Saturday, September 14, 2013
it is now time to recommit myself to my goals.
This week became the week where I relaxed my "rules". I became complacent and watched myself bend the rules. As a result I gained a little under a pound of weight. I went from 221.4 to 222.2. I was well aware that the choices I was making would result in a gain of some sort and I am grateful that the gain wasn't larger.
My trouble time is in the evenings. I have maintained my "no food in the car" practice. I am grateful for that. But once I am home I eat more than my body requires. I would come home and have some fruit for a snack, go right into dinner and eat another snack (or two) after dinner. SO . . .
my strategy for the upcoming week is to cut way back on the fruit and increase the amount of vegetables. I just read a spark article about the sugars in fruit and that mango I like to snack on is one of the highest in natural sugars. No wonder I love it so! But that sugar may be what's triggering the response to overeat. It's worth investigating.
On my long walk yesterday, I pondered the self-sabataging behaviors that I possess. When I get close to a goal, I choke and undermine my success. It's not a fear of failure, it's a fear of success! I believe I avoid the success because I am avoiding responsibility. I do not want to be held accountable to maintain that level of success. I'm not sure what I can do with that realization just yet, but I need to figure out some strategies to overcome that. Maybe some kindly self talk or "psyching" myself out. "Nancy, you can get as fat as you'd like, whenever you'd like, so don't be afraid to lose weight now." Like tricking a small child into behaving. Also I should let "me" know that nobody gives a hoot if you gain or lose. Ultimately, they have their own thing to worry about. It's a very immature notion to think the world revolves around "you".
I had a nice long phone chat with my sister yesterday. We are sharing a waistline diminishing goal. She attended "bootcamp" yesterday and said she had to do some squat thrusts. I told her I would try to fit them into my routine. So my next fitness goal is to be able to do 10 squat thrusts. Yikes! I haven't done them in about 40 years.
We had a long weekend starting by having Friday off. Unfortunately, my long weekend is being cut short by having to work the concession stand at the Texans game tomorrow. Last weekend I had to spend 3 1/2 hours taking an online course to be able to sell and serve beer in Texas and tomorrow I get to practice my new skills. I am doing my best to keep a positive attitude about my shortened weekend.
So now I will allow myself a little sparking around and then it's back to work for me. Lesson planning, quiz creating and all sorts of fun things to accomplish. (not to mention 10 squat thrusts)
Thanks for providing the fine companionship on the journey. Have a safe and refreshing weekend!
Saturday, September 07, 2013
All I have to do is remember my goals and I'm sure I can accomplish them.
I haven't sewn for 60 minutes this past week, but there's still today.
I weighed myself and I can see the next "decade" of weight that I am anxious to live in. I am almost out of the 220's and into the 210's. That is motivating. My official weigh in day is Wednesday so if I can manage to eliminate another pound or two that will put me where I'm wanting to be next week.
My lesson plans are going okay. I view them as a work in progress. My fellow teacher who is in the same "boat" with two grades of lesson plans, and I, are working together to get a good handle on what we need to accomplish for the two grades. I turned mine in on Friday and I'm hoping to get to the place where I have my plans in order a week a head of schedule. I can do this.
I got up this morning and took my 3 mile walk. Hooray. Love that endorphin rush!
I read for an hour this morning. 20 minutes a day has not been easy, but I am still working toward that goal. I think it's a good habit to have.
My water goal has not been going as well. Back to school has made my intake suffer, but I continue to work on that. This week I will drink 2 glasses on the way to work. 2 glasses throughout the day. 2 glasses at lunch and 2 glasses on the way home. That approach should insure that I meet my goal.
Coffee drinking is in check.
One evening this week I went in and laid down on my bed at 7:30 and slept until 4 a.m. I felt so refreshed. I have been falling asleep in my chair before 9:00, but that is not the same as the 9:00 bedtime I am shooting for. I will continue to work on that one.
School is challenging, but rewarding. I have spent a lot of time helping the new faculty, sometimes at the expense of my own needs. I need to get a handle on that and be able to take care of myself. Learning to say "I have to take care of this right now, but as soon as I am finished I will come to see if I can help you out." I know they will understand, because we are all so busy and have deadlines and expectations to meet.
I am in a very good place as far as positive attitude is concerned.
I am grateful for my life and the ability to make choices to improve the quality of that life.
I love my job, as difficult as it is, it gives purpose to my life and a nice paycheck too!
I gained inspiration on my walk today as to how I am going to structure my PE class. Physical Education is all about knowing how to nourish and care for your wonderful body. I got this! The inspiration is to have project based learning. (new wave of education) And their first project is to create an exercise routine to a popular dance song. I will spend next week using sparkpeople exercise videos to give them ideas. Thank you sparkpeople!
I am grateful for the companionship of my fellow travelers on the road to our healthy best. And I am particularly grateful for the visitors who cheer me on and wish me the best.
Life is Good. Simple as that.
Monday, September 02, 2013
You can't reach something if you don't know what you're reaching for, SO . . .
weight goal: eliminate 8 pounds
September starting weight: 224 September end goal weight: 216
exercise goal: track 180 minutes per week
drink 8 glasses of water a day
limit coffee to one cup per day
spend 60 minutes/wk on sewing projects
get to bed by 9:00 every night
20 minutes reading every day.
Zellies dental routine daily
continue no food in car!
school goal: stay on top (ahead) of lesson plans and papers.
I'm afraid of that bed time, but I need to make sure that I get my proper rest. I'll try my best!
Okay, now I'm ready to aim for a successful September.
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