I couldn’t see the moon yesterday to get a picture of it. I managed to get one this morning while I was waiting for the bus. I like how it looked through the trees.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do is work more on my spirituality. I know for a lot of people, that means promising to go to church more, or read more scriptures, or something to that effect. Well–that isn’t me. Not to say that I don’t believe in a higher power (I do), but I just don’t follow any of the three major western faiths. Depending on my mood, I can vary between being an atheist and a wiccan/pagan (also it depends on which could irritate the person talking to me more–if the topic has anything to do with religion).
Lately I’ve been more in an wiccan/pagan type mood. One of the books that I’d read last fall was Moonology by Yasmin Boland. Basically this book talked about the two major phases of the moon (full and new) within each zodiac sign, and also the twelve different houses. I learned that depending on when you were born, and depending on whether you went with your sun sign or your rising sign, they (the new moon and full moon) could be in two totally different houses. Read More
The 52 week challenge is based off of the book by Brett Blumenthal: 52 small changes: One year to a happier, healthier you. I had started this challenge back in August of last year when I had finished the book, and had tried to post almost daily on how I was doing with the different challenges, and then I slowly stopped doing it.
So I’m going to take the challenge back up (the book never stated when you had to start—just that it may take longer than a year to get each challenge in). So in addition to the photography challenge, I’m going to (hopefully) post a recap for each week to share how I’ve done with that particular challenge.
The first challenge is the water challenge. This is a topic that everyone has an opinion—some agree that you should just drink the 8 to 10 glasses of 8oz (which will have you roughly somewhere between 64 and 80 oz of water a day), while others suggest that you try to drink half your body weight in water a day. Me—I’m in the first camp—I usually try to aim for at least 70oz of water a day (weekends are a particular challenging time for me in the regard). The main reason why I go with at least 70oz of water a day, I’ve tried to drink half my body weight in water a day, and usually fell short by 5 or more ounces (so its easier for me to say–get to at least 70 and you can stop for the day).
While I’m at work, I have a 20oz mug that I will fill up as close to the top as I can from the water fountain and drink from that (and I don’t refill until the mug is totally empty). I try to ensure that I drink at least three mugs (four if I can swing it) before heading home. Then when I’m at home I try to drink another 16 oz or so before, during, and after my workouts.
Like I said the weekends at times are the hardest for me in this regards because I sleep in (therefore am already at least an hour behind on the water), and I’m usually not on my feet as much, so therefore I’m at times not as thirsty. Though I have figured out that if I take the water bottles (when we have them) back to my room, that is motivation for me to try to drink them all before bed.
I also have tea (twice a day—caffeinated in the morning, and herbal at night), plus I put almond milk in my shakes—but I don’t really count those towards my daily hydration.
So I think I’m going strong with my water intake (plus I have it on my weekly habit tracker, that I try to drink at least 70oz a day, and if I fall short I make a note of how much I drank that day). So while I keep up with the water, I’m going to start trying to plan for the second challenge: which is making sure that you get enough sleep.
So as I mentioned in a previous post, I was going to start sharing more of both my personal and professional development (to a degree).
One of the topics that I’ve touched on here and there on the blog is fitness. I’ve reviewed a program from Beachbody (Shift Shop), have shared one or two shakeology recipes, and mentioned how much I enjoy the programs.
Getting into the “best shape of my life” is both on my 101+ goal list, and just a basic goal in general. I’m not aiming at getting down to a size 2 or 0 (that isn’t in my bone structure), but just getting to a point where I’m happy with what I see in the mirror (so a size 8 or 10 [maybe a size 6] is what I’m aiming at).
So, where is this going you may ask? If we crossed paths on the streets, or if we’d gone to school together, you wouldn’t know just by looking that I’m dealing with a silent and rare disorder that affects 1 out about 75,000 people in the Western world. This disorder is one of the many reasons for my frustrations during public school years, and one reason why I never tried to participate in any type of team sports. It is also why I prefer doing workouts in the privacy of my own home. Read More
Well somehow we’re halfway through October already?!? Two weeks from tomorrow is Halloween, and then there are only two months left in 2017. I’d realized this morning, that I’m probably not going to be hitting many of the goals that I set at the end of September for this month–the burpee challenge is going to get restarted come Nov–since I totally didn’t do any burpees while I was in London. Who knows where I will end up step wise–I’ve realized that on weekends that that there is a high probability that I’m going to spend most of it sitting on my butt and not get that many steps in.
But I am slowly getting back into to a routine–baby step by baby step. Today decided that I needed to pick a program that I know I can stick with–so I’m doing another round of Focus T25.
What is Focus T25 you ask? It is a beachbody program that was designed by Shaun T a little over three years ago. It was actually the first program (that I followed) that I saw weight loss with. It has three stages–alpha, beta, and gamma. Alpha and Beta are five week stages, and then Gamma is the last four week period–so yes, this is a fourteen week program–if you have all three rounds, which I do.
The workouts are only 25 minutes long (Hence the name T25), and vary–you have cardio, core, upper body, lower body, and then the full body workouts. What I love about these workouts is that there is a modifier, and I usually end up modifying a little bit more than she does, due to various reasons. Lunges–nope, I try to figure out what to replace those with to make sure I’m working the same muscles, since the feet protest the pressure at times.
One thing about the first two rounds (alpha and beta) is that Fridays are a double workout–yep, instead of 25 minutes of hardcore workout–you have 50 minutes. Though you can always do the second workout on a Saturday if you aren’t able to do the double (which is what I’ll probably do at least for the first week or so).
I know that I also need to start getting my nutrition back on track as well. One problem that I have is that I have a really bad sweet tooth–and while I know I can get it under control, if I give it a little bit of leg room, it will take a mile. So one goal is to slowly start getting the sweet tooth under control and cutting back on the snacks (that aren’t healthy–fruits and nuts and such) will help.
Diet is one word that needs to get replaced in conversations–when trying to get healthy and fit–we need to say we’re trying to make a lifestyle change. We’re trying to change the way we eat. Am I still going to have sweets–probably, but I’ll try to make them a little healthier than what I did in the past.
That has been the number one reason why I think I’ve gained all the weight (and then a little extra) back–I didn’t exchange diet for lifestyle change.
But baby steps are being taken, as I remind myself–this is a journey–it doesn’t matter how slow I take it–there is no finish line to race towards, but a path that is an adventure that I need to slow down and enjoy.