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aishah hope

Hope: Preparing to Soar (Level 1)

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Hey everyone!

 

So, I am doing a level 1 challenge for 2/20-3/11, since I started up a little late. My goals are:

Food: log food (still deciding between writing it down, logging in the battle logs, or using MFP - think I will go with logging it here in the thread actually); cut out all soda and juice, and cut down on milk consumption to 2-3x/week MAX.

Fitness: incorporate bodyweight workout 1x/week to start (and keep walking, I've been doing that daily or almost daily).

Life: 5 minutes of meditation per day. This is one of the keystone habits I've been struggling the most with.

 

I'm really excited to be in the guild and enjoying reading about everyone's challenges. Thanks so much for your support.

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Today's Food:
~8-9am: KIND granola bar
11:30am: 4 chicken strips, 1 cup chocolate milk
6pm: 3 pieces of veggie pizza, cheesecake

fruit/veggies throughout the day - carrot sticks, 1/2 banana, a couple of mandarin oranges, a few strawberries, a few blackberries

Exercise:

~1.5 mi walking altogether

 

Other progress:

Meditated for 5 minutes.

What went well:
No soda! Meditated, journaled, made bed, tracked tasks, and cleaned up a bit (all the keystone habits I've been working on).

 

What sucked:

Walked less than I wanted to, my eating has been really bad lately.

Challenges:

I injured my leg really badly last Monday - the doctor swears it's not fractured but it's super swollen from the knee down to the toes and painful and partially numb in spots. So two laps and it hurts too bad to keep walking, so I just did a couple of laps plus the walking that I do throughout the day as part of my job (but kept it minimal). I'm not sure what to do about that except try to focus more on upper body exercises and wait it out.

The other challenge is that I'm super broke right now and need to go grocery shopping. In the meantime instead of shopping I'm going to make some cauliflower rice and take things out of the freezer to cook tomorrow. Hopefully that will help with the eating situation! I get in a bad habit of buying food at work, not eating breakfast, eating literally anything when I get home, etc. if I don't plan things out.

Hopes for tomorrow:

Walk a little, keep up with habits (especially meditation!), eat breakfast before leaving the house, take out some stuff to cook in the morning and cook in the evening, keep away from soda (it is my archnemesis).

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This past week has been rough! I'm moving on Saturday so gearing up for that is taking a lot of my time. 

 

Wins this past week: soda only 1x, went through caffeine withdrawals (hopefully I can survive without it, I'm at day 3). Meditated almost every day (including a longer group meditation thing on Sunday!), hung out with new people. Walked every day.

 

Stuff that has sucked: I haven't done any bodyweight workouts yet (unless lifting boxes counts). Haven't logged food every day - I am trying the 'Lose It' app because I don't always get on the computer in the evenings. I need to set an alarm or something to remind myself. 

 

Hopes for this week: Survive moving. Meditate at least 5 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY. Keep away from the coffee and soda (maybe switch for tea). Track food. Keep walking. 

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On 2/27/2017 at 5:06 PM, aishah hope said:

I haven't done any bodyweight workouts yet (unless lifting boxes counts).

 

Technically, lifting boxes is more than body weight workout!  Make sure you're using good form when you do it (lift with your legs) and it absolutely counts.  Track your boxes as "reps" and even though it isn't a consistent weight, it gives you something measurable that you can compare next week to.

 

I just finished telling someone else this, but definitely choose something to drink instead of soda.  If you have to decide what you're going to drink every time you reach for a cup, then you have to revisit your no-soda decision multiple times a day.  If you already know what your default drink is going to be, it will make it easier to follow.

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On 3/1/2017 at 9:27 AM, Lydiechan said:

 

Technically, lifting boxes is more than body weight workout!  Make sure you're using good form when you do it (lift with your legs) and it absolutely counts.  Track your boxes as "reps" and even though it isn't a consistent weight, it gives you something measurable that you can compare next week to.

 

I just finished telling someone else this, but definitely choose something to drink instead of soda.  If you have to decide what you're going to drink every time you reach for a cup, then you have to revisit your no-soda decision multiple times a day.  If you already know what your default drink is going to be, it will make it easier to follow.

 

Thank you so much for the tips! They are super helpful :) For now I am doing coffee/water instead of soda and it's working pretty well most days. I fell off the NF wagon (again) because of work stress but am getting back on (again)! Have kept up with walking but am struggling a lot with other things.

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