December Yoga Challenge

The past months have not been good as far as my monthly goals/tasks. My hip has given me problems (still does even though I got a cortisone shot at the end of October) and my fall a few weeks back caused problems with my tail bone. On top of that I’m experiencing problems with side effects due to my new medication Metoject I take every week. So, I’ve decided to completely scale back on my monthly goals and start fresh next year when hopefully my body is in a better mood.

I have decided though to take part in a December yoga challenge held by the Nerd Fitness team. I figured that despite my issues I should be able to do some type of yoga each day and I will choose what to do depending on how I feel each day. The goal of the challenge is to do yoga for at least 10 minutes a day and then collect points for each day you have completed it. The more consecutive days the higher the point. Sharing the journey on Facebook, Instagram etc gives extra points. At the end of December all points are calculated and the top 3 get some type of reward. I’m not part of it to compete for the reward, my goal is rather to finally get up to speed with my yoga plus to actually be able to do something despite the issues I currently have with my body.

Yesterday I did a 15 minute yoga session focused on the back and hip. I thought it went perfectly fine, but when I was going to bed in the evening I could barely lay down because it hurt so much. Took me a long time to manage to rest and go to sleep. šŸ˜¦ Obviously not the best yoga for me… I particularly need to be careful with the poses specifically targeted for the hip.

Today I woke up with a bad headache and I decided to try something called restorative yoga because I figured it mightĀ help the headache. I found a 12-minute video on YouTube that I decided to try. Well, it didn’t help the headache at all, but I did manage to get my yoga session in today too. šŸ˜‰ Go me!

So, two days completed now! And I’ve just decided to reward myself with finally setting up a little yoga area in our home gym if I successfully complete the challenge! Stay tuned for progress reports! šŸ™‚

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Reflections of September

Ohh… we’re 9 days into the month of October and I realized I’ve forgotten to post my progress report. šŸ˜¦ Actually I’ve forgotten to post in quite a while, or maybe I should rather say I’ve prioritised other things! šŸ˜‰

I’m happy to report that the tasksĀ I set up for September have all been completed successfully! Go me!! šŸ™‚

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I’m back to work 2 hours a day as of 6 weeks ago and it has been lots of fun to see my co-workers again and also being able to get some kind of normal routine into my life. I’m far from ready to start working more though… some days these 2 hours totally drain me where as other days goes quite smoothly. I’m scheduled to work 2 hours a day throughout the month of October as well and I feel quite relieved that I didn’t need to work hard in convincing my doctor about it. I though that he was going to push me to work 50% but he listened to me and agreed that working 25% is all I can manage right now.

So my days right now consist of 2 hour work, maybe lunch with a one of my co-workers and then I head home. I usually rest a bit in the afternoon before I either workout or do something else productive. I’ve started to read a little bit and it works fine for a while and then the brain fog hits and I have no idea what I’m reading anymore. šŸ˜¦ I’ve come to the realisation though that I do need to practice and try focusing and concentrating on things at least for a little bit each day.

Here are my tasksĀ for October:

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Reward yourself!

In order to follow through of the different things I’ve set up as goals I have set up a reward system for myself. (This is also something which is encourage as part of the NFA and one of the quests is actually related to setting up rewards for yourself). Originally I thought these rewards where a little tricky, not that I couldn’t think of anything particular I wanted but rather because I’ve always just purchased something I need. Now I’ve tried to change my mindset a little and instead of just buying something I want/need I should work for it. šŸ™‚ Ā I’ve not set up rewards for every goal I have, it’s mainly for the ones I feel requires some extra work and attention.

I decided to break down my rewardsĀ depending on what the goal is. For example, if the goal is food related I’ll buy something for the kitchen. Goals related to training and meditation will have rewards related to that and for my weight goals I’ve decided to just treat myself to something special such as a manicure, spa treatment etc. I only have 4 weight goal marks, and the first one I hit last week!

Two weeks ago IĀ achieved my one month with no candy and for that I decided to buy new trivets for the kitchen. I’m a home decor nerd so I thought that the arrival of the Fall season required some updated design to what I had previously. Not that the new ones are particularly Fall like, but it’s a new design and look in the kitchen at least.

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The new trivets and a marble cutting board. Originally I had planned 3 trivets but when I found the marble cutting board I just fell in love with it.Ā 

Two days ago I hitĀ another goal as well… I’ve now been doing daily meditation for a month. For that my reward is a meditation cushion, but as of yet I’ve not managed to figure out which one I want. I need to find a place where I can go and actually take a look at the different styles and try them out.

I keep track of my goals using an app called “Countdown Days Since, Days Until” that can be downloaded for free in the app store. This exact version don’t exist for Android but I’m sure there are similar apps available there. I’m not keeping track of everything here. Most of my goals I just check off in Evernote and don’t really need to count the days.

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20 seconds of courage – September edition

I had decided to do this month’s quest this weekend already in order to have it over and done with. My husband is leaving for a longer business trip in two weeks and I wanted us to do it together. Another reason for doing it now already was that just the thought of the activity made me a little nervous to say the least as I’m afraid of heights… my choice this month was to go on the SkyViewĀ (a gondola ride to the top of the Globe Arena, 130 metres above sea level)! I think the photos speaks for themselves…

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The gondola of the SkyView
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I’m ready! Just remember, don’t look down!!!
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Almost at the top!
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Nice view towards downtown Stockholm.
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Going back down again!
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Hey… I said DON’T LOOK DOWN!!!
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We’re safe on the ground again!

