Day 121- REVIEW: Daily Habits

Most of my days now, especially weekdays, are 75% full of habits. Some are easy to adhere to, some are more challenging. Since I joined the gym and attend classes, to continue it means I must adjust each day to accommodate everything. It means that dinner and breakfast can’t be at the same time everyday. And meals have to be tailored to time I have. Yesterday I abandoned all variations of diets and have chosen to simply restrict calories until I reach my desired weight. I’ve been meaning for a long time to get a menu plan in place and design an efficient way to quickly create the shopping list and order it for home delivery. With this in mind, I have reviewed my daily habits and created a list of them for each day. This has helped me determine when my meals should be and what kind of meal I should have given the time restraints. It has also made known how much time I have left in each day to fill with the habits I’m yet to make. Let’s face it, to get close to perfection on my path it will mean having an action-packed day. When I was procrastinating, it was empty and idle.

It is my intention to implement my reviewed habits from Monday and to include every habit I have created. Then I will spend the forthcoming weeks using the blog to introduce even more habits that can fill the gaps and finally hone my meal plan and shopping habits. This plan should help me lose weight and get fit so I can move onto the next chapter.

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Day 120- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

83,088

76,419

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,870

10,917

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

17,406

16,100

25,000

Active Minutes

317

301

Sleep

6h 28m

7h 7m

8h

Water Consumption

821 ml

143 ml

3000ml a day

So all my stats are down because I spent most of last week in Amsterdam on holiday. They are not too bad considering I was not that active. Funnily, sleep is up because I finally got to wake up when I want to and not when the alarm dictates. This week finds me trying to return to my yoga and pilates classes, gym three times a week in the morning and attempting a 5k weekly. The stats should soar.

In a desperate attempt to lose weight still, and the plant-based diet book failing to captivate me, I have abandoned all dogma and returned to simply counting calories. I watched a great Google Talk which said ‘forget everything until you can master your calorie consumption’. The fact that I haven’t lost any weight regardless of the diets and cleanses I’ve attempted suggests that whatever I’m doing I’m finding a way to consume too many calories. Instead I’m using my Fitbit app to monitor my calories in vs calories out. If I follow a restricted 1000 calories a day, I could lose up to 2 lbs a week and reach my target weight of 130 lbs by June.

My weight is really all that is holding me back from turning to the next chapter on my path to perfection.

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Day 119- NEW HABIT: The Chiropodist

NEW HABIT: Visit the chiropodist

About 4 years ago I started to experience a painful toenail, especially after a couple of hours of walking. On inspection I noticed a thickening of skin in the nail bed which prevented the nail from growing in the normal fashion. I researched the problem online and considered it could be an ingrown toenail or a fungal infection. I tried lotions and potions for fungal infections but the problem never went away. Then I noticed my big toenails turning yellow which is when I started to really believe I had a problem. Anyway, about 4 years later, and years of hiding my feet away, I finally decided to visit a chiropodist to establish what the problem might be. I’ve previously blogged how much I would like to have pedicures on my spa days but didn’t feel I could until I knew what I was dealing with.

I called up a practice I found online after someone recommended them to me. The consultation was £50 and the letter stated that it included filing, clipping etc…

I went to the appointment today and I was there for an hour. The consultant confirmed that she did not believe it was down to a fungal infection. She said that the way I use my left foot has caused the toes to turn to the side and my problem toe is so twisted the nail is forced to grow wrongly. She said the big toes are probably yellow due to thickening from dehydration. Good news is I can confidently go for pedicures and if I condition and file my toe nails I can make them look and feel better. She clipped them and filed them and conditioned them. My bath nights will eventually allow me to give my feet some attention during and after. She recommended a foot cream like Flexitol for the conditioning.

So after 4 years of discomfort and procrastinating, I finally got my feet looked at. Now I can have pedicures and make my feet pretty again.

“I will visit the chiropodist. I will follow her advice to keep my feet in good shape. I will visit again if they start to look bad again”

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Day 118- Staying and Straying on the Path to Perfection

I have just come back from 4 nights in Amsterdam. I had a really nice time but being away from home can be a real challenge to the habits we create. Little routine, a different environment and temptations galore can really throw one off the path they wish to take. I’ve learned from this trip that whatever I do in life, wherever I go, I need to plan it, to get the best out of it and to not veer from the path. I’m creating my reality for day to day stuff but I need to create it for every part of my life, not just the routine and mundane.

