I was up very early yesterday. I’d gone to bed at 10:30 and at 4:30 my eyes were all like PING! awake. So I quietly made myself breakfast.
Morning snack at work of macademia nuts, coconut, seaweed snax.
Note: It’s good to be back at work. I like being busy.
Lunch was a four hundred thousand dollar salad from Green Grape Provisions and an apple.
I was very tired when I got home from work. I thought these couple slices of cheese and Applegate Farms turkey with homemade mayo was going to be a snack to tie me over until dinner but…
I fell into a Cheese Hole. I had probably four more slices.
While I prepped my own homemade sausage patties. Turkey, onion, garlic, sage, thyme, blueberries, a little bit of maple syrup. Snacked on maybe 3 on these as well, before freezing the rest individually.
I hung out with Marles Sparkley and Jay (that’s the three of us in my bed for some reason. this happens a lot) before they went out.
And three out of the four cats and I hung out, before a friend came over to hang for a while.
I didn’t get enough sleep. I am tired today.
Sew. I failed the first week of the Do Life Challenge. Total and utter failure. Let’s review:
WEEK ONE CHALLENGES:
(Since we’re all at different places in our health and fitness journeys, there will be some differing challenges.)
- Write down five quantifiable goals for yourself. Emphasis on quantifiable. And they must be realistically achievable within one month (more on this below the challenges).
- Assess yourself and write down your current stats in all five areas. Do you want to lose six pounds? Find out exactly where you are now. Do you want to run a 35-minute 5K? Write down your current time. Etc. You might need to get creative with assessments. That’s okay. There is no requirement on your goals or your assessments.
- By Monday night, get on the floor an do as many pushups as you can. Modified (from your knees) or regular. It doesn’t matter how many you can do. Write this number down in a notebook or word document. Pushups will be a “fun” recurring litmus test throughout the 12 weeks.
- Beginners: Do 120 minutes of exercise this week. The exercise can be anything physical as long as you’re working that heart rate. Walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, yoga, weight-lifting, anything.
- Intermediate/Advanced: Add 30 minutes to your average week and push the intensity during those 30 minutes. It doesn’t matter if it’s five intense minutes during six different workouts or one extra intense 30-minute session.
- Identify your biggest excuse. Write it down on a wall in your house. Then in your notebook write a way to eliminate that excuse. Not enough time in the day? “Eliminate American Idol and Glee.” Sorry
- Each night before bed, write four things you did well that day.
The only thing I really did was the pushups. Tonight, when I get home, I can do the goals thing, which I’ve been thinking about a lot, actually. I can do the biggest excuse exercise. I can do the assessments. I haven’t yet, though, so I can’t say I’ve done them.
I’ve walked a fair amount, but I always walk a fair amount. Am I a “beginner”? Probably. Walking’s easy. Even if you’re walking fast. The “hills” in NYC are a joke. So the exercise just didn’t happen.
I started to writing down four things I did well that day, at the beginning of the week, but this was surprisingly difficult. I don;t know if I’m hard on myself, if I’m not doing enough challenging things in my day, or if my just mind has difficulty thinking like this, but it was really hard to find four things I actually felt like I did well. I hope there’s a similar assignment next week.
I also feel a little embarrassed doing this whole challenge. Not sure why. Maybe cause this kid’s like 25 and super chipper.
So I didn’t really *DO* the first week’s challenges. But I tried, and I’m also doing a lot of other stuff right now: very specific diet, not drinking, trying to be as present as possible and realign myself after a fall season of parties and a difficult summer.
I have more to say, but that’s enough for now. Time for work.
Be nice to yourself.