Monday, February 13, 2017

Whole Life Challenge: Week Three

First off, I thought I had already completed four weeks not just three. So apparently this is dragging out a little. I won't lie, this last week wasn't great.

This shows the daily score of the challenge. Look how good I was the
first week. Not doing so great later on.

Day 15 - Saturday - I don't know why this thing starts on a Saturday. It always confuses me. But whatever. I missed stretching despite the fact that I ran so should have stretched afterwards and I didn't do my lifestyle goal of meditating. Since I have been trying to meditate even before this challenge, you would think I would see this as an opportunity to really focus on it and make it the habit I would like it to become. But nope, still just has hard to find 10 minutes to sit by myself. Went to brunch with the girls after running and had a almond milk latte and some bacon and eggs. Not a bad way to start the weekend.
Day 16 - Sunday - Not a bad day. Went for a walk to get exercise and did some mild stretching. Somehow didn't manage to get enough water. Had chili for dinner.
Day 17 - Monday - I missed stretching, water and meditating today. Oh, I also didn't run, but didn't lose points for that because I had a gimme day.
Day 18 - Tuesday - No exercise again, but did 10 minutes of yoga right after getting out of bed. Another day with no meditation.Went to Kopi for knitting and had the nachos without cheese (are they still nachos without cheese) or sour cream but did get some guacamole.
Day 19 - Wednesday - Determined to get back into the swing of things. I hate seeing my chart not filled up with 5s. Did do some meditation despite the fact that my son was yelling for me and/or his dad the entire 10 minutes.
Day 20 - Thursday - Well my resolve lasted all of one day. Nutrition was fine, but I didn't exercise, I didn't stretch and I didn't drink enough water. There was nothing stopping me from doing any of these things, I was just not motivated enough to actually do them. Plus I feel like I think about food all the time. When I can eat next. What I'm going to eat. What I can't eat. This has definitely made me aware of what's going into my mouth.
Day 21 - Friday - I got up and ran today and so stretched and drank enough water and ate well - basically I did all the things I'm supposed to do for this challenge - so you know, that's good. I don't think I actually got enough sleep but I had another gimme so it didn't count against me. Put my headphones in to listen to my meditation app when I got into bed. I don't think I technically finished the full 10 minutes, but something was better than nothing.

So another long week of being aware of what I'm eating and trying to stretch and exercise everyday, plus drink enough water. You really think the hardest part would be the food. Which is it for some people. I have gotten into a pretty good routine for breakfast and lunch. I have been eating an egg in a cup with a banana or some spinach a few days a week or making smoothies. For lunch it's salad with carrots and tomatoes some nuts, maybe some raisins and some yogurt with fruit. Dinner is harder because with two other people in your house that aren't doing this, you have to work around what they are going to eat as well. Plus the short one half the time doesn't want to eat what we're eating anyway, so it's possible we have three different meals going. Sometimes we have the same dish, or I modify what they are having to fit the guidelines. Like the other day we had burritos with re-fried beans. The meat and the beans are OK, but not the tortilla. So I made a salad with some corn chips with meat, beans and salsa. It was pretty good. And honestly I don't really need to eat that tortilla anyway - and since burrito night is common in our house - I may now just be having taco salads for those nights. Sometimes I'm having something entirely different. On Friday nights we usually have pasta because we do our long runs on Saturday morning. This last Friday I had spaghetti squash with butter. I would have put pasta sauce on it but their was sugar in the jarred variety and I didn't make my own. So while this challenge will change my eating habits in some ways, I'll probably go back to pasta and garlic bread on Friday nights once this is over.

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