Unnecessary (But Awesome) Additions To My Workout This Morning

  1. 5 minute dance party as warm up (imagine your dad dancing badly to Beyonce. Heck yes.)
  2. Lifting music: Bowie (and by Bowie, I mean the Flight of the Conchords song.
  3. While stretching, deciding to experiment with my ability to sing opera in various positions (folded over – still doable, lying flat on my back – harder.)
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More Than Just Core (And Life Updates)

Life updates first. 

  1. I am employed! I start summer camp on Tuesday. Huzzah!
  2. I am still almost constantly tired. Honestly, I should be able to get through one shower without having to sit down. Boo.
  3. My jaw hurts which means I really should go to the dentist. Boo.
  4. My lovely sister no longer lives in our house, but a different house two miles away. I remain a home bird for life. 
  5. I am officially going to see Amanda Palmer in July, courtesy of my beautiful friends. 
  6. My tights were ripped yesterday via thigh friction. I am nil impressed and also more motivated to not eat cake for breakfast anymore. 
  7. My beautiful boyfriend got me an iPod which I had to promise not to put in the washing machine/water damage through storing it in my sports bra/lose.
  8. I am running around 10 miles a week. And by run, I mean walk/run. But I’ll take it.
  9. I can’t think of something for this one, but I want a nice even number 010 for this segment.
  10. I joined my friend Melody’s six week ab challenge which she started to raise money for the ALS Association. Check out the details here

I met Melody through my church when we both volunteered at the Rape Crisis centre. I’m a nursing student, she’s a med student, we had a lot to talk about. So help me support her cause and work on our collective abdominal muscles 🙂

Sites, Apps and Other Awesome Things for Being More Productive This New Year

ih I don’t do resolutions anymore. I set goals a lot (often here so that the internet can see.) But vague January-based “lose weight,” “be more productive,” “get better grades” etc. type stuff doesn’t entice me anymore.

I do love the help that the net can provide though, so here are some of my favourite websites and apps to motivate you through your seasonal goals 🙂

1. Unfuck Your Habitat 

This is an app (if you have an iPhone) and a tumblr site that was recently introduced to me by Ciara recently. It refers to itself as motivation for lazy people, and it really is great for housekeeping and productivity. Its no shit attitude and advocation of little and often is super awesome. Check it out here.

2. My Fitness Pal and Endomondo

My Fitness Pal is a cute app I recently started using which can track your food intake, water consumption, nutrients, cardiovascular and strength workout and allows you to put little notes about your weight loss, nutrition or exercise goals.

Endomondo is what I use if I misplace my Garmin watch. It is a GPS tracker which will record your  pace, distance, intervals, and other things for a variety of workouts. While I prefer my Garmin because it is easier to look at on my wrist rather than taking out my phone from my pocket, Endomondo does the job and is free, making it perfect before you bite the bullet and invest in something expensive.

3. Adulting

Adulting is a site I have mentioned before, but it is still just as relevant for learning how to be a grown up, from how to deal with unpleasant situations to how to do Christmas without having a freak attack. All the steps necessary to be a functional human being.

4. Day Zero Project

I’ve been doing 101 in 1001 for a while now but it is so great because your goals can be big or small, as long as they are specific, and you have almost three years to do them. I like to use it to plan trips (some of my goals are to visit certain places), kill time when I am bored (learning language phrases), motivation for college (get a 1:1 degree) and sort out my life (buy trousers.) When I find myself super unmotivated, I just look at my list and see if there is anything I can do to tick off and give myself a sense of achievement. Start your own Day Zero Project here.

Holistic Health: Weekly Set Up 19/11/12

SO. I am revamping this a bit, considering my heightened awareness of my ED thoughts in the last week and the fact that I was going a bit overboard with the calorie counting and everything that went with it. Everything equates to an almost no exercise, no meditation and no nothing done because I was thinking about food too much and then college got ridiculously busy.

Food will no longer be part of the equation as my only plan now is to be compliant with the meal plan that my dietitian set out for me. This is basically three meals and three snacks a day, between two and three hours apart, with a proper balance of carbs, fats, proteins and veggies. I’ve been doing well with since Wednesday so I’m pretty happy and the bulimia thoughts are subsiding.

In terms of everything else, nothing went to plan but I did:

  • Spend time with T
  • Spend time with my lovely friends
  • Go for lots of walks around UL and Sligo
  • Learn lots of of various nursing things
  • Finish my assignment

So its not all doom and gloom up in here.

Fitness: My mother made a comment that maybe my mood slipping had something to do with the lack of yoga and kickboxing in my routine. I am inclined to agree because even though I love running, the mix of the three has always done me well in terms of mood stabilisation so I might reduce the strength training to fit in KB and yoga a bit more. I’m also putting no time span on any of these because exams are coming, plus work, plus life, so I’ll fit in what I can fit in.

Monday: Kickboxing and lower body

Tuesday: Run

Wednesday: Walk and strech (maybe yoga?)

Thursday: Walk and stretch (maybe yoga?)

