Day 100 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

I MADE IT!

I made it to day 100 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness and it’s SUCH a great feeling!

I’m so proud of myself for sticking to something for that long and I’m so happy about the lessons I’ve learnt along the way.

To summarise the goals that I wanted to achieve with what I did and didn’t achieve please read below:

Goals Achieved – 

– Yoga inversions improved
– Swim 2km non-stop (smashed this out of the park and swam in in 40mins!)
– Upper body strength doubled
– 20 nose to ground push-ups (I can do 20 on my knees nose to the ground and I can do 20 on my toes but with elbows to 90degrees so this would have to be a ‘half-way’ goal). I am super stoked that if someone asks me to drop and give them 20 I can do that on my toes now.
– Move my body every day (there were only two days this didn’t happen – the day after we got our puppy as I was exhausted and also didn’t want to leave her alone for long and when I was sick)
– Employed my first Moxxi staff
– Spring cleaned my house like a boss!
– Booked and planned a beach holiday (WAFeb 2014)
– Trained Lucy (puppy) to sit, walk without pulling too much, sit in the car, get on her bed, come, toilet trained (didn’t master Stay or no jumping up on people yet).
– no booze
– no coffee
– clean eating
– keep a daily gratitude diary
– Feel healthier, fitter, happier and ready to take on 2014 with GUSTO!

Not achieved:
– Deadlift, squat and running goals due to injury. Tendinitis of the hip flexor is quite hard to rest and recover from as you use it allllll the time)
– Camping one weekend due to many many unexpected guests and terrible weather for months! (I didn’t want to achieve this so badly that I would go in the rain)
-blog every day (massive oversight by me. This was the hardest part by far and I had several ongoing tech issues which still seem to haunt me today)
– knit my first jumper (due to it becoming more of a chore than something I like to do to relax I let this one go so I can just knit a few rows here and there etc)
– financial goal due to poor planning around puppy costs and a gazillion Christmas flights.

Lessons learnt:

– Goal setting: you can be more flexible in timing around goals as there are some things that you can’t control. For example, I want to still hit my running goal but I don’t know when this will be as my injury is still plaguing me.
– Some things that I made as goals I took the enjoyment out of them by forcing myself to do them by a certain time. For example, my knitting is something I like to do when I feel relaxed and have the time. By setting a time limit on knitting my first jumper I was making myself knit when I didn’t feel like it and it began to feel like a chore. This took the enjoyment out of it so I relaxed on the time frame of this. I have still done a significant amount and will finish it in about a week.
– Many goals can be achieved in less time than you think so I will from now on be more realistic in how I set my times and probably only set 30 day goals and if something doesn’t get done in that time frame I’ll add it to the next 30 day challenge.
– Habits can be broken in about 35 days. Not drinking alcohol or coffee was hard for the first 6 weeks and then it just became normal.
– Clean eating is THE best way to lose fat. I didn’t lose weight but I’ve changed my body shape significantly. My stomach is the flattest it’s ever been with still being very healthy and my shoulders are more round and muscular than stick like. It’s a great achievement for someone who has always been skinny but always had a pot belly. I now have more muscle and less fat which is very good peace of mind as I feel stronger and I am less concerned about fat around my organs. This was always a weird feeling for me as always being skinny I think I had less motivation to get fit as I ‘looked’ good but I felt weak and frumpy. Now I’ve changed this and feel great for it.
– Blogging every day is HARD and kudos to anyone who does it!
– As long as you have a drink in your hand at social events you don’t need to drink alcohol.
– You don’t need coffee. Your body will get used to it and you will feel SO much better without it once you kick the habit.
– Exercising every day IS possible without negative effects. It is possible to simply go for a walk or do some yoga. It’s easy to make the time for it and once you’ve got into the habit of it (after about 35 days) you’ll miss not doing it on one day.
– Telling your friends about your goals helps you to get them done. I am so grateful for the support many friends have given me, especially my partner who gave up the booze and ate clean with me for the majority of the project.
– You don’t need to deprive yourself of things you truly LOVE. I have HATED going without gelato for 100 days. Whilst I did have 1 Magnum ice-cream (one night at the theatre when I was sick and needed something but my options were that or a packet of chips) and did learn to make many clean, sugar-free versions of ice-cream, I couldn’t get rid of my craving for real Italian gelato. It’s not just the taste but the texture and the fun of it. It reminds me of Italy and it’s just SO yummy. So whilst I will go back to enjoying gelato, I will now have my home-made stuff at home and keep the other treats from my life that I used to have (cake, pasteries, etc) that I didn’t enjoy as much so that I can keep the gelato as my one treat which hopefully means I’ll be having less treats all up.
– The calmness and clarity and decrease in anxiety that I’ve had in my life can be attributed to the decrease in coffee I believe. I’m so glad to have stopped drinking it.
– The gratitude diary is without a doubt one of THE best things you can do for your happiness. If you don’t have one, go out and get one NOW.

