April Challenges Evaluation

April Challenges – Evaluation

In April, I ambitiously took on 5 challenges for the month! Here’s a reminder of what they were: Get up 4 minutes earlier each day, starting at 8.30am and ending at 6.30am. Cut down on internet procrastination. Work on solo piano pieces, and make notes on them, for 45 minutes each day. Do the Daily …

Food February - Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI

‘Food February’ – Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI

This is a story from February 2018. I have always been one of those people who can eat loads and never put on weight! Around this time, I got a bit concerned that maybe I was actually too thin. I am 5 foot 7, and my weight tended to range between 7st 13lb and 8st …

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How to Get More Exercise Without Putting In Extra Time

It’s a pretty common goal these days to try and increase the amount of exercise we are doing. For some people, this is easy and comes naturally. But for a lot of us, it can be a struggle to motivate ourselves to start up a new or more intense exercise routine, or even to exercise …

December 2018 Challenge – Improving my Sleep Pattern

Be in bed, lights off, by 11pm every evening Get up at 6.30am every morning In September, one of my challenges was to get up at 6.30am every morning, and I succeeded. However, when September ended I immediately slipped back into getting up later, and recently have been getting up as late as 8.45am. I …

Evaluation – November 2018 Oil Pulling Challenge

This month, I challenged myself to: Oil pull properly for 20 minutes each morning I succeeded in oil pulling every morning for at least 20 minutes. I wasn’t perfect – sometimes I stopped swishing – but I usually remembered quickly and picked up the swishing again. I was definitely much more constant in my swishing …

Book Review – ‘Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain’ by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

Published by Quercus. First published 2009. Kindle edition. Other editions have the title: ‘Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain’ – this is the same book. I chose to read this book because it was recommended on another blog, and it looked interesting and relevant to me, especially as I have been …