Self Challenge: I’m doing it, kinda sorta
So the Self Challenge has started, and I’m mostly just paying attention to it, but not really doing it. It somehow seems like way too much work, keeping meticulous track of calories in and calories out. I’m doing a kind of free-form version of it, which is to work out every day, and to establish an eating plan I mostly think of as, “Don’t be an idiot, Julie.” Meaning, maybe I shouldn’t bake so many cookies and eat so much chocolate.
I’m also kind of obsessed with the very logical idea put forth in this article I read in Glamour (I don’t usually read Glamour; it was on the free magazine table at the library). Basically, you can lose weight just by sleeping more. If you get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night, then your body is able to go into some kind of deep sleep fat-burning zone. And also, then you have more of the hormone that tells you to stop eating, whereas if you don’t sleep enough you have more of the hormone that tells you to keep eating, and to keep eating simple carbohydrates. It’s all fairly common sense, but when you’re as sleep deprived as I am, you need common sense articles to remind you how to be a human.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to work out every day, but the prospect gets easier as the snow melts and I can start to go on stroller walks again. What has totally been saving me is the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD which I’m embarrassed to say is the DVD of the trainer from “The Biggest Loser” (which, to my credit, I didn’t realize until after I got it). But the workout is only 20 minutes, and at the end of it I’m all sweaty and my muscles are shaking (I initially wrote “I’m all sweater” which is really more what I’m like these days). And there are three workout levels, and I’m still on Level One, and I can barely do it. And it’s only 20 minutes. So even though it’s painful and hard and sweaty, I figure I can do any workout for 20 minutes, right?
There is one aspect of the Self Challenge that I’m going to try to do, which is the “soul goal” of creating an inspiration board. I think I’m just going to draw on a piece of paper, and maybe glue on some of the buff chicks from the Athleta catalog or something. I know there’s all that stuff now about books like The Secret and Write it Down, Make it Happen, so I figure I might as well try it for myself. Can’t hurt.