Cleverly, I took a day off work today. I think it is always helpful to give oneself a day in-between a holiday and work, to take stock and prepare to follow a routine again.

To help me steer back onto the Path to Perfection I will be going to yoga tonight and grocery shopping. I need to wash my uniform and unpack. I will plan for tomorrow and have an early night. Tomorrow, I will check each of my habits and make sure I’m doing them properly and in the right order.

Long term, it’s time for me to create my menu plan so I can start losing weight. I also need to start running my 5k to see if I can improve on my 56 minute walk which is now my base start. I need to go to all my yoga and pilates classes this week and start going to gym in the morning again.

Today I am going to the chiropodist for the first time to find out if I have a nail infection. I haven’t addressed it for about 4 years but now I want pedicures and pretty feet so it’s time. I will let you know tonight how I get on with that.

 

Day 113- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

81,875

83,088

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,696

11,870

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

18,612

17,406

25,000

Active Minutes

275

317

Sleep

6h 7m

6h 28m

8h

Water Consumption

571 ml

821 ml

3000ml a day

I’m really chuffed with my results last week. Looks like all the habits are improvements are starting to manifest. Really glad to see my sleep has improved without even trying.

I’m off to Amsterdam for a few days but when I get back I’m very serious about honing my daily habits, starting running and finally sorting out my diet.

Day 112- NEW HABIT: Face Mask

NEW HABIT: Use a face mask on Sunday bath nights

Sundays have become designated bath nights. It’s my opportunity to exfoliate and shave and scrub my feet and anything else that 5 minutes in the shower doesn’t allow. It’s also a great opportunity to chill, relax and meditate. The first week I just soaked for 30 minutes. The second week I washed my face and exfoliated before my soak. Tomorrow will be my third week of having a Sunday night bath and I will then follow my exfoliation with a face mask.

I have tried many, many face masks and most of them either sting, burn or dry my skin out. However, I have discovered two that I really get on well with and one of them is my all time favourite. They happen to both be by Origins.

My favourite is Out Of Trouble. It is white cream and is incredibly soothing on red, inflamed, spotty skin. I love the smell, it reminds me of a 1970s fist aid box. When I have really bad red spots, it not only soothes but I find it brings the spot to the surface quicker.

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I also like Clear Improvement. It is not as good as Out Of Trouble but it is better suited to the T-Zone. That’s the areas like the nose, chin and forehead. I like to use both masks at the same time in different zones to get the best results.

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Like my Liz Earle products these items are to be financed by my PayPal profits from eBay. I think I have a little Clear Improvement left so soon I will have to buy new face masks.

“On Sunday bath nights I will use a face mask after exfoliation”

Day 111- NEW HABIT: Spring Spa Visit

NEW HABIT: Budget for a Spring spa visit with treatments & budget for it

Part of my bigger plan is to have 4 spa visits a year. I would like one for my birthday in January, one for my boyfriend’s birthday in April, one in the Summer before a holiday and one in Autumn with my mum and sister. At each visit I would like to have an exfoliating treatment, a massage and a facial. In Spring and Summer I would like a pedicure as well, so I have nice painted nails for sandals.

We like visiting Nirvana Spa in Berkshire. It is one of the nicest day spas in the country. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a hotel. That would really be the icing on the cake.

To have everything I want for the Spring Spa Day I have to budget about £450. Luckily this Christmas I received a Spa day voucher and £100 towards treatments from my boss so I didn’t have to save up so much money. Today I booked our spa visit. The itinerary is really full and exciting.

Start 8:30am

Breakfast

11am- African Baobab Ritual (exfoliation & massage)

12.30pm- Personalised Spa Facial

3:00pm- Vegan Afternoon Tea

6:00pm- J-GELeration Pedicure

7:15pm- Healthy Buffet

We have never had such a full day with so much on offer but planning and budgeting has finally made it possible, and I wish it to be an annual event. I will blog next week about my visit to the Chiropodist. I feel I have to do that before having a professional pedicure. I’m concerned I may have some nail infections.

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“I will budget for a Spring Spa Day for my boyfriend’s birthday in April and budget for it and treatments including exfoliation, a massage, a facial and a pedicure”