Category Archives: Planning

This year its a no-brainer!

I’m a huge fan of stationary. The better I can plan and organise a project the easier it is to pull off, not to mention how organised it makes me feel. So why would I treat my weight loss goals any differently?

20150105_082759I splurged over the new year break and bought myself a new diary for 2015. I already have one for organising my general appointments and reminders, but to really take control of the year I wanted a diary I can write in every day, take everywhere as its not too big or bulky, where I can track what I’m eating, how many steps I get done each day, how much water I drank, how I’m feeling – all of that.

I find it too personal to put this stuff in my appointment diary as other people see that when I’m booking things in. This is for my eyes only!

I have added colourful tabs along the top that mark out the half way point, and end of each month so I can clearly see how much further I have to go before my next deadline. I also found this neat pencil case that slips over the cover of my book and holds my pens. No more excuses not to do my food entries because I don’t have a pen handy. I also use planning as a way to avoid the kitchen and snacking so being able to have this with me is really key.

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So happy with this buy! It has really been keeping me on track!!

I’ve discovered a key

Losing weight requires motivation, determination, and will power, as well as changes to eating, exercise, sleep, and stress-management habits. But what I never really think about is how important it is to be organised. It’s extraordinarily difficult to prep healthy food and get to the gym if you don’t have an organised schedule to fit it all in.

I pride myself on how organised I can be in my work, with my blog and my social life. My family all tease me about how organised I am, so you’d think I would have realised that creating a more orderly plan for my fitness and weightloss would make things happen more easily.

My trouble is that I feel like I do too much planning, I plan and plan and never start! I’m so focused on getting the plan perfect that I wont start it until its exactly how I want it. The I decide that planning is a waste of time so I don’t plan, and big surprise, nothing happens.

I’ve decided I need to plan it as if it were a project for my Boss. That she needs it ready for the week ahead and that it needs to be in the calendar and ready to go. There needs to be time for meal planning, shopping, food prep, and then routine exercise time (minimum of 30mins) each day. It doesn’t need to be perfect because she needs it now, it just needs to be doable.

See how a plan is more achievable when you think about it like this? If I were planning this for myself I would try and book things to the minute and that is just not realistic.

Alright, time to head out for my morning walk, like a boss.

 

This is it!

It’s 6 days in to 2015 and I’m on track to making this my year. MY year, you know, the year when I turn my life around and reach my health and fitness goals. Yep, that’s what this is. Given how far I have to go I have actually given myself 18 months to really turn things around and in that time reach my goal weight. I need to talk about it, write about it, shout it from the rooftops because this year, this month, this week, this day, its happening.

Some of you may doubt me, and that’s ok. After all only 42% of people actually decide on a resolution, and 82% of them don’t achieve their resolutions at all.

But I have it all. I have the plan, I have the time, the dedication, and nothing is going to get in my way of reaching my goals this year.

I had a huge light bulb moment this morning. Everyone was chatting about what they did over the Christmas break and we found ourselves on the topic of fitbits. I got myself one at least 12 months ago to help me measure my fitness so it was interesting to hear that a number of other people have them and easily reach 10,000 steps a day, usually more. Considering I average 4,000 to 6,000 steps I can see why I’m so out of shape.

So to help me achieve my goals this year I’m planning some new routines to help me boost my steps each day. When I compare myself to others I can see how they manage to fit so many steps into each day: they have families to get ready in the morning (and plenty of running around after them) I just have me so they’d do double my steps right there, some walk to work, others do morning errands (dropping kids off at day care etc), I go directly to work, they walk up the street at lunch time, I read, they walk home or run kids around, I head home and work on my store/blog/make dinner. See what I mean?

My fitbit is charged, and I’m ready for another week of awesome. Bring it on!

What do you want to do?

I want to reach some real targets, and see real progress with my weight loss. I want to fly to a place I have never been and spend a week at the beach. I want to celebrate milestones with my friends and family. I want to have money to cover living costs, have money to have a good time, and have savings in the bank.

So if these are the things I want then why haven’t I made it my mission to do it? Why don’t I already have these things? What is holding me back?

So if there’s a tip I would give you for 2015 it’s this: decide what you want to do and figure out what’s getting in the way of you doing it.

Let’s break my list down and do just that.

I want to reach some real targets, and see real progress with my weight loss. I constantly fall back into my comfort zone and avoid the pain of working out.

Solution: Choose workouts that ease you into it and stretch – swimming, yoga, walking, light weight lifting.

I want to fly to a place I have never been and spend a week at the beach. I never have any money because I just spend it whenever I like. The I worry about debt from credit cards.

Solution: Start a realistic budget and follow it for 12 months. Tweak it as you need to but really make it work. Have a goal thermometer to help you see that you are reaching your goal.

I want to celebrate milestones with my friends and family. I’m always so busy and it feels like I don’t have time to do this properly, trying to please everyone.

Solution: Make appointments with people and keep them. You do not live to make everyone else happy.

I want to have money to cover living costs, have money to have a good time, and have savings in the bank. Money seems to just come in and out every week and I have nothing left. I’m trying to save for a house deposit but there are no other savings, where does it all go!

Solution: Spending Fast, track your money, and use the above mentioned budget.

Finding the right fit and making changes

Good nutrition, more movement, better wellness. These things are all good things. But there isn’t currently much going on in those areas of my life at the moment.

I want to be able to get up each day and know I can immediately cross some of these things off my list. So that I can start the day right with the right mindset, fuel, and energy.

