My health and wellbeing design – IMPLEMENT and MAINTAIN

To help me implement and maintain the slow and steady changes I have been making to my lifestyle through using the designs, I decided to keep a record of progress each month.

May 2014– Began thinking about doing this design. Looked at Vision, helps and limits. Not exercising other than walking school run and gardening. Eating veggie diet.

June – Began Eat Smile Live health and nutrition programme. Began slowly accruing new knowledge and making a few changes to my diet.

July– Began 30 day exercise challenges, sit ups, squats, planks- enjoyed but found hard. Enjoying ESM programme. Eating lots of greens and finding it easier to eat health and raw foods as the weather improves.IMG_4016

Aug– Began the Coach to 5KM challenge. Enjoyed this but hurt my knee. Rested for 3 weeks then began running again on hols in Cornwall- loved it! Ran 30 mins without stopping. Began cutting out dairy products to help my health and for my son’s skin.

Sept – Began a weekly kettlebell class. Drinking lots of green smoothies and fresh juices. I did my first 5KM Parkrun. Eating 80% vegan now. ESM autumn cleanse began late sept.

Oct– Running 3X per week. Set myself the 6 week exercise programme. Started using the weekly meal planner design. Gearing up towards the Wolf run 10KM race

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Nov– Took part in the Wolf run race and loved it, immediately signed up for another in April. Finding it slightly harder to eat well in the colder months. Not loosing any more weight. Stuck around 11 stone.

Dec – Dark mornings and evenings, finding it harder to fit in runs. Managed to reach 100th mile since I began running in august. Tried a few times in the dark and didn’t like it. Loads going on, so didn’t make any kettlebell classes this month. Ate and drank too much over xmas but had fun!

Jan 2015– Aims for the month, no booze all month and Vegan January.  I enjoyed the Vegan challenge, didn’t find too hard at all so keen to continue. Running challenge for myself 365 miles throughout the year, so aiming for between 7-10 miles per week. Spa day for my birthday, a bit of a healthy treat and some ‘people care’ for myself and my mum and sister.

Feb – Aims for the month, try three new recipes each week. I brought a few new cook books for vegan meals and we are loving them so far. Drew up plans for the larger blackboard design and began using this. Managing to hit targets of running at least 7 miles each week. Evenings and mornings getting slightly lighter now, so exercise is easier to fit in. Life is feeling very busy, so glad to have my planners and targets to keep up the momentum. Began 6 week programme leading up to The Reaper Run next month. Scheduled in and went on a date night with my husband!

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I currently feel very motivated to continue with all aspect of this design. I am enjoying the exercise, my meal planning is easier, I am loving finding out more about health and the me-time/quality family time is wonderful. Long may it all continue!

Diploma design for Muddy Boots – Momentum

Consider how to keep going…How am I going to maintain, build, increase momentum? What support might I need to keep on moving towards my vision?                                                                                               L. Macnamara People and Permaculture 2012

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I looked at the ‘Helps and Limits’ to my momentum in running the Muddy Boots playgroup

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The flow diagram/brainstorm above shows my thoughts. So, to summarise the points noted above, I have decided to do a PNI analysis (Positive, negative, interesting)

POSITIVE EFFECT ON MOMENTUM

Good weather

Regular feedback from participants

New topics, new material and new ideas explored

Inspiration from books, courses, films, conversations and visits

Appreciation from other people

Enjoyment for myself

Taking Photographs of sessions and using these on FB or blog

Looking to the future and seeing what the experiences gained in planning Muddy Boots could lead me towards for a future career path.

NEGATIVE EFFECT ON MOMENTUM (AND WHAT I COULD DO TO CHANGE IT)

Bad weather – ensure people come dressed suitably. Use location with some inside space. Provide wellies and waterproof clothing. Buy gazebos with sides? Cancel in bad weather? Do not run through the winter and early spring?

Feeling uncomfortable and watched at the community allotment – Discuss my worries with Sue. Contact allotments for all officer to look into alternative sites? Begin looking into other types of locations instead/as well as using the comm allotment?

Lots of work for me with no financial rewards. Think about putting up the cost per person? Make Muddy Boots into a business for myself? Get Forest Schools training? Consider the other rewards I get from running the group?

Feeling so busy during the sessions, having to wear too many hats simultaneously. Mum, leader, photographer, friend, tea maker, caretaker etc. delegate more? Take on a student or other volunteer to support me? Ask for help more?

Managing all three of my children and being in charge of sessions. – This will get easier now that C is in full-time school. I will be down to one child of my own for most sessions.

INTERESTING EFFECT ON MOMENTUM

Having new people flowing in and out of the group brings with it a new energy and feel to the group, however the constant flows of new starters does restrict the depth of learning and I have to go over old ground quite often. Maybe I should utilise a sign up system in the future or work in 6 weeks blocks that are pre paid.

Not knowing how many people will be attending from week to week can be tricky. It makes planning quantities of materials very difficult. See above for ideas about overcoming this issue next season.

My mood and how much help I get each session very much affects how I feel about the group. I have been keeping a reflections diary to record this. (More on this when I reach the ‘Reflection’ anchor point)