This weeks @wholelifechallenge lifestyle practice is intentional acts of kindness. This is just a friendly reminder to be intentionally kind to yourself. Talk to yourself like someone you love and respect. When we do this, love and kindness pours out on to those around us. If we feel insecure and angry, it's hard to be kind. Being intentionally kind to yourself matters. This doesn't necessarily mean finding the time or money for a pedicure or massage (although it can). This morning I did affirmations and I even took the time to do dry brushing and show my lymphatic system some love. I also focused on giving my children my full attention, instead of getting caught up in the minutiae of everyday life.What random acts of kindness did you do today?
I'm just about over this weeks @wholelifechallenge lifestyle practice of only checking social media once a day. It's been a good experience in that it's made me more mindful of my phone usage. I do like the idea of being intentional about when I go on Instagram vs multitasking and checking it constantly. However, this isn't a practice I'll be continuing after the week is up. I will probably look at it much less, but definitely more than once a day.
Speaking of mindfulness, everything on the wall above my bed was made by someone I know, except for the scarf. I just found out that the scarf was given to my friend/housemate by the Dalai Lama. Fun fact! .
This weeks @wholelifechallenge lifestyle practice is about social media and balance. You can check Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, or whatever you do, once. That's it. Once you've checked and you've logged off you're done for the day. As luck would have it, that's something I've been working on lately. I downloaded the Moments app a couple of weeks ago to measure my phone usage (how often I check it, and amount of time accrued). Now I get to put my money where my mouth is and keep that shit in check. So this is it. Once I log off of here for the day I won't be back until tomorrow. Instead I'll put my phone down and go outside and live 😘Have an extra awesome Saturday you guys. .
I can honestly say that today was the first day the #fitbit made me a little weird. I walked up and down the stairs in my house while I was brushing my teeth so all of the things would turn green.
Walked and walked and walked some more in the neighborhood around my kid's school. I'd like to say I worked up a sweat, but the truth is the sweat had to do with the insane humidity we have down here. If you move to the south you've gotta get swimming lessons in order to step out of your house.
In other news, while I was on my walk I found signs of kindness and generosity in this world. Literally. Made my heart happy. (Swipe ➡️)
About 75% or this practice ("Too Hip To Be Cool" with @alexismartinyoga on @oneoeight.tv ) was my head saying "WTF - I do not understand how that is supposed to work" and my body just doing it. -
I've only done this class once before, and I honestly don't remember any of it except 8 angle pose 😂 I swear I didn't do half of this last time - so challenging, so many poses I've "never" tried. 🙌🏼 unable to move now, but so worth it.
#wholelifechallenge Day 56/56:
Final day of @wholelifechallenge and #flashbackfriday to when every day was a fat day.
WARNING: Could be triggering.
From ages 8-23, my weight and I was the elephant in the room. This was a combination of eating to be polite, being an emotional eater (in response to bullying, academic pressure for perfection), poor coordination and mobility which made physical activity exhausting. When I was at my heaviest weight in grade 9, I committed to becoming thin for high school grad. While I lost 30lbs and 4 dress sizes on my own, the journey wasn't pretty: disordered eating patterns (& fat free processed food), over exercising with an activity not suitable for my mobility (bittersweet victory for the black belt in taekwondo), becoming very sick, and unpleasant attitude from being hangry throughout high school. I regained the 30lbs between high school grad and end of first year university. I looked even bigger, having regained all fat. My family intervened with tough love and concern for my health. I began following a low fat eating plan, exercising starting with 3 aerobics classes a week, and eventually working with a personal trainer in 2004 who got my weight into a range which I kept until 2015. I also developed an unhealthy obsession with calories. I dieted and exercised to burn calories, eventually reaching my lowest adult weight (50lbs from my heaviest) and body fat % in 2007. I ignored comments on being too skinny, especially from the same people who previously called me fat. Life happened after 2007. In 2015, I saw a weight and body fat % I had not seen since 2004. Since my first @wholelifechallenge in September 2015, I have gained the practice of daily health habits, and lost the obsession with weight & perfection. I am hoping these lessons learned will be #thirdtimeisthecharm for a healthier and happier life.
#wholelifechallenge Day 54/56:
Greetings from the couch. Spending 10 minutes on the couch is my lifestyle challenge choice for the final week of #wholelifechallenge2017 . I chose this as last two weeks were filled with long days when I reached the red lining. Also noticed my resting heart rate has consistently been 5-7 bpm higher than average. Knowing I will have early mornings and late nights from Thursday through Sunday, I took the night off from running, instead doing food prep, getting organized for each day, and finally sitting on the couch before calling an early night.
Having read the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", I am practicing "Sharpen the Saw" to prepare myself for the battles ahead. While being on the couch is a much needed break, I am still learning to give myself a break. Part of me does not forgive taking time off running. This part still lives in the past when it was not acceptable to skip band practice, taekwondo class, or piano lessons during weeks of assignment submissions, tests, exams, or events. Skipping these activities (unless I had to be 2 places at once), meant I had poor time management skills. This was in high school. Now I am in the adult world. I have learned I can't have it all. Something's gotta give. If I want to have it all, I only have myself to blame by choosing not to "Sharpen the Saw", while knowing the battles in the next 4 consecutive days. Ignorance (whether blissful or not) is not acceptable. This becomes sabotage, undoing all my efforts.
I have made my case and gotten this off my chest. On this note, good night.
#wholelifechallenge Day 49/56:
#flashbackfriday to a post from a year ago today and old habits which I am continuing to overcome. How have you overcome old, self-sabotaging habits?
It became apparent on a long run with a friend I am still living the old habits of counting calories and exercising to burn calories. I spoke to my friend while on the run about on my activity level and how surprised (=disappointed) I was with the few calories burned from these activities. At the same time, my body was struggling to maintain Peak Centre Zone 1 heart rate for the run. I was also thinking how lazy I was and questioning what I did to my body for it to betray me when I needed to perform. This habit is sabotaging me from progressing in my fitness. I could be under eating for my activity level, keeping me from strength, endurance, and speed gains.
While I have learned in the last 18 months it is not all about calories in and out, I have over 18 years of these old habits to unlearn. Old habits die hard. They did not form overnight. In my case, I know it is about making every calorie count with better food choices as fuel for training and power in the activities.
I have my work cut out for me. I need to be patient with myself and be consistent in my way of thinking and doing to overcome this habit. How else can I overcome this old habit? Asking the audience for suggestions.