* Back to Week 2 Wow i'm really doing this
* Back to Week 3 Getting Creative
* Back to Week 4 Wahoo in the 80"s - uber eats better choices
* Back to week 5 Don't get obsessed with the scales - "Flying high literally"
* Back to week 6 BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT - getting out of my comfort zone
* Back to week 7 Fallen off the horse - but I will not quit
* Back to week 8 Staying Mentally Healthy
* Back to week 9 Fun Run Day
Well today is weigh in day and I was concerned about the potential gains as repercussions from the week before, however I was pretty surprised to see that, although there was a gain, it was only 100g which was phenomenal considering. I am definitely stoked with that, but need to focus better this week…….
Leisa and I also got to catch up with a beautiful friend of ours, Sarah as she will be heading back to Whyalla for a time to be with family and have her baby and we won’t get to see her for months. We went out for Mexican, which was delicious mind you, and yes full of carbs, but hey, sometimes you just gotta go with it 😊 It is so sad to see Sarah go and we will miss her incredibly. I know that this is part of her journey and she will come back all fabulous with a bubs in tow. All the best Sarah, you are going to be the best mum. We love you heaps and we are only a phone call away.
Monday – 12th November
Well today I start my first part of my Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. This is something that work is paying for as it is a requirement for the role which I will be undertaking next year. I am super happy to be able to do this course as it will help me develop my skills in all areas, including our business. As you know, I never eat a whole lot when I am learning, or teaching, so I mainly brought snacks to eat through the day such as nuts, dried apricots, oat bar etc.
Nil exercise for me today either. I got home and went straight into the study to continue on my assignment which I still had so much to do……GGGAAHHHHH!!!!
Tuesday – 13th November
Day two of training and it is going great. I am a bit distracted today as I know what I still have to do with my uni assignment, but also my requirement to put together a training presentation for Thursday for this course. I kinda feel a bit sick and my stress levels are through the roof, but I am loving this course all the same. Stress is great for reducing appetite, so not a whole lot eaten today.
As it is Tuesday, it is also tennis time which is awesome. I love tennis, however I feel under the pump as it is taking its time away from the assignment due tomorrow……. However, it was awesome playing with some friends who were filling in and that I haven’t seen in a while, it made me de-stress a bit before heading back to it. Thanks guys. It just goes to show how much exercise and social connections have to play on stress and mental health. It really did give me a boost. Late night though tonight, I ended up crawling into bed about 2am before getting back up at 6am to get back into my study.
Wednesday – 14th November
Today is a project preparation day which means we don’t need to go into the classroom. We can stay home and prepare our presentations for the next day. This is a quiet relief as it means I can focus on my uni assignment first. I am absolutely peaking today as I still have so much to do and my assignment is due tonight. I never leave my assignments to the last minute like this and I know why. My stress is the highest I think I have ever had it and it is not a good feeling at all as it impairs your thinking, which is what I need right now. I take a few deep breaths and regain my focus before heading back into it. I finally submitted my assignment at 9pm, yep all day I took to finish it, which means I now need to start on my cert IV project. Goodness gracious, get me another coffee.
So you guessed it, I didn’t go to bed. I pulled the first all nighter I think EVER in relation to study and I don’t know how people do this to themselves. Leisa goes to bed and gives me a kiss goodnight, then next thing it is 0430 am and she is up saying good morning. HOLY CRAP, that time seemed to fly by. No point in going to rest now, just keep charging along. I finally got my project done to the level I am happy with. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to presentations so it was annoying to not feel better prepared.
Thursday – 15th November
Well I drag myself into the classroom off of no sleep, but I think overtiredness kicked in and I had my second wind. My presentation went well with great feedback from my instructor and participants (phew). The class is filled with some pretty awesome people and am glad to be doing the course with them. Very interesting stories 😊 food again was just nibbles and of course I had no energy to exercise, so when I got home I plopped in front of the TV and just rested for the rest of the night. I still didn’t get to sleep until about 11pm which is ridiculous and means I was awake for 41 hours. Gee whiz I am going to be recovering from this for weeks. Why do I do this to myself.
Friday – 16th November
Last day of the first part of the Cert IV it has been a pretty good course and I can’t wait to implement this into a lot of the trainings and workshops that we do. How exciting 😊. I had a pretty good sleep last night but am still pretty tired. The day went pretty well and I look forward to delve into the second half of the course. We have to prepare another couple of presentations which should be fun.
Food was disgraceful today as I ventured to get myself KFC (hangs head in shame) being tired and under the weather has always led me to make stupid choices like this, so I will just go with it and deal with it later. No exercise was also had which is a double whammy for my day. I think I was making up for the lack of food that I didn’t eat over the last week, I felt like I could eat anything and not get full.
Saturday – 17th November
Well off to work again for this weekend, good ol day shift. No rest for the wicked but that is ok, I have plenty to catch up on. I think I am now over compensating for the lack of food I at over the last week, stimulated by the KFC yesterday. I felt that nothing was going to fill me up, however the food I ate was good. A nice salad and some stew, yum yum. It wasn’t until dinner time though that we went downhill again. I said to Leisa that she should pick a place and we go out together for a date as we have hardly seen each other the last few weeks. So we went off to Sammy’s on the Marina which was spectacular. The food was delicious, including the sticky date pudding we shared and the cocktails that followed. Yep I am not even ashamed 😊 it was nice to spend the time with Leisa. I’ve missed her and she has me. Oh the life of full time workers, business owners and students, gotta pencil time in to see each other. Bit sad really. Love you honey
I will conclude with one word STRESS……..this week was the most intense stress I have felt in ages. It wreaked havoc on my routine, my thinking and my sleep habits and I am glad that it is over. Every poor choice I made was brought on by my stress and my lack of coping skills around such a thing. As I mentioned last week, this is the thing I will work on using goal setting, NLP and mental health strategies, so watch this space as I fill you in on what I do to prevent that happening again.
Thanks for joining me on this weeks journey, I hope you have had a great week and be sure to tune in for next weeks instalment of the week that was.