Tag Archive | eating well

Ill, But Not Doing Badly

Considering I’ve been ill all week, and off work, in terms of my goals, it’s actually been a pretty good week! Yippee!

Monday I really wasn’t feeling well, so I didn’t manage any writing. I did however make it to Tesco (10 mins away) to get some food. Didn’t feel up to it, but at least it was some exercise. Nothing to count towards my goals, but something. Eating was ok, 1388 calories. Not under 1200, but 1388, which really, isn’t too bad.

Yesterday was better. I was starting to feel, not better, but not as bad. I did some writing, and walked to Tesco, AND managed to eat less than 1200 calories. When I say less than, I actually mean on. 1200 calories. How I got so close I have no idea, I bet I’d never be able to do it again!

Today seems to be going even better. I’m feeling much much better. So much so, that I’m going to go back to work tonight. Yeah! I’ve got Friday off, so am going to be so busy tomorrow. I’m really not looking forward to it. Still, Friday off. Just a shame that when I have a day off, AND I’m feeling ok (cause I’m sure I will be by Friday) the weather is going to turn rubbish. Ah well.

So today. I’ve already written 383 words. All by hand as well. At the weekend I started writing from a prompt from my Ideas Book (The Writer’s Ideas Book by Jack Heffron) and have kept that going. I don’t think it’s going to lead anywhere, but it’s now over 1k words, so there’s something there. I’m enjoying it, even if it doesn’t go anywhere!

This is my second blog this week, so well on track for my 3 this week. I might even be able to get 4 in this week, perhaps even 5, who knows. I am very behind on my reviews for my reading challenges so really should get at least one of them up this week.

As I’m not doing any real exercise, I’ve not been doing my knee exercises. I know that’s really bad, but I’m going to try to rectify that one today – after I go for a walk, seeing as I’m feeling much better.

I hope everyone else’s week is going well too.

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Another Dip, But Straight Back On It

After my week in a row writing, I kind of fell off the wagon, but as  I was encouraged down by my buddy I don’t feel too bad, about Wednesday’s knock down anyway. I was spending time with my other half before he went rallying around Europe (well, that and I went to the pub and got slightly drunk!). That was also my excuse on Thursday (him going away, not the pub). On Friday I went to Brighton to see them off, and planned to write when I got back.

Unfortunately I started getting a cold Friday night, so when I got back here I was feeling really rough so couldn’t make myself write anything.

Yesterday I felt dreadful too (how is it possible, that after half a day on the beach, during the nicest/hottest days of the year so far I get a cold? Seriously?) so didn’t think I’d get anything done. I was alright with it, if I couldn’t take a day or two off when I’m ill then when can I, but then just before I went to bed I got some motivation, and wrote over 300 words. Woop. It may be 22.37 now, and I may need a shower to get the sun cream off, but I’m still planning on writing tonight. Obvioulsy, I’m not planning on being in bed by 11pm tonight!

Nothing else is going that well.

Last week was too busy for any exercise. I planned to go running, but never got round to it. I did walk to the further station a few times going/coming back from work. I also planned to go running over the weekend, but this cold wrecked that plan (they say if you’re ill below your neck you shouldn’t exercise – I’ve got a bad cough!). I manage to walk to the shop yesterday (just, I needed to sit down cause I had no energy when I got there!) and to the park today. Better than I could have done while feeling rough!  This week! Definitely this week.

Eating is still going badly, although over the weekend I’ve actually counted calories, so that’s a massive improvement. Yesterday I had 1591 calories, although that’s well over my 1200 goal, it’s less than I need in a day (about 1750), so good. Today I’ve had 1260, so only just over. Just. It’s a positive step. Tomorrow I’ll make it under 1200. I’m sure.

Hope everyone’s week goes as well as I’m planning mine doing!

Getting Back On It

On Sunday last week, I decided this would be the week that I’d come back from my writing/exercise/eating slump. Unfortunately, on Monday, I didn’t. Nor Tuesday.
Wednesday though, I wrote a blog, and actually did some writing. The on Thursday I did some more writing, on Friday and Saturday too. Now all I need to do is some today, and that’s 5 days in a row. That has to almost be a pattern right? I’m so pleased with myself, I didn’t see this actually happening, so to be having such success (I know it’s early days), just makes me so happy! Yay!

I don’t think we should talk about the eating goal. I’ve not even been counting calories it’s been that bad. I’ve just been shopping for the week though, and bought loads of salads for lunch, and fruit and good things to snack on. Last week was my writing coming back, lets hope this week will be my eating coming good again.

