Operation Supervixen: August Update


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 and welcome to my August Update on my Operation Supervixen progress. It turns out making the decision to commit to these monthly update posts was a good idea and has provided a large source of inspiration for me to actually hit my goals and make some progress. You can read my July update here

Food 6/10
I still have a bit to go before I can call my diet a healthy one, but I've seen some great improvements this month. I've actually eaten fruit and vegetables every day which although embarrassing to admit, I haven't ever really managed before. I "lost" marks here because I'm currently obsessed with chorizo and don't understand "moderation" when it comes to this food. Also, I realised the B+M Bargains next door to my flat sells Space Raiders..!

Exercise 7/10
I have seen a dramatic improvement in the amount of exercise I do this month and I'm feeling really proud. I made it roller derby three out of four times this week and it would have been four had circumstances not been beyond my control. I've seriously upped the amount of walking I do and have finally started hitting my steps goals again and this weekend just gone, I even managed to do some Blogilates workouts!

Smoking 10/10
This month I have not stopped THINKING about cigarettes. Do you know what stopped me? I kept thinking about how I'd feel if I had to report back on this post saying I'd caved in and had a cigarette!! So, amazingly, I am still a non-smoker. 

Finances 6/10
Although I am in my overdraft this month, I had fully planned for this to happen because I had to pay the deposit for my new flat this month. However, I've docked marks this month because I am still buying far too many takeaways. I've also started colouring in naughty purchases in red on my budget spreadsheet and doing that has made me realise I need to exercise a little more control. Haven't bought any clothes or makeup though, yay!

Productivity 7/10 
I'm so happy with the things I have managed to achieve this month. The majority of my evenings have been productive. I've had a few lazy nights and weekends, but I've also started a FutureLearn course and I'm actually using my Skillshare membership. Hooray!

So how have I been feeling?

Mentally: For the first few weeks of the month, I felt very good. I was feeling positive and powerful. However these past few days I have become quite anxious, upset and worried a lot of the time. I was a little concerned I was starting to have another severe depressive episode but I think I'm just having a bad few days. I do have a lot going on in my personal life so that might explain it. 

Physically: To be honest, this is the best I've been feeling physically in a long, long time. My severe tiredness I had been experiencing has been subsiding loads and apart from the day after I finished moving into my new flat and organising everything where I slept all day, being exhausted hasn't really bothered me. I have however noticed I am more dependent on caffeine than I would like to be as the days I nap are the days where I haven't had any!!

August Goals:
  • Go to roller derby every Thursday the only one I missed wasn't by choice so claiming success!
  • Go to roller disco next Friday - decided against this because it was the day I moved into my new flat and I had too much to sort out! 
  • Take a lunch time walk if I am in the office success! 
  • Walk Genghis every day (may modify this goal when I move out next week because I won't be living with him anymore) I did this while I still lived with James, and I have been doing it most days since I moved out too, unless it has been raining or I've had stuff to sort out after work, so success! 
  • Have a smoothie or other healthy alternative for breakfast every day success! There were literally only a handful of days where this didn't happen, and even on the days I didn't manage this I still had veg in another form 
  • Do one productive activity after work every day, even if it's just tidying up or replying to blog post comments success! Only a handful of evenings where this didn't happen
  • Stick to my budget!!!!! - not quite there. I was good at not buying clothes and makeup, but I just tend to redirect my spend on too much food and justify it by saying 'I need to eat don't I'
Goals For September: 
  • Stick to my budget, but add an allowance for a takeaway every other week (I know I won't stick to no takeaways at all)
  • Only write my meal plans and go shopping on a FULL stomach so I stop buying food I don't want or need
  • Try to use up as much of the food I have lying around in my cupboards as possible before buying more cupboard food
  • On top of my extra walking and attending roller derby every week, add in at least one extra workout each week
  • Complete the FutureLearn courses I have enrolled in due to end in September, as well as one Skillshare course a week 
Let's make September the best month yet!