And finally, the biggest lesson is – It’s not about the getting of the goal, it’s about who you become in getting there. I am a much more focussed, self-aware, healthier, happier person now that I have reached for these goals. I have learnt a lot about myself. So at the end of the day, this challenge has been so worth every second and I recommend it to ANYONE 🙂

To wrap up, here is a video of me completing my final physical goal to swim 2km non-stop. It’s a silly one 🙂

If you would like to continue to follow my progress and what I’m up to you can come over to my new blog at http://moxxigroup.com.au/blog/

Be courageous,

Gem

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Day 92 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

What can I say! I’ve got 9 days left of this challenge and I can’t WAIT for it to be over.

I have to be honest, I’m not inspired to achieve the goals that I set any more. They are well and truly stale now and have not stayed enjoyable.

I ran out of wool for my jumper and I don’t think it’s going to fit how I would like so I’m not thrilled to force  myself to finish it. I will do my best however.

I also could not fit in the camping trip. Not from lack of trying, but gee the weather has been just so crappy and then between my partner and I we’ve had so many things on every single weekend. It’s been a case of the ones that we’ve wanted to go away on have rained so we haven’t bothered. We don’t want to go camping THAT much that we’ll go in all weather. So now we only have one weekend left and he will not be here. So we can cross that off the list.

My injury is still playing up to the point that even dead lifts are hard so I’m just working on upper body strength.

The business is starting to take off which is great and it is taking up a lot of my time (about to do my accounts on a 30degree sunshiny Sunday morning!) which is making less time for me to do all the other things I want to do.

I’ve been blogging less and less on here as I’m writing so much content for the other areas of my life that I don’t want to write on here too.

I don’t know how I’ll go getting through these next 9 days. I hate to sound like a drag but it’s not been AS inspiring or as fun as I thought it might be. I will only do 30day challenges from here on in, that’s for sure!

9 more days. WOW!

 

Gem

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Day 81 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

Well, the countdown is officially on! Less than 20 days and I can’t wait for it to be over. I still have a lot to do though.

My first issue that I’ve come up against to completing one of my HUGE goals, is that I’m OUT OF WOOL! I have to order more wool to finish my jumper! EEEK! I hope that it arrives in time for when I’m done with what I have left but jingo it’s going to be a few long nights of knitting I think to finish it off.

I’m also going to a conference for the next three days so I’m not sure I’ll get much gym time or many options for healthy food and considering it’s almost 7pm the night beforehand and I’ve still got a long list of things to do today, I don’t think getting organised for the next three days is going to fit in. It’s more of a just roll with it and do your best approach for the next three days.

I’m compiling a list of all the things I want to eat on day 101. They include – Peanut M&Ms, a Magnum, a glass of fine champagne, some King Island dairy goodness, gelato, and… well, that will do for now 😉

So, bring on the next 19 days!

Be courageous!

Gem

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Day 77 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

With only 23 days of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness to go, I feel I have hit a motivation wall.

The desire to achieve my goals is no longer there.

Whilst I have no problems maintaining the clean eating, no booze and no coffee, and daily movement of the body, my desire to actually achieve some of the physical goals is no longer there. I feel that perhaps 100 days was actually too many and I could have achieved them in less time but as I allowed myself 100 days I also let them get stagnate.

For example, I feel like I KNOW I could swim 2km without stopping TODAY if I wanted to. I don’t feel like I need to keep training for the next 23 days to achieve it. I should therefore just jump in the pool today and TICK this one off the list. Ok. I’ll do it tomorrow 😉

I KNOW I could finish the jumper I’m knitting if I FORCED myself to knit everyday but THAT takes the enjoyment out of it. Would I not be better to just keep plugging away at it until it’s done but at a pace that I keep enjoying it?

I am getting bummed that my sartorius tendonitis is not yet fixed. In fact I have days where I don’t think any progress there has been made at all so I feel my legs are just in need of a good run but I can’t. I’d love to get back into the running. I also love squats and simply being able to jump around like crazy and well, I can’t with this injury.

The changes in my body have also plateaued as far as losing more body fat and increasing muscle tone too. I would say this is because I’ve done little in the past 2-3 weeks to really progress my training and am just stagnating.

