Recovery is the name I give to the opportunity to get back on the path to perfection when circumstances have veered one off the path. It involves evaluation and then a focus on completing each habit again, one at a time. Sometimes recovery will involve some catching up on habits that got abandoned during a wobble.
So I lost last week to illness. I wanted last week to be my perfect week. I had all my habits neatly organised in my calendar, had got rid of ones that had become too challenging or obsolete and was raring to go. Struck down by a head cold including an awful cough, I had to cancel gym classes and spend most of my evenings in bed. I did however, count my calories and on the days I did, I lost weight. Unfortunately, due to procrastination I was buying food on the go and found myself going to the shops every single day which is such a time waster. Although my cough is still an irritation, I think I’m well enough to resume exercise and stop idling.
The housework has fallen behind, I’ve stopped exercising, I’m shopping daily and my evening routine has been abandoned. Next week I want to return to my gym habits, have a clean house and a menu plan, calorie count my food and stick to my evening routine. I figured I can use this weekend to put in place the things that will help me succeed next week and those are:
- Do housework to start week with a clean house
- Make a menu plan (calorie counted)
- Do online grocery shopping for the week
- Wash all my gym kit and have it ready
Completing all these things this weekend will set my up for the perfect week. Then all I have to do is be well and disciplined enough to do all my habits.
And most importantly, I want the opportunity to add new habits to my path again.
I have so many habits created now that they really are becoming the backbone to my week. My first round of visits to the gym are becoming permanent so soon I will consider adding more activities. I have so many habits now I have had to review them and decide which to cement and which to discard. I transferred all my habits to Calendar to help me see where gaps are left in my dairy so that I can fill them with new habits. The classes at gym vary in times so I also need to plan my meals around them.
Now that all my permanent habits are in my calendar, I am making a concerted effort this week to complete them all. It will be a good foiundation this week before I start to conquer my meal plans and look to introduce additional exercise.
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.
Just over a week ago I decided to join the gym and follow the vegan diet from the book, “The 28-Day Vegan Plan: Kickstart a plant-based lifestyle in just one month” by Kim-Julie Hansen. I was very excited because I hate making shopping lists and menu plans but this book had it all laid out for me. My youngest son and I have just managed the first week but I have to express how very disappointed I am in the book. Firstly, the ingredients in the shopping list don’t match the actual ingredients needed in the recipes, so I had too much of a lot of things. Secondly, some of the portions are over the top and excessively large. On one of the prep days it asked me to cook 200g of brown rice but it made sooooo much rice there was no way we would get through it. Thirdly, the meals are just not that great. Either tasteless or not tasting great. I can’t believe the kale salad recipe doesn’t request you rub anything into the kale to break it down first. Lastly, the prep is a nightmare. If the food tasted good, it may be worth it but a lot of the meals are just boring, dry or a bit rank. This is not a good book to endorse Veganism. I know there are plenty of delicious plant-based meals out there.
I have joined the gym for over a week and have been really embracing almost daily activity. The diet has also proved very awkward to follow now I’m busy with the gym. I’m spending way to much time faffing in the kitchen and making a big mess for quite nasty meals. Today was the first day I felt all my habits were getting on top of me. I never quite got all the housework done at the weekend, I still had 3 more chairs to build for my dining set and then there is all the pressure to prep lunches, meals and breakfasts.
It’s really important I feel back in control of my habits so tomorrow I am prioritising finishing the weekend chores, bringing the house back in order and completing all my habits, especially my evening beauty regimen which keeps being abandoned due to time restraints.
After that, I’ll enforce a new diet plan. I want to create my own personal 12-week plan, based on the things we like and the recipes I know are easy. I should also mention that after a week of gym and a vegan diet I gained 1lb. I just couldn’t believe it. It may be I have to count calories to lose this stubborn weight.
I want to print out a 12-week food diary and fill it with all the meals we know and love. Making meals regular just like my habits. I want to return to my recipe flashcards too. Write out my favourite recipes on them a long with the needed ingredients.
