What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Well, here we are again. Another month has passed and it’s time to check in. First a quick look back at the September healthy living challenge. My September challenge was to limit my snacks to fruit only.
Well, unlike my August healthy living challenge, it didn’t go so well. I logged 15 days, half the month, and less than I’d hoped. I also fell off the wagon in my exercise, dropping to 16 days. My “no seconds” rule did a bit better at 22 successful days. I can make excuses. I was sick; the work on the house wore on me; the “back to school” rush overwhelmed me, but whatever the reason (and it is worth looking at what went wrong) I have to face the fact that I didn’t make my challenge.
To a recovering perfectionist like me, the natural reaction to a setback is to refuse to face it, take it personally, and fail to learn from it. I might look like I’m learning from it by redoubling my efforts and setting the bar even higher. But the truth I’m closing my eyes, pretending nothing went wrong, and hoping that if I work just a little bit harder I’ll be perfect this time. Well, I said I’m a recovering perfectionist and I don’t want to do that this time. So I’m going to do what doesn’t come naturally. I’m going to take a step back, look at my mistakes, set the bar a little lower this time, and make sure I can reach it.
Therefore October’s healthy living challenge is to get back on track and try and re-cement the healthy habits I started forming this summer. Step 1: lace up my sneakers everyday (doesn’t have to be big, just at least 10 minutes). Step 2: “no seconds”. I think one of the reasons the fruit challenge didn’t work for me is that it was too restrictive. Sometimes I wanted some protein or something sweet and if I stumbled on my fruit challenge, it was a lot easier to say “screw it” and give up on the “no seconds” too. So this month I’m keeping it simple and just going back to “no seconds”. Finally, step 3: get back on track with my push-up plan. In September, I seemed to log fewer checks each week. This month I want to re-cement the habit. So I’m aiming to to do the push-up challenge 6 days a week and give myself Sunday off. So far so good. 2 days down and I’ve hit my goals. I’ll let you know how it goes =) Knowing I’m coming back to report at the end of the month definitely helps keep me accountable, so thanks everybody!!
One last goal – I’ve decided to do a virtual Trick or Treat Trot 5k. I’ve always wanted to do a costume race. I can’t find one locally, but sparkpeople provided a solution. I’m thinking of running dressed as Smurfette. What do you think? Anybody wanna do it with me? There’s no pesky distance hurdles!