Category Archives: Personal Development

Personal Growth..hopefully

Finally, I have everything set to start my p90x workout (sans the pull up bar). I did the ab ripper x yesterday just for fun, but my official start date is today.  I have my stats written down (will post at a later date…most likely around the 2nd phase), and my batteries are charging to take pictures (ugh, also don’t think I will post just yet).

I’m not sure how closely I will follow the nutrition plan, mostly because I have my own nutrition plan that I’d like to follow.

I’m scared and excited. I HAVE to do this for 90 days…90 days really isn’t that bad. CAN’T QUIT. This will definitely be a challenge.

I know I am becoming, or perhaps I have always been, a sheeple, or I guess sherson (singular?).  I’m working a 9-5, m-f job, to bring home a paycheck that just barely covers living expenses. Everyone has the power to be way more than that, but why do we settle? Maybe we’re lazy, but wouldn’t we rather be happy?

Personal examples of dropping the ball:

-Working out/going to the gym: “Ah, I’m tired, I’ll go tomorrow.”

-Blogging: “I have this great idea to write about, I’ll do it later.”

-Finding a career I love: “I want to do something great, but I don’t have the time to figure it out now.”


Things that I think will help me:

-Waking up every morning excited for the day. Even if I have to fake it for a while.

-Learn how to do things mind over matter. Tired? Tough, workout anyway.

-Having constant reminders of what I’m passionate about. Making a ‘dream board’ of sorts, where I list/have pictures of the things I want to accomplish.

Time to get some work done. Thanks for reading!

-C

New Trial

I would consider last months trial a success. I wish I was a little more prepared for this month to have something to do for March. I might make a decision of something I’d like to do just for 2 weeks and start it on the 15th.

For next month I’m juggling a few different ideas. I really liked the idea of writing, and/or reading. By reading, I mean reading other than for school and most likely not e-books or magazines. I might try blogging, or short story writing, or writing in a journal also.

Another idea I really like is kind of a mental health thing, with meditating/yoga at least once a day. I’m thinking of making a list of activities such as meditating, focusing on the chakras, using my Chinese health balls, doing yoga, etc, and doing at least one a day for 30 days. Possibly getting it up to two times a day if it goes nicely.

Another idea, is hard core job searching everyday. Either submitting at least one resume/application or working on my resume, etc. I’m getting really worried about not finding a job at this point, and even though I’m applying, I think if I give it 100% effort I might be more successful.

I’ve also thought about spending 1-2 hours every single night on school work…maybe taking Sunday night off. Right now, I’m doing work a couple nights a week for several hours at a time. That’s how I prefer it, but trying to attack my senior project in smaller chunks every night might prove to be more efficient.

I’d like to try to do all of these things, but I know if I try to do them all at once I’ll fail at all of them. The job searching is a good idea now because of timing, since I will be graduating in the beginning of May. But meditating and such would be really helpful now because I’m so stressed out. The same with getting my school projects done is something that needs to get finished up in the next month.

I’m thinking now to either give one of those things the 15 day trial, or extend it into April for another 15 days, or try to block schedule my time and give a little time to each. Maybe just meditating everyday for 15 minutes, and only spending no more than half an hour job searching every night.

There have been ridiculous things going on around here, and the maturity level, or lack there of is really stressing me out. Mark gets annoyed and said I just shouldn’t let it bother me, but it really does. I feel so uncomfortable here when these small childish things happen, that are done purposely to make me feel uncomfortable.

30 Days To A Better Life

30 Day Plan

What is my 30 day plan? Well, I believe that it’s much easier to break a bad habit, or even pick up a good one if you try it first for 30 days. It’s simple, take something you’d like to do and try it for 30 days, just a month, only 4 weeks, and then see how you feel at the end of it. If you suffered through it, then great, your month is up and you can go back to your old ways, and if you are happy with the results, now that you’ve trained yourself for a month, it will be much easier to keep it going.

