Nerd Fitness Journal #8

What’s something that’s not your fault, but IS your responsibility?

I work as a complaint and resolution specialist so pretty much every negative experience that comes across my desk becomes my responsibility.

We’re all players in the game. We all have our roles and responsibilities. It takes a village, right. So if something crashes and burns, are we not all as accountable as the person behind the wheel?

Say something.

Tracking food

The next phase in my #nerdfitness journey is keeping an eye on my food intake. So today was

  • 6:30am – Yogurt & Juice
  • 8:30am – Coffee
  • 10:30am – Popcorn
  • 12pm – two eggs on one toast
  • 5:30pm – three fishfingers and a cup of pea/corn veg
  • 7pm – cup of tea

Made it in under the calorie count. Not as hungry as I thought I would be. We’ll see when breakfast rolls around again.

I also closed all the rings on my Apple Watch #winning

Nerd Fitness Journal #7

What would happen if you took a second to breathe and think?

Better decisions would be made, To smell the roses, is to embrace the world around them, Consider the thorns, the fields, the sky above, the aroma. Taking a second to breathe and think puts a thought into context. And when it is context, we can consider and analyse more holistically. Thus better decisions can be made.

By breathing and thinking we allow the voice in our heads to be heard. We should listen to them, they speak our own unique truth that only we are privy too. I’m not saying the voice is always right but they do give us the opportunity to consider, challenge and grow.

Nerd Fitness Journal #6

What’s one thing you can do today to make tomorrow easier?

To be fair my life is pretty easy as it is. COVID life has left me living and breathing within the same four walls. I leave the house to go for a walk and that’s about it.

One thing I do everyday is a simple Yoga routine. It loosens the muscles, and reduces the stiffness when I’m sitting in the office chair. It gives me time to breathe and gain focus on the day ahead. It releases the tensions and also makes my body feel alive.

Going to bed and then waking up with that ‘alive’ feeling definitely makes the tomorrows easier.

My “Ridiculous” Things

I have recently started reading Jess Elstrom’s Chasing the Bright Side. At the end of Chapter 2 readers are encouraged to take a moment and write out the most ridiculous of what my future could hold.

So here goes:

  • Train my dog to answer the phone (example)
  • Join the circus and walk a tightrope
  • Become the worlds leading expert on everything Gilmore Girls
  • Write a book called ‘Being Human’
  • Give a TED talk
  • Drive across Australia
  • Sing in public
  • Produce spoken word poetry on YouTube
  • Climb mountains
  • Run my own business
  • Have my picture taken with zebras

Nerd Fitness Journal #5

Does getting angry/upset make things better or worse?

I’ve always been a believer in keeping a cool head. Letting your emotions get the best of you only hurts you, no one else. Most of the time when we’re angry or upset, the person behind it doesn’t know, realise or care.

So it only makes it worse for you. The heat building up and the tension headaches or in my case, I cry when I’m angry. It can be consuming and paralysing. It can send you spiralling.

When I am upset or angry I write out the situation on a piece of paper or in a word document. It helps me make sense of my what I am feeling. It also can help in moving forward.

I breathe. I take stock and then I react.

Nerd Fitness Journal #4

What assumptions should you be questioning?

Assuming I can’t do something before even trying to do it. For example, today was a win. I had previously assumed that I could not walk for an hour because I was too unfit and would become too tired. But today, I made myself a deal. I was going to walk the established 45 min circuit around the block, stopping on each corner for a rest / shake out. I assumed it would be to hard and I was wrong. Granted it was a leisurely stroll, but it was done with easily. I mean I got pins and needles in my foot at one point… but a little perseverance got me through.

I think it’s something to consider.

I shouldn’t assume I can’t do something until I’ve tried it.

Nerd Fitness Journal #3

What can you say YES to today for more opportunity?

“COVID made me fat. So I am going to spend the next 100 days consistently dieting and exercising. Want to join me?”

This is a message I received today and I thought apt to the proposed question. But was my first instinct to say YES… no, it wasn’t. I think my answer was a non-committal depends what you had in mind.

But I am saying yes.

Because that’s what Lady Witchazel (pictured) would do.

The task is easy 1000 or so calories a day and 1-2 hours exercise.

What’s so hard about that?

Consistency.

She is my relentless archenemy.

But like my alter ego, Lady WH, I will not let her defeat me.

Lady Witchazel, the early years

Nerd Fitness Journal #2

What can I say NO to today to simply?

I have never really been good at saying no. I tend to let things happen and then roll with punches after the fact.

From tomorrow I am pledging to say to no to UberEATS. I was going to start today. I courageously declined the Macca brunch with my housemate but somewhere in mid-tv-binge ordered a spud bowl. So starting tomorrow…

I ordered Youfoodz to cover lunch and dinner for the week. This should help in the saying of no to other foods and snacks. It’s also make not eating junk easier. This time I went for the lower calories as opposed to the low carbs. I think that’s more realistic.

In the Tomorrowland, I pledge to cap the tv shows at three episodes. This whole day on the couch thing is becoming too comfortable in these COVID times and I need to be more productive. The partially read book I bought last month cheers in agreement.

Note, I am saying tomorrow, as it is 7:20pm on a Saturday night. There’s not much left to say no to since curfew starts in 40 minutes and I really need to finish watching the tv series I started this morning 🤭

It’s called ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ and I can’t say no.

Nerd Fitness Journal #1

What things are truly in my control?

Someone (Eleanor Roosevelt) once said “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – and yes, I stole that from the Princess Diaries. But I feel it talks to my answer to the above question.

I have control over how I react to any given situation. I mean, I don’t have complete control. I can count the conversations this week where I channel Hagrid, and say “I shouldn’t have said that”. I also then replay the conversation in my head until I get it right.

I have control over how I think. It’s like Steve was saying in the Nerd Fitness intro articles, we have control over own narrative. If I can start thinking like my alter ego, Lady Witchazel, and the one day I will become her.

This leads me to my third thought of having control over my actions. You are what you eat as they say. And at that moment I am a taco. With a side of coffee and occasional hash browns. And yeah, I could blame the COVID of it all, the Stage 4 lockdown, and the anxiety of leaving the house. But the truth is, I can buy groceries, I have plenty of time to cook, and things won’t expire because I’m here 24/7.

I choose to wait till I’m hungry. I choose to pick you my phone and flick through UberEats, and I choose not to go downstairs to the kitchen. Which is stupid because I walk past the kitchen to go to the front door and collect my food.

So I guess the first thing, and I feel most important thing is… I have control over me.