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Lateral Planet

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  1. Thanks for stopping by! When I first started a year ago it was when I was working from home, so I did 20 minutes of yoga instead of 20 minutes of commuting in the morning. Now I'm back in the office and I don't want to wake up any earlier so it'll have to be in the afternoon, as soon as I get home from work so Husband's not around to distract me. I hoped to start establishing this habit last week and didn't, so that'll be the focus for this week. Eventually I'll have the spare room set up nicely for exercising in, but at the moment it's full of unpacked boxes. For now I think if I
  2. Well I didn't start last week as strongly as I had hoped (for a start I barely visited the forum at all) but it wasn't all bad. I made a conscious effort to drink more water and it's paying off; I'm feeling a bit less dehydrated generally. I also managed to go the whole week without any fast food. However, I didn't carve out any time for exercise. But I did do a LOT of heavy lifting on the weekend in the process of organising the garage, assembling furniture, unpacking etc, so I'm feeling good about those efforts. This week I need to build on that by making an effort to
  3. So far so good! I have a standing goal of staying below 80kg and I've managed to maintain that even without having healthy living at the forefront of my mind. Monday and Tuesday have gone pretty well. I made sure to drink plenty of water (not counting tea, which is full of sugar) and avoided any fast food. I also remembered to bring snacks to work so I wouldn't be tempted by the vending machine. The only thing I haven't managed is to make time for proper exercise. It's an excuse but things keep coming up which demand my attention and before I know it the day is over. Perhaps tomorr
  4. So things have been pretty hectic over the last couple of months. The short version is that I bought a house, and that's pretty much taken up all my attention for a while. Also I turned 30, which is pretty exciting. We're still unpacking but getting settled, and work is blessedly quiet for now, so I'm going to take some time to re-establish some good routines which have been majorly disrupted by all the craziness. 1) Drink lots of water Easy and obvious, but I've been letting it slide lately so I'm all dried out 2) Do some exercise Even just a short walk durin
  5. Oh man, usually when I disconnect from a challenge I lurk to see how everyone else is doing but this time I just ghosted, oops! Things are actually going really well; I've been doing healthy stuff but I just haven't made time to write about it. Thanks for checking in, I hope things are going well for you too and I'll see you in the next challenge
  6. Oops, I disappeared again! Didn't mean to do that but it's been a heck of a week. Highlights: Mental health Diligently taking my medicine every day, and so far it's going well. Had an exhausting but much-needed chat with a counsellor, who gave me some homework and some book recommendations. Next appointment is in a few weeks. Exercise Kept doing daily yoga and squats, except for Wed and Thurs. It's now Friday and I'll get back on track. Nutrition Experiencing some nausea as a result of meds, so to combat the icky feelings I've been eating a b
  7. Saturday update: first day on new meds, and the only side effect I've noticed is I'm really thirsty, but I've meaning to increase my water uptake anyway Mental health Gratitude, plus we donated a carload of books, DVDs and board games so the house is feeling much less cluttered! Exercise Yoga and squats Nutrition Mostly good, although I had a bit more sugar than I probably ought House stuff Aforementioned donation, plus boxing up the remaining games
  8. Oops, I didn't mean to disappear like that, there's been a lot happening. The rest of the week was fine; I've kept up with my exercises and doing pretty well on nutrition. Then on Friday I had the long-anticipated visit to the GP to get real about my mental health. He gave me some SSRIs and some homework to do. I've also made an appointment with a counsellor next week. So I've got an action plan in place to whip my brain back into shape. There are going to be difficult days ahead but it feels good to take a step in the right direction!
  9. Tuesday update: it was a good day until a bunch of stuff happened in the evening to murder my good mood Mental health Gratitude, went to bed super early Exercise Decided to start work later and in the morning did yoga and pushups, plus some squats as part of the NF Journey habit challenge Nutrition All tracked, treat for the day was a chocolate bar
  10. Monday update: it's so hard going back to work after a break! Mental health Gratitude Exercise Yoga, which has now got to become an afternoon habit since I refuse to get up any earlier before work Nutrition Logged it all and enjoyed some banana bread
  11. Sunday update: it was a bad brain day so I didn't push myself and spent most of the time on the couch, but only after finishing all my tasks for the day. Plus it was the last day of the summer break so even if I were feeling better it would've been a lazy day anyway! Mental health Gratitude, early bedtime. Meditation doesn't count because it had the opposite effect Exercise Yoga, pushups Nutrition Had a bowl of ice cream for a treat and no other sweets, also intermittent fasting is going well
  12. I was using headspace for a while a few years ago, and that was OK. But I've got enough app subscriptions as it is and I really don't want to add another at this time! I'll explore more options another day.
  13. A little more structure would probably be better; perhaps this particular meditation app/style is just not for me. I like the parts about feeling the heaviness of your body, counting breaths etc, but the mind-drifting stuff isn't doing me any good at the moment. Anyway, I'll take a break for now and maybe try something else another time.
  14. I've just been doing five-minute guided meditations by the same people who do the yoga app (Down Dog) and it's mostly fine, but then she said something like "Now... just let your mind... drift where it likes..." and I'm like nooo that's a very bad idea let's not do that. But it's one thing to recognise that and a whole other thing to act on it and prevent the bad thoughts taking root. I've got step 1 down, but step 2 needs a lot more work.
  15. Thanks! I'm going to press pause on meditation practice for a bit after this morning's five minutes of sitting quietly turned into 15 minutes of crying. Not fun. So I might just stick to the gratitude journalling and yoga for now and come back to it when I'm feeling more resilient. The yoga is definitely nice, though, it's quiet time but without the thought spirals because instead I'm so focused on figuring out what my hips are meant to be doing 😅
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