Examples:

  • Exercising
  • Cleaning a little every day
  • Reading before bed
  • Eating healthier (ie: no meat, less carbs, etc)
  • Taking vitamins
  • Going for a walk
  • Juice fast

Going Meat-less:

So far, I have been attempting 30 days meat free. I have never really had any desire to stop eating meat before, and I thought this would be a great challenge for me. Now, I have to admit, I love meat, I love the taste, the texture, the multitude of combinations…I’d probably give up my left arm for a life time supply of bacon. This was not going to be easy.

My reason for choosing to abstain from meat came from the recent meat recall and the video of the cattle being tortured. The video is very upsetting, and as much as I love eating meat, I hate to see animals suffering.

So here I have begun a month without meat, and without my precious bacon (I have a lb in the freezer that’s waiting for me). In most cases I would recommend going cold turkey into something like this. If you don’t, you risk making exceptions and quitting before the month is over. I took a few weeks and cut back the amount of meat I ate, because I found I wasn’t completely prepared to stop. I hadn’t prepared for situations where one large meal (with meat) was prepared for many people (ie: going over to my boyfriend’s dad’s house for dinner). I also hadn’t expected for some restaurants to have a very limited menu of items (we went to an Irish restaurant for St. Patty’s Day and the only meat-less item was a side salad, needless to say, I was still hungry afterwards).

My Progress:

On February 17th, I started restricting the meat I ate. I only ate it in situations where there really wasn’t anything else to eat. I had pepperoni pizza once or twice, half a ham sandwich, and a few others, but no main courses of meat.
On March 7th I had gone 24 hours without meat, and I consider this my day one. I’ve had cravings, but since I officially started not one drop of meat has touched my lips.

So far I’m proud of myself. I’m only half way there but I feel like it’s getting easier. I still have those cravings when I see burger commercials, but I think I can handle it. Am I going to continue to be meat free at the end of my month? I haven’t decided yet. I’ve been interested in exploring the health benefits of going vegetarian, but I can’t say if I feel any different at this point. Eating meat seems so natural, because we’re raised doing it. I need to see for myself if my body will react differently.

30 Day Diet

I’m on day 3 of my 30 day diet. I normally wouldn’t recommend attempting many of these exercises at the same time, but for me, going vegetarian and watching my food intake have become one in the same. I’ve been monitoring what I’ve been eating because I want to make sure I am getting enough protein. While doing that I noticed my fat intake was huge. I substituted meat with carbs and junk food. So far, I’ve been watching calories, fat percentage, and protein. It’s caused me to read more labels, but so far I feel pretty good.

Other Plans I may attempt:
Exercising
15 day juice fast
Going vegan
Praying the rosary
Being an early riser

Tips:

Get excited. Normally, when you are excited for something, it’s easy in the beginning but the excitement fades and you give up. Keep yourself motivated through out the month. Keep track on a calendar, be proud of your progress, and remember, it’s only 30 days.

Plan! Plan exactly what you want to do. Keep your goals simple. Think about problems you might be faced with, and what to do if they occur.

Go cold turkey. Unless it’s something that will drastically affect your body, most likely a change in diet, jump into it 100%. If you must have a preparation period, decide in advance how long it will be, ie. 2 weeks of cutting back meat, then 30 days of complete abstinence.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up. Accidents happen, and as long as you keep trying it probably won’t have too much of an affect on you. Note that it happened, and try to figure out why it happened. Did you give into temptation? Did you make excuses?

Reward yourself when you succeed. Maybe it’ll be something at the end of each day, or maybe once a week. It could be a special dessert, a massage, a small shopping trip, an hour of video games. You’re trying something difficult, you deserve a reward!

Don’t make excuses! If your plan is to exercise, don’t make excuses why you can’t do it today. If you are sick, try to do something light like walking for 20 minutes or maybe yoga. It’s okay to take a day off, but don’t let yourself make excuses.

Keep busy. If you are trying to abstain from a habit like biting nails, or smoking, find something to replace it. If you’re a woman, keep your nails painted, or chew gum. Whatever you do, don’t sit around and think about how much you want to be doing the activity you’re giving up. Keep moving.

At the end of your month evaluate your progress. Did you give in at all? Did you do a whole month successfully? How do you feel? Do you want to keep it up, or go back to your old ways?