Operation Supervixen is my own personal transformation programme. In July 2014, 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! It has been such a long time since I sat down to do an Operation Supervixen post. My healthy lifestyle and personal development journey took a backseat in December so I could focus on getting through a very difficult few months, but I have now emerged from the other side of this. Now that I'm settled into my new home in Reading, I can finally turn my attention to improving my health, both mentally and physically. The excuses I had before, such as dealing with the end of a relationship and the five hours travelling each day, are now gone and I feel like I can move forward now.
To kickstart Operation Supervixen 2016, I thought I'd set myself a few goals for the month of May to ease me back into my lifestyle transformation.
Have a homemade smoothie for breakfast five times a week
Being quite the fussy eater, the quickest and easiest way for me to get a good portion of fruit and vegetables is in smoothie form. Last year I treated myself to a blender and it was a seriously great investment because I actually used the damn thing (unlike my juicer). I've decided to go for five times a week as I'm setting myself up to fail if I say every day. It also means I can have my smoothies on work days, and have a "treat" breakfast on weekends.
Take a packed lunch to work everyday
Now that I don't do a ridiculous long distance commute anymore, I am going to be going to the office Monday-Friday instead of working from home on a regular basis. This makes it absolutely essential for me to start taking packed lunches. One: it will save me money. Two: homemade food is nearly always healthier. Both of these things will improve my life greatly.
Workout three times a week
While I am feel I am quite active at the moment as I regularly hit my 10,000 steps a day on my FitBit, it's time to start adding some more intense exercise back into my routine. I want to start small so I can realistically gauge where I'm going to fit my workouts into my routine. I haven't touched my weights for months, so I would like to start using those again and I'm thinking of trying out some Yoga with Adriene.
Restart my health diary
Around halfway through 2014, I started keeping a health diary and it was a habit I actually managed to keep up for around a year. I tracked everything - the food I ate, the drinks I drank, how I felt physically each day, how I felt mentally each day, how many toilet visits (sorry for TMI, but it's essential to see how my IBS is doing), whether I'd been smoking cigarettes or not and so on. It became a great way to see patterns and learn what genuinely makes me feel like my best self. I'd like to start doing this again so I can start making the right changes I need to make to feel like my best self.
Complete a Desire Map
I recently read The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte and it blew me away. It's a hugely different approach to goal setting in comparison with the one I take now and I really think this way of thinking is going to change my life. Now that I've read the book, I want to sit down and take the time to really work through the workbook portion of the book and get really clear and where I'm taking the rest of 2016.
Have you set yourself any goals for May? Please share!