Lateral Planet

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  1. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Friday was pretty good, certainly when compared with the rest of the week! I finally finished that work project, very glad to get that off my desk before the weekend! I ate quite well. On Thursday I brought in a salad for lunch, but then I smelled a delicious noodle stir fry someone had bought from the cafeteria, so I went to get some noodles for myself instead. But the salad was still nice and fresh on Friday. I even managed some exercise! We're going on a road trip today so I took some time to adjust my car's tyre pressure using a bike pump, which was quite a workout in 40 degrees heat and the start of a thunderstorm. Eventually the storm subsided and we were also able to take the puppy for a walk, but it was still way too hot for a run.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Guys, I'm just not feeling it this week. I'm doing OK but not really putting in much effort. I think the heat wave is partly to blame; all my energy has melted! And I think work is making me grumpy. I've spent all week doing this big quality assurance project which is ultimately pointless but exhausting nevertheless. So I'm not achieving much at the moment. On the upshot, we're having a little minibreak on the weekend which I'm hoping will reset my mood. And the weather should cool off a bit next week so I might even go outdoors!
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Yum! Luckily for me and my quest for fitness, Hostess treats are a rare and outrageously expensive treat in Australia I think my folks just wanted a few extra minutes of peace, and sending the kids down to the shops for an ice cream also got us some exercise so we wouldn't be running wild around the house driving them crazy. And in high school it was nice to have a treat and a walk on the beach before diving into homework. I think we actually ate quite well at home, but I kind of went off the rails at uni. I had my own money and I didn't have to go through Mum to buy snacks! Plus there was the misguided idea that I could overcome anxiety with marshmallows, and also puberty was over so the extra calories were going into storage instead of into growth spurts. But again, hindsight's a bitch.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Good news! Today I learned one of my favourite childhood treats (Paddle Pop, which is ice cream on a stick) only has 10g of sugar, so I can have a yummy ice cream to cool me down for less than half my sugar allowance. Also I found Walking With Dinosaurs on Netflix so I'm partying like it's 1999 It strikes me as I write this that establishing a habit of an ice cream after school every day for several years probably wasn't a good idea. Oh well, in the absence of a time machine, hindsight will have to do.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    My logic was I'd be eating one-third less by skipping brekky, but in fact I probably ate more at lunch and dinner to make up for it so that didn't work at all. Not to mention the sugar binges! Actually I think I might not be eating enough in the mornings this week, or at least I'm eating healthy stuff that's not filling, so I've been having some sugary snacks when I get home to fill the space. Might have to rethink my approach to lunches. That's awful about your dad, I'm glad he's been doing better lately. Yesterday we had an early dinner and waited until twilight for a walk, but it was still 33C out. Puppy had a good time, and we had a lot of water breaks. But I think all running is cancelled for the foreseeable; puppy was pretty wiped after an hour just walking out in the heat so a run would probably be unhealthy. Today's definition of hot is 41C, and I have never been so glad to have a cushy indoor desk job!
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    For years I just wouldn't have breakfast at all, partly because I wrongly thought eating one less meal would keep me skinny (very bad mindset, folks, and it doesn't work like that anyway) and partly because skipping breakfast meant an extra 15 minutes sleeping in. I still sleep in but I usually bring in some fruit or something to have at my desk. Apart from the sugar, the other thing about Weetbix is I zap it in the microwave so it kind of makes a porridge, and a hot breakfast is really not that appealing this week! But especially since I'm just having salad for lunch, which isn't very filling, I know I need a breakfast or else I'll be hungry all afternoon. Hopefully when I go shopping tonight they'll have a decent fruit selection. How about we split the difference and both enjoy a happy medium We get very cold winters in my area, but I think it's only snowed twice in the last 30 years, and even then it was only a couple of inches. A foot of snow would probably bring the whole city to a standstill! We're going to be strategic this week and have dinner earlier than usual, so we can go out for a walk afterwards, and maybe bring a torch for when it gets dark. Even so, it may be too hot for running; he's a sausage dog so with his little legs and his tummy so close to the hot ground he'll get tired pretty quickly! We'll see how we go.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Monday has been tricky. I made myself a salad for lunch but breakfast was a challenge. Last night the shop didn't have any bananas (my go-to lazy breakfast), so I got a honeydew melon to slice up instead. But when I cut into it it was all brown and gross, so that went straight into the bin. I ended up having Weetbix, which is a cereal I only like with sugar, so it's a last resort kind of thing. But the really big challenge this week is the heat wave: every day it's predicted to get above 40C (105F) which is too damn hot for me. I could just do exercises in the nice air conditioned living room, but the puppy still needs his walkies so I'm going to have to make an effort to brave the heat. I really can't wait for winter!