NEW HABIT: Always have paper and cartridges for the printer and budget for it
Using a printer can be quite a costly affair especially when one does not budget for the expensive ink cartridges. At around £80 a pop, it always comes as a nasty surprise when I have to replace a spent one. Also, I never have one ready when it runs out so there are occasions when important documents can’t be printed in time. This new habit is about always having spare cartridges at the ready. The trigger is, as soon as a new one goes in, it’s time to order the next one. That way, there will never be an occasion that we can’t print. I will also be budgeting the £80 so when the time comes to order, I have the greens ready. I did try to save money by buying boot leg cartridges but my printer does not like them and keeps telling me I’m out of ink. I’ve surrendered to only giving it what it wants. The company I buy from is CartridgeSave.com and they offer a recycling service so I can send my spent cartridges back to them for free. They are also cheaper than the high street and post almost next day.
Paper is also required for the printer and that’s something I run out of too and then the kids can’t print their homework. I’ve decided I should also always have a spare pack so when I open a new pack, it means it is time to buy another. I’ve also decided to start getting my printer paper from True Food because they offer an ethically made product.
“I will always have spare printer paper & ink cartridges at the ready. I will recycle the spent ones and ethically source the paper. I will budget £80 for cartridges”
TASK: Tidy understairs cupboard and gather together all eBay items to sell
It’s day 100 on the path to perfection. I’m so pleased and proud with myself for keeping up the effort for this long. The last time I went on this venture, I think I made it to 130-140 days. This time, I’m in it for the long haul and there will be no surrender.
At the weekend I spontaneously decided to tidy up the cupboard under the stairs and get all my eBay items together. I guess the motivation was the need to get money onto my PayPal to fund the Liz Earle products I’m slowly depending on.
It was a real mess to start with. Everything in there had just been thrown on top of one another.
I pulled everything out and organised everything for selling on eBay I in the corner of my kitchen, in the vain hope it will be a constant reminder to get on with creating the listings.
With the eBay items out of the way, I could really think hard about what I might like to put back in the cupboard. For a long time now, I’ve wished to have the vacuum cleaner in there instead of in the kitchen or around the house.
It looks so much better now and I did manage to get the vacuum cleaner in there. There’s now just that, the ironing board & iron, shopping bags and some shoes. Now I just have to get on with selling the rest of the stuff on eBay.
NEW HABIT: Try to go to the gym twice a day on weekdays for 3 months
The good news that my job role is to develop into something more professional from the 1st April means I am more inspired than I have been for a very long time. I want to dress more professionally for the role and feel good about myself. It has inspired me to join the gym because we have a new one recently opened right between my home and work. My sons go to it and my eldest son has been saying for a while that he could easily train me to lose weight and gain muscle if we went together. Impulsively, I went to the gym after work on Friday and signed up for 3 months. Thats two months before my role starts and one month after. I should think with commitment I can lose the 30+ surplus pounds I’m carrying around. 10 pounds a month is totally doable. I have joined an Anytime Fitness gym. It’s about £40 a month and you can only join for 3 months if you pay it all up front.
The gym is really nice with lots of stuff available. I’m chuffed that the showers are like individual bathrooms so I can lock the door and get on with my beauty regimen. Fingers crossed they are not too popular and busy. There are also a variety of classes I can attend, included in the price. I’m excited because there are lots I’m interested in, like variations of yoga. I can book the day before. There are even classes at 6am and I’m sure if I get addicted I would attend them, use the gym and then go to work.
I want to make the gym part of my daily routine once or twice a day so I have had to review all my habits and their timings for the entire day. Here is my revised plan for my daily weekday habits.
0645 hrs- Get up & put on gym wear
0650 hrs- Make bed
0655 hrs- Dental routine
0700 hrs- Finish packing for work
0705 hrs- Do any washing up
0715 hrs- Go to gym
0730 hrs- Gym session
0830 hrs- Shower & beauty regimen
0900 hrs- Breakfast at work
1600 hrs- Return home
1615 hrs- Change into gym wear
1620 hrs- Put laundry on
1625 hrs- Prep dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast & lunch, and have snack
1800-2100 hrs- Gym classes
Head to bed routine
Pack for tomorrow
Netflix for one hour
Go to sleep
“I will aim to visit the gym at least once in the morning and once in the evening on weekdays for 3 months and then review”