Monday, December 31, 2012

Time for something new

Welcome to 2013.... well almost.  It' so close though that I thought I'd start it out with a new feature that I'm going to be introducing in 2013... #motivationmonday.

Monday's can be hard.  Even though you may have the greatest job in the world, or the greatest plans it can be tricky to face the day after a weekends festivities.  To ease into the week and help give you a bit of a motivational boost I'm going to be sharing a quote each Monday that is inspiring me.  Short and sweet.  I'll let the words speak for themselves.  Are you ready?  

Photo of quote taken from the book Inspire available at Kikki.k
Are you ready to set your New Year's resolutions & try?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

50% success

Just a quick update on my post last week on trying to use some social media to help me track changes.  I'd say I've been 50% successful. I've found taking photos of my dog for my #dailydogwalk challenge has been pretty easy and fun.  Maybe because she's so cute and is happy to site still for me.  I've not been quite as successful with my #tryingtobehealthy challenge.  Largely because I've found taking photos of my every day food to be boring.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good #foodporn pic as much as the next person.  It's just that I'd rather it be of special meals out.  Things that impress me.  Not my every day meals which may have been put together in a hurry.  That being said I'm going to continue to experiment.  After all failure is just an indication that I need to try something different.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Who are you?

Looking over my blog this past year or so I realise that I spend a lot of time looking at ways of forming new habits, of talking about goal setting, and thinking about ways I can implement touch points in my life to reinforce behaviour.  Well this week I'm trying another way and I'd love to know what you think about it.

For a while I've been focusing on my health.  In some ways this year has been a year of focusing on my health in various ways and with various levels of intensity and success over time.  I've been pretty private about my goals.  Probably because some things are very personal to me.  And probably because I knew I wouldn't achieve them all and I didn't really want to be publicly accountable to strangers.  Who needs a couple of hundred people telling you you failed!  Today however, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing with you in a more public way.

I'm focusing on 2 things - more walking, and eating right.  I already have a personal trainer.  (Hey Jess - you're awesome and you kick my butt.  Not sure whether I love or hate you sometimes.  Mostly it's love.  I think the number of burpees we do - or don't do - has a strong influence on my feelings towards you.)  And I wear a fitbit with a goal of walking over 10,000 steps a day.  But I'm still a little slack on what I eat, and on accountability.  So I'm trialling a new way of being accountable.  A more social way.  A more visual way.  And I invite you to follow along & join in.

Every day on instagram I'm trying to take photos of the food I'm eating and tagging it with #tryingtobehealthy.   I'm also taking photos of my #dailydogwalk to track my activity.  As I said I'm taking a risk doing this and sharing it here, because I'm inviting you to follow along and hold me accountable... if you feel up to it.  Or at least offer me some words of encouragement.  I'm also inviting you to take part too.  If you have some behaviours you want to change in your life add a comment here and tell me about them.  Better yet add a comment with your instagram link and the hashtag you're using & I'll follow you and encourage you.  I'm also keen to hear from anyone who has used social media to help change their behaviour.  Tell me your stories.  What worked?  What didn't?  I'd love to know.