Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One Week of Perfection

Yet another one of Charlotte's posts has got me thinking. This experiment concerns people's perceptions of Perfection, and committing to attaining such a high standard for a minimum time, ideally a month but more realistically the goal is a week. One week, 7 days, of adhering to strict rule which ideally would already be part of everyday life, but hopefully would form a habit after the set time frame.

The more that I thought about my rules for being perfect, the more I realised how simple my requirements were. Tasks like using mouthwash, tidying away my TKD gear, drinking 2 litres of water, and going to bed early enough to get 8 hours sleep didn't seem so intimidating when I'd written them down. In fact, they're all very achievable. If only I would direct my attention to them on a regular basis!
Plans for Perfection

* Drink 2 litres of water every day
* Get 8 hours of sleep every night
* Eat a nutritious, high-protein, low-carb lunch
* Cook a nutritious, high-protein, carb-free dinner (my morning porridge is exempt!)
* Bring healthy snacks to work to stave off afternoon cravings
* Attend TKD training Mon-Fri
* Go running at least once at the weekend
* Stretch/Do physio exercises Every Day (!!)
* Eat NO junk food/refined sugars etc. (it's only a week right.... :(

I also have some non-nutritional/fitness plans:

* No unnecessary spending whatsoever (strict budget due to saving for college!)
* Thoroughly remove make up and cleanse & moisturise before bed

oh and my mum would love this one...

* Tidy my room and keep it tidy!

Yesterday was a major fail of a day. I made a Banoffee Pie yesterday for a friend's birthday, so not only did I have a slice of the calorific diet-busting dessert, I also didn't have time to eat my healthy nutritious lunch and ended up eating breakfast cereal instead! The sugar crash I experienced later in the evening meant I was too drained to cook my protein-rich dinner, instead eating an apple and a bowl of steamed garden peas.. (yes, I know, an odd choice!) So when I came home from training I was so hungry, and yet even weaker, so I ate a bowl of porridge but the demons in me added milk & sugar instead of the normal water & berries! Overall still a nutritional day but far far far from perfect.

So today is a new day. I have already drank one cup of peppermint tea and my 600ml water bottle is full and ready to be emptied at least once!


Charlotte said...

Your goals sound good - glad to have you on board for the Experiment! Just remember, it's "perfection" in quotes. We're not really striving to be flawless, just to make some small changes to help us be better:) PS> Your pie sounds divine!!

Shivers said...

Thanks for the reminder Charlotte! :) It's been going well so far. It helped that I weighed myself this morning and was down a pound from last week (woohoo!). I admit I didn't get 8 hours sleep last night... nor could I find the mouthwash (what's with that??!) But I did drink 2 litres of water, both days! yay me! :)