Friday: Run and upper body (pre Ms Gay Ireland)

Saturday: Yoga (post Ms Gay Ireland)

Sunday: Run and core

Motivation: Most of my motivation for sticking with my meal plan is coming from the events of the last while. The main motivation to not get caught up in everything to do with food is sticking with my study plan, Gaelick writing, blogging and all the other tasks I do for me, not for my ED.

Wellness: MUST BUY WOOL FOR KNITTING. I am frustratingly near the end of a patch and have ran out of the colour. Sickened. I am also avoiding triggering nutrition classes to avoid having freak outs in college (I can study them alone, just not have discussions with other people), and will once again, try to fit in meditation a few times this week. I also need to be extra good with my meds this week because my dose has been reduced again (yay!) so I don’t want to feck that up any what.

Here’s to perspective, kids. Have a lovely week.

x

Holistic Health: Weekly Set Up 12/11/12

Why Am I Doing This: When dieting, binging and eating distress has become a significant part of your existence, any attempts to change your habits may still be laced with unhealthy thought patterns. To make sure that I am not taken over by calorie counts, exercise minutes or weigh ins, I am setting small weekly goals under four headings: Fitness, Food, Motivation and Wellness.

How Do I Keep Track: I keep a small note at the end of each day on how I felt I did in each category and also write a quick summary on a Sunday night of what I need to work on (e.g. drink more water, make time to meditate, etc.)

Review of Last Week: The week started off well and on track. Thursday, we received some terrible news and I’ve been completely unconcerned with exercising and food choices since then. I make no apologies. Time to start again this week.

Weekly Plan: 

Fitness:

Monday: Upper and lower body strength

TuesdayRun and core strength

Wednesday: Walk and stretch

Thursday: Walk and stretch

Friday: Run and core strength

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: Run and lower body strength

Food:

Average 1800-2000 cal/day

6-8 cups water/day

Deal with stressful situations by talking it out rather than eating though it

Motivation:

Write in journal every night

Study for exams

Wellness: 

Meditate 60 mins/week

Meds and vitamins on time

KNIT!

All of the hugs for everyone

It has been a tough week and with exams looming, I don’t see it getting any easier. To the next week!

Holistic Health: Weekly Set Up 5/11/12

Why Am I Doing This: When dieting, binging and eating distress has become a significant part of your existence, any attempts to change your habits may still be laced with unhealthy thought patterns. To make sure that I am not taken over by calorie counts, exercise minutes or weigh ins, I am setting small weekly goals under four headings: Fitness, Food, Motivation and Wellness.

How Do I Keep Track: I keep a small note at the end of each day on how I felt I did in each category and also write a quick summary on a Sunday night of what I need to work on (e.g. drink more water, make time to meditate, etc.)

Review of Last Week: It was my last week of placement, so the thirteen hour shifts did get in the way once or twice. I rejigged some of my fitness plan, but I got everything but yoga done (I opted to spend time with T instead and I do not regret it.) Meditation didn’t really happen, I aimed for every day and and only got about four in. I also got my time in for knitting, reading and music. Food wise, I was on target most days, except for the night before Halloween when I went overboard with the bread and was sick at 4am. That knocked some sense back into me anyway. Here’s to this week.

Weekly Plan: 

Fitness:

Monday: Upper and lower body strength

TuesdayRun and core strength

Wednesday: Walk and stretch

Thursday: Walk and stretch

Friday: Run and core strength

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: Run and lower body strength

Food:

Average 1800-2000 cal/day

2L water/day

Avoid overeating in stressful situations

Motivation:

Write in journal every night

Complete Health Studies assignment (non-health related goal)

Wellness: 

Meditate everyday

Take vitamins and medication on time

Finish reading Angela’s Ashes

I’m back in college this week, so we’ll see how the changed routine affects me. Have a fabulous weeks, mes cheries!

Holistic Health: Weekly Set Up 29/10/12

Happy Monday! Welcome to my new weekly post which aims to motivate myself (and maybe some others) to keep focused on what my true health goals are and work towards achieving them.

Why Am I Doing This: When dieting, binging and eating distress has become a significant part of your existence, any attempts to change your habits may still be laced with unhealthy thought patterns. To make sure that I am not taken over by calorie counts, exercise minutes or weigh ins, I am setting small weekly goals under four headings: Fitness, Food, Motivation and Wellness.

How Do I Keep Track: I keep a small note at the end of each day on how I felt I did in each category and also write a quick summary on a Sunday night of what I need to work on (e.g. drink more water, make time to meditate, etc.)

Weekly Plan: 

Fitness:

Monday: Upper and lower body strength

TuesdayWalk and stretch

Wednesday: Run and lower body strength

Thursday: Walk and stretch

Friday: Run and core strength

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: Run and core strength

Food:

Average 2000 cal/day

2L water/day

Avoid overeating in stressful situations

Motivation:

Write in journal every night

Complete writing tasks for the week (non-health related goal)

Wellness: 

Meditate everyday

Take vitamins and medication on time

Take time three times a week to do something away from the screen

  • Monday: Knitting
  • Wednesday: Songwriting
  • Saturday: Reading

If I can do these very achievable goals (or at least give them my best shot), I’m happy. Have a great week kids 🙂