Exercise is so-so. I’ve been pretty good most days at going and coming back from work – I’ve mainly gone to the station 20 minutes walk from the office, so I have that to do. I’ve also done Just Dance 3 on the Wii three times – twice for 20 minutes, then 30 minutes today. That should really be good, not so-so, but as it’ not running, or going to the gym, I don’t think it’s quite as good. Still, it’s exercise, and I’m doing it. Yay again.

There’s a lot of green on my chart this week. It’s almost as green as it was way back when this round of ROW80 started, back when I was doing well. I can totally see it carrying on next week too. The week after my boyfriend goes away for a couple of weeks, which means I’ll probably go to the gym lots, and eat much better (salads and veg for dinner!) and probably write lots more cause I won’t have him here to distract me. I’m having to look at the positives so it seems like 2 weeks won’t be as long. ROW80 goals are my positives. But there’s still 4 days until he goes – those are going to be good days too. They are.

Loving my positivity today.

So, how are YOUR goals going?

That’s The Way to Start a Week

After having to write about my horrific week yesterday, I was determined to make this week better. Not just better, but brilliant. Day one: 100% – Woop!

I know the first day is always easy, and the second, and the third really. I slip up on the fourth usually, so I don’t want to get too cocky, but I’m really proud of myself.

I woke up to find my alarm hadn’t gone off, and hour and 15 minutes earlier. Not a great start. I worried that meant it was going to be a bad day. It totally wasn’t.

I was good eating (1141 calories), with my fruit/veg portions (all 5), with exercise (31 minute run after getting home). I was even good with writing (328 – my daily goal is 150!).

Now I just need to be in bed before 11pm, and do some more knee exercises. I’m confident I’ll do both of those, so day one is a total winner!

I’ve got an exam on Thursday. I really should therefore be revising (considering this is a retake and I did the first exam over a month ago – I’m going to probably have forgotten it all), but I wanted to blog about how great my day’s been, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to say I’ve done really well! Of course, it’s procrastination too!

Today I bought a book – the next book for our book club. It was my suggestion – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m gutted that it’s only out in hardback – I have such an issue with being able to hold and read hardbacks, and they’re so heavy to carry around. I probably wouldn’t have suggested it if I’d realised. But I did. I got it from Amazon, so should get it by the end of the week. Hopefully by Friday cause I’m going away on Saturday and want it to read on the journey. Provided I’ve finished The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards by then!

Right, I’ll pop off now and revise for this silly exam. Legionella – Management and control. Exciting stuff guys!

End of Week Round Up

Wow, another week over – where is time going this year? It’s going to be May in like a week. Jeez!

I’ve had a bad few days, although if you look at my graph, it’s still very green – yay!

I kind of stopped writing on Thursday, and that carried on Friday and Saturday. Happily though, I broke that pattern, and have written over 250 words today – woop!

In blogging terms, this is my fourth blog this week – 2 check-ins, 1 book review, and another one. Yay, go me.

Exercise is also going well, I’ve been to the gym twice (oh yeah!), and walked home from work on Monday (5km). That’s not counting all the normal walking I do a day. This week I’ve done less as it’s been raining a lot, so I’ve gone for the journey that involves less walking so I don’t get to work a drowned rat. It’s seriously been raining this week. Forecast for this week looks wet too, but I’ll try to be braver this week!

My mum has a theory that when she’s on a diet if she sticks to it Monday to Friday, then eats what she wants on the weekend, she can carry it on for as long as she needs to. I always thought that was a bad idea, until I read something that said it was good. I’m hoping it’s a good idea, cause that’s totally what I’ve done this weekend. I’ve probably totally overdone it though, so think I’ve put back on any weight I lost last week.

Oh well. Now I’m back into the gym-going-routine I should find losing weight easier. I hope so anyway. It’s only about a month until I’m planning on going on holiday. I really want to lose as much as possible in that time.

I’m still doing random writing, not novel writing, but I’ve been writing the same piece all week. I don’t really know what it’s going to be, there’s not enough of a story to make it a short story or anything, but it’s interesting writing this character, I like her, and I’m intrigued about what’s gong on in her life. Whether it turns into anything, or stays nothing, I’m having fun writing it, which is really good.

Each day I’ve actually managed to do some writing I’ve gone quite a bit over my new 150 word goal – Monday 679, Tuesday 205, Wednesday 356 and today 254.I’m really happy about that because the weeks before, when my goal was just 100 words, there were quite a few days where I barely made that. Or I made it, then as soon as I checked, I stopped.

I’m definitely getting more into it. I’ll keep my goal 150 this week, then crank it up again next week. Not sure if it will be 200 or 250, I’ve a week to decide.  

