Happy Fat Tuesday. Otherwise known as Pancake Tuesday. Much to my mothers disgust is not a religiously oriented post. Sorry mum! However, today is a day that some may or may not use to indulge before they venture off into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights to battle snakes and eat apples that fall from the trees….. See mum, all those times I got up for mass – WORTH. IT!
Really though: “Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.”
Thanks to wikipedia
This has got me thinking about motivation.
What motivates me? Challenge.
What keep me on track? Accountability.
Let me give you a little insight into my world. Im a tech geek, fitness gadgets are my heaven and so I have a fitbit, I’ve had all Fitbit releases and I may upgrade to the beautiful Blaze when it comes out – other inferior gadgets are available – so I track me, my movement, my steps and my sleep. This is what keeps me accountable, if I haven’t reached my step goal, I will do laps of the flat before bed to make sure I get that goal. I won’t be beaten by a piece of plastic. It rules my life but 1. I’m realistic and 2. I’m not completely mental, if i’m unwell, for example, i’m not hitting my targets, it is fine. Get better then get back to it.
So post Christmas, my bank of desks at the office (yup, i’ve got me a real life job too SHOCK) became a hive of fitbit activity, santa had been very good and so, as normal, sociable, adult, professionals do, we all joined the ‘work week hustle’ on our apps. So essentially we can see each others steps and those who step the most by midnight Friday have all the glory. Now realistically, I sit at a desk 8 hours a day, as do most of them, but we have working from home days that can potentially be very sedentary. My point is this pushed me. The other participants activity, to me, isn’t relevant, I don’t need to win this (once would be nice) but I’m up against someone’s wife who is a dog walker, I also suspect one colleague s attaching his device to his dog…. anyway…. Because I know people can see my results, I’m working harder. I was already very active, I know this but sometimes I come home and I’m tired so I jump in the lift, now I take the stairs. On my working from home days, i’m walking as much as possible, i’m trying to run in my lunch break because I can sit in my gym stuff the rest of the afternoon. Little things…. keeping myself accountable. Motivated.
At the beginning of January – I started clean eating, probably like everyone after christmas. I had a night off for a bootcamp night out, I drank a lot of margaritas (although barman assured they were only 126 calories per glasses) and I had….. CHIPS – actual chips, they where glorious!! Following this I had a cold and I went off track on my diet a little. So I picked myself up and I started again, day 4 of totally clean and feeling much better, my cold is subsiding but I need something else, I crave a new challenge to keep me on track, up the game a little, and so, fat Tuesday leads to Ash Wednesday, 40 days of Chocolate freeness. With my clean eating I allowed myself a treat, maybe at the weekend, maybe during the week, but this treat keeps me on track, it didn’t impact my goals, nor did it kill me. I didn’t regain any weight/fat. It kept me sane. I had a square of chocolate here or there, not a full on feast of an entire share bag of malteasers (man did I think bout it though!!) Screw up your face if you like “you can’t call it clean eating if you ate any chocolate at all” – I can and I will. My life, my rules. I severely cleaned up my snacking and I am accountable to me, my greatest critic. So now i’m moving the goal posts. Whether fuelled by my guilt from last week(I don’t feel guilty, I was sick, i’m human) or simply because I need to prove I can, I’m going to try to not eat chocolate for 40 days. No biggie for those who aren’t as sweet toothed as me. The fact i’ll essentially substitute it for something else is high, but my love of chocolate is currently unmatched – until puppy arrives…….
and so I want you to think – what could you give up for 40 days??
From tomorrow until Easter, what positive change could you make that would positively impact your life?
What motivates you?
Chocolate for thought….. Challenge yourself. Don’t over think it, just do. Like this lady, and her own personal challenge. Hold yourself accountable, set yourself a goal.
SA & Noodle**
**Name to be confirmed