This is what a challenge should be like.
I’m talking, of course, about my new Squat Challenge. It’s just really fun! I like squats. I can get behind doing them. So much so that today I considered just deferring my rest day till I really need it.
Except then I realized that my thighs were screaming murder every time I walked around so … perhaps best to take this rest day.
Are you doing a challenge? Tell me about it! I really want to do challenges (though different ones) every day – once this one ends I’ll need a new one. It’s not so much because I think that a month of exercising will give me a perfect body but that its a fun way to get a bit of exercise in.
Alright, so starting next week (actually it’s already been started mostly) these are the things I really want to incorporate into my daily schedule:
- Wake up at 6:45 to be able to go swimming for half an hour before work, every day.
- After work, spend about half an hour to an hour a day doing the following things:
- Meditate for 10 minutes or so.
- Do the new Popsugar 30-Day Squat Challenge (I’ve done two days so far and I’m quite happy with it!)
- Logging in all my food information in MyFitnessPal and estimating what I can’t eat.
- Don’t drink the coffee/hot chocolate in the office so much. Restrict myself to one cup and then one cup of unsweetened and unmilky tea or something – these drinks are an extra 200 calories in my day that I really cannot afford!
- Stop thinking about heartbreaking boy and find better and more productive things to do with my life. Get happy myself, so he can’t get into my head.
Let’s see how it goals. I’ll keep you posted! (Especially with reviews of the Squat Challenge. I can tell you, it’s been 2 days and there is BURN).
My apologies. I know this is a very delayed post. In the last few weeks, I’ve been preparing for exams, had the most gruelling set of exams ever, been at home for a whirlwind four days, and then started a new internship. All of these changes were very difficult to manage regular blogging and calorie-counting with (though I have tried to eat mostly within the calorie limit everyday, and I think succeeded – if not all, then a majority of the days).
I think it’s easy for things to fall by the wayside in periods of change, especially when the habits aren’t well-ingrained. I’m sorry that happened to me – this is something I really need to avoid the next time a particular change happens. In the meantime, let me re-affirm some of the reasons why this blog exists (I think a few have changed a bit):
- I want to be healthy and not suffer from blood pressure, diabetes, and the myriad other diseases that lurk in my family history.
- I want to be able to run and jump and swim and enjoy myself in whatever situation I am in (especially when I go to Hong Kong next February!)
- I want to show off a bit to my friends when we have a school reunion in December.
- I want to look toned and muscular and fit.
- I want to be able to manage my current auto-immune disease by being less stressed out, eating well, and taking all my medicines regularly.
- I want my clothes to fit better.
- I want to feel better about my body. (I know that this has more to do with my mindset than my weight, but I’ve found that something that works phenomenally well for this is exercising and learning that my body can do wonderful things … it definitely makes me love myself more).
- I want to be happier and manage my anxiety and depression.
The best part is that I already know how to do all of this. It’s just a matter of developing good habits – and I think I’m on my way to doing that. Stay tuned.