Category Archives: Challenge One

Sunday – Day 30

A BBQ for the family and a warm sunny day. I really had a good time and was feeling much better. Still taking the nausea suppressants as I don’t feel completely back to normal, but they are just a back up in case I’m not fully recovered yet.

I’ve been making sure to drink plenty of water because gastro is known to dehydrate you for sure. At least the weather has been lovely, I don’t mind the heat, I’d much rather it be warm rather than cold.

On that note I better rest up so that I can actually manage a walk today, this no exercise business isn’t going to help my challenge!

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Getting better – Day 29

Still not feeling 100% but a lot better than yesterday. I had more soup for lunch and I seem to be able to keep my food down which is such a good feeling. You don’t think about this kind of thing until you get sick. Its like when you get a really bad cold and all you can think about is feeling well again, how good it was not to have to blow your nose every minute.

You don’t know what you’ve got until its gone that’s for sure.

I’ve also purchased some new vitamins to help in my on going recovering into better health. I needed a few extras that I had run out of and some things I didn’t have before.

I haven’t taken them yet as I don’t think I will be able to absorb all that much given the gastro, but at least I’m prepared!

Almost a new year, daydreams, and tasty things – Day 28

2013 is going to be a good year. I know I have said it but I really feel its true. Before I know it I will be back at work and falling into the old routine, but not all the way back. No more snacking on too much food or unhealthy snacks at work. I’ll be taking the stairs more and making sure to get up and move at every opportunity.

Today was a horrible day, a huge realisation that I haven’t been taking care of myself and my body deciding it needed to take some real action against me. I somehow managed to catch a viral form of gastro (not contagious). I was a very sick girl all morning before my boyfriend decided I had to go to the Dr. He was so good looking after me, its times like that you are grateful that you surround yourself with the best people. I couldn’t keep anything down all day, luckily the Dr gave me some nausea suppressants and I managed some soup in the evening.

I asked the Dr if there was a preventative measure I could take, but he said they don’t know what causes this virus. I had been to my Naturopath earlier in the year because of and upset stomach (luckily it wasn’t as bad that time) and she had diagnosed the same virus then. She said it is caused from a bad diet and your body being unable to keep up with everything.

Needless to say I’m off the soft drink, avoiding fried foods, and will endeavour to cook all of my own meals for the next few weeks. I really need to look after myself!

Edging closer – Day 27

Weighing in and its looking good, I have managed to maintain (and lose a little) weight over the Christmas break! Yes I could have done better, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my sleep or tasty food any further in order to get there. This month hasn’t been about crash dieting and losing as much weight as possible. Its been about being concious of what I do and eat so that I can make better choices. Its been about learning and gaining knowledge.

I have managed to get fitter and I realise that I want to keep my gym membership and get the most out of it. I know that lifting weights is essential to getting into shape and thats what I’m going to do.

4 more days of the challenge to go! I’m going to start writing my next challenge 🙂

No more meat! – Day 26

After having Christmas lunch, followed by left overs for dinner, followed by left overs for lunch at my boyfriend’s mum’s house its safe to say I wont feel like a roast for a long time.

On another note I tried my first ever Brussels sprouts, I don’t know what my mum had complained about, they are quite nice (especially when cooked with onion, bacon, and butter!).

Now that the big day is over I’m focusing on setting my plans in place for the coming year. Its all about taking action and doing small steps to achieve your goals. I was looking back over 2012 and there wasn’t much I liked about it. Of course there were good points and very good times but it wasn’t a great year when I look back over it as a whole. There were a lot of tears,  I didn’t know what to think or how to react to new things. But this year I can see things more clearly. I’m going to be able to look back over 2013 and know that it was a success, and that I made it all happen.

Exercise, Christmas planning, and a little cheer – Day 22

If there is one thing that helps me to get out and do some exercise, it’s being able to go with a friend, or in today’s case my sister. We had discussed wanting the new year to be different, she is going to Thailand and wants to lose some kgs before she goes, and we decided action is the best first step.

This has to have been my first big bit of exercise in a while and it felt great. The only real trouble I have had today was with food. I found myself looking for things to eat even when I wasn’t hungry. It has to be because I’m home for the holidays and avoiding cleaning up the house. That and my brain starts going crazy obsessing over things that have been going on and I look to distract myself with food.

But I have cleaned out the junk food so there are limited options for me to pig out on. I’m going to the shops tomorrow so I can stock up on good food.

Hump day decisions – Day 19

I was talking to a friend recently about our goals and things we want to do in the new year. I’ve always set a weight loss goal for myself. It’s either a dress size to reach or a number, as well as the kind of fit I want to be – running however far, being able to cycle to here blar blar blar.

But my friend said she found putting a specific target on it too hard. She said she just wanted to be ‘healthier’. To me that goal isn’t specific enough. How would you know when you reach it? How do you plan to get there? I could start doing one extra day of gym a week and I would be ‘healthier’ than I was before, but I know I have further to go than that.

I guess its a case of each to their own. If she finds that target all she needs then that’s great. Everyone is different and we all work differently. Who am I to preach my way of doing things when I haven’t always managed to reach my goals.

As for today I’m going to make a healthy dinner and sit down at the table with all my goal and project information. Tonight I make my plan for the new year.

Mental Blocks and Shocks – Day 18

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. I’m catching up with a girlfriend tonight for a before Christmas prezzie swap and catch up. We plan to see a movie too.

Geeze I need some motivation. I haven’t exercised at all in days and my body hates me for it. I hate me too. They say that motivation comes with getting up and starting, visualising where you want to be and taking the steps to get there.

If nothing else having kept this journal has helped me see where I am making excuses and where I know I need to improve. I’m going to finish this month with a bang, I’m picking up a holiday time table for gym so I know their hours and I’m going to spend my time off planning for the new year and getting myself fit and ready.

New Week, New Routine – Day 17

Well I’m midway through the month, so far I have lost 2kgs and put them back on. Its a clear indicator that exercise is a must for me. I know this, I know what I have to do and how I need to do it. The trouble is all in my head. I choose to stay awake late rather than getting an early night so that I have time for exercise in the morning. I choose to head right home rather than going for a walk… the list goes on.

But with the Christmas break on its way I’m not going to need to worry about work. The next two days I am getting up to go running and then to gym. I’ll get my heart rate up and my back will start to feel better. I’ve packed a healthy lunch for today.

Here is my affirmation for the week. I’m going to try a few different ones on and see what works best.

“I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself and exercise regularly.”