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!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Day 1 done!
We drove out to the country today to pick up the kids who had stayed the night with my dad. I always love driving out there because the scenery is just so beautiful.
On the way home, I sort of completed my self-love challenge, to meditate. The windows were down, the wind blowing my hair, staring of into nature whizzing past me. (I wasn't driving!) Of course it wasn't an actual meditation, but I was certainly practicing mindfulness and enjoying the beauty of the moment. It made me feel happy and alive, which is just as good as any meditation. So, I say it counts!
I didn't track today, because I didn't eat at home (food at my dads, and one meal eating out) so it would be guesstimation at best and hardly accurate.
I didn't workout today, but with the walking I did today, I certainly got in my 10 minute goal. Tomorrow, I'll have a 20 min walk (to and from kids bus stop) plus at least 10 more mins of exercise (core ball video if my abs aren't still hurting, otherwise I'll do another video).
2 out of 3 isn't bad! Ready for tomorrow!
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