Operation Supervixen is my own personal transformation programme. In June 2015, I decided I was utterly fed up of being miserable, unwell and feeling like I wasn't reaching my full potential in life. To combat this, I decided I was going to radically transform my diet, maintain an exercise routine and centre my leisure activities around personal development. To keep me accountable and help others in the process, I started Operation Supervixen.
Hello everyone and welcome to my July Update for my Operation Supervixen personal transformation programme. I've decided to do monthly updates on my progress mainly so I have a record of how well I'm doing because it's very, very easy to assume you've made no progress at all if you don't track it, but also because when I have to admit to other people how well I have/haven't been doing, it keeps me very motivated.
While July has definitely seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of the food I choose to consume in comparison with May and June, I'm still not quite there in terms of balance. I've finally let go of the idea that I have to be 100% healthy 100% of the time, but I also need to recognise that my diet needs to be healthy most of the time and I'm definitely not there yet. I've learnt that if I don't start my day off right, I tend to use that as an excuse for the rest of the day to go wrong. To combat this, I am going to go all out to ensure I have a smoothie for breakfast every day instead of chocolate and coffee and then even if the rest of the day is awful, at least I've still had some fruit and veg to begin with.
Despite my enthusiasm at the beginning of the month, I actually only ended up going to roller derby twice during July and because that tends to be my main source of proper exercise, I definitely can't score myself well on the exercise front. I have been making the effort to go for lunch time walks when I am in the office, but I've also slowed down on taking Genghis for a walk each day, leaving that to my boyfriend instead. During August I need to commit to a no matter what attitude for roller derby at the bare minimum, but I also want to aim for walking Genghis daily and going for a lunch time walk whenever I am in the office. Eventually I want to build up to having proper workout routine again, but I need to be careful not overwhelm myself and do this very gradually.
I haven't really mentioned smoking much recently because I haven't been doing it!!! However when I first started talking about improving my lifestyle on this blog, quitting smoking was a major, major thing I needed to do. During May the stress of moving house really messed me up and I smoked about 30 cigarettes during that month but I'm really pleased to say that was the last time I smoked. And the best part is, it's not because my cravings have magically disappeared, in fact, there have unfortunately been numerous times in the past month where stress has threatened to overwhelm me. In fact, I have set off walking to the shops with the intention of buying cigarettes in my head. Yet I didn't cave and for that, I am very very glad. Next step is to work on finding something that I can do when I'm stressed so cigarettes don't cross my mind.
Can I get a drum roll please?! I FINISHED THE MONTH WITH OVER £100 IN MY BANK ACCOUNT. I wasn't in my overdraft, woooohoooo! I'm giving myself 7/10 just for that. Unfortunately I've still been spending way too much money on takeaways and food at lunch time so I should really have had a lot more left over considering how expensive August will be (paying a flat deposit, paying removal men). However, this is a dramatic improvement and I don't want to detract from that.
I'm actually pretty happy with how I've spent my time this month, although my 6/10 rating suggests not quite happy enough. I've read two personal development related books this month, I've been having regular calls with my life coach and I've also posted more blog posts during July than any other month in 2015. Overall, I'm spending time doing useful, fulfilling activities - however, I do tend to lounge around after work vegging out when I could use that time to up my exercise levels or make my blog even more consistent.
So How Have I Been Feeling?
Mentally: Pretty good overall, although my hormones have been a bit all over the place recently meaning I am prone to fits of crying and feel quite insecure. I need to keep up with reading positive books and start taking my Omega 3 supplements again to balance my hormones a bit more.
Physically: My healthy eating streak actually slowed down when I started feeling very, very sick for a few days. I also have a really, really bad headache RIGHT NOW so I know I need to up the water intake.
Goals For August:
- Go to roller derby every Thursday
- Go to roller disco next Friday
- Take a lunch time walk if I am in the office
- Walk Genghis every day (may modify this goal when I move out next week because I won't be living with him anymore)
- Have a smoothie or other healthy alternative for breakfast every day
- Do one productive activity after work every day, even if it's just tidying up or replying to blog post comments
- Stick to my budget!!!!!
Fingers crossed I can report back with good news in August, I'm feeling positive about it!