New Years Goals Check-in: October

I'm doing monthly updates on my New Year Goals.

Late again! I could almost write you a Quarter of November review. Highlight of November thus far: seeing an episode of The Simpsons I'd never seen before! It was Homer of Seville, in which Homer develops the ability to sing opera after falling into an open grave, with sexy results.

October review

  • Kick butt on new post-Cycletta exercise plan (spinning, weights, Pilates) Check!
  • Keep up the exercise during the Royal Mothership Visit Aye!
  • Watch the portion sizes and really pay attention to the hunger signals. Yep! Despite that the scale did not budge. I think it was all the restaurant meals – even eating mindfully it was a lot richer than everday food. Plus there was that giant bag of marshmallows… and the birthday cake(s). Okay. No surprises there.
  • Continue work on Operation Morning Person. Indeedily! Averaging 7.45am, which is an improvement on the old 8.24 panic, but not early enough to do anything productive before I go to work. So this month I am going for 7.30. Don't laugh, all you proper early birds! A gradual approach is needed when trying to reform decades of snooze buttoneering.
  • I also started an awesome new yoga class and roped Gareth into coming with me. We'll teach that bloke to relax if it kills me!

November plans

  • Get through the month without stabbing anyone. Here we go with Scottish Winter Number 9 and the annual "should I get one of those sunrise alarm clock thingies or is it just an overpriced lightbulb" debate.
  • Be consistent with my food tracking. I'm using Weight Loss Resources this month, at slowest rate of weight loss (Β½ pound per week). We've established I can maintain weight but I'll be honest – I want some proper progress before the year is out. It's vanity and it's belly rolls annoying me at yoga. So time to pay closer attention to what I'm eating but without being crazy dame about it.

26 thoughts on “New Years Goals Check-in: October

  1. I live in Seattle, Washington…a place not known for sunlight. It’s very dark and rainy here, especially so in the winter. I invested in a light and I cannot believe the difference it has made in how I feel. I thought it would be mildly helpful so I wasn’t prepared for how fantastic I feel when I use it compared to when I don’t. I don’t use mine to get up in the morning – I use it when I’m sitting down to read – but I don’t think you’d be disappointed in spending the money for one. This is the one that I have:

  2. Just wanted to add my 2 cents as well… I put off investing in a SAD light for years because I’m super cheap and didn’t know anyone who’d personally benefitted from one. Out of sheer desperation, I gave in this past March and bought the largest one I could find. It was around $200 CDN and worth every penny! I’ve used it every month except during summer vacation since I work indoors and don’t see much sunshine. This is the first year I’m not dreading winter (but I still hate the cold).

  3. RE: “Get through the month without stabbing anyone. Here we go with Scottish Winter Number 9 and the annual “should I get one of those sunrise alarm clock thingies or is it just an overpriced lightbulb” debate.”

    i had a similar goal–a goal which i’m sad to report, i have already failed at miserably. okay, so MAYYYYYbe i have not yet stabbed anyone but i have come EERILY close in my daydreams to the point that i am rightfully concerned about the safety of others. and i mean REALLY–what could POSsibly be my excuse seeing as how i living in a place where the sun basically shines 400 days out of the year? what can i say–i’m a work in progress as we all are, right?

    but seriously, since i turned 42 this past september, the last couple of months have seriously tested my mettle. therefore, my simple goal for the rest of 2011 is simply to love myself a little bit each day in ways that matter, like working out EVEN if it’s only for 30 minutes or getting in some strength training (cuz it makes me feel like a SEXY badass) or some flexibility training (cuz it makes me feel like a sexy, LIMBER badass) or sitting quietly somewhere doing “me” stuff or going to bed early. sorry but that’s all i gots right now and guess what–thats plenty.

  4. “snooze buttoneering” – solid gold! I can’t imagine how awful it must be to be in the dark all the time – get one of those sunlight thingos AT ONCE.

  5. I love your first November goal. Since you are 1/4 through November already, you have excellent odds of avoiding a life in prison sentence.

    I am amazed you could get Dr. G to yoga. My husband does not believe in relaxing. πŸ™‚ Or at least not in yoga.

    I am with you on wanting to make progress, even slow progress. I am tired of listening to myself talk about wanting to lose weight and seeing nothing happen.

  6. Ooooh, yes, go the clock. Without boring you with all the brain chemistry stuff, natural light is the business when it comes to waking up. If you’re trying to get up earlier, a light that simulates daylight will be a huge help because it stimulates the chemicals that tell your body to wake up. Definitely not an overpriced light bulb, and definitely worth the investment.

  7. Sunrise lamps are awesome. Nothing is going to make getting out of bed in the morning, in the dark, in Scotland really easy, but I’ve found that I don’t carry my bed on my back for the whole day when I use the lamp. That and getting a walk at lunch time really helped. Seriously get one, see if it helps, because not killing people is a really good thing!!

