27 November 2014

Organization is the key


It's Thanksgiving weekend. Yeah, for 4-day weekends..... But it is also the weekend before my new classes start. These are the next to last classes I will be taking. I am excited beyond belief. But I'm also nervous. These classes are requiring major projects at the end. The last few classes, I have not kept up on the projects and ended up doing them last minute. No cool. And not possible with these classes. In both classes I'll be in learning communities where we will be sharing our progress each week. That means that I have to keep up and keep on top of everything. There is also other assignments that will need to be done. It will be a busy quarter. I also have to work on my prospectus, though one of the classes will be helping with that. But I need to keep working on that. Plus I still have work and other life obligations. So the key to this is going to be organization. I need to plan and organize my time and my tasks in order to be sure they all get done. That means no more sitting for an hour playing on the computer. No more watching TV for 4 hours straight. Naps will need to be scheduled and not spontaneous. No more 2 or 3 naps a day. I need to be highly organized and highly motivated. I also need to use this weekend to get ahead of things. I have grading that needs to be done and I can start work on my class assignments. I need to be motivated and organized. I need to keep that in mind all the time. Okay, nuff said. I'm off to shower and put some sweats on because it is freaking cold here this morning.

23 November 2014

My plan for the week


I have only three days of work this week. Actually, only two and a half. I will implement my plan and I will stick to it this week. I will start forming the basis of the rest of my dissertation journey. Here is the plan:

5:00 - 5:15 - getting up, coffee, morning abolutions
5:15 - 5:45 - dissertation writing
5:45 - 6:15 - shower, dress, feed birds, etc.
6:30 - leave for work
4:00 - 5:00 - Crossfit
5:30 - 6:45 - Walk dogs
7:00 - 8:00 - dinner, clean kitchen, prep for next day
8:30 - 9:00 - get ready for bed


I did this on Monday and it worked out really well. I got some writing accomplished. I was awake and focused for the day. It was good. But I didn't repeat it this week. Since this week is only three days, I am going to do this every day and start the habit. I am also going to walk the dogs every night. That is another habit I need to get into.

It is all possible if I work at it and this week I will work at it. Once it becomes habit it will be easier, so I need to work on the habit.

Where she talks about poop and other body functions


This is the human GI tract. If you will notice the rectum is located at the very end - where everything comes out. I once had a human anatomy teacher explain that when the rectum said out of the pool, everything got out. I also know that when you have to poop, it is usually because of feces in your rectum. The feces in there has been processed and is normal poop. Poop that comes out watery or mushy comes from further up you colon and has not been completely processed. What you eat greatly affects your poop. Eat too much food, you poop a lot of mushy, watery poop. Eat too little and your poop is small, hard, and few and far between. Eat the wrong kinds of foods and all sorts of things can happen. For me, eating lots of sugar creates messy poops - loose stools - that are just yucky. Eating lots of wheat makes me go a lot, but it makes the poops hard. Weird.

Years ago I had irritable bowel syndrome. It was never officially diagnosed as that, my doctor insisted it wasn't, but I matched the symptoms to a T. I would have bouts of loose stools and constipation. It was horrible. My lower abdomen would hurt. Yuck. This was my first inclination that my diet was a problem. I started eating whole foods and worked my way away from processed foods and things started to get better. As long as I eat whole foods, I'm pretty good in the poop department, so that's what I try to do. Doesn't always work out, but I try.

For the last couple of weeks my back has been bothering me. I keep writing it off to being overweight with most of my weight in my belly. But lately I've been getting small bouts of constipation. I go in the morning, but then feel like I have to go again the rest of the day and be unable to. I've been trying to figure out what the heck is wrong.

In completely unrelated news, I have not had much sugar for the past week, I think I had ice cream two nights but that was about it. For the last couple of days I've been good about sugar and wheat and guess what? I don't have any constipation. My lower abdomen feels absolutely fine and on my walk last night my back hurt only a little. Hmmmmm....I think I may have hit on something. Eating right keeps me pooping right which keeps my back from hurting. Interesting, who would have thought?

21 November 2014

Success


It is almost 6:30 pm and I am declaring this day a success. I did exactly what I said I would do this morning. I did not eat until 10:30 when I had a salad. At 1:45 pm I had a banana, and after school I had some hummus and veggies. Then, even though I did not feel like it at all, I forced myself to go to Crossfit. It was just as brutal as I thought it would be. But I got through it. After I went to Blazin' Steaks and got my kim chee steak with no rice. I rock the house. I logged everything I ate and was still under my calories. I am awesome.

The problem is I still don't have any motivation. I ate well because that was all I had. I really had to force myself to go to Crossfit. I did not have a good time at all. I also did not get the high I normally get from a good WOD. Don't know where my motivation is and I don't know how to get it back. I need to do that. What is that saying, fake it until you feel it...well, that's what I'll be doing for the foreseeable future.

