Its March! Blimey the year is marching along! So I better catch up before I get whisked along too quickly. I set March as a deadline for my 2015 Resolutions I am going to reschedule a few with a new May deadline.
Put money into an ISA - not done - the rental deposit for a lovely new flat knocked me off my intended goal - but will do it by May
Lose 7lbs - I have lost 4lbs, next 3 have to go by May!
Book a yoga retreat and holiday with D - Deposit for peak district holiday pending on Friday, yoga retreat...not yet, finances have taken a big hit. I will get to a yoga retreat one day!
Do yoga at the location of each conference trip I attend - I enjoyed 2 lovely classes in Manchester whilst visiting for a conference
Study 1 hour of yoga theory per week - can be class structure, history or anatomy - Lots of exciting yoga plans coming up, I've had fun planning new classes.
Its Monday December 29th, a perfect time to have a restful contemplation of how things are going and how I want to tackle things anew in the new year. I'm snuggled up on a sofa as I type, christmas carols still going and christmas tree lights still on - I'm making the most of the last few days of my festive season. Along with other things I have found infinitely more challenging and stressful than I imagined, my plans for Progress have really struggled and fallen apart (just like me!) But one must go on, its all we can do. So I'll make some lists, because that always makes me feel better!
I had to rethink my ideas about going to Crossfit three times a week, it was unreasonable perhaps to think I could keep up that schedule. So here is version 2:
Monday - Crossfit
Tuesday - Crossfit and Yoga @ YMCA
Wednesday - alternate weeks: Yoga with Bath School of Yoga or Rest day
Thursday - Rest day or Run
Friday - Yoga and/or Run
Saturday - Whatever comes up, be it shopping, walking, climbing or duvet day!
Sunday - Teaching Yoga and Climbing My 2015 resolutions, with a deadline of March 2015
Put money into an ISA
book a yoga retreat and holiday with D
Go for coffee with CH
Meet up with E - in Manchester
Do yoga at the location of each conference trip I attend
Study 1 hour of yoga theory per week - can be class structure, history or anatomy
I laid out some Autumn Goals, in late September, so lets have quick check-in:
Lose weight. My goal is to lose a stone over the next 4 months or so (goal 22)
Engage fully with my job for my 3 month probation, and beyond (related to goal 57)
Now I will no longer be using the university gym - settle into new exercise regime inc. cross fit, yoga, running and Bath YMCA classes
1 - I joined a weight loss club with Nourish, and its involved a lot of slip ups and breaking the rules! but as of todays weigh in I have lost 4 lbs, this is going to be a slow steady process and I have a lot to learn (mainly about control!) 2 - I am on week 3 of my new job, I am finding it infinitely more challenging than I imagined but am slowly but surely compiling new knowledge on the world of web and tech. Next week I am attending my second web conference so will hopefully absorb a little more knowledge with each day. Funnily both 1&2 involve a lot of the same traits - perseverance and patience. 3 -I am settling into a new regime:
Monday - Crossfit
Tuesday - Yoga @ YMCA
Wednesday - Yoga with Bath School of Yoga
Thursday - Crossfit or Run
Friday - Crossfit or Run
Sunday - Yoga and/or Climbing
And of course my daily 7 minutes of Yoga which has proved a really useful tool for encouraging me to practice every day
Have you planned any goals for Autumn/Winter? How are they going? I wish you every success! XXX
I refer to MindBodyGreen.com quite often for their advice on such things as healthy eating and dealing with depression. Most recently "6 ways to find motivation when you are depressed" This article is on a similar vein, but seems to be more winter themed!
It only takes 5 minutes of physical
activity to activate the ‘good mood’ chemicals in your brain. Those endorphins
are our natural anti-depressant,
Often when you feel depressed, you
don’t have the energy or desire to exercise, so be gentle with yourself and try
to push yourself a little past your comfort zone with this. You will see that
exercise will actually increase your energy and improve your mood.
2. Surround yourself with people, preferably positive
Developing a support system is
essential in promoting mental health for everyone.
3. Eat healthy foods.
When you regularly eat unhealthy
foods, it affects your mood and can also lead to guilt and shame for making
poor choices. The guilt and shame can trigger feelings of depression, and when
you are depressed, your brain craves foods high in fat, sugar, and carbs.
4. Choose positive thoughts.
Our thoughts are our experiences. So
when you think positively, you have a better chance of experiencing positive
things around you, negative thoughts can bring down our spirits, so it is
important to avoid them as much as possible and to focus on the positive things
around us that are happening.
5. Avoid booze.
Alcohol is sometimes used as a coping
mechanism, but is a poor choice for those who are drinking just as an escape or
to numb the pain.
I have a new goal, one I am initially intending to do every day until christmas in the first instance, and then beyond in 2015 if I can!
7 Minutes seems to be an optimum amount of time, or at least a 'trendy' amount of time to do something, and certainly, one can argue: we can all spare 7 minutes of every day. You can see it suggested here for Workouts, Meditation, and making a good impression
So my goal: 58. 7 Minutes of Yoga. Every. Day
I'm terrible at practicing at home, as I am so easily distracted once I start. Or find myself reluctant to start at all. Not ideal for a Yoga Teacher!
So, thats my new goal, and new 'leaf' I'm turning over. I started this morning with 7 minutes of yoga in my empty office.