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Week 0 recap: It's been mostly good, although sugar continues to tempt me! 1) Track food = 7/7 Easy! It wasn't always very healthy, but it still got written down. 2) Less than 25g sugar = 5/7 Cravings hit me hard on Friday, and I had an ice cream on Sunday, but otherwise good. 3) Pack lunch = 5/5 None of the food places were open at work, so I had to be vigilant about this one 4) Drink water = 7/7 Easy! Stupid summer keeping me thirsty all the time. 5) Do something every day = 7/7 Better than last week; there were a couple of runs and major workouts, but still a couple of light days. 6) Moisturise me = 7/7 My hands are looking better already! 7) Habitica 365 task = 7/7 Did some more easy things.  Result: No change in my weight! That sounds about right based on my performance this week, and it's better than an increase.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    It's been a mostly good weekend. On Saturday I went out for a haircut and accidentally went clothes shopping as well. I just thought I'd have a browse and ended up buying two new dresses. Ate pretty well, although I probably had too much for dinner. Did some quick exercises before bed and that's that. Today was more mixed. I did some exercises early this morning because I knew I wouldn't get a chance this arvo. There was a double feature of movies Fiancé wanted to see so we went to that, and I had an ice cream as a treat. Then we went out for dinner and I had some nice barramundi and steamed veg, but I couldn't say no to yummy sweet potato fries. So exercise was good but nutrition was my downfall.
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Thanks! I hope so too. But in seven years together we've never had a bad holiday so I'm sure whatever we end up doing we'll have a blast
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    Lateral Planet Eats to Live

    Happy New Year, everyone I’ve had a nice relaxing time over the holidays but now I’m ready to make a head start on being awesome in 2019! Here’s what I’m aiming for in this challenge: Nutrition: 1) Track food Make a note of everything I eat, and any sugary drinks. Maybe take a picture if it looks good 2) Less than 25g sugar This is a really good habit for healthy eating, but I haven’t been very strict about it lately 3) Pack lunch I’m going back to work on the 7th, and I’ll need to prepare lunches so I can avoid eating at the dreaded staff cafeteria 4) Drink water It’s the height of summer so I really need to drink more water Exercise: 5) Do something every day Bonus points if I do a run or a full home workout, but it’s still good if I just do a walk or some squats or something Misc: 6) Moisturise me I need to take better care of my skin, like actually treating allergic reactions rather than just putting up with them 7) Habitica 365 task I joined a Habitica challenge that gave me a list of 365 random little tasks to do during the year So it’s mostly a nutrition-based challenge. I went through all of my challenges of last year (apart from the July one, which seems to have been deleted?) and had a closer look at what worked well, and tracking was a major one, as well as limiting my chocolate allowance. Also nutrition is where I’ve been slacking somewhat in the last couple of challenges, so I’ve made that a major focus for the next few weeks. Exercise-wise, I’ve been redoing the Zombies Run 5K training app, which has been going very well this time around. I’d also like to get back into levelling up my workouts in the NF Academy, which I apparently haven’t touched since this time last year, oops! I also wanted to incorporate some other miscellaneous things into this challenge. I need to establish a habit of skincare. I started fiddling with Habitica in December and I’ve joined up with a couple of challenges there. A lot of them duplicate my NF challenge here, and I figured it was a nice way to add an extra layer of accountability and extra rewards. Also I love the satisfaction of crossing things off a list I've got a good feeling about this