Motivated


Woke up this morning not feeling as motivated as I had hoped I would be. But that doesn't matter. I am going to succeed today. I am going to make it a great day and I am going to feel amazing at the end of it.

The plan for today:
  • No real breakfast. I have food to eat if I get hungry, but no formal breakfast today. 
  • I have a Starbucks salad for lunch, not the best choice but it will work for me today. 
  • Crossfit at 4 pm, no excuses!!!!
  • Dinner will be steak from the steak place, no rice. 
  • Water, water, water, water.  I want to spend the day running to the bathroom. 

I want to lose this feeling of fatness. I feel so soft and squishy and I don't like it. Today will be a huge success. Tomorrow I will be going out to lunch, but I will plan for that later. Today I am motivated. Today I am strong. Today I will succeed!!!!!!!!!

20 November 2014

Taking responsibility


So that new start last weekend didn't go so well. Monday night I had a dinner meeting and ended up drinking beer and eating fried crap. Tuesday I was exhausted. Wednesday I was pretty tired too. Today, yeah, you get the idea. Tanked by one night. I wanted to take a day off all week, but am trying to save my time for January. So I've battled through it. But my eating and non-working out has been the result. I'm trying to remember if I've eaten a lot of crap and I don't think I did.

So I need to stand up and take responsibility. I need to track my food. All of my food. Every day. I need to get my saggy butt back to crossfit and get back into the groove of working out. I need to walk my dogs. I need to eat right. I need to stop letting one meal torpedo an entire weekend or week. I need to stop eating sugar and wheat. I need to take responsibility for my actions.

Okay, whew...now that I've blown my stack...let's get a plan.... Starting tomorrow I will track my food. All of my food. I will shoot for 1500 calories a day but will not lose my mind if I go over that. I will drink water like it's my job (another thing I have been falling down on) and I will workout. Maybe I should go back to my just one day.


For just one day I will:

  • track everything I eat
  • drink 2 flasks of water
  • eat no sugar or wheat
  • go to Crossfit

Just one day is all I ask. Just one day. Tomorrow is that day.

16 November 2014

Time for a new beginning


I love new beginnings. I love new starts. Fresh pages. Unlimited futures. Most of the really good things that happened in my life is because of new start. What is that song? Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. It's true. To start something new, you have to let go of something old. So today I'm letting go of some old thoughts and habits. I'm embracing the new day and the chance to change things.

Today begins with a beating at Crossfit because I AM a Crossfitter. 9 am is the WOD. At 10 am there is a handstand clinic and since I desire to do a handstand push-up, I'm going. After that is the Weekend Warrior. I am doing all these things because I AM an athlete. I do these kind of things.

There will also be no sugar or wheat for the next week. I can do this. I have done this before, it is easy. So I am doing it again. Healthy, nutritious food only.

Mornings will start with writing. Starting tomorrow I begin my writing adventure. Every morning 30 minutes of writing will happen. Looking forward to that.

I AM an Athlete! I AM a Scholar! I AM a doctoral student!!

15 November 2014

Becoming Me


I feel like there are some things that people go through early in life that I never went through. I don't know why or even if it's true, but that is how it feels.

I heard this saying today and I thought it was really powerful. I tend to use words that are not positive. I tend to say I am lazy, I am tired, I am lazy. I say lazy a lot. I need to stop saying that and start saying positive things. I am smart. I am energized. I am motivated. I am.............

Need to get a hold of the eating too. I am a person who eats healthy food. I am a person who does not eat sweets..... I am..........

I need to go to bed......

Paradigm Shift

par·a·digm shift
noun
a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.

Most of my life I have been an instant gratification type of person. I gave little thought about the future and just did what I wanted to do. Not a good way to live. Over the last few years, I've been shifting my way of doing things, but it is not easy and it is not perfect. But I am trying. Now I am at a point where I have to make a huge paradigm shift if I wish to live the way I want to. Let's examine this.

I am approximately 18 months from completing my Ph.D. In order to make that happen, I have got to be consistent, diligent, and organized. I have to write, write, write. All of the suggestions by people who have completed a Ph.D. say to write everyday, even if it's only for 15 minutes, write every single day. Don't break the chain. That is not something I have been doing. I tend not to do school work during the week and save it all for the weekend. I have to break that habit. I have to have a paradigm shift. I have to make time everyday to write. I have to!!!

