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Day 41: Justificiation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I would have to say that one of the most important lessons that I have learned since starting on SP is listening to myself. I do need to go into work today because I have a request, but I'm not going to go to school. I can feel the hairline cracks spreading through my psyche and I'm still three weeks out from finals. Every one of my days "off" so far has been planned out.

So today I'm going to stay home, clean, do laundry, listen to music, do some studying. I'm going to allow my body to recuperate. I'd take a bath, but a dude is coming to fix our bathroom sink. Maybe he'll show up in the morning and I'll be able to do it this afternoon.

It's still strange for me to think "I'm missing a quiz and I can't make it up" but I could seriously miss the rest of the quizzes for the trimester and get 50% on the final (i.e. fail) and still pass the class. I need to choose my mental health over 5% of a grade in a class that I currently have 100%. The grade I'm getting won't matter in three years. That's not how this business works.

I used to insist on perfection, now I insist on doing well. Part of doing well is not burning out. Health is recognizing not only your physical limits but your mental ones and this is me being healthy.

  
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KALIGIRL 7/16/2014 9:01AM

    emoticon Perfect is the enemy of Good and you are so right - grades do not matter...
Here's to caring for yourself!

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MAGIK0731 7/15/2014 8:55AM

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Day 40

Monday, July 14, 2014

The water weight is coming off in earnest now and I'm much less bloated. Last week was a bit of a one-two punch, but I managed to weather it just fine. I'm still here!

emoticon Exercise Goals emoticon

emoticon Fitness activity (0/150 per week)
emoticon Stand for half the day - check
emoticon Walk 10k steps a day - 11332

emoticon Diet Goals emoticon

emoticon Drink 64oz of water a day - nope
emoticon Eat 1 pound a day of non-starchy carbs - check
emoticon Eat 2-5 servings of fruit - check


emoticon Mind-Body Goals emoticon

emoticon Meditate - nope
emoticon Do something creative for at least five minutes - nope
emoticon Gratitude or happiness:

I'm grateful to live so close to a trader joe's that I can pick up healthy ingredients for dinner on my way to school or home from work.

  
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KALIGIRL 7/14/2014 8:30AM

    Wonderful! emoticon progress!

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KAYDEN45 7/14/2014 8:24AM

    It is a one day at a time battle, slowly but surely you will get there!

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MISTYDAZE42 7/14/2014 8:24AM

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Day 39

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Overall last week was disappointing. In the past I would have stopped logging on to SP and then, three months later, thought to myself, "Oh hey, I should get back on that." But this week I still logged on every day. I have maintained my 39 day streak (it says 37 in my official streak but that's because I reset it two days in.)

I haven't been perfect all week but I'm made some healthy strides. And this is the beginning of a new week so I can build off my successes from last week and move forward.

Last week I learned that it's easy enough to eat a pound of veggies in a day. I also learned that I can eat plenty of fruit in a day, it just needs to be available. I intend to keep building off these successes, my focus on healthy types of foods and finding the balance instead of the triggering minutiae of calories and macros.

emoticon Exercise Goals emoticon

emoticon Fitness activity (0/150 per week)
emoticon Stand for half the day - check
emoticon Walk 10k steps a day - 9405, but I kind of overdid it the day before (18,230)

emoticon Diet Goals emoticon

emoticon Drink 64oz of water a day - check!
emoticon Eat 1 pound a day of non-starchy carbs - check
emoticon Eat 2-5 servings of fruit - check


emoticon Mind-Body Goals emoticon

emoticon Meditate - nope
emoticon Do something creative for at least five minutes - nope
emoticon Gratitude or happiness:

I'm glad I got at least three clients but I'm also grateful I got to leave work early so I could spend a bit more time with DH.

  
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WIFE48 7/13/2014 10:22AM

    emoticon Congrats on the continual days on maintenance.

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Day 36

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'm trying not to feel discouraged because I know that TOM is coming, but I've been hovering at the top of my weight range for the maintenance challenge for almost 5 days now. I know it's not real weight gain because I also have all the other symptoms I get, but it's still disappointing.

I didn't get up early to do yoga yesterday because I needed the sleep and I was ahead on my minutes. I didn't get up early today either but that's because my husband and I are going to be leaving soon to take care of some business and I was going to do it when we get back. I'm going to do a big vinyasa yoga session that always makes me feel energized and ground. It's awesome and I love it. I've been wanting to do it for weeks.

I do like this new diet goal of mine - it is way easier than I thought to eat a pound of veggies in a day. I ate a salad and half a cucumber and met my goal: 6 oz romaine, half an avocado (4 oz) and 6 more oz of cucumber. I think since I unlinked fitbit and SP I'm going to start tracking only my fitness goals on the food tracker. Eventually it will be whole meals and macros. Hopefully that won't be too triggering.

emoticon Exercise Goals emoticon

emoticon Fitness activity (50/150)
emoticon Stand for half the day - Did the best I could do and am proud of myself
emoticon Walk 10k steps a day - 7471 :(

emoticon Diet Goals emoticon

emoticon Drink 64oz of water a day - check!
emoticon Eat 1 pound a day of non-starchy carbs - check! Way easier than I thought.


emoticon Mind-Body Goals emoticon

emoticon Meditate - :(
emoticon Do something creative for at least five minutes - :(
emoticon Gratitude or happiness:



Day 3

Right before I left my (actually tiny) kitty decided I needed to rub her belly before I left. I genuinely laughed.

  
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KALIGIRL 7/11/2014 8:08AM

    Sounds super!
Love the pound of veggies - particularly the greens - apparently nutrient dense!

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LHEFFERN 7/10/2014 8:11AM

    I like how you lay out your goals.
Have a great trip.

Your cat looks like a good one!

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Day 35

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

So I've noticed a problem that's contributing to me eating poorly: I'm so focused on making my minimum calorie goal I'm making bad nutrition decisions. Then I retain water. Then I get mad at myself. Then I start to make more bad decisions.

I'm going to nip that in the bud - I won't be tracking calories any more. At least, not for about a month. I'm going to track food types (kind of like I have been) and focusing more on making healthy choices per the PPC recommendations than calorie or macro goals at this point.

I'm going to start with the carb goals because that will get me eating more fruits and vegetables.

emoticon Exercise Goals emoticon

emoticon Fitness activity (50/150)
emoticon Stand for half the day - Did the best I could do and am proud of myself
emoticon Walk 10k steps a day - 10301

emoticon Diet Goals emoticon

emoticon Drink 64oz of water a day - check!
emoticon Eat 1 pound a day of non-starchy carbs


emoticon Mind-Body Goals emoticon

emoticon Meditate - :(
emoticon Do something creative for at least five minutes - :(
emoticon Gratitude:



Day 2:

I was able to buy a new water bottle that's bigger and more indestructible. Let's see me break this one. So far I love it!

  
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LOOPYLOU0363 7/9/2014 2:23PM

    emoticon Great goal list emoticon

Tracking your food is very important to see what your eating. But choices in food is important too...
Good luck finding your balance.. emoticon

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