I believe I’m still going to tick off a fair amount of my goals but I’m no longer that motivated by them and I’m ready to move on to new ones.

I will stick to these ones for the final 23 days of COURSE but from then on I will set much shorter time frames and I will set harder goals. I’ll also be more open to changing them, as my dear business partner said last week “Life is fluid baby, goals change”.

 

Be courageous,

 

Gem

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Day 71 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

Only 30 days to go! I’m rather excited about that.

However, I’m a little worried I won’t be able to achieve my goals. There are some that I’ve not really paid enough attention to by accident and then when I checked how I was progressing with them I realised that I’m a fair way off! WOOPS!

So it looks like, as is often the case, I’ve got to do a lot of the hard yards in the last 30 days. Why is it that we always leave things to the last minute? haha.

So I know I’ll achieve these goals:

– Go camping
– Swim 2km non-stop
– Double my bench press weight.
– Knit my first jumper
– My routine of waking and sleeping has changed to waking before 6am and asleep before 11pm (TICK!)
– I have a happy and effective daily routine for achieving my goals (TICK!)
– I look physically stronger, healthier, and happier (TICK!)
– For 100 days I have nourished my body with healthy food (TICK!), not had coffee or alcohol (TICK!), not had sugar (ONE magnum and one marshmallow otherwise TICK!), and exercised daily (2 days of no exercise so far!)
– I am a calmer, happier, more grateful person (TICK!)
– I am ready to take on summer with courage, vibrance, and energy like never before (TICK!) This is so true and I bloody can’t wait. I’m going insane with this stupid Melbourne weather still being under 20degrees in fricking November. OVER it.

Goals I’m not sure I’ll achieve:

– Triple my business success – We’ve changed tack as to our strategy here so it won’t happen just in this 100 Days but it will in the next 🙂
– Deadlift 70kg – I’m struggling at 50kg at the moment and I’m not confident that I can improve enough without further injuring my sartorius which I injured running in week 3 or 4 and which I’ve since had to change my squat and running goals because of.
– Train Lucy – This is an ongoing goal so I’m not sure where I can say that I’ve achieved it. She can sit, come, get down, get on her bed, and sometimes ‘stay’ so I suppose that’s pretty good for a four month old pup. Next I want her to stay at all times, drop the ball/toy, and not jump up on people. That should about do it.

I think that’s all of my goals. So I’m doing ok.

I still recommend setting 100 Day goals for everyone. It’s been so fantastic and I’m looking forward to my next set of goals.

Be courageous.

 

Gem

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Day 65 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

WordPress is giving me the utter shits. I made a video at 10am this morning and immediately pressed upload. It’s now 2:30 and whilst it JUST uploaded, now it won’t ‘add media’ to this post. It’s great.

Also, for WHATEVER reason, when it uploads, it uploads rotated.

So, I have to go out for the rest of the afternoon to see clients and I cannot be BOTHERED uploading it again.

This is the WORST part of this 100 Day Challenge – the technological difficulties. I thought it would be easy to simply upload a fricking video to WordPress every day. I have the app, SamsungS4, unlimited data and excellent connection speed, and I’ve paid for the version that should help me upload video to WordPress easier. It’s NEVER worked though.

Righto.

Have a great day.

Gem

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Day 63 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

Just a quick blog post today to say that this 100 Day Challenge is definitely resulting in the best body shape I’ve ever been in! It’s looking good! I know it’s not about the body image and more about how you feel but it’s an extra boost when you see your body changing too!

In the initial 30 days I lost 3 kilos. I have since put two back on but my body shape has changed. My tummy is slim and it sort of feels longer which I know it’s not 🙂 My shoulders look stronger and more round rather than pointy bony things which they used to look like. I like that my upper body looks more toned. It reflects how I feel – strong!

It also helps when your darling partner says daily – you just look so healthy darling. You’re glowing. It’s beautiful!

So that’s all I wanted to share for today.

Hope your having a great weekend and you’re happy and healthy!

Be courageous.

Gem

 

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Day 61 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

It’s cold in Melbourne and I’m really TRULY over it. It’s the last day of October and therefore TWO months in to Spring and yet I’m sitting here with two jumpers on and a rug over my knees and the heater still pumping out hot air. On a scale of 1 – 10 I suppose I’m at a 9 for fed up with it. 10 would mean I’d actually be moving states to northern NSW. As a ‘first world problem’ it does make life dreary and quite frankly I’m sick of having some part of my body ache or even go numb as I have such poor circulation. I’m sick of the mornings where I don’t want to get out of bed and evenings where I don’t want to go to bed as I don’t want to do the ‘in the middle bit’ where I could get cold. I hate it. Really, I do.

