Saturday, May 26, 2012
I know I haven't kept up with the daily posting, but the last few days have been very exhausting and I just didn't get around to it.
That said here's the recap:
Nutrition: I haven't tracked. Not even one little bit. I'm a bit torn. I find the nutrition tracker highly beneficial... primarily for the reports you can generate. But on the other hand, I find entering my foods to be tedious and an all around pain in the arse. I read on a friends blog that they were only going to do things that they could/would do for life... not just for a month or two. And how I'm feeling now, I'm fairly certain that requiring tracking forever will only derail me.
That said, I do still have to be accountable for what I eat. So, I'm going to keep a journal of WHAT I ate and drank and whether I went overboard or not. This way I can't say "I didn't realize that I ate three servings of pie." And maybe eventually, I'll be so used to paying attention that a) I don't need to track cals OR b) It becomes less of a chore.
Fitness: I have completed my extra 10 mins of exercise every day. Though, I do want to modify this a little bit. Right now, I walk to the kids bus stop each week day for .65mi which usually takes me 20 minutes (in 93 degree weather and no shade, I might add), so my goal of 10 extra minutes gives me a total of 30mins on week days and 10 mins each weekend day. This is a weekly total of 170 minutes.
It dawned on me yesterday that with the kids last day of school being June 6, I won't have meeting them as an excuse to get that 20 mins in each day - therefore there won't be any required structure each individual day.
SO....... I am altering this goal to say: get a minimum of 170 minutes of exercise each week.
This will allow for off days, or longer or shorter days depending on what I am doing that day. And with my fiances vacay coming up, I never know what I'll be doing. I LOVE flexibilty.
Self-love: I did not meditate. And I'm finding it quite hard to maintain this goal. I think that going from doing it rarely to daily is quite difficult. I am going to keep doing it, as I need to, not on a schedule. Instead, I have decided that repeating my affirmations daily will provide a much better help to me NOW.
So, yeah, looks like I changed something with all of them lol! If it isn't working, let it go, right? lol
ANYWAY, on to the prompt!!
What hasn't worked?
--- haha, see above!
What caused you to be successful?
---Daily evaluating has DEFINITELY helped me! Instead of waiting until the end of the week -- when I can barely remember what I did and didn't do -- I can easily think back on the day, see what worked and what didn't, modify, and start again the next day.
What are some things you want to implement from your past experience and some things you want to leave behind? For example, do you want to make an effort to get right back on track when you have a "bad" meal?
---I think that simply doing only a few things at a time is going to make a difference for me. If I do too much, I get overwhelmed and want to quit it all.
Do you want to aim for 20 minutes of exercise 5x times a week instead of an hour every single day?
---Something like that. See above.
Do you want to consciously work hard to eliminate negative self-talk?
--- Yes, yes, and YES! I'm really focusing on this. Every time I put on clothes, exercise, and look in the mirror - I remind myself of something good. It is getting easier to do.
Week One OUT!
Oh and I lost a lb this week!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This blog post tonight was supposed to be a simple run down of day 5 of the Vitality challenge but....
Instead I checked my email to find that all of you lovelies voted me a motivational member.
I don't know what to say other than !!!!!!!!!!
I can't begin to tell you how much your comments have truly meant to me. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
You inspire me more than you know!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I just gotta say, today pretty much rocked.
Smart dinner choices
I experimented with my new ab ball and found all sorts of moves to do that aren't just for the abs! I'm sure I'll be feeling it in the morning!
Then on my 3/4mile walk to and from the kids bus stop, I brought along my mp3 player, picked a song with a great fast beat, and matched my steps to it. No small feat considering that this usually makes my Achilles Tendon spasm. But today, did half my walk at a fast tempo, and the other half at an even faster tempo. So yay!
THEN later, I didn't feel like cooking, so we all went out to our local bbq joint. After a bit of confusion with the ordering, I ended up with this HUGE platter of food for only 9 bucks. Yes this was on purpose! On my plate was: 2 small pieces of smoked chicken, 2 smoked ribs, and quite a bit of sliced pork along with a baked sweet potato and grilled corn on the cob.