And here is a video from the ride:

SkyView at Ericsson Globe from Cecilia Magnusson on Vimeo.

Now, I need to start thinking about my October activity! So far I have no clue… šŸ˜€

Reflections of August

I’ve now been part of the NFA for 46 days and have made lots of progress in regards to particularly my mindset and nutrition. I have decided myĀ main goals for this journey but decided to make smaller tasks for each month with things I wanted to accomplish. Small steps towards a larger goal!

I’m happy to report that the tasks for August are all completed successfully! I’ve also managed to ignoreĀ eating candy or snacks throughout this month, stayed away from liquid calories (only thing I drink which qualifies into this category is cider and juice and even those are on rare occasions so this one was quite easy for me to accomplish). I’ve reached level 8 (only 70 points fromĀ level 9 actually!) of the NF level. As far as food I’m on level 6 now. Also that one was easy as we’ve eaten Paleoish for quite some time so omitting certain foods (carbs, sweets, pasta, bread) as the levels tell you was not difficult for me. I’ve also completely omitted dairy for the last few weeks as even lactose free products causes issues. I’ve felt much better the last 3 weeks.

I’ve started using Evernote instead of tracking everything in a journalĀ which was my first plan. I figure a digital “bullet journal” will allow me the freedom of editing and updating no matter where I am without having to carry a notebook in my purse all the time. Much more convenient for me!

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And here are the September tasks! I might add some more items during the next few days or week, but this is what the plan looks like right now:

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Wardrobe adventure

One of the most fun quests of NFA so far have been “How to NOT dress like a SLOB”. I don’t think I’ve ever dressed like a slob though, I’m way too aware of what I put on and how it look on me. I always want to look good, clean and “proper” when I go outside the house, actually, even inside the house… only time I don’t care how I look is when I’m sick. I might not have the most fashionable stuff because I dislike shopping for clothes as I have a hard time finding something that fits perfectly. I usually go to the stores when I really need something new and then I feel I have major issues trying to find something. Obviously I do find clothes because as of yet I’ve never had to leave the house naked! šŸ˜‰

The 3 areas part of the quest was to 1) think about your posture and 2) clear out the closet and 3) adjust the attitude toward yourself.

Now, that secondĀ part was major fun to do! I put ALL items in both of my wardrobes–I have one for everyday clothing and one for summer clothes–on the bed and then I went through each item one by one and sorted them according to keep, toss or give away. I took extra time with the ones to keep and really thought about how it made me feel and when I last used it. Many items I’ve kept only because “I might be able to wear them one day”. Those immediately went into the give away pile. Some items I did keep because I love the style and it will be my motivation for keeping this journey going, for example I bought a fantastic black and silver dress for New Year’s 3 years ago and that one I kept because I’m determined to wear it this year again. I have it hanging in my regular wardrobe so I see it every day.

Now I have all of my clothes in one wardrobe instead of two. In the extra wardrobe I put the few clothes I want to save for later (except the dress mentioned above). Now I only have items that I feel totally comfortable and good in when I wear.

I had 2 pair of jeans which had holes in them and instead of tossing them I cut off the legs and turned them into shorts. Quite short shorts too… major “going outside the comfort zone”-moment for me!

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All my clothes on the bed.
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Empty wardrobe.
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My new very short shorts.Ā 

Creating a plan

I love creating plans and getting organized!Ā Colored pens, stickers, scissors etc are so fun to work with and allows for a fun and detailed planning process. The difficult part with planning is sticking to it. šŸ˜‰

When it comes to my work I have no issues with following through of the plans and tasks set up in order to successfully reach a project milestone. So why is it so hard to do it with my everyday life?

I’ve decided to start thinking about my NFA journey as a project. I have point A and point B so I know my direction and where I want to be in the end.Ā I have set up my goals and quests so all of my milestones are set.

In order to have a better view of my health and fitness schedule I haveĀ printed out a calendar and will haveĀ the upcoming two months hanging in a place where I always see it and remind me of the upcoming weeks. Each type of activity have it’s own colored post-it flag. Having a post-it instead of writing directly on the paper will allow me to switch in case I need to reschedule something for another day. So far I’ve divided them into:

  • gym class (orange)
  • Meditation/yoga class (pink)
  • meetings with my physiotherapist (yellow)
  • 20 seconds of courage-activates (purple)
  • other fitness activities (blue)

I will add on my activities and a corresponding color when I start doing more exercises. Currently I think it is enough with sticking to gym class, meditation and my power walks. The daily power walks I’ve not included in the calendar though.) I will add on the workouts part of the NFA program in a few months. I’m scheduled to start working again (part time) as of September so I don’t want to plan in too many things right away but rather start slow and add on activities when I feel ready for it. I can’t overwhelm my body as I’m still not feeling 100%.

I’ve also purchased a “training calendar” where I will write down how much I walk and what type of exercises I do daily. The calendar also have a “weekly summary section” which I hope will be useful and a way to easily see how a week has been. I bought a calendar that is small enough so I always can have it in my purse. That way I can update it no matter where I am.

My last items is a journal that I will keep for motivation and tracking of my progress. I’ve written down some of the different mindset quests, measurements, goals etc and will put it in a spot where I always see it.

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Decide. Commit. Succeed.