I love the heat, I love humidity, I love how it makes you feel relaxed and you can wear loose floaty clothing. I love how it makes it easy to jump out of bed at 6am and just step straight outside and stretch in the sunlight and warmth. I love how on a 40degree day it forces you do just DO NOTHING for a few hours and relax (especially if you live without aircon), I love how you end up spending most of your time outside with the fresh air. I love how it makes my body feel and look. I love how it puts a spring in everyone’s step and makes flowers grow and days long. 

So that’s my rant for day 61 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness – it’s too cold and I’m over it. I think I would be succeeding more if it was warmer and I bloody hope that the last 38 days of my challenge are blessed with nice weather (it won’t come until after the Melbourne Cup, I know!). 

Gem

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Day 59 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

Oh dear. I’ve really fallen off the tracks with regards to blogging this past week! I have made a couple of videos to try and get back into that but it’s not been going well with the uploads. So I just got fed up and gave up for a few days. NAUGHTY I know.

Needless to say, the blogging has definitely been the HARDEST part of this challenge. Does anyone have any tips for sticking to the daily blogging? I know some people who are writers do daily blogs and just write anything to actually practice their writing but otherwise, I think that daily blogging is just too much – Yeah?

Otherwise, I’m still going strong. I’m fitter than I’ve ever been, looking better than ever, more focussed on my health and happiness than I’ve ever been, and I’m achieving a LOT (Despite that voice in my head that says I’m not doing ‘enough’, as usual). I am however having fantasies about what I’ll eat on day 101! haha. I’ve started a Pinterest board called “Gem loves Gelato” and plan to make all of them! I’m also thinking I want to eat peanut m&m’s, drink a lovely glass of sparkling wine, eat a chocolate croissant, have a latte, and eat some fine cheeses and crackers etc. YUM. haha. I do miss eating lovely foods like that and I really think that it’s silly to deprive ourselves of them. Only if you want to have a six pack (which I nearly do) should you not ever eat anything with sugar or too much fat. Otherwise, EAT it. Enjoy it! Just not every day 🙂

I’ll keep trying to post the videos that I’ve made over the last few days but I’m not going to keep my laptop on for hours just to load it and then wait for ages just to get it on the blog. WHY the WordPress app on my phone just won’t upload directly to the site, I don’t know. It’s never managed it even with the most brand new phone and unlimited data. Anyway.

I hope you’re still cracking on your challenge – whatever that might be. And I hope you’re loving being a healthier and happier version of YOU!

 

Be courageous,

 

Gem

 

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Day 51 of my 100 Days of Health and Happiness

With 50 days to go on my 100 Day challenge, I think it’s appropriate to revisit my goals for this challenge and see where I’m at:

My physical strength is increased by half again of what it was,
– This is well and truly on track. When I started, I could only bench 20kg, deadlift about 37.5kg, shoulder press 17kg, and squat about 35kg.
Whilst I’ve had to put the squat on hold, I’m half way there to doubling the others so that is exciting.

– My routine of waking and sleeping is absolutely second nature (rising before 6am and sleeping before 11pm)
   – I am getting there with this one, slowly. I’m getting to bed most nights around 10:30pm and getting up at 6am most days. If I could bring it back down to 10pm and 5:30am, that would be ideal.

– I have a happy & effective daily routine of setting and achieving goals.
– Getting pretty good at this. I have off days (today is proving to be one of them!) but for 8 days straight last week I set a to-do list and broke it down into manageable tasks, and got straight to it. A few more days like that and I’m sure it’ll become more of a routine.

– I am a calmer, happier, more focussed, and grateful person.
   – Definitely happier, more focussed, and calmer and I think that’s due to the gratitude. I’m gushing with gratitude for my life and the people in it right now!

– I look physically stronger, healthier, and happier. 
– Definitely. I’ve lost 2-3kg and everything is looking a lot more toned than usual. My skin is glowing and I am told by my partner that I look ‘more and more beautiful’ everyday. TICK!

– My business has tripled it’s success 
– Not yet but we’re working hard on this one!

– For 100 Days I have exercised, nourished my body with a balanced diet, achieved my business goals, and been grateful for more than I could have imagined!
   – Depending on how you look at it, this one might not come to fruition. I didn’t exercise on about 3 of my first 50 days due to illness and tiredness. Otherwise, it will be ticked off!

– I am ready to take on summer with the greatest energy I’ve ever had and to LIVE every day with courage, vibrance, and ACTION.
   – I’m already READY and I can’t bloody wait! Bring on more sun, more surf, more sand. All things that make me HAPPY!

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