chemgeek Posted August 12, 2018 Report Share Posted August 12, 2018 Mrr. I give myself a well-deserved D for last month's efforts. First failed challenge in a while. Plenty of reasons why, but reasons are just excuses if you don't do anything to address them. Combo of travel, allergy nonsense, asthma, etc is totally messing up my exercise and sleep. Lack of exercise and sleep are leading to poor decisions on the diet and lifestyle front. Problem is that diet and exercise and sleep feed into the allergy and asthma nonsense. Basically, I let last month's unexpected travel and health challenges set up a negative feed back loop on all aspects of my lifestyle, and that's a problem I need to fix. I can't control travel, but I can control my own behavior. So, time for (another) respawn. The mantra this month is, "Nothing fancy, just consistency." Sleep: In bed by 11, every night except Saturday. Out of bed by 6:30 on weekdays. Nothing fancy, just consistency. Exercise: average 1 hour per day.Just stop with the stress slug routine and get moving (exercise improves my mood anyways and studies show that exercise is at least as good as an extra asthma control med so if I can get myself moving, that will help both the stress and the asthma, and helping the asthma will help the sleep which will help the stress even more - which will in turn help the energy level and help me build momentum on everything this challenge. Almost everything going pear-shaped at present will be helped by me moving more). "I don't feel like it" work out: 100 squats, 50 pushups, 50 crunches, 250 jumping jacks, 50 burpees. Split into 5 sets as appropriate. Repeat: Nothing fancy, just consistency. Food: Food prep for lunches on Sunday. Make some home-made breakfasts and breads (I suspect I'm reacting to some pre-made food products because I've noticed when I eat pre-made stuff I tend to have a mystery hives day. I don't eat much pre-made things outside bread and breakfast, so plan is to get myself a bread maker and cut out the pre made stuff entirely for a month and then slowly add stuff back in. This will let me experiment to perfect a home-made whole-wheat bread recipe and do a few other things I've been meaning to do at home, so I'm cool with it. A breadmaker is something I've been considering for a while now, anyway, and really this just gives me an excuse). Eat actual vegetables. Again: Nothing fancy, just consistency. Other stuff: Work elbow and ankle strengthening/stretching - I am pretty much 100% from elbow sprain last month but let's NOT have a recurrence, shall we? Do this daily Writing: Even 10min/day. Just do it. "I'll do it tomorrow" penalty: 60s plank. I hate planking. No procrastination allowed this challenge! Note: Bread maker purchased (yey for online order). Now to await its arrival. In the meantime, I have post-trip laundry and a restock of most nonperishable consumables to get on. Re-prioritized everything in the order of their importance to helping me regain good momentum (original version of this had food above exercise). Sleep is the foundation on which my entire lifestyle is built (I have the willpower of a turnip when I'm sleep deprived. Yes, I realize turnips are inanimate objects with no free will. That's kind of exactly my point). Sleep gives me the willpower to be consistent with exercise. After that, exercise improves my mood and my sleep, giving me the motivation to make good food choices, which in turn lead to good sleep and exercise. I know that's kind of backwards of how most people do it (most people make good food choices to fuel sleep and exercise), but for me, if I'm not sleeping and exercising, I seem to be incapable of good food choices. Instead of trying to fight how I'm wired - a big part of why last month was one to forget was shorting myself sleep and expecting myself to magic up willpower out of nowhere to maintain food and exercise momentum - it's better to work with my personality and predisposition. 1 Quote Link to comment
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