- Use technology to the max: As I stated in my previous update, I stopped tracking my food obsessively, because I no longer need to. I can eyeball portion sizes now, and pretty much just stay away from anything processed. The Garmin Connect app for Windows 10 is now working beautifully after a shaky start, so I’ll be holding onto the Vivofit for a while longer.
- 8000 steps a day (minimum): I’m averaging about 12000 steps a day now, so I’ve long surpassed this requirement.
- Increase my overall stamina: Still increasing. Now that the SO is training me, I can break out of the plateau.
- Increase my overall flexibility: I judge this by how close my chest gets to my thighs if I’m sitting on the mat and touching my toes. There’s definitely been an improvement.
- Stick to my workout schedule: This is still a bit loose, but I’ve been getting in 1 hour sessions 3-4 times a week.
- Take care of HSK: An ongoing process, though the summer heat is giving me heat rash and drying out my hair.
- Increase water intake: Now that it’s summer, this is much easier.
- Balance micro- and macronutrient intake: Eh.
- Take better care of teeth: I’ve been clean for 13 months now 😀
Of course, a downside on the health front is my soy allergy diagnosis. Fortunately, that does not extend to soy sauce so I can sushi as much as I want 🙂
- Maintain a state of order (in my living space): I gave up on that a while back, since I’m moving out soon.
- Maintain a state of order (in my finances): The app I mentioned in the previous update is almost done.
- Maintain a state of order (in my mind): I’m going to be real now – things got rough. The last three months have been mentally and emotionally taxing.
My final update!
- Take part in more MOOCs: I’m going to be brutally honest about this, I honestly just stopped trying.
- Become more involved in the community: On hold for now.
- Start the process for professional registration: Just waiting on PLATO to sort themselves out.
- Sort out Honours: Last week I accepted an unconditional offer for a spot in the BScHons Computing class of 2016 🙂
Of course, the biggest update for the Career Edition is that I accepted a GIS Analyst job at Vodacom. I am super excited.
- Use technology to the max: I’ve stopped tracking my food obsessively over the last few weeks, mainly because I know what needs to go into every meal now. My Vivofit has been irritating me immensely over the last few days, because it’s having syncing issues again. Methinks it’s almost time for a new This is the one: Fitness tracker edition post. I’m still tracking my steps and heart rate though, that’s always useful. I also have no complaints about my scale.
- 8000 steps a day (minimum): I don’t have time now to plot my step graph again, but my trend has kept moving consistently upwards. Breaking 10 000 a day is now normal for me. It still takes concerted effort to break away from my desk and ensure I get at least 4000 steps at lunchtime, because when one is on a coding streak it is hard to snap out of it.
- Increase my overall stamina: Still increasing everyday – it’s weird to actually feel the power in muscles I didn’t even know I had.
- Increase my overall flexibility: I’ve been focusing on legs and thighs during my Pilates workouts to get some definition there. I’ve also incorporated a resistance band into that workout, which is great for making my legs feel like they will fall off if I do a side leg lift just one more time.
- Stick to my workout schedule: I’ve been a bit looser with this lately, because as we all know, food plays a larger role in weight loss than exercise. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing all my sessions though, because I like to exercise now. That is in large part due to Shaun T’s infectious enthusiasm, and because it releases a lot of stress.
I’d like to share two anecdotes now. Last week, I went with the SO to the barber for his monthly haircut. For the first time in a few months, I sat on the couches in the shop to wait for him. When we came out, he said he told his guy that he needed a good hairstyle for the couple’s photo shoot we’re doing. The guy asked what happened to his previous lady. The SO had to point out that it was still me.
A few days ago, I was speaking to one of my colleagues. He asked, “Where are you disappearing to?” It took me a few seconds to figure out that he was referring to my weight. Losing 20 kg so far has already been an achievement for me, but I need to keep pushing through to get to my ultimate goals.
I’m still on track to reach my first milestone by the end of the year, which means I need to drop 5 more kg by then, but I know I can do it. Also, by putting it on here, I’m adding another level of accountability.
- Maintain a state of order (in my living space): Hahaha. While my room is not in the state it was in before my epic clean, it’s probably about 75% there. I do try to keep the bed and the floor clear though.
- Maintain a state of order (in my finances): I’ve pretty much optimised my eBucks earn as much as I can by monitoring my transactions and informally estimating percentages. Short of writing an app to do it for me (which I will, once I’ve finished exams), there isn’t much else I can do now.
- Maintain a state of order (in my mind): I’ve been under sustained stress since June. Physical (exercise, diet, weight loss) and emotional (work) stress has been brought about by external factors. Internal factors have caused my mental stress. The strides I have made in my health, fitness, and career revamps have impacted severely on my life revamp. That sounds weird, but I’ve got things handled, for now.
- Take care of HSK: In my last update, I mentioned that my skin was going through a phase. That phase turned out to be eczema, which I had when I was small and it runs in the family. Adult onset eczema can be triggered by a variety of things, including family history, stress, change in diet, food allergies/intolerance to things such as soybeans, increased intake of dairy products such as cottage cheese, or hormonal changes. I mention these things because I can tick off each one of them. Treating it was a major pain, because basically I would have needed to roll back all my health and fitness changes. It didn’t help that I would wake up every night scratching. The Avene Thermal Water came in handy for keeping my face and neck cool, thereby reducing the itch. The Eucerin helped under my arms and with my hair. I have been very pleased with the hair results, although I’ve found with the roll-on that one needs to apply quite a bit.
- Increase water intake: I stopped carrying the two flasks of water around, because it made my laptop bag even heavier (the laptop weighed about 3kg alone, besides my other nonsense I take to work each day). I figured it made more sense to get up from my desk once every 45 minutes to fetch a cup of water. Problem is, I definitely don’t get up once every 45 minutes, especially if I’m writing code. I seriously need to write a Pushbullet script to pop up on my desktop to remind me.
- Balance micro- and macronutrient intake: There’s still a lot of room for improvement on this front, which can easily be solved by increasing fibrous vegetable intake.
- Take better care of teeth: Hi I’m Cindy, and I’m a jelly sweets addict. It’s been 11 months since my last fix, and my teeth thank me for that. Soon, Woolworths won’t be a problem anymore either.