  8. I have one of those S.A.D. lamps (although I call it my happy lamp) and to be honest I don’t know if it helps. I know that it doesn’t hurt. In any case, I feel your winter pain…I desperately want to move somewhere warm and light.

    Also, I love your “indeedily”…you’ve made a lot of progress my dear!

  9. You rocked your October goals! Yay Shauna!

    As for early rising and SAD lamps, I don’t have one of those sunrise clocks, I borrowed my sister’s for a while and discovered (I should have known this from Summer experience) that I can happily snooze button my way through daylight. But last year I bought a desk based SAD lamp which I have today switched on for the first day this year (half hour in the morning – if I do longer I get jumpy and weird) and I have high hopes that it will help beat my insanely low energy levels.

    And and, separately I can report a 7 working day streak of being in the office for 9 instead of 10. SUCCESS! I can’t tell you how I made the leap, I just did. I made it coincide with the clocks changing which might have helped. It has changed my day considerably to be up and out a bit earlier. Go you! You can do it! And it IS worth it!

  10. Highly recommend a 2 year old as a failsafe alarm clock. We haven’t slept past 6am since she arrived in this world :/ We actually just installed blockout blinds in a desperate attempt to get more sleep, didn’t work.

    Having been a shitty, shitty early waker forced into being one I have found the only way to get up in the morning is to get to bed earlier. Not always easy but if you force yourself to get up early for a wee while you will get to be a early bed-goer through sheer exhaustion eventually. Hard I know in a country where it is considered early evening at 9pm.

    If it makes it any better, you may miss the daylight but you certainly aren’t missing yourself with the heat. I am sitting sweating my arse off at 8:30pm at night, going to be a fun night I think followed by a nice early morning “why the hell don’t we have air con” argument with hubby in the morning.

  11. shauny, i’ve been doing my annual “should i buy one of these sad-lights”-ritual these past few days, too. ever since the time-change, i’ve been so very very down. am just about ready to cave in.

    @lora that’s the light i’ve been looking at, actually. how would you rate the portability?

  12. Shauna: get yourself a therapy lamp. It can be life-changing, dare I say life-saving. I love mine. It’s not a wake up one, and if I weren’t moving in less than two months I might get one of those as well. Light is good.

  13. I want a sunrise lamp. I saw them in Switzerland and they were not oooo pricey, but my suitcase was – erm – full of shoes.

    You are doing great. The scale is fickle, always has been, always will be. Don’t worry about THAT, just get on with being healthy and your body will do what is right for it.

  14. If you get a SAD light please review! I have contemplated one for a couple of years as well, and have asked for a sunrise alarm for awhile as I find summertime I am up early, and love it!

  15. I got a wake-up lamp from Philips last year and I LOVE it. It makes a big difference, mostly that I don’t wake up in a bad mood from being jolted awake by the alarm. The light gently wakes you up so you are just dozing when the alarm goes off. I would get it! Considering a sad lamp too for home for the rest of winter as I get very blue. Going to the gym in the morning really does help too!

  16. Ohhh I used to use one of those SAD lights, though I’m not sure it made that much difference when I look back. To be honest, my SAD affliction seems to have disappeared since I started to work for myself and do the things I want to, whereas when I was in a job I wanted out of, winter was hugely depressing (especially coming home from work in the dark). I reckon it’s worth a try though! I still hate January and February though.

  17. Instead of a lamp thingy, I recommend, coming to visit me in Buenos Aires. There is plenty of light here! Lovely, bright, warm sunshine.

  18. I use the sleep cycle app on my iPhone as my alarm. Not sure how accurate it is, but the idea is that it wakes you up when you are not in your deepest sleep. I just like the fact that it wakes you up with gentle music rather than a beeping alarm to jar you awake. For 99c it might be worth a go!!!

  19. Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions everyone, I’ve got a lot to think about before next pay day! πŸ™‚

    @SAS – Oh man, if I could I would be there tomorrow πŸ™‚

  20. I have a sunrise clock (a Lumie, to be precise) and it’s great. I never matched the effects of the people in the testimonials on the website – no leaping out of bed completely awake the instant the alarm went off – but it definitely made waking up in English winters much easier. Even my slugabed husband felt the effects. So I really recommend them, or if price is an issue put your bedside lamp on a timer to get the room light (albeit in a less gentle way)

  21. As a fellow Aussie currently facing my 13th (yikes!) winter in Denmark, I hear you on the morning struggle! I bought a sunrise light complete with bird symphony a couple of years ago, which I also have combine with b(l)eeping alarm clock. Snooze buttoneering still occurs, but the body is undeniably more awake with the light than without. I could never even remember hitting the snooze button before πŸ™‚

  22. Just chiming in to say have loved my philips wake light for years (might be time to update the version lol) but up at 6 isn’t a problem with this thing while other loud screechy alarms make me want to kill things. It’s worth the investment πŸ™‚

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