good and great as well as the bad and ugly.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)