Woohoo for day 100! :) For those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time, I have been working on a 100 day plan to increase my energy. I had some health issues holding me back, and now that I am moving forward into a healthier era of my life, I am working on building more energy, stamina, and just plain joy! Some wonderful people have been following along with me here, and I just can't thank you all enough. Each comment has made my days brighter, and I can honestly say that I wouldn't have continued on past a few days without you all! Thank You So Much!
I have reviewed my blogs, and while I wouldn't say that I have specifically reached my goal of "Creating an Energetic Life", I have definitely created a MORE energetic life. Importantly, I have learned a lot about myself and how the "statistics" of my life really play out over time.
Here's how I did:
Mood: MUCH improved due to saying yes(!) to going on vacation and also increasing magnesium (surgeries I've had make it less easily absorbed, so even though I was getting 100% of the RDA, I apparently needed more).
Sleep: Improved via bedtime routine and using a sleep mask in the morning.
Eating: A LOT less "overdoing it" via breaking the pattern while on vacation and no longer counting calories.
Weight: Stopped the gain that had been happening since my Mom passed away (also aided by stopping the calorie counting).
Flossing: I am now a flosser! It only took me a few decades to make this a real habit. LOL
New fun things: I learned to make tatted lace, took a few piano lessons, and learned to make string figures. (Did you know that cultures all over the world have made string figures for centuries? I didn't know it was much more than "cat's cradle"!)
Overdoing activity: I can see the pattern of how an overly active day leads directly to a useless/exhausted day the next day. Although I try not to overdo things, life sometimes asks more of us than we have. Sometimes it's just too many errands, chores, or too much dancing! I have improved in this area, but still have work to do for sure.
Exercise: I have not improved as much as I wanted to; this is a direct result of the overdoing above. I plan to improve exercise by reducing the overdoing, as the correlation is so obvious. I actually enjoy exercise when I am not exhausted! ;)
Planning ahead: I eat so much healthier when I prep food ahead. I need to be more consistent with cooking grains/chopping freggies ahead so that I can just throw things together when needed.
Danger zones: As I looked at my blogs, I noticed that my two consistent food pitfalls were tortilla chips at home and desserts with friends (just because they made a special vegan cake for me doesn't mean I have to have two pieces ;) ). One of the keys for me is to not get overly hungry (so that I don't enter the ravenous snack zombie state)!
Thanks again for reading! I know that reading Spark blogs has often helped me feel like I am "not the only one", and I hope my series has done a little bit of that for someone out there in Spark land. :)
As is traditional, I will list my stats for the day...
* Exercise: ~ 4 week hiatus due to foot & rib injuries ~
* Healthy Food: Did well!
* Qigong: (to be determined, as it is still early :) )
* Clear the clutter: The kitchen table is looking much better!
(image above from pixabay.com)