21 day challenge recap

The reason I started this blog was to hold myself responsible to a training plan because my natural inclination is to go balls to the wall, if you’ll excuse the phrase. That only results in one thing: injury. I have discovered that I really enjoy following a training plan and not feeling like I’m on the verge of death exhaustion after every. single. run. So did I apply that new knowledge when choosing a healthy habit for the challenge? OF COURSE NOT. Apparently, I really like to learn the same lessons on average 6-8 times before I really trust that they are true. Just because something holds true in one aspect of my life doesn’t mean it will in others, or so I seem to think. Let’s just say that my next habit-change will involve only changing one habit at a time. Maybe that should be my challenge?

Habits:

  • get up at 6:30 during the week and 7:30 on the weekends
  • make my bed as soon as I’m out of it
  • drink my water every day
  • eat vegetarian meals a majority of the week
  • no personal computer time until after my son goes to bed
  • try out the Project Glow routine, altered for my skin type

The first bullet was my original pledge. It worked really well for the first 5 days. After that, nature took over. I have never been, and never will be mistaken for a morning person. I did enjoy it while it lasted, but the only point in me getting up that early is to have ‘me’ time before Sweet Little Monster Napoleon ( he’s a little dictator, it makes perfect sense) wakes up. It took him 3 days to adjust to me waking up earlier before he was getting up even earlier. Live and learn. Someday I will be forced to get up early, but I’ve decided to enjoy what I’ve got while I’ve got it.

Making my bed. This was not something that was ever expected of me as a child.  Seriously. I don’t particularly enjoy doing it, but I love walking into my bedroom and it being neat and clean. This one has been super easy to stick with.  Now, if only I could get Hubs to put his dirty socks in the hamper…

I didn’t just fall off the water-drinking wagon when I hurt my knee. It was a swan dive off the 10 meter diving board that would have received a perfect score in the Olympic trials. It was a little hard to climb back up, but I’ve done it. I even got myself a new water bottle. (Yes, I bought something pink without my arm being twisted. Shocking I know.) I feel so much better when I drink my water. I’m not sure why it’s ever an issue for me to do it, but sometimes it is.

Not only have I been eating a majority of my meals meat-free, I’ve gone veg. I’m not going to get on a high horse and preach about the evils of meat-eating ways. Because I don’t care what you eat. And I mean that in a caring way. You do what works for you, and I’ll do the same. The fact is, I feel better mentally and physically since I’ve made the change. I won’t lie- it takes a lot more planning than I’m used to, but I really like veggies (except you, Celery, you taste disgusting) and I really, really like trying new recipes. I still allow the occasional egg in my diet and cheese… well, cheese will probably always be part of my diet. I do know that I need to cut back on the amount that I eat and I actually have done that. I don’t feel like I’m denying myself anything. I’ve lost 11 pounds since dropping meat and reducing my blood-cheese levels. That tells me this is working.

Computer time. Epic fail. It lasted a little longer than the early mornings, but not much past that. In fact, I’m writing this post instead of writing the paper I need to finish for class tonight. Sigh. I have been pretty good about limiting it to “study breaks”, but it’s definitely something I need to work on.

I’ve followed a modified Project Glow plan, and I guess time will tell how it all works out. My skin is definitely less dry and more glow-y, but I’ve got a few blemishes that just will not leave. Before I started this routine, they would clear up within 3 days. Now it’s been more like 10 days and the trio is finally showing signs of vanishing. FINALLY. I’m loving the Green Monsters, too. I add in either blueberries and raspberries or strawberries and mango pieces. Delish! I usually make mine with breakfast and I’ve noticed that they keep me full for about 6 hours while breakfast alone only keeps me full for about two hours. As an added benefit, my iron levels are now in the “exceptionally good” category for a woman. How do I know that? I crossed an item off my April goals list on Monday! SUPAHSTAH!

Happy Earth Day!

Jillian Michaels

kicked my butt. Actually, she told me to kick myself in the butt  so I did. Literally. She is one tough lady. I Netflix-ed the 30 Day Shred dvd since I’m clearly in need of some motivation re: strength training. I need to get back to my push-up challenge as well. I think it’s been over a week since I’ve done any. o.O

I ordered a rockin’ bike helmet that will be here tomorrow, since it is currently just a couple hours south on I5. Two books I ordered from Amazon arrived today. One is this one which I desperately need in my life and the other is 4th book in a trilogy. You read that right. The first three came out years ago and say ‘book x of 3’ while this one just says ‘book 4 of the xxx series’. Classic! Nothing quite compares to a psychiatrist turned sci-fi/fantasy author.

But first… the lawn.