# 5: Participate in the Pinehill Fun Walk

Number 1253!

 


I DID IT!

And it almost didn’t happen too thanks to good old analysis paralysis. I haven’t been walking as much as I should (my walking consists of to and from my vehicle) and my fear was that I’m not fit enough to finish the walk. So I had been contemplating even taking part given how unprepared I was for it. But I am so incredibly happy that I did. My feet are achey but the feeling of pride and confidence is incredible. I’m defnitely gonna make walking a habit.

What did I learn from this?

  • I’m more capable than I give myself credit
  • Sometimes you have to just dive in and figure the rest as you go
  • Listening to your body is so very important. Everyone may have an opinion of what’s best for you, but if you really listen to that inner voice the truth is clear
  • Blindly doing something that you’re afraid of gives you the courage to do other scary things
  • Sometimes when you share your goals and aspirations you’re met with a wave of negativity. And that’s okay don’t take it personally. Focus on positivity.

 

 

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# 24: Practice Paleo Eating

So one of my goals to tackle this month is number 24: Practice Paleo Eating. I did a lot of reading over the weekend and I’m currently 3 days into eating Paleo.  I’m actually slurping up a pineapple-spinach-banana smoothie as I type, and it is ah-mah-zing!

So what is Paleo Eating?

Paleo eating represents the way our ancestors ate thousands of years ago. The premise is that our bodies have yet to evolve to the point where we can effectively process the large amounts of grains and processed foods that we consume today. Thus a move to a more hunter-gatherer type of eating would be more in line with our bodies needs. The result would be healthier, stronger bodies that naturally maintain a healthy weight.

Why have I chosen Paleo eating as the way to go?

I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and though I have not actively been trying to combat the symptoms, I do understand that my body will greatly benefit and thrive on a diet that is not heavily dependant on carbs. PCOS paired with diabetes on both sides of my family tree means (I’m doubly susceptible to diabetes) and something (carbs) has gotta give! I’ve thought of going the Atkins route, and did try it a few times. But I love fruits (and live in the Caribbean), plus I prefer that Paleo focuses on healthy natural foods, while with Atkins things like artificial products and sweeteners are allowed. My focus is on health and being able to keep this up for the long run. So Paleo it is! (I’ll still visit the Atkins site and facebook page for nifty low carb recipe ideas!)

 What will I do to ensure success?!

Sooooo I’ve been here before many times. On the cusp of “I’m gonna change the way I eat (and live happily ever after)!” and ended up back at it again some time later. That sucks. But the good thing about it is that I’ve learned in the past what does not work for me, and thus I feel I’m a little better equipped now, and one failed attempt closer to success. So what am I going to do differently?

1. Plan – I need to plan my meals in advance, and have them prepared in advance, because when I get hungry…………………………………… HULK SMASH! I tend to go for the closest most edible thing, and 9 times outta 10 it tends to be carbs.

2. Experiment! Read! Learn! This is a very different way of eating for me, and I know at times things may get hectic and I’ll want to fall back on the familiar comfort foods (Mmmmmm bread!). I need to learn as much as I can and experiment with recipes so that this way of eating becomes more familiar and more natural.

3. Track my progress. For some reason I’ve never liked tracking what I eat. But I do recognise how important it is. You can’t know what’s working and what’s not, if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m going to make it even more interesting by making a note of how I feel daily, and any other noteworthy…… notes.

 

Here are a few websites I browsed over the weekend:

 

Nerd Fitness (where I actually really heard about Paleo first!) gives you The Beginners Guide to Paleo Diet

 

Mark’s Daily Apple gives you The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

Mark’s Daily Apple provides a wealth of info on the Paleo diet so feel free to click away! I read up on Mark’s Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan the New Pyramid  and The Definitive Guide to Grains

 

An interesting TED video on feeding your body what it needs

 

How to Keep Faeces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days) from the Four Hour Work Week… (Talk about an eye catching title)

 

And for recipe ideas, I checked out Every Day Paleo and  Nom Nom Paleo (where I have been lurking and salivating for months)

Halfway Through

Whoa. Whoa. Whoaaaa! Half way through the year already? I really need to step this way up. My goals for this month:

