1) Finish Up All 21-Day Tasks Before Continuing On
All tasks completed.
2) Reflect on the Past 21 Days
9 out of 10.
Accomplishments / achievements
I managed to stick to most of my tasks. I'd thought that not having added sugar and less oil would be a problem but it was relatively easy. I also managed to have no chocolate and coffee which was even harder than the no added sugar and less oil. (Caffeine raises my blood pressure). I stuck with my calories each day (I allowed exercise expenditure to increase my calorie intake – up to 30 minutes of exercise per day). I have been charting my calorie intake every day. I increased exercising from nothing to exercising every day. My weight has decreased by 3.3 kilos (about 7 pounds) – I'm pleased about that. My blood pressure is down. My blood pressure has gone from - “you need to have a stronger dose of anti-hypertensives” to “your BP is too low, you need to have less anti-hypertensives”. Now I'm on a minimal dose and it's looking like I will be able to go off those soon. I went from rarely meditating to meditating every day. I've gone back to doing n-back everyday – when I used to do it regularly it helped with my memory and mental agility. Also, a few months ago I started a ruthless clean out discarding of items that we don't use. I've been doing a bit of this every weekend. I'm starting a stockpile of things in the spare room to offer to friends and family – if they don't want them, I will donate them. Giving away yarns to 3 people who knit (to say they “knit” is inadequate as they are all very creative and make amazing unique things from yarn). I've tried taking a photograph every day but soon forgotten to take a photo but so far I've remembered.
What are the biggest things I have learned about myself and about living a healthier life in the past 21-days?
I learnt how much I could thoroughly enjoy preparing food and photographing it. I'd bought a “.com” ages ago with the plan to start blogging. I had never found anything that would sustain blogging. I felt that whatever I posted would end up just being a lot of “blathering” on my part and be dull and uninteresting. I greatly appreciate the compliments and encouragement other 21DHL challenge participants have given me. It has been a magnificent gift that has provided me with the confidence to start blogging.
Living a healthier lifestyle
I learned that I can stick to a healthier lifestyle if I am focussed and I plan well.
Healthy Living Plan Ahead - Goals
My current diet is high in fruit and vegetables. I've addressed added sugar and my oil intake is healthy. I've given up caffeine. I'm not interested in going to a completely raw vegan diet. I've been having about 50% raw ingredients. Therefore, I will not make any dietary goals. I will re-evaluate this later.
Continue daily exercise. Challenge myself with higher weights in weight training. I've started to do planks – working my way up to push ups. Increase the intensity of the aerobic exercise I'm doing – need to be careful of injuries / precautions but exercise and increasing muscle mass will assist in prevention. Best to take it gradually but not so gradually that I'm not improving. Do at least one 30 minute exercise session a week that focuses on flexibility and balance. Continue to challenge myself with balance tasks (such as putting my shoes on while standing on one leg).
Start a blog to mainly: promote a vegan diet, provide meals and recipes (I'll make these up), improve my photography skills and document at least my dietary goals and achievements. I'm undecided if I will or not include exercising. Currently I am leaning towards inclusion.
To increase productivity: improve my typing speed
Improve my meditation technique
Implement my action plan to complete home maintenance tasks. I've already arranged for 3 trades people to come next Friday.
How to apply to ensure that goals are achieved
I need to plan ahead. More especially, I must not procrastinate plus I must not leave projects unfinished. Put into positive language - “I will do.......and I will complete......”