Unfortunately there are other things I need to do with my days. I have to work. I have to do somethings around the house. I have to sleep. I have to write. There are also things that I want to do. I want to go to Crossfit. I want to walk the dogs. I want to watch some TV and spend time with my husband. I have to find a way to balance what I have to do and I what I want to do. This requires a shift in some of my ways of thinking. I am stuck in the mindset that I have to leave my house before 6:30 am to get to work. That is not true. If I leave at 6:30 am, I can usually be to work by 7:00 am - that's a half hour early. I like getting there early, but most times I have nothing to do and I sit and cruise Facebook. So leaving at 6:45 am would not be the end of the world. I'm up by 5:00 am, so that means I don't have to leave for an hour and 45 minutes. A shower takes 20 minutes. Feeding the birds takes 10 minutes. Getting everything ready can be done in 10 minutes. That still leaves me over an hour of time. Much of which is spent on my phone checking emails and Facebook. Ugh!!! When examined closely, I'm sure not as busy as I think I am in the mornings. So I have at least an hour to write in the morning.

Let's look at the afternoons. I leave work at 3:30 pm and am home by 4 pm. I go to the 4 pm Crossfit and am home by 5:15 pm. I walk the dogs from 5:30 to 6:30 ish. Then dinner, clean the kitchen and prep for the next day, relax for a bit and in bed by 9 - 9:30 pm.

So what about this:

5:00 - 5:15 coffee, bird food, etc.
5:15 - 5:45 Write
5:45 - 6:15 - get ready
6:30 - leave

4:00pm - Crossfit
5:30 - 6:45 - walk dogs
7:00 - dinner
7:30 - 8:30 - clean kitchen, prep for next day
8:30 - 9:30 - relax, look over next day

This is totally not that hard. But it will involve a shift in thinking on my part. First, that I can't do anything in the morning because I'm too busy. Second, that leaving the house at 6:30 or a little later is the end of the world. Third, that walking the dogs in the dark is bad (this won't last long). Fourth, that prepping for the next day takes too much time. Fifth, being lazy and tired. I just have to suck it up and do it.

This will also require me to be very motivated and productive at school during the day and to utilize my weekends productively. It totally can be done. People do it all the time. I just have to shift my thinking and not focus on what I want now but on the ultimate prize.

Okay, let's get this done.

09 November 2014

Determination and seeing old habits


I have kicked some nasty habits in my time. I quit drugs. I quit smoking. I quit binge eating. Yes, some are worse than others but they were all just habits that I needed to change. Quitting drugs and smoking was tough, but honestly not as bad as beating binge eating. I could make sure that I didn't have drugs or cigarettes around, but there was always food in the house. And binge eating was a very unconscious thing. Smoking was unconscious also, but with no cigarettes around it wasn't an issue. So binge eating was my toughest habit to kick so far. At first I did it so unconsciously that I did not even realize it was happening until it was over. When I decided it needed to go, I started to notice it as it was happening. I still couldn't stop it, but at least I was aware it was happening. Over time I gradually started to notice it earlier and earlier. Eventually I was able to notice it before I did it and was able to stop it. Now I haven't had a binge episode in years. I have eaten more than I should, but never a binge.

Well, when I realized a couple of weeks ago the self imposed stress I was under, I also realized that it was tied to my lack of activity and crappy eating. I've been working to clean up both, but it hasn't been perfect. This weekend I had a huge project due for one of my classes. I knew this project was due, I've known for 10 weeks that it was due. I was supposed to have been working on it for the past 10 weeks. Have I been? NO. I finally started working on it this week and really started to cram it last night. I've spent the entire day working on this project and I finally turned it in about an hour ago. It is not my best work by far, but it is what it is. What I noticed though is that my eating has been pretty bad since about Wednesday. As I got closer and closer to the deadline, my eating deteriorated. On Friday night, I felt like pasta so I got mac and cheese and cookies and ice cream and I ate them all. Yesterday I had to proctor in the morning and I ate crap for breakfast and snacks and came home and had cookies for lunch. I had a pretty decent dinner because by the time I was starting to tackle this project. My eating was directly tied to my stress over this project. Directly!!!! I sat here this morning munching on Cheetos and that was when I realized it. I said to myself, "I don't even really like these" and then replied "It's because of this stupid video" and it hit. That's what was going on. I bet that if I tracked my eating compared to my stress levels I would find a direct correlation.

My post last night was a direct result of not making the connection. But now I have made a connection and knowledge is power. I am going to do a couple of things this week. First I will track my food and make note of my stress levels. I will record the things that are eating at me and the things I am eating. I will also try very, very hard to reduce those stress levels. I will do some work every night, because I have a huge project due next Saturday. I have some money concerns but I have some work arounds, so no need to stress over that. Everything else is good. I just need to be aware. Awareness is the first thing. Once I'm aware, then I can change behaviors.

So I'm feeling much better today. I have completed my assignments and I've made a breakthrough in my eating habits. I'm very happy. This week I will work on both. Knowledge really is power and now that I have the knowledge, I have the power to change.