30 Day Challenge – Week 3

This is the fourth in a series. Read the initial post, Week 1 Progress, and Week 2 Progress.

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A set-back is defined as a reversal in your progress. This past week I experienced a bit of a set back, that I wrote about in my post on The Challenge of Slowing DownI hurt my back, came down with strep and inflamed vocal chords, and was ordered to go home and rest my voice. Then came the fibromyalgia flare. And then word that one of my cousins, who is just a few years older than me, died unexpectedly. Talk about some stress on the body.

This is what happens when you ignore the little voices in your head telling you to take it easy. Take a day off. Get some rest. If I had rested sooner, maybe I wouldn’t have developed strep and lost my voice, maybe I wouldn’t have gone into full fibro flare mode.

“Temporary set backs are overshadowed by persistence.” ~Quentin L. Cook

Week 3 Results

Although I experienced some set backs with my health and my energy levels, I was still able to keep up with the other habits I am trying to reinforce: daily gratitude and daily logging of my food.

Overall results:

  • Workouts: Yoga 6 out of 7 days – a few days were some very gentle, restorative yoga for my back, but I did it.
  • Weight: I have lost 0.2 lbs this week. (Overall weight loss so far: 4 lbs.) My body has been inflamed and trying to heal, requiring more fuel to recover. I am surprised I even lost anything.
  • Food: Logged everything, including tea in honey, cough drops, etc. in MyFitnessPal.
  • Gratitude: 7 out of 7 days
  • Sleep: Well this is still my biggest struggle and my biggest fail. One night I couldn’t sleep because of back pain. Several nights I was up with post-nasal drip and a sore throat.

Developing Habits

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle

 

 

 

They say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, so I have hit that mark. Developing habits takes time, consistency, determination, and persistence. You’re more apt to continue with those habits if:

  • You tell others about what you are trying to do
  • You don’t make excuses
  • You develop affirmations
  • You reward yourself

I rewarded myself this week by allowing my body time to heal.

Do you have some bad habits or issues you would like to work on? Consider challenging yourself for 7, 14, or even 30 days!

Cheers!Cynthia

Clean Eating: Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies are a great way to sneak more fruits, vegetables, and fiber into your diet. The combinations and options are endless!

I make a lot of smoothies for breakfast. My typical recipe is high in anti-oxidants and fiber, with all kinds of yummy stuff in it. It’s easy for me to blend up and drink while I am getting ready in the morning. But I have seen this trend of making smoothie bowls so I decided to try my hand at one over the weekend, for my 30 Day Challenge.

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30 Day Challenge – Week 2

This is the third in a series. Read the initial post and Week 1 Progress.

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Here is my Week 2 check-in of my 30 day personal challenge for the month of April.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” ~Zig Ziglar

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To say these last two weeks have been difficult is almost an understatement. And I am not referring to my 30 day challenge. That has actually been the easy part! My husband has been gone on two different trips. Work has been particularly busy and difficult. I have been extremely busy with my volunteer work. And, oh, there was that little flare of fibromyalgia along the way.

So this week’s entry will be short, sweet, and to the point!

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~John Maxwell

Week 2 Results

Where I am still falling short is on my sleep. This has always been difficult for me. Never enough, not refreshing enough. Even Saturday night when I was completely exhausted I didn’t sleep through the night. It didn’t help that one of the dogs was barking incessantly at a squirrel she had cornered in a tree!

As far as my daily gratitude, yoga, and logging my food, here are my results:

  • Workouts: I have practiced yoga every day. Even the day I overslept and then had a fund raiser after work, I made sure to come home and practice a relaxing session before I went to bed.
  • Weight: So far down 2.5 lbs. and 1.5% body fat 🙂 (happy dance inserted here)
  • Food: Logged every day, and haven’t gone over my calories. My next challenge, however, will be to work on the proper balance of calories between Carbs/Proteins/Fats.
  • Gratitude: Haven’t missed a day in my journal, and am thankful I have been so successful thus far!
  • Sleep: Still struggling here. I have had a few good nights of quality sleep, and a few not so good nights. Six straight hours of sleep is remarkable for me. 😦

This week’s goal: Better quality sleep!

This should be easier to accomplish, since I don’t have quite as many after work activities planned, I am hoping to take a couple of half days off of work, and I have a Saturday morning date planned with my husband for breakfast and a trip to the Farmer’s Market!

Do you have some bad habits or issues you would like to work on? Consider challenging yourself for 7, 14, or even 30 days!

Cheers!Cynthia

30 Day Challenge – Week 1 Results

This challenge is about being DELIBERATE. It’s about finding some peace with myself, my body, my physical capabilities, and my limitations.

I made it through week 1!

This is the second in a series. Read the initial post here. 

My body is wearing out. Since 2000 when I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lower back and a few months later fibromyalgia, my body seems to have been on a steady decline. I used to be a treadmill warrior, committed to reaching those 10,000 steps a stay so my Fitbit would say “Nice job, Cindy!”. Well injuries and physical therapy and doctors recommendations to try something else have convinced me that perhaps I needed to fold up the treadmill for good. Or at least for the next 30 days…

So I embarked on my 30 Day Challenge with these guidelines: Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 1 Results”

30 Day Challenge to a Better, Stronger Me

I am embarking on a personal challenge for the month of April, to try to tweak some of my habits, to be more consistent with my practices. As JJ Virgin always says, “Little hinges swing big doors.” Sometimes those little tweaks make a big difference!

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Benefits of Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Help fight your fibro-fog! Yoga improves your mind’s ability to process information.

The thought of exercising when you are in the throes of pain and fatigue may seem counterintuitive, but that’s exactly why you should get moving. Research shows that regular exercise can reduce pain and improve overall health. There are additional benefits for fibro sufferers. But too strenuous of an exercise can certainly trigger a flare and set you into that vicious cycle of pain and fatigue, leaving you with no energy for working out. If this sounds like you, consider the practice of yoga to help ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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Fight Fibromyalgia with Your Diet

The symptoms of fibromyalgia include chronic, debilitating widespread pain and fatigue. So if you could change your diet to ease up the symptoms of fibromyalgia, would you? I found this infographic to go along with my post from yesterday where I talked about diet strategies for dealing with fibromyalgia. This graphic is from Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy. You can find other practical info, graphics, and humor on my Pinterest board.

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Cheers!

Cynthia