So Week One of my BTC4You 30-day challenge is in the books! Let’s see how I did in regard to my Bucket List…
Number One on my list was to do better at meeting my nutritional needs. Don’t hate me, but what I found after consulting a nutritionist was that I was actually not eating enough calories in the day. I was actually coming up about 1,500 calories short! And my timing was off. I was really bad about post-workout refueling. So in this past week, I have eaten well and often. I keep a bag of almonds on hand at all times. 🙂 I have also made sure to replace my carbs within 30 minutes after my workout. I was sooo bad about that! But it makes such a difference in how you feel the next day. I’ve started a no carbs after lunch meal plan with the exception of recovery nutrition. We will see how that goes…..
Number Two on my list was to drink more water. I’ve known for awhile that I should have been doing better in the water department. But it’s so hard for me during the winter! So for the past week, I have rarely been seen without my big red water bottle. I have been able to get close to 96oz a day. With the combination of cleaner eating and drinking lots of water, I feel less sluggish and just have a “lighter” feeling throughout the day. It feels great!
My first three list items all go hand in hand. Third on my list is to not over-train. I have been really focused on doing well in my upcoming Spartan Race and have been working out really hard for months. The problems begin when I don’t incorporate “rest” days. Fitness pros will tell you that recovery days are just as important, if not more important, than training days. In the past 2 months, I have not been resting enough and I was starting to feel it. Over-training coupled with a on-going orthopedic issue caused me to have a couple of nagging injuries. Before taking the 30-day challenge, I would have ignored what my body was telling me and pushed on. This past week, however, I went to the doctor and worked on the orthopedic issue and I stayed away from really hard workouts. My body is thankful and injury free! Now I am in good shape for this final push before my race!
Number Four! Read every day! This was an easy one. All it took was setting aside a little quiet time. I’ve really enjoyed getting back in the books. I enjoy books like other people enjoy movies. I get completely lost in them. I completed “Flight Behavior” and “Ishmael: An Adventure of Mind and Spirit” this past week. Both were great books but a tad on the depressing side. This week’s book will have to be lighthearted!!
Progress on the projects around my house was list item Number Five. This past week, I was able to get the chalkboard project done. I have a new fascination with chalkboard paint!! It’s so fun! I finally got all the yard debris up that resulted from the winter storms. Bathroom light fixture is awaiting an electrician. Re-casing/painting some door frames is underway. That will probably take the entire 30-days!! And I’m pretty sure I’ve inhaled some lead paint dust!
Lastly, list item Number Six. BE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE. This is a work in progress. I am letting my own light shine! From Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do…It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
BRING IT ON WEEK TWO!