Week 4 was a bizarre week that pushed my physical strength and sleep pattern to the limit, with interesting results – still, glad to see ticks across the board for the fourth week in a row!
A2) Weigh 140 (2.2lb/week): The shameful and frustrating truth is that I lost nothing. It’s exactly the same as last week, so I’m no further on (and gradually falling further behind the plan) – and even more frustratingly, I can’t see any reason why this should be, other than because week 4 is always a tricky one, and that I didn’t get anything like enough sleep. I had one dodgy eating day but I haven’t eaten out at all and upped my workouts so… it is what it is. Here’s hoping that I get some kind of loss by Friday to improve my month-end total.
A3) Observe an exercise regime and meal programme that works for me and ticks over in the background. I beat my 5×5 target by getting in six cardio workouts (triple bike starting in the previous week, followed by triple swim, followed by a run and then a long swim)! The normal schedule was thrown out by the snow, hence the string of bike workouts at home, and I also experimented with making swimming before work a daily thing Wednesday-Friday rather than just going Tuesdays and Fridays. This works better because I have Tuesday to get my shopping and sort myself out, and then the other three days all work exactly the same so I know what I’m into. This has bust a load of myths for me – firstly that I need that second rest-day, when my body may actually be craving more exercise. Secondly that I can’t hack doing the same workout on consecutive days – actually I can! Those bike workouts in particular I thought would be too hard but actually they were OK. The run was news to me! The third thing I (re-)learned is that the best thing I can do to combat tiredness is to workout, preferably in the morning. It was a good week. I felt stiff from the run but my body is definitely getting stronger.
B1) Combined practice target of 720-730 hours or more (15h/week on average): I did 15 ½ hours. I’d been taking the opportunity when HH was working late to pack in as much music as I could in the evenings last week, and was already over 10 hours by Friday night. But the tiredness caught up with me and I had spectacularly unproductive days over the weekend, managing to get my hours finished up on Monday quite easily around other projects I was finishing for the month-end. So it should really have been more than this. Note to self: this doesn’t really work! The most I can fit in even on a good evening is around three hours; it’s far better to have the regular sleep and then get in 4-6 hours each day at the weekend rather than sleeping the days away! That said, I did actually get some decent recording done this week AND finished writing a song I’d been stuck with so there were good results to show for the time.
C1) Read at least one book each in Japanese, French and German (5/8/4 pages) – all done, still a week ahead.
C2) Retain the ability to write all the kanji I’ve learned so far (up to level 3) – weekly test rotation. Done – finished the rotation, failure rate estimated at around 50ish although I don’t have all the notes, so not too bad. Starting a new rotation today.
C3) Learn the rest of my 常用漢字 (standard kanji) and be able to write any character from the reading/meaning: 12 characters a week. Four cards in but still dodgy on the readings – will be adding this as a must-do weekly thing from next month, and I need to fit in more writing practice time during the day at work.
C5) Improve written French (work on this weekly) – ½ hour/week – I didn’t fit this in at work and then almost completely forgot about it but remembered on Monday night while checking through my lists! I did a ¼ hour of exercises from a textbook we have and that was quite illuminating – it’s a good level and an easy go-to activity if I’m doing this at home.
C7) Increase German vocabulary – Still nothing, I think I may take this off the list!
C8) German listening – at least once/week on walks to work – Done and feeling good.
C9) Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Russian – 14 pages or tapered version – Still doing a page a day – on target with this and loving it still!
C10) Incidental languages – one session a week, ½ hour – Not done, but that’s OK.
G1) Pass F9 and become officially “part qualified” – 2hours per week – I finished Unit 1 and did the quick-test. Already quite bored of this :S
E1) Weekly card – Was a little low on time but made up a sweet card in GREEN thanks to some of the stuff I prepped last week.
E2) Weekly scrapbook page – I did a page on the snow days we had, it needs a bit of finishing up though.
F1) Maintain friendships – a quiet week for this after the busy week before – we didn’t even have a lunch out. I saw my best mate and her parents who were visiting, and that was it. I was kind of glad to have the evenings to myself though, in all honesty.
F2) Weekly post item – the Japanese letters are STILL NOT DONE! I had an emergency birthday situation so did that instead! Must stop finding excuses to put these letters off! I have two Japanese letters and two non-Japanese letters to do – they’re stacking up! I did send a bit of a complicated Japanese e-mail though.
F3) Weekly gift – see emergency birthday situation above. It’s all good when you have a weekly gift budget!
WORK TOWARDS MONTHLY GOALS:
A4) Tackle one eating habit per month – my habit for January is to eat more Fruit and Veg – lots of F&V and I brought my lunch to work every single day!! Also made myself some interesting but easy dinners when I was home alone all week.
E3) Monthly sewing project – my tunic top is done!! It’s dead cute and I wore it yesterday. Will post some pictures soon!
I had a massive clearout and move around of the studio and the space works so much better now!
FOR NEXT WEEK:
- I NEED TO GET MORE SLEEP! As in more consistent sleep, not just one day of sleeping! I think this is one of the barriers to my weightloss and I just don’t feel great – it was good to learn that the combination of workouts and coffee can get me through on 5-6 hours a night but I don’t really want to live that way unless I have to!
- We’re transitioning into February so I’ve been wrapping up January things and will be setting new goals on Friday. January has been a good learning experience and on the whole my weekly targets have been met, so now it’s a question of how I can do all of this with a little more grace and evenness.