2. Complete Insanity challenge – Once and for all I NEED to cross this off and move on to another exercise challenge!
5. Participate in the Pinehill Dairy Fun Walk – I’ve told my Dad my goal and we’ve agreed to doing walks on the weekend to gear up for the big walk
6. Write an article for Caribbean Beach News Magazine – The magazine is on break till December, so in the mean time I’m gonna jot down those topic ideas and get to writing
7. Read at least 6 books – I’ve completed 3 books so far, and have a ton on my computer and in physical copy to read. Gonna make a list and focus on one book at a time
8. Get at least 3 clients for Social Media Business – I have spoken to Sean already about Speaking Roses, so I am going to get cracking on that. He needs a marketing plan as well. I also saw a job posting last night, I will apply for that as well, would give me some great experience (and extra cash)
11. Make manicures and pedicures a habit – I’m gonna try to add more colour to my nails
12. Wear makeup regularly – I have most of the supplies, just need to make the little extra time daily
13. Drink 4 litres of water daily – Commit to it!!
14. Keep a daily gratitude book – I need to order those notebooks!
15. Try one new recipe each week for Slice o’ Paradise blog – Start off with something… ANYTHING! It’s almost been a year since I bought the domain name
17. Join St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) – Give them a call
24. Practice Paleo eating – Read up on what Paleo eating is and do a blog post on it
28. Floss everyday for a month – Get started again
30. Accomplish things in idea book
40. Start a photo blog with photo challenges each month – This month’s challenge is supposed to be ruins… Sort out flickr account
41. One blog post per week – TLA: Confidence; Paleo Eating; Goals for June || NB: hairspiration; length – youtube vides on hair growth || ASOP
42. Perform 5 minute plank – Start off time????
45. Lose 35% body weight

Almost Half Way Through!

I have drafted or had the thought to draft a number of posts for this blog. We’re in the fifth month of the year and a lot has happened, and yet still a lot has not. I really need to step things up!
Last month I crossed off number 25 off my list. I VISITED BARBADOS FOR THE FIRST TIME! It was just what I needed! I’ve been feeling stressed and anxious jobwise. I felt refreshed renewed and revitalised after. I think that feeling was due to the following:

* Being outdoors more often
* Exploring new places
* Taking lots of pictures
* Meeting and interacting with people
* Sexercise
* Watching movies at the cinema
* Having a few lazy days in bed

I think going forward I need to incorporate these into my life more often so that I don’t become stressed and anxious all over again. I can feel it creeping in and I need to nip it in the bud.

Okay so: Bucket List Recap!

I’ve accomplished 3 things off my list: 

20. Start an IRA

21. Start a Saving for a Home

25. Travel to a country I’ve never been to before — Barbados!

I’ve made a dent in the following goals:

7. Read at least 6 books – Completed two

22. Have the equivalent of 6 months rent in savings – Have 8% saved

39. In March start The 19 Photo Project – Started, just need to complete

This month I am going to work on the following goals:

2. Complete Insanity challenge

5. Participate in the Pinehill Dairy Fun Walk

6. Write an article for Caribbean Beach News Magazine

7. Read at least 6 books

8. Get at least 3 clients for Social Media Business

10. Publish Dining Guide Magazine on a regular schedule

12. Wear makeup regularly

13. Drink 4 litres water daily

14. Keep a daily gratitude book

17. Join SLAPS

34. Create homemade hair pomade

39. In March start The 19 Photo Project

40. Start a photo blog with photo challenges each month

41. One blog post per week

42. Perform 5 minute plank

45. Lose 35% body weight

So my thinking is to set some target activities each week that would lead me to achieving my goals. Here goes!

Why Hello March!

Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Nothing changes if nothing changes. — One of my favourite quotes. A close friend of mine (incidentally the same friend who called me a little acorn) told me this years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.

I’ve been repeating those words to myself more often lately. I just feel like it’s the start of the third month (also the month of my birthday) and I feel like I have not accomplished much, other than a fierce desire to change.

I’ve also been making a concerted effort to be more patient with myself. More mindful of negative thoughts. If it’s one thing I’ve learnt is that negative reinforcement does not work with me. So I’ve been treading lightly.

The bucket list (BL) was a pretty good idea. It’s helped to align my goals into doable but challenging activities. This month I’m going to focus on the following BL items:

2. Complete Insanity challenge – already started! And though my thighs feel like two uncooperative pieces of lead, and it hurts to sit/stand up, I had the most sound sleep last night, and it hit me that I haven’t slept this well at all for the year!

6. Write an article for Caribbean Beach News Magazine

7. Read at least 6 books – Finish read All the Rules & Switch

10. Publish Dining Guide Magazine on a regular schedule – Well… at least work on business plan, and get started

28. Floss every day for at least a month

30. Accomplish things in idea book – Must first get idea book

37. Finish read and put “All the Rules” into practice

39. In March start the 19 Photo Project – Can’t believe it’s already 12 days till my birthday

40. Start a photo blog with photo challenges each month.

Pretty ambitious, yes? Possibly. Maybe.

In many cases I may not fully complete these within the month. Most of my BL items are a work in progress type thing. Not sure as yet if that’s a good thing or not. But we’ll see!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — Lao Tzu

2012 Bucket List

I took a cue from The Better Man Project’s Bucket List for 2012 and made one of my own. Used my goals for 2012 to inspire these bucket list activities. I’m excited to start accomplishing them and crossing them off my list!

