Project Lifestyle July Nutrition Workstream

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If I’m honest I’m not sure what I’m doing this month. It’s all about the cat’s nutrition really. Why do they have it so easy? The vet has said as long as they have good quality dry food that is all they need. My neighbour uses the same food as I am moving my cats to and said she give hers some tuna as a treat, so I thought I would do that. But having an all in one food is striking a cord with me. Not that I want to drink shakes or have baby food type meals, but it seems so easy. However I know I would hate it.

I’ve had further conversations with my doctor about this again this month and I feel he is being relaly supportive and helping me. It is not like I am sitting at home doing nothing. In the last two months I’ve done 2 triathlons and my longest every open water swim. Plus all the training that goes with those things! I just also eat too much.

So this month I am going to concentrate on slowing down.  I’m going to start using the 20 minute guide to help me eat my meals over a longer period, not just wolf them down. I want to notice how my body reacts to being fed and relearn those feelings I don’t notice anymore.

So a simple thing, but one I neglect fully.

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Adventures in Books… A Clockwork Prince

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“Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart… In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her desire for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is ever more torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…”

My library is great! I managed to get the second book in the series right after I finished the first book! I’m really enjoying being pulled into a series and being able to read each book straight after the other, rather than have to wait for the next one to be published. There is an excitement to that waiting, but sometimes I just want to get stuck in and fully absorbed into the world I’m reading about. This series has also gotten me back into reading daily and I love it.

This book continues the story on from the first one. I don’t want to give any spoilers but basically it’s forming a love triangle and we learn more about the characters and why they are the way they are. I enjoyed reading about the world they live in and it being based in London. I feel more connected to this series than I do the other series set in modern times. Maybe it feels more fantasy than the others. I don’t know, but I am enjoying it.

The book ends on a cliffhanger and I was so glad the library got in the third book for me right away as that is what I am currently coming to the end of now!

 

Big Cotswold Swim

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I took part in the 2 mile Big Cotswold Swim and I haven’t put my report up!

It was a grey Saturday morning, but the rain stayed away (at least until the start of the race) and I was up at 6am to make sure I could have a proper breakfast before doing a 2 mile swim at 8:45am. I usually don’t eat before my morning swims, but knew this would be harder and further than those so made sure I got up extra early to get my porridge in. Also to drink enough as there is nothing worse than swimming and being dehydrated and surrounded by water you can’t drink.

The one mile swimmers went off first and then it was the 2 milers. We had a warm up and acclimatisation 10 minutes then a briefing of the course before being set off from the beach. I was at the front as really just wanted to get going and knew it would easier to be overtaken than have to overtake during the start of the race. I managed to graze the tops of my feet during my dive into the water, but luckily the water kept them cool and although it was irritating to begin with they eased off very quickly.

I swam in a wetsuit even though the water was 20 degrees Celsius. I have done some short swims with a wetsuit at that temperature, but nothing beyond a kilometre. So went for the added buoyancy and warmth. I was glad I did as the lake had patches of very cold areas and where it had rained the top of the lake was quite cool all over. I think it was warmer in the water than it was in the air that morning.

I had a good swim and kept strong the whole way. I like the course layout of two laps right round my local swimming lake. It worked well I caught up to a few of the one mile swimmers just over half way round my first lap. I ended up swimming the whole way with one lady. We just couldn’t get past each other. I was sighting better than her, which slower me down, but she kept having to correct her course, which slowed her down. I then took to speed a bit too early before the last bouy and she got me there.

I came out of the water in 31st place out of 113 swimming the 2 mile event and in 56.37 minutes. My goal was to try and come out in under an hour as the last open water swims I had done were 3km and took about 59 minutes so I knew it would be a challenge to get 3.2km in that time, but I also knew I had been working hard and getting stronger and I smashed it by 3 minutes!

Overall it was a very enjoyable swim that I pushed myself on. I got a free place at the running club Christmas do last year for helping out with the triathlon swimming sessions and for being the best swimmer in the running club!

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Project Lifestyle June Review

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A little later than planned for June as I was away with work and although the Lake District is amazing and beautiful, the mobile signal and internet connections are rubbish. Also I had a lot of work to do and relationships to continue to build.

My full report can be found here on Google Docs.

Overall June was not what I planned or set out to do, but it was a great month. I feel positive about the progress I have made on the project as whole beyond the goals I have set out to achieve. I am really thinking in terms of my own values and how I live my life according to them rather than always working towards the next achievement. I will take a look at each of the workstreams now, but I am not going to get hung up on what I didn’t achieve. I went with the flow of life over the month and it felt good.

Nutrition – I kept attempting to use MFP pal and would do quite well until I lost routine. So for me it is figuring out my values when it comes to food and eating well for my body and life and being able to adapt to situations that are not in my control. I was away with work a number of times last month and I let things get away from me. I had a bit of a low moment and was beating myself up in the middle of the month. I try not to do that, but it is a hard habit to break and one I will continue to work on.

Fitness – I completed by second triathlon of the year and got back to swimming in the pool. I didn’t take part in the second Wiltshire gala as I did not feel in the best place with swimming when that took place. My activity dropped a bit during the month. I can’t seem to get motivation after doing an event and the longer it takes to get back into routine the harder it is. Good intensions well travelling have made progress as I did go for a short run and swim while away with work, but nowhere near as much as normal. Fitting everything in feels hard at the moment so I need to spend some time reflecting on why that is.

Social – This has been a good workstream this month. I have gone with the flow a bit more and enjoyed it. I haven’t booked myself up weeks in advance, but committed to things I wanted to do and held out on others until closer to the time. I’ve felt more in control of what I’ve been doing this month. Control is the wrong word, maybe more self-assured of my choices. I’ve worried less about what others think if I can’t or do not want to do something. It’s quite refreshing and something I intend to carry on with.

Mental Health – I didn’t even pick up the book I bought, but I intended to and still do. I finished my Mindfulness course and have taken some of the tools I found useful and added them into my routine. I have also started using Headspace again. For me it is about not being afraid to take the time out I need to rest and recharge. I have been making a point in work to take 10 minutes outside on top of my lunch break with colleagues. I have also made sure I keep time for myself to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it – and yes that does mean a 4 hour nap on a Saturday afternoon if I need it, or a walk around the local park on my own.

Career – I feel this is moving well and I feel more confident in myself this month and the role I am playing in my current job and the value it has. I am also working on understanding myself better and therefore making it easier to look and understand my future career options. I am not used to everyone being so open and talking about development, but that is how it is in my current organisation and it is great. I don’t feel stuck and know there will be opportunities to go into, but right now I need to concentrate on doing the best I ca do in my role and build relationships with everyone I am working with and when that is a national thing to do it does take time.

Overall I feel Project Lifestyle is working towards what I want. I need some time to reflect this month and to revaluate if required. I also want to focus on my values, rather than my goals and make sure the decisions I am making meet those and that will help me get unstuck when it comes to my goals as I will understand my motivation and values behind them better. It is all a work in progress, but I like the progress I am making.

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