Thursday, 18 January 2018

January Challenge - Update 3

We have reached the halfway point in this challenge. January is moving both fast and slow!

My biggest concern had been fitting in yoga and a strength training twice a week. That hasn't been a problem. It is not easy those days, but doable. The yoga practices are generally about 30 minutes and I plan the double days for days at home. Other days I do the yoga after my morning walk (which has been inside too many days due to the weather).

At the end of last week, my legs were very, very sore. I also appeared to be fighting something as I had a low grade fever.  I didn't do many steps over the weekend, and that rest seemed to help as my legs aren't as achy.

Looking at my body, it is definitely my legs that are benefiting the most. My thighs are very tight and 'bigger' looking. I am hoping it is the muscle building that is accounting for even more weight I am putting on (but more about that in a later post).

As for meditation, I continue to suck at it, but I enjoy those minutes of quiet (even if I am thinking about everything under the sun when I am suppose to be thinking about nothing).

I must say, this January challenge is going well! It is helped by the fact work is weirdly quiet this month (I am trying to enjoy that because it will not last and soon I will be complaining about being too busy!)




Thursday, 11 January 2018

January Challenge - Update 2

I have now completed 9 days of my yoga/mediation challenge.

Yoga: I am definitely feeling it in my abs and butt.
I have managed to do both strength training and yoga two times. I skipped my strength on Sunday because on Friday I tweaked something in my neck. It was very painful, so I decided to listen to my body and move my workouts to Wednesday and Saturday. The extra rest did help my neck. I do admit on days I do both (strength in morning, yoga in evening), I am far less motivated to get my steps in, but if it is a week day, I rise to the challenge.

Meditation: I have avoided ones that sound like serial killers and have actually found a couple new I like to add to my play list. I continue to 'suck' at this. I find my mind wanders a lot. I know this is normal, so I go with it and try to come back to my breath and body. Last night, I was doing this after my yoga. I had the 3 dogs with me and they took turns licking my face. I am not sure how relaxing that was, but is sure made me smile.

I am feeling confident that I can do another 21 days (as long as I stay healthy and it might be better to close the dogs out of the room).


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Home Body

From December 23-January 1st, I left my house 3 times.
On the 23rd we went to do the last of our errands before Christmas - groceries and getting dog food.
On the 25th we went to a movie.
On the 30th we went to babysit our niece and nephew and grabbed groceries on the way home.

My Paradise

Sam worked outside the home the 27-29th, while I worked from home, using the phone and video conferencing to connect with my clients.

On January 2nd, I went back to the office. People asked how my holidays were. I realized how perfect they were because I got to stay at home. I left the house 3/10 days. It would have been nicer if it had been a little warmer and I could have taken the dogs for a walk or gone snowshoeing, but having no obligations to go anywhere was wonderful. I cleaned out cupboards, I finally hung some pictures, I read, I played with the dogs, I worked . . . . I had many pj days. (Note: I at least put on sweats if I am consulting with others. I only work in my pjs on days I don't have video conferences. I am a professional after all!)

One of my good friends and coworkers was shocked. She said she can't imagine just being at home so many days, she would go mad. I said, except when I am traveling, being at home is my dream. It was when we lived closer to things too. I love limiting my interactions with other human beings. In an ideal world I would leave my house only 2 or 3 times per week. I picture that is what my retirement will look like - one day for errands - one or two days for social events.

I am lucky, starting this year, most weeks I should get to work at home 2 days instead of just one. I am doing more distance consulting and instead of trying to squeeze that in when I am at the office I work at part time, I am trying to put it on other days. I know some people have trouble working at home, but I have the discipline and desire to do so, so it isn't a big deal for me.

My general goal is to only go out once on the weekends, but for the next few I will be going to friends' Sunday afternoon for 90s movies. I always have to talk myself into leaving the house to go, but I always have a really good time. I know there will be weeks the weather keeps me at home, so I will enjoy going when I can. (Actually as I write this on Sunday - we may be having a snow day tomorrow, and I am kind of hoping I have the weather as an excuse to work from home - it wouldn't be the most difficult day to reschedule!)

Are you a home body or would you rather be out?

Thursday, 4 January 2018

January Challenge - Update 1

My January challenge is to join http://yogawithadriene.com 30 day True challenge and to meditate daily.

The yoga challenge started the 2nd, so I don't have too much to say about it. I have done 2 videos (and when you are reading this I will probably have done the 3rd). The first day was hard, not because the video was hard, but because I was a lot little sore from my workout on the 1st. The second was a bit better but I got this killer leg cramp during a forward fold and had to take a moment.

My only concern will be working in this on my strength training. I tend to do my strength training on work from home days or weekends. I think I will do my strength training in the morning and yoga in the afternoon/evening on those days. We will see if this body can handle both in a day!

As for mediation, I have completed 3 days. I have been trying new ones instead of just my bookmarked favourites. Day 1, I really had a hard time getting into it because the guy sounded like a serial killer to me and I got the giggles and couldn't stop imagining the horrible things he had planned. Day 2, I tried one that was a little 'woo woo' for me. Day 3, I had some moments of getting into the zone, but as I had been up since 4 for no reason, my mind had trouble being quiet. But that is ok. It is about trying to not let your mind wander!

So far, 3 days in and we are off to a pretty good start!



Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Confession Time

I have put on about 4lbs since returning from vacation. It started because somehow I did a little damage to my gut over the trip. Then, I kept eating dairy, so by mid December I was a complete mess. I then got really strict on the dairy for a few days, and was back to my healthy gutted self.

Then the holidays arrived. Work had soooooooo many treats I couldn't eat (the families we work with are super kind and generous and clearly trying to fatten us up).  I made my own cookies to take in as it was getting increasingly hard (and a little sad) to watch others eat scones (apparently some of the best on the planet), donuts, cookies, cakes etc.

Then the actual holidays arrived, with the deep freeze. We are setting record breaking cold temperatures left, right and centre. I haven't been getting out as much, although I have worked out at least 2 times per week and gotten my 10 000 steps every weekday. Over the past few weeks I have indulged in many treats besides the few cookies I made. Chips, these amazing macrons that Sam got me for Christmas, a few extra cocktails, plus a wonderful New Years Eve dinner (see below) and the weight popped on.

New Year's Dinner - all made at home - all gluten/soy free - all delicious! 
Rather than beat myself up about it (I have no regrets about my choices, other than maybe the too much dairy -when it causes pain and makes me feel sick, I regret it a little) it is just time to clean up my diet. While there were leftovers of that really good feast Sam cooked New Year's Eve, rather than eat it, I had my smoothie and toast.

I am wondering how long it will take me to get back to my target weight?  Stay tuned to find out!