Slightly Adjusted Goals Working Well

On Sunday I decided to alter my goals. I was going for baby steps in my writing and eating goals, and the baby steps were working, so it was time to take it up a step. A little step, but still a step.

My writing goal WAS 100 words a day. I decided to crank that all the way up to 150 words. I know it’s not a massive increase, but it keeps the number doable in my head. ‘Oh, I only need to write 150 words, that’s nothing, I can write,’ vs ‘Oh no, I have to write xxx words, I can’t do that tonight, I won’t bother writing any.’ This is probably what I’d really think too.

So far, after 2 days, the new goal is working. I got 679 on Monday and 205 yesterday. Technically I decided to do it Sunday, and Sunday I wrote 582, so I’m doing really well. For comparison, before I put it up to 150, there were quite a few days, where I only just scrapped 100!

My eating goal was a maximum of 1400 calories a day. I wasn’t rocking that one so much, I only got that few twice last week, but decided if I’m going to do this seriously, I should cut it down even lower. 1200 is my new max goal.

Again, this one is going really well too (again I started decided to start it on Sunday): Sunday – 1093, Monday 1171 and Tuesday 1148. I’m eating really well, with all my 5 portions fruit/veg, and not really starving myself either. So far I’ve lost 2lb. That’s pretty good for not many days!

Looking at my chart (I’m actually going to remember to put it in the blog this time) for the last 3 days it looks awesome. Green, green, green. Wonder how long I can keep that up for.

How are your goals going?

All Change This Week

In the whole scheme of things, last week went really well. I was really stressed with work, and crazily busy, but I still managed to pull of my word counting goals, and eat less than the max number of calories I wanted to on quite a few of the days.

If I managed that last week with the work stress, imagine how much better this week is going to go, no that a lot of my stress (and work) has gone. Much.

So much so, that I’m going to mix it up a bit. I’m going to increase my word count goal, and decrease my calorie goal.

The last couple of weeks I’ve played ‘baby steps’ to get me back into writing. It worked, 100 words each day was so manageable, that I rocked it. When I was deciding to increase it, I really wanted to increase it. I thought 250… but then I thought, that’s not quite as manageable as 100. So… 150 it is this week. Next week I might push it up to 250, maybe just 200. I don’t know, I’ll see how I go, and see how I feel at the end of the week.

Likewise, eating 1400 calories each day, somehow seemed pretty easy. The says I managed it, I really managed it, I’m talking less that 1400, including some chocolate. If I was able to do it that well WITH chocolate, imagine if I could decrease it, and decrease the chocolate too. Maybe I’d lose more than 1lb (2 really, but I put 1 back on). I’m dropping it down to 1200. I’d really like to go as low as 1000, but that’s a massive step. If I can manage 1200 for a week or so, then I’ll think about lowering it again.

I went (window) shopping after work, and saw some really nice clothes that would look good a) if I was thinner, and b) when (if) I go on holiday. That’s two reasons right there to lose some weight. Hopefully I’m going the end of May, so I’ve got about 6 weeks to lose as much as possible. I could totally lose 12lb in that time, but I don’t want to take big steps, baby steps remember, I’m DEFINITELY going to lose 6lb. Anything else will be a bonus.

I walked home from work today – 5.16km. I stopped listening to music while I walk a few years ago (tinnitus makes me paranoid about listening to headphones too much, I save my headphone time for the gym and running), so decided to keep myself occupied another way. I used to play a game with my other half, where we’d watch aeroplanes, and I’d get him to make up stories about the people on the flight, where they were going etc. (I think secretly I always wanted him to ask me too, so I could make up somethings too, but if he ever did, I don’t remember). I decided to play that game with people walking past. I’d look at them, and work out where they were going, what they were doing etc. I decided I wasn’t allowed to chose someone whose story I’d want to make up, that would be too predictable, I’d make it up about the 5th person that walked by me…

The 5th person walked by on the phone. That gave me an idea. I developed it a little in my head, and was quite happy about the beginning of a story, or maybe just a scene in a story, seeing as there wasn’t really going to be much story, just character building.

I got home and started writing what I’d thought up, but it changed a little. Well quite a lot – a guy came on the scene (imagine, me a romance writer, thinking up a male lead too), which kind of took the scene off on another direction to the one I was planning.

It’s not much, but I think it’s enough to get me intetested to write tomorrow too. Even if it’s not, it got me WELL over my goal today. Goal = 150 word, Actual = 679 words. Woop!

Lets hope tomorrow goes well too.