Plus ca change….

July 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm 3 comments

It has been 3 months since my last post and a hell of a lot has changed in that time. On the other hand, some things are same ol’ same ol’. I’m not really sure where to begin to be honest. I guess I’m going to have to catch up over a series of posts.

But there have been a couple of epiphanies over that time.

I guess I’ll start with my monthly habit forming exercise. I set myself a goal a month ago to change two behaviours for a month. The first was to walk, or jog/walk, at least a mile, first thing every single morning. The second was to wean myself off sweeties, with chewy sweets bought on my commute a particular weakness. I was aiming for 90% compliance, or no more than 3 slips in the 31 days.

Well tomorrow is day 31. Astonishingly, I have walked or jog/walked a mile on 25 of the 30 days so far. Two of those days I was so ill that I was bed bound. The other three were days when I could have done the walk but didn’t. Tomorrow is the last day and there is no way in hell I’m going to miss it tomorrow. In fact, I might try and beat my record time – more on that tomorrow. Now, to be honest, whilst I started out doing it before breakfast every morning, it certainly didn’t stay that way for long. Some days I walked at lunchtime, some days after work. Some days late at night. But I did it. Does that count? If you’re reading this, what do you think? Technically, I missed 5 days, not 3. Should my 2 sick days be included in my cheat days? And should my not doing the walk first thing matter? Bearing in mind was that having done it a couple of days in a row I was amazed at what a good mood it put me in for the rest of the day, and that was the whole idea in the first place…. Comments please!

The sweetie thing I did even better. Kind of. I found it quite easy to avoid my favourite chewy sweets, only slipping once. But I compensated, when I wanted something sweet, by eating something, anything, that wasn’t a chewy sweet: chocolate, crisps, cake, ice cream…. probably doing worse things to my diet and blood sugar than if I’d had the sweets. Still, I was specific in that goal – I wanted to stop eating the chews and I did. The compensating with other crap is a lesson learned the hard way. I knew early on that sweets weren’t the only problem food in my diet, but I hadn’t wanted to try and change too much too quickly. So I’m going to give myself that one, and ignore the six pounds I’ve gained this month! More on that too in the coming weeks.

The reward I promised myself if I achieved my goal was a tester skiing and snowboarding lesson at a local snowdome.

So what do you think readers? Do I get my reward? Or do I have to be firmer with myself and try again this month?

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  • 1. Cynthia  |  July 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I think you did great! And I don’t think sick days count. I mean really, suppose you’d sprained an ankle or broken a leg, would you drag yourself on a walk even then? Probably not. And it isn’t always wise to exercise while sick. It really depends.

    I would go for the reward. I think it is WAY TOO EASY to beat ourselves up for stuff all the time, or at least, I know that is one of *my* bad habits. I used to promise myself rewards all the time, but never gave them to myself, because of a little slip up. That didn’t work.

    Have at that lesson!

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    • 2. Angie  |  July 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      I knew there was a reason I loved you! LOL

      Actually, yes, I’d come to the same conclusion. I asked myself if I was proud of my achievement for the month, and I really am. So will book that lesson tomorrow. 🙂

  • 3. Cynthia  |  July 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    It’s probably a lucky enough thing that I even saw your post… I haven’t been doing a lot of blog reading lately. Or posting either. I’m a bit backslid, though not horribly. Foot problems, hurt my back (not serious), and slid right out of my exercise habit oh so easily, sigh. I’ve had a lot of yard work to do tho, so maybe it balances out.

    You should be proud! It’s not easy to stick with stuff. A month can feel like a long time…

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