Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Warm up challenges (1,2,3...)

1. Make one small change

So I watched mish's video on sleeping where she sets the challenge for 14 days to be in bed by 9:30 pm and stay off the iPhone, away from the tv, etc. You're then supposed to get up at 6am. Though it's ok to relax it to 7am on the weekend.

My first reaction was wtf?!! Why would you want to be awake at 6am for?? Now I've never been a morning person and for awhile now I've been waking up around 4:30am, struggling to get back to sleep, eventually falling back asleep before my alarm and feeling dead when it went off. The first night I went to sleep at 9:30pm I woke up at 3:30 - grr! I also tried going to bed at 9:30pm on a Friday night but seriously who wants to be in bed by then?  Pretty sure my grumpiness kept me awake hehe.

So as a compromise I set my alarm for 7am on weekdays.  I started out strong - for the first week apart from one day where I had a serious lack of sleep I managed to drag myself out of bed and do at least 30 minutes of exercise. This however has been going so well this week as I've been waking up at 1am or 3am and tossing and turning until about 6am.  I figure some sleep is in order for me to get safely to and from work and through my work day!  I really hope I can kick this insomnia thing as it's driving me nuts.

I've also been resisting having the tv on when I go to bed (sometimes it sends me off to sleep great!), and most nights avoid doing a late check on facebook and the 12wbt.com site but I could work harder at this.  I tend to read books on my ipad and sometimes I can be good and stick to only that but last night for example I noticed some other people had updated their blogs so then I was reading theirs, and adding comments and in general waking myself up.  Though it doesn't explain the waking up middle of the night bizzo.

It's not a great defense - but here's what the outside world looked like at 6:30am on Monday.. and I was supposed to be up at 6am to be working out?!

I think I may need to restart this task :) 

2. Halve your non water intake

So a month or two ago I decided it was time to give up coke zero. I *loved* coke zero. I hear a crack of a can opening and I'm left wanting a coke. So it's definitely not been easy. Especially with a vending machine in the kitchen at work with the bargain price of $1.50. I also hate drinking water - tastes so boring. However a person I sit next to at work gave up caffeine so that helped push me, plus we can sympathise with each other when we're eating pizza or eating fried rice about the disappointing lack of coke!  It didn't help that I saw a video with Mish saying she enjoys the occasional diet coke ARGH!! But I'll stick with Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper on their cut back of chemical/artificial stuff :)

Anyway back to the task. I already have weak ribena so was sad to think I'm supposed to give that up. But I've tried to have more plain water at home. I've also tried to have less wine than I usually would when we opened a bottle of red at home. It's a start!!

I need to bring in a bottle at work so that I'm not having to get up so often to fill up my glass of water.  As it just seems like a big hassle and I don't do it as often as I should!

3. Set yourself an exercise goal.

So this task was supposed to involve 30km of exercise in one week. Umm say what? I was 2 days into pre-season and I was supposed to do that?? Maybe as a member of a gym or push bike rider this might have been feasible but with running as my option I wasn't about to do 6 days of 5kms. With a dodgy back I think that would have pushed me too far. So I do my 30 minutes before work. I've been alternating running the dog with a DVD workout with a solo run on weekends . Yoshi's idea of pace doesn't quite lend itself to me running/walking more than 3km with him but does seem to burn calories!

Maybe at the end of the 12 weeks I'll be capable of doing 30km!  Or maybe it's just me making excuses and I could easily do it now if I wanted it bad enough. :)

At the very least I need to get myself back to exercising every morning.  Last two mornings I've missed my workout due to lack of a good night's sleep.  :(

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