Okay, Day 2 was relatively straightforward as it required writing something for 15 minutes. I should have pushed myself more on this I think. One of the suggestions it gave was starting to write your own life story. That would have been a challenge. Instead I did a review of a novel that I've recently read - Star Wars: Death Star - and continued working on my short story. Not really very demanding as writing about Star Wars is something I do all the time and enjoy. So maybe I'd give myself a 3 for effort on that (out of ten) and a comment like 'must try harder.' Still, I guess at least I did write something for fifteen minutes and it wasn't a blog entry!
What I also did on Day 2 was set up a spreadsheet to record my weight. When I came home from the Xmas break I weighed myself and got a bit of a shock. I know I'd over indulged over Christmas and I hadn't realised just how much. Once every week since I have been weighing myself and recording that. To give myself some incentive I've decided to plan my goal weight for the year based on losing a pound a week. Doesn't sound a lot but it certainly adds up over 12 months! It doesn't sound very challenging either so if I find it becomes too easy then I'll up the target or shorten the time in which I went to achieve my goal. I also created a graph from the spreadsheet, which plots my target weight against my actual weight. I am a little off target at the moment as I started the year badly so I've got a bit of catch-up to do. I am hoping that by recording my weight each week and comparing that against where I want to be, it will incentivize me and also give me some record of the progress that I am making. I did okay this week, as I have lost 1.5lbs. Just need to keep that sort of success going!
Yesterday, the task was to not have my favourite drink all day - tea. I am sorry to say that I failed in this at the first hurdle, as I had a cup of tea with my breakfast (like I always do) without even thinking about it. Once I realised my error not another drop of tea passed my lips all day. I didn't find it that difficult, which surprised me as I thought I would really struggle knowing how much I love a cup of tea. I guess what helped was that I kept myself busy yesterday and had lots of things to think about and do.
I tried the yoga DVD yesterday and I am feeling the after-effects today as my legs and arms really ache. I'll be honest when I watched it at first I thought it would be easy but actually trying some of the positions was very difficult and I couldn't do a lot of them. I felt disheartened at first although then I thought well it proves how much work I need to do to get myself fit and flexible enough to complete the whole section. I see it as a challenge to be able to do a little bit more each time.
Today's task is to take a 15-minute walk and to think about life and what I want from it. This is something I do often as I am prone to introspection and self-analysis so I am not sure that it will feel that different. I will update tomorrow on how today has gone. Tomorrow I have to get up an hour earlier than normal, which will be a struggle I am sure!