Massive amounts of food!
But guess what?
I got me a box and split it up! I had dinner today, I'll have lunch tomorrow and probably a snack after that.
Yeah, this isn't exactly a salad full of veggies. But, but, but!
The meat was all smoked. BBQ sauce on the side. Much better than my usual fried chicken tenders. The corn and sweet potato can actually be called veggies....
Which can't quite be said for the cheesy ranch covered fries I usually get.
I stopped when I was full.
And I made it into 2+ meals!
So I feel pretty good about this!
Ha! and I just turned down the ice cream my fiance offered to bring me.
Take that, fat!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Ahhh fear. The other four-letter-word.
Today, I read the SP article "Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks" www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
It's a great article, but what spoke to me the most was the part about resisting change due to fear.
"No. 1 thing that stands in the way of goal attainment is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of making the wrong decision, looking foolish, being embarrassed and so on."
I'm not really scared of failure. At least not where weightloss is concerned. I've given up so many times and started again, I'm used to it. I'm not scare of starting again. I'm not scared of continuing.
But what surprised the snot out of me is that I finally realized what I was scared of........ SUCCEEDING.
Seems silly right? How could I be scared of actually doing what I'm here to do?
I'm scared of extra skin. Terrified really. I'm scared of losing all this weight, but looking hideous without clothes on. I'm scared of this effort feeling like a complete waste of time because I'll HATE what I see in the mirror (right now, I'm just annoyed with my reflection).
But I keep reminding myself every day, that it's not all that bad. Yes, I'm sure I'll have some loose skin, but if I really think about it, it CAN'T be as bad as my mind imagines it. For one, I'm only a little over 200lbs. While that's definitely too much to weigh, it's not like I have to lose 200lbs or more. My point is that I am POSITIVE that my mind is making it worse than it really is. So why be afraid? No LOGICAL reason, that's for sure.
Anyway, my point here is that a lot of times we worry about something so much that it becomes this monster blown way out of proportion. Every single time you fear something, take a step back, and really think. Is this rational? Is this realistic? If the answer is no, you really gotta look harder at this fear. If there is no REAL BASIS for it, TOSS IT! Don't fret over it, just ditch it!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Days 1 and 2 down!
Day 2 went well.
Nutrition: Tracked part of the day.
Fitness: 10 mins completed!
Self-love: Meditation completed!
I will come back later and update this post for day 3 (today).
On to the prompt.
How are you going to resist expecting perfection in your plan while still honoring the commitment you have made to yourself?How has expecting yourself to stick 100% to your plan all the time hindered your weight loss progress? What compromises are you going to make to be kind to yourself and not always expect perfection? How are you going to change the way you react when you don't make your goals so you are kinder to yourself (keeping you on track longer!)? How will your life be different if you aren't beating yourself up for getting "off track"?
I am going to resist expecting perfection by trying my best, and reminding myself at the end of the day, I did exactly that: my best - for that day, for those circumstances. Tomorrow is a new day - a new start.
Expecting perfection in the past has caused me to give up. While I haven't felt that "all or nothing: mentality in a long time, I have felt a similar feeling from a "cumulative effect". Meaning that if I miss one thing one day, and one thing the next, and the next... I eventually tell myself that I haven't done enough and that I'm wasting my time. Of course this happens so gradually that I don't realize it's happening. I never actually MAKE the decision to quit.
I have to counteract this gradual change with a preemptive strike! Get the bad guy before the bad guy knows I'm hunting him down! So, like I said earlier, I'm going to keep telling myself how good what I DID was, and what I didn't do, will be like I never planned to do it. It's forgotten. Concentrate only on WHAT I DID DO.
Oh my, life not talking negative? Heaven lol. I think that, our ATTITUDE is the secret to happiness. Not money, not being thin, not being strong. I think that attitude is the key. Good attitude will make us happy, not to mention making it so much easier to get money/thin/strong/etc. I've made enormous progress in this area, but there is always room for improvement!
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