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Spring Fever Challenge: Week 3

Life's Journey with a Smile

A little late with my post this week but I’m not going to beat myself up over it!

My Goals

  1. Run at least twice a week
  2. Lose a stone
  3. Stop eating chocolate in the car
  4. Leave work at work
  5. Look at the positives at work rather than the negatives
Overall, I’ve had a good week. I’m feeling positive, not so stressed and feeling like I’m achieving what  I want. I’m also counting down the days until the end of the week  when I’m off work for 11 days (bring it on!) The sun is shining and that always helps my mood!
  • What have you done this past week to help you achieve your goals?
On Wednesday I joined Slimming World. At the moment I’m not 100% convinced on the diet as such but I need the focus. I’ve definitely sorted out what I’m eating and ditched the bad habits I’d slipped into. I just hope the weigh in tomorrow reflects what I’ve done this week.
Work has also been better. I had to have a difficult conversation with a colleague which I’d been putting off. I asked and received advice beforehand which was very helpful and made me feel much more positive going into it. The conversation went well, I survived and the person concerned left happy and not hating me so I think it went well! I was also given advice on managing the situation long term which I’m following and again, its given me a more positive feeling about the situation.
And I managed to get my two runs in!
  • What did you do this past week to make you feel good about yourself?
I’ve planned a week of work away from the office. I feel I’ve got my head around a few work related things that have given me confidence and a more positive outlook.
  • Are your SFC goals your ultimate goals or steps to your ultimate goals?  Do you find it easier to set big goals or do you like making mini-goals?
Mini-goals are far better. Nothing more satisfying than ticking off a completed task so lots on mini ones are better for keeping up momentum.  I get overwhelmed easily by big challenges so like to break it down into more manageable chunks.  My goals on here are just a few small things to get me kick started again.
  • What are some of your ultimate goals, things on your bucket list?
I haven’t really thought about it. I struggle to think beyond the next few years so haven’t got anything notable. I’m working on the Day Zero Project (101 things in 1001 days) and that’s enough for me at the moment! Its a work in progress as well.
  • Fun Question: If you could achieve only one more thing in your life, what would it be?
Blimey! What a question. No idea – I keep telling you I’m rubbish at questions like these.
My positive picture of the week comes from HolwayCreations on folksy.  It’s a bridal bouquet (shameless link to Royal Wedding not intended) made entirely of buttons. I love it!
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Spring Fever Challenge: Week 2

Life's Journey with a Smile

My Goals

  1. Run at least twice a week
  2. Lose a stone
  3. Stop eating chocolate in the car
  4. Leave work at work
  5. Look at the positives at work rather than the negatives

 

What have you done this past week to help you achieve your goals?

Not a lot really! I’ve been ill, had stuff on my mind and things not really gone to plan. Oh well, we can try again this week. I have decided to join Slimming World this week though. A decisive step that I need to take as I’m not really motivating myself to lose weight.

What did you do this past week to make you feel good about yourself?

I had some time off work and we decided to go to my mum and dads caravan to get away for a few days. The weather has been fantastic so we took full advantage and spent time in the sunshine on the coast. Steven and I rarely get a day off together so to have some time together the four of us was great.

Is your mindset future-oriented or living in the now?

A bit of both really – I’m struggling to say for certain which one as it varies from situation to situation.

How does this impact you when you are working towards a goal?

I think I plan in my head to be future focused but reality of here and now catches me out. I get scuppered easily and stressed when things don’t go to plan so perhaps I need to focus on the bigger picture more.

Is there someone in your {real} life that inspires you to strive for the best?

Another one of those deep questions I struggle with! I’ll think about it…

Fun Question of the Week: Do you read blogs on the individual websites or via Google Reader?

I do use google reader but forget to go in there. After a number of weeks I’ll pop in and get put off by the hundreds of unread posts. I’ll then clear it out, review the blogs I’m subscribed to and promise to start afresh. It doesn’t happen, I rarely keep it up. For some sad reason I find unread posts make  me feel guilty. I don’t need it really!

 

This weeks poisitive picture –

I love sunflowers and love this necklace by Esme Dodsworth Design. I also like the fact its not perfect 🙂

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Time for a challenge

Life's Journey with a Smile

 

I’m still struggling with managing to post once a week and feel I’m drifting a bit. Work is mad and taking up too much time and energy so its time for a shift in focus.  My lovely friend Becks has recommended The Spring Fever Challenge to me (she’s also joining me in the 10k run or I kind of owe her 😉 )

So the challenge. It runs for 12 weeks and  I have to set myself 5 goals. I also have to treat myself once a week and post a positive picture. I also have to answer a set of questions each week.

So here we go!

  • What are your goals for the Spring Fever Challenge?
    1. Run at least twice a week
    2. Lose a stone
    3. Stop eating chocolate in the car
    4. Leave work at work
    5. Look at the positives at work rather than the negatives
  • Why did you choose them?
  • My weight is creeping up and I need to do something to stop putting on even more. I think stress at work is to blame as I’m eating more and more rubbish at work as comfort food. My biggest problem is eating chocolate when I’m driving.  With Easter coming up it would be unrealistic to stop eating chocolate altogether so I think this would be the next best thing.  I need to get  into the habit of running more. Time is an issue so I need to prioritise and make sure I get out.

  • What is your plan of action to make them happen?
  • I’m contemplating joining Slimming World as I need to do something! The work stress is more difficult to attack but I will mull that over. I think this is more important though as I think it’ll help with my eating as well.  I’ve got a training plan sorted for running. I feel I can easily commit to two nights per week but would like to aim for three.

  • What does this challenge mean to you?
  • Its a little but of a re-energiser after the winter and also a quick help to sort out my work situation.

  • Fun Question of the Week: Let’s  get to know each other! What is something most people (er… fellow bloggers) don’t know about you?
  • I hate questions like this and I’m totally useless at them. I have wide feet – does that count?

    And now for a positive picture. I don’t spend enough time doing the crafts I love. I’ve decided my positive pictures will always be crafty things to try and inspire me to do more!

    This week is a beautiful spring charm bracelet I found on folksy by Fairly Girly –

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