Here they are in random order (as I thought them up):

BUCKET LIST 2012

1. Start an herb garden

2. Complete Insanity challenge

3. Complete a Body Rock TV challenge

4. Complete P90X challenge

5. Participate in the Pinehill Dairy Fun Walk

6. Write an article for Caribbean Beach News Magazine

7. Read at least 6 books

8. Get at least 3 clients for Social Media Business

9. Have at least 5 freelance writing clients

10. Publish Dining Guide Magazine on a regular schedule

11. Make manicures and pedicures a habit

12. Wear makeup regularly

13. Drink 4 litres of water daily

14. Keep a daily gratitude book

15. Try one new recipe each week for Slice o’ Paradise blog

16. Throw a party/get together at apartment

17. Join St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS)

18. Complete some form of training/degree in marketing field

19. Get more indoor plants

20. Start an IRA

21. Start a Saving for a Home

22. Have the equivalent of 6 months rent in savings

23. Update wardrobe

24. Practice Paleo eating

25. Travel to a country I’ve never been to before

26. Fun gym aerobics classes

27. Climb a mountain

28. Floss everyday for at least a month

29. Try out a watersport

30. Accomplish things in idea book

31. Find perfect picture for wall

32. Get speakers

33. Paint one painting

34. Create homemade hair pomade

35. Find a nifty creative way to save important documents

36. Organise a girls’ lime each month

37. Finish read and put “All the Rules” into practice

38. Reconnect with Anna and Maya

39. In March start The 19 Photo Project

40. Start a photo blog with photo challenges each month

41. One blog post per week

42. Perform 5 minute plank

43. Get health check up

44. Get dental check up

45. Lose 35% body weight

46. Complete ChaLean Extreme

47. Find some snazzy way to pay homage to the end of my 20s

48. Gather all my poems into one book. Start writing again.

49. Watch the sun rise and the sun set on the same day, with the same person.

New Year?

 

 

It’s that time of year again when our televisions (and facebook newsfeeds) are flooded with new diets, that must-have exercise equipment, the latest weight loss programme all promising that this is the year! – This is the year when you lose that last 10 lbs, 50 or even 100 lbs; the year where you quit your job and start doing something you really enjoy; or vow to spend more time with family; or get more involved in your community; or any of the other million New Year’s resolutions.

I have always fallen prey to the allure of the freshness and newness of a year brimming with hope. Vowing to make this year the year. Every single year the same resolutions, the same promises all thrown out the door by the end of the first month. But not this year! This is the year!

This time around I’m determined to analyse and figure out what I have been doing wrong, what I need to do differently in order to not be here same time next year, vowing to make the same improvements in my life.

I stumbled on Steve Kamb‘s nerdfitness late last year, and at the most perfect time. I’m using his post on How NOT to Suck at Goal Setting as a guide. I also downloaded Scott Dinsmore’s Goal Setting and Action Workbook to help me identify and align my goals. Here’s what I’ve learnt that may help you in setting those goals and resolutions:

Be specific

When setting goals be specific. Use definite and measurable words. e.g. “lose 20 lbs” instead of “lose weight”.

Have a deadline

Be time-specific by having a deadline by which you  accomplish your goals. This keeps you accountable, helps you track your progress, and lets you know if you need to step things up in order to reach your deadline.

Fragment your goal

Have one broad goal which you break down into measurable activities that would help you attain the goal. So for instance you want to lose 20 lbs – that’s your broad goal, and your activities may be exercising 5 days a week, or trying out a new sport, or going on a hike each week. These activities will help you attain your goal of losing 20lbs. Focusing on these much smaller goals will keep you from becoming overwhelmed by your broad goal. It sharpens your focus to things you are able to accomplish in the short run, all while still working towards your long term goal. Remember to make these short term goals measurable and time specific as well. I had come across an image of a change pyramid where monthly goals were broken down by week and then daily, sadly I never saved it, but our paths will cross again and I will definitely share it here!

Be visible

Display goals in an area where you can see and be reminded of them daily.

Learn and grow

If something is not working do not keep repeating it hoping things would be different next time around. Instead try to figure out why it’s not working and try a different approach or something new. The next point will keep you from repeating things that just aren’t working.

Track your progress

This point highlights just how important it is to ensure your goals are measurable. Measurable goals are trackable goals. Tracking your progress will help you identify whether you are being successful, whether you’re moving in the right direction, and will also help you identify whether there are things you need to change or do differently.

Be flexible

Be flexible with your goals. Know that goals like most things in life can change. You may want to lose 100 lbs by the end of the year, but with learning about health and nutrition you may realise that this might not be the healthiest goal for you. Proper nutrition becomes more important as opposed to just losing weight, and so your goals change. That’s normal and that’s okay. Change your goals as you see fit, but don’t change them to the point where you’re no longer challenging yourself.

Identify your reasons

What is the reason behind your choice of goals? Identifying, highlighting and reminding yourself of your reasons may be beneficial when the going gets tough. Keep these (along with your goals) in a place where they are visible.

Go Public

Sharing your goals with others helps keep you accountable to more than just yourself, and opens you up to receiving help, motivation and advice when you need it.

It may be almost a whole month into the New Year but these tips are helpful all year long. Maybe you’ve already fallen off the wagon, and that’s okay, get right back on. Or maybe like me you’re just starting out. Here’s to a productive year. Let this be the year!