Planning Your Aims… Becoming Lighter Series – (2)

So continuing with the Becoming Lighter series, if you want to read my thoughts on this subject don’t forget to follow and thank you for reading my blog. Check out previous posts too!

We have brainstormed aims and eliminated some aims and decided what goals or aims we intend to implement. Focus on one aim at a time and break it down into smaller elements.  This enables what psychologists call “implementation intentions”. Also, it is a good idea to find value in each task.

For example, I’ve decided to write my blog after having the late afternoon cuppa. I’ve attached the task to having a cup of tea and a possible snack during the late or early part of the evening. Mark Manson mentions habits in his paper (as below) and writes about how psychologists indicate that willpower can be trained like a muscle as it is about integrating good habits into daily life. Personally, I find it helps to combine it with something you want to do at a specific time of the day. This can help habit formation. Doesn’t always work because life gets in the way, but most days a cuppa (habit) and blog writing or researching (new habit) is beginning to happen. Same with visiting the gym. Which for me, is best done before work, if I can face getting out of bed, or straight after work, before I return home, eat and chill out.

To sum up…

– Focus on one aim

– Break it down into sub aims

– Form a new aim with your usual routine (new habit/old habit)

– Be positive

– Source: Mark Manson’s paper ‘The Guide to Habits’ (download if put ‘habits’ in search on this site)

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How do you want to feel a month from now?

This is what is on my mind. I popped into a pub on the way home about 10 days ago, and because I was not driving, ordered a pint of lager. It lasted a long time, but my stomach was feeling bloated while I consumed the fizzy drink.

A lightbulb moment happened. No more messing about. Need to get back on the healthy, but filling food plan. I was feeling unhealthy, large and uncomfortable.  This is because the pounds are beginning to return.  My plan is as follows…

-Focus on high protein and cut down on the carbs

-Eat only when hungry

-Participate in the Parkrun

-Check out some classes at the gym

-Drink lots of water (2 litres or more per day)

-Be aware of when I am hungry and not just bored and/or fed up!!

-Eat lots of vegetables and fruit

-Write down everything I consume

So lots of exercise and healthy food. The aim is to feel great by this time next month. What is your aim?

I’ve been doing the above and it is working well, so far and I will keep you updated.

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Everyday inspiration – Parkrun, reading and cooking…

Saturday – was an inspiring day so I’m going to share with you.  It started with a bowl of yogurt, oats and frozen berries.  This is a impressive breakfast, because it is sooo gratifying and looks rather resplendent too.

Parkrun

This was followed by a drive to the local park for this week’s Parkrun.  I’ve been running for a while off and on and recently decided to train more seriously.  To reduce the risk of injury, been doing a tough workout at the gym with weights and leg strength exercises. Consequently, my legs feel marginally stronger and I managed to keep shuffling along for the whole 5k.  Jolly tough for me, I can tell you.

Parkrun helps because it is challenging and timed.  It is held in many parks nationally on Saturday morning and starts at 9pm.  If you try it, arrive early because there is a short talk before the running starts.  Don’t forget to log on and obtain your bar code so your time can be recorded and emailed to you.  To find your local Parkrun, here is the website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk
Cooking and catching up with stuff

Returned home feeling invigorated and got stuck into a few housework chores, showered then had some lunch.  The afternoon was spent food shopping, reading and making this Moussaka for dinner.  It has been a long time since I made one and I really enjoyed it. Moussaka is simple to make and a favourite meal.

Fry slices of aubergines with a red onion. Cook some lamb mince and season then make a simple white sauce.  Layer in a deep dish, the aubergines, onion, mince and sliced potatoes. Add the white sauce and sprinkle some cheese if you are piggy like me then shove in a hot oven.  Job done. Here is a recipe to guide you: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/moussaka_71985

Evening road trip and craft beer

During the evening I checked out the pub King and Queen in Edenbridge.  A pleasant, evening trip and driven by somebody else.  This was just as well because they had craft beer.

So what is special about today?  Nothing much but it was inspiring.  A new PB at the exhausting but satisfying Parkrun, interesting reading, catching up, cooking a different meal and drinking some super craft beer. A day doing fab stuff, when I wanted.  Always a good thing, isn’t it?

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Day 2 and 3 – #HealthyAugust – Quick update…

So far, so good. Yesterday, did a big workout at the gym 5k run then weights etc. Felt a sense of achievement afterwards because I’ve been struggling lately.

Also, made a spaghetti bol but as I’ve been given so many courgettes by a friend, decided to put them to good use and made courgettie. This is a really good alternative and very tasty.
Today, been on a long walk with my borrowed dog, Oscar.  We enjoyed walking through the woods, fields and orchards and it was great to see some sunshine too.  Always an added bonus.

The problems may arise this weekend but feeling pretty determined to have a good month.

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