Yesterday COULD have been a loss. I woke with intense hip pain and I'm itching from my knees down due to turkey mites. If you don't know of this larval stage that produces intense itching just trust me. It's worse than chiggers!
With two issues making me miserable I knew it wasn't going to be a high exercise day. Rather than withdraw into a cave of comfort eating I chose to focus on my nutrition since I was going to be fairly sedentary for the day.
I discovered that taking a little bit of time can be the difference between a healthy 300 calorie meal and a quick, mouth-stuffing 1000 calorie meal. At breakfast I could have gone with a quick carb-loaded meal but instead I took a little time to scramble some eggbeaters and have 4 ounces of juice. At lunch I could have plowed through a bag of cheese puffs but instead I chose to fix a green salad with a "slim slice" of cheddar cut up on top. At dinner I was tempted by the frozen taquitos but chose instead to eat some green beans and roast pork.
Taking a "little" time to make a healthier choice and do a bit of light cooking made the difference in a good day stepping forward rather than a bad day stepping back. The best part about the little choices I made is how I felt at day's end. Granted, my itching was no better and my hip was begging for ibuprofen but I felt accomplished and that MOTIVATED me to get up today and do the same thing!
Success breeds success. When we can string a few days of success together we begin to see progress. After weeks and months we may see HUGE progress BUT it all boils down to those "little things" we do day in and day out that move us along on this journey.
Mind the "little things" today and draw strength from your accomplishments. We CAN do this!
I am still living with boxes and "stuff" piled up around me in the temporary dwelling we call home while the house is under construction. In our move last week we used all the towels, bedding, mattress covers, rugs etc. as padding for pictures, small pieces of furniture etc. I began doing laundry last night. On the 2nd load I moved a heap of wet towels to the dryer and "crickets". It won't start. It has power (the light is on in the drum) but it just won't start.
Another speed bump but this one, though challenging, will not stall my forward motion. Yes, I have wet laundry and the nearest laundromat is 30 minutes each way. I think I'll go to town and buy some rope and rig up an old fashioned clothes line. Then I will stop and ask my friends at the Farm Supply where to find a repair man in this rural setting.
Is it an unexpected obstacle? Yes. Does it have to derail my progress? NO!
Life is full of speed bumps. We can use them as excuses or face them square on and do something about them.
While I am inconvenienced I am not undone. I've got a job to do and I'll do it even IF I have to step back to my childhood and use a clothesline and clothespins!
Life passages often make us reflect. We just closed on our home in the Chicago suburbs, packed and moved this past week to Central Kentucky. We have been living here since April but our home and most of our belongings were still up north.
We lived in that Wadsworth house for nearly 16 years. It saw many life changes, our son's graduation from high school and college, the passing of both of my husband's parents, the birth of three great nieces, travels across the continent and overseas, times of great illness and times of healing. It also saw me reach my highest weight and work my way down over 100 pounds.
Behind our house I planted a 16" spruce seedling when we moved to Illinois in early 1999. That tree now stands over 15 FEET high and has a HUGE girth. It made me think. I saw "potential" in that $10 seedling from Home Depot years ago. Now it was not going to grow into a massive conifer in a few weeks. It took years and years. I had to water it with a hose one year during a drought. When straight-line winds lifted it's rootball a few years ago we had to dig and move it back in place and support it with guy wires until it re-rooted. All that work over all those years had a pay off. It's a beautiful tree that now stands on the property as a witness to our sixteen years there.
All of us have potential too. True, we can't make drastic changes in a few weeks. Often it takes months or even years but with the same nurturing and care through the "rough patches" we too can see success.
I certainly have not had a "great" year. While I have maintained the bulk of my weight loss the distraction of relocating to another state has made it "easy" for me to put my journey on a back burner. Potential is never "lost". I just pick up my journey and press on.
Now that I'm fully in Kentucky I can continue my progress. It's just a matter of taking another step in the right direction.
When life gets hectic, and mine is certainly that, we often have to make choices quickly. When it comes to the house we are building I have to give my selections careful consideration. Do I want a charcoal grey roof or burnished slate? Do I want porcelain tile or hardwood in the foyer? Those decisions are given due consideration but what about my "health" decisions? Most are made quickly and the difference between THIS and THAT can have HUGE consequences. Here are some of the choices I have made and some that YOU might be facing. Take a minute to think about how a simple "pick" can alter your journey.
Water or Soda Pop
Elevator or Stairs
Grilled Chicken or Fried Chicken
Late Show or Bedtime
Computer Game or Fitness DVD
Ketchup or Sliced tomato
Farmville or Sparkpeople Articles
Sitting on the porch or Walking up the lane
Potato Chips or Air Popped Popcorn
Weighing in or Pushing the scale under the bed
Drive-Thru or Drive HOME
Eating at the Table or Munching in front of the TV
Apple or Apple Pie
Vending Machine or Snacks from Home
Sitting or Standing
Can't or Try
I could think of many more but I hope you see the point. We often CHOOSE based on convenience or plain "want". Those choices made over and over can lead us into detours. I know... I've BEEN there.
Take a moment to think of the choices YOU will make today and try to make healthy ones!
The local children return to the classroom Wednesday. How can summer pass so FAST?
My summer has been one of EXTREMES. We've begun construction on our new home on the farm, got our home back in Illinois on the market, got a contract on it and are making the 400+ mile trip every two weeks to get a vanload full of belongings so we have as little as possible for the moving truck come the first of Sept. In addition our elderly Aunt (she has no children) has been in the hospital for emergency surgery and is on home health care now.
Now I know my "personal news" is not interesting to anyone but me but I SHARE this with you as background for what might be helpful because I know that EVERYONE deals with stress!
STRESS can be a major deterrent to our journey to "Health & Fitness". Why? First is raises our cortisol levels which increases the glucose levels in our blood. Not good. Second, we often resort to comfort eating to squash stress. Third, it can reduce the quality of our sleep.
All three of these have been true of me this summer but I'm fighting back! HOW?
1. I am no longer buying those "quick to grab, highly processed" foods. Meals require some preparation which gives me time to stop and think about the quality of what I'm about to eat and sometimes to do something OTHER than eat.
2. I am doing more exercise. It relieves stress. I had pushed cardio to the back burner with all I had going on.
3. I am taking 5 minute breathers. The way I do this is when I'm stressed to the max I head out the door and just walk around in nature. It's VERY helpful.
4. I have sought the help of others. I have admitted my stress levels to a group of dear friends and asked for their support and ideas.
5. I am setting myself up for better sleep by taking a warm bath, listening to music and making sure to get to bed on the early side.
6. I'm taking action. Often we spend time stressing over things that aren't worth it and by just doing something to work towards relieving it we DO!
7. BREATHING - Sometimes we just need to stop and do some deep breathing. Do you know that people that practice deep breathing on a regular basis live longer?
So are you stressed? Has your summer been a blur? Do you need to get back to the journey? Try some of these techniques and see if you can' start making progress toward a successful autumn. Get started now and by Sept. 1st you will be well on your way!