So I’m playing with the idea of a morning routine that is going to set me up for a great day, and help me be the person I know I am deep down. I know I need to be realistic, I’m not going to be able to fit everything into my mornings and suddenly be this different person. But slowly getting up earlier and small steps like that are going to be the way to shift my current habits.

What do I want to eventually fit into my mornings?

5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea

10mins A shower

20mins Getting dressed and ready for work

45mins A decent walk, jog, run

20mins Breakfast

30mins of reading

30mins Writing a blog post

Total time – 2 hours and 45 minutes

 Idea

Wake up at 5 to get these things in each day. Going from getting up at 7am to 5am is no easy feat. Luckily I have chosen a great time of year to do this (Spring with Summer on the day – warm mornings make it easy to get out of bed!). I’ll take it one week at a time, getting up just 15 minutes earlier each week.

Schedule

Week 1 – wake up and get up at 6.45am (I will have 1 hour before I need to leave for work)
Week 2 – wake up and get up at 6.30am (1 hour and 15 mins)
Week 3 – wake up and get up at 6.15am (1 hour and 30 mins)
Week 4 – wake up and get up at 6.00am (1 hour and 45 mins)
Week 5 – wake up and get up at 5.45am (2 hours)
Week 6 – wake up and get up at 5.30am (2 hours and 15 mins)
Week 7 – wake up and get up at 5.15am (2 hour and 30 mins)
Week 8 – wake up and get up at 5.00am (I will have 2 hours and 45 minutes)

The First thing I’ll do is use the bathroom then have a cup of herbal tea to start digestion. If I’m at home I have to leave for work by 7.45am to get there on time. So in those first few weeks I’ll add my new routine in slowly, seeing that I already get up at 7 and manage to fit in getting ready, a shower, and breakfast, I need to focus on adding in the other things. It could be good to build some up, like the exercise and reading. I can start it as 10mins of one and then as I get up earlier I can add in the other and build more time into each as the weeks go by. This is starting to feel like a good plan to me!

So here is the basic plan.

Week 1 – wake up and get up at 6.45am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 10 mins shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast. (total: 1 hour)

Week 2 – wake up and get up at 6.30am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 15 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast. (total: 1 hour 15 mins)

Week 3 – wake up and get up at 6.15am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 15 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast 15 mins reading. (total: 1 hour 30 mins)

Week 4 – wake up and get up at 6.00am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 30 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 15 mins reading. (total: 1 hour 45 mins)

Week 5 – wake up and get up at 5.45am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 30 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours)

Week 6 – wake up and get up at 5.30am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 15 minutes)

Week 7 – wake up and get up at 5.15am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 15 min Blogging, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 30 minutes)

Week 8 – wake up and get up at 5.00am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 30 min Blogging, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 45 minutes)

Ok so its a more detailed plan then I said, but nutting out the finer details can help keep me on track so that’s what I’ll do!

 

Hi October, thanks for coming!

I’m feeling better having said goodbye to my pitiful efforts and moving on to some organised planning and non-challenge challenges for October. So far I have a list of things I want to do and some steps to help me complete each of those goals. In the past few months I have managed to cross a few off and make time to manage others.

So for now my task is to follow up what I have been doing so far, making sure the things I started out doing haven’t been forgotten and making sure I get back into things that have slipped.

To keep things in the front of my mind I will be posting a weekly declaration with my intentions and what I have planned. I will follow this up with an end of the week post summarizing how things have progressed.

Bring it on!

Pre-Rocktober Month Preparations

Since starting this blog in 2012 I have somehow managed to lose 10kgs only to gain it right back. I’m going to be completely honest with you and myself here. I now weigh 129kgs and I’m the biggest I’ve ever been. I am not proud that I have let this happen. I have been in denial for the last year, it wasn’t until I tried on some clothes from last summer that I could really see how much bigger I am.

But this blog isn’t about hate or shaming. It’s about moving forward and putting plans into place, its about taking action and becoming the person I want to be. We all have to start somewhere, and this is where I am right now.

So a quick recap on my weekly life to give you an idea of how I’m going to get things done, as well as where I need to improve.

I work full time (8.30am to 5pm) Monday to Friday. I own an online store that I manage in the evenings and on weekends. I also do volunteer work for a charity which usually requires 5 to 15 hours of my time a month.

I am an emotional binge eater and I generally eat larger portions of food then I need to at meal times. So I know my faults, I need to come up with some ways to change these bad habits.

Some of the things I have already put in place to help me make some changes is to see a health and wellness coach once a week. In these meetings we go over what I need help with, my meal plans, anything that I need to talk about to help me stay on track really.

I need this change more than anything else right now, and it’s what I want. I know it’s going to be hard, very different, tasking, annoying at times, and more often than not exhausting, but also and most importantly – rewarding. By giving myself a short time to get the basics down I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

A fresh start

We all start out with the best intentions. We know what we want and what we need to do… and then life happens. We get caught up in day to day living and we forget our big plans and what we really want.

This blog is going to remind me daily of what it is I want from this life. No more “I’ll start tomorrow”‘s, this is my time to take control of my body and really make some changes.

I want to get crazy fit. I want to work my ass off, literally. I want to be able to run marathons and lift impressive weights. I want to be able to go on backpacking holidays and know I can hike for miles carrying my bag without passing out. I want to be able to walk into any store and know they will have my size. I want to feel confident that I can do what I need to in any situation because my body and mind are prepared.

So there it is, I’m looking for a fresh start and it’s starting today. Right now, this minute. It doesn’t need to be a Monday, a new month, or the start of a new year. I’ve started.

I am the CEO of my own body, and I can eat or not eat whatever I want. I can move when I want and how I want. It’s all up to me.