Sunday, December 01, 2013
After I got over the shock of reaching Onederland the weekend after Thanksgiving (two different dinners none the less), I realized that I started this journey in earnest 6 months ago. I have accomplished so much in these past few months. That was my goal from the beginning, about a pound a week.
The last few weeks, I have been a little discouraged about how long this process is taking and after some thinking today, I realize why so many of us are unhappy with the rate our pounds are coming off...
Television shows such as The Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, etc. While these shows can be motivating, they also can make us have unrealistic expectations. I tend to compare my journey to the people on these shows. I will attempt to no longer do that.
Instead I want to focus on my accomplishments.
1). The weight loss. I believe that I deserve a grand pat on the back by myself for a job well done. I need to realize that this is a huge weight loss and a lot of progress toward my final goal. No, I did not lose it in 2-3 weeks, but I am in this for the long haul
2). My new healthy eating habits. I cannot even describe how much better the food is going in my body than it was 6 months ago. I don't even think I could have imagined myself measuring and tracking everything, let alone making sure I get enough freggies in each day. Again, self, this is a major accomplishment that I should and am proud of.
3). My new fitness level. WOW! I can run up 4 flights of stairs and not even get winded. 6 months ago I got short of air walking up one flight. It is great when one of my under 30 year old co workers decides to take the stairs with me and I can hear her huffing and puffing behind me. This tells me that I am never too old to get in better shape.
Today puts my vision for the next 6 months in a whole new perspective. I know I cannot do it alone. I know that I can not do it in a hurry. I do know that I can do it!!!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
You have to remember that Stinky's speech is sometimes hard to decipher. Yesterday we were playing pirates. I had an old small mattress in the middle of my living room. We were looking through our toilet paper "spy glasses", I was paddling the boat with a dog bone. Matthew jumped into the water, which was the carpet, when I told him to watch out for the crocodile, I could have sworn he looked at me and said, "you're weird" I lost it.
We did have a great active time yesterday. We played outside and made a tent, and danced, and played "duets" on the piano. It always makes me feel good when they pick him up and he doesn't want to leave. I look forward to our sleepovers each week.
A Christmas Story...
Christmas is coming and I always have tried to be really flexible for my family. We have always celebrated whenever we could get together. My ex always worked in retail and with me working in a hospital sometimes the actual holiday was so busy seeing other family members that we would pretend it was Christmas a few days early or late. Now that I am on my own and my kids have grown, I have tried to remain flexible. We usually celebrate the weekend before the actual holiday. I don't get to spend time with them on Christmas Eve or Day, but I would rather have good quality time than just seeing them for a few quick hurried minutes. I remember how hectic it was going from house to house when my kids were little and I want to spare my children some of that. I just found out today that DD will be out of town the 10 days before Christmas and will have to leave again on the 26th. We are looking for alternative dates, so I may be having 2013 Christmas after January 1st. DS suggested New Year's Eve. Hopefully that will work. I just happen to have 12/30, 31, and 1/1 off of work.
Thanks for letting me talk that one through. I was disappointed, but now thinking not such a bad idea...
A bedtime story...
Once upon a time there was a girl named Diana who had no one to talk to about her journey to Onderland and beyond. She ran into a lot of people and tried to tell them about things, but they just did not understand. She could not find her way. Then, one day she hopped on the world wide web and found the Land of Sparkpeople. There she found some friends who truly understood her and offered good support and advice. With each other's help they all reached their goals and lived happily ever after!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So, almost 2 weeks ago I set some resolutions for the next two months. Maybe I should just take this one WEEK at a time, because it has not been smooth. Here is my progress or lack there of...
1. I will blog my progress on these goals weekly per blog to remain accountable to myself.
Well, I did not make the first week to blog the progress, but I haven't waited two weeks to blog about it either. I will consider this the update on both weeks and go from here.
2. I will exercise every day to continue my fitness journey.
I actually have not done too bad with this one except for Sunday, I think I nailed this one.
3. I will do an act of kindness each day to remain accountable to others.
Funny, but this one has seemed the hardest for me to reach. I am certain that I am doing some act of kindness each day, but not one on purpose for this goal. by the time I remember it, I am home alone and the best I can do is pet my dog! I will continue to work on this one.
4. I will be less than 200 lbs by November 15 to attain a SMART goal
HAhahahahahahaha! Not even close. Will weigh tomorrow, but I think I will have to reset to December 1
5. I will set aside at least 15 minutes daily for prayer and meditation to remain accountable to God.
A+ on this one!
6. I will email/message at least one person each day of this month (November) who I have not spoke with in a while to tell them how thankful I am for having them in my life.
I started out doing well with this one and then skipped a few days. I first thought I would have to make up for the days I missed, but I think I will just start again and finish the month with this.
7. I will eat within my calorie range each day to become more healthy.
Again, I did OK with this until "the break" Starting anew today and will finish the month strong!
8. I will accomplish at least one household chore each day to remain productive.
It depends on what you count as a household chore. I probably should reevaluate this one and get more specific such as an "above and beyond" the daily household chores. Somehow making the bed and doing the dishes shouldn't count.
After reading other blogs this week, I am also going to work on a specific fitness plan.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thanks everyone for your comments on my "frustration" blog. I took the weekend off to go to the most beautiful place on earth...camp. I decided to take the weekend off Spark as well. I did not use my computer, I did not track food, I did not worry about what went in or what went out. I did wear Frankie (my fit bit), but when I went for walks, I enjoyed the surroundings, not worrying which route would burn the most calories. I did not even take pictures this trip. I just enjoyed being there.
Saturday I went on a 5 mile hike by myself. I had my music with me. I stopped at a few places along the way to admire His work. I did some soul searching and thoroughly enjoyed my time.
Because of the leaves, some trails were hard to figure out. Some I have traveled so often I did it without problem. There was one place I went that I had not been in many years. Six months ago I never would have dared to go there by myself. Yes, I lost the trail, but decided to find my own way. I literally climbed up a hillside to get to somewhere familiar. I know I could not have done that in June. My poor arms are still so sore, that they are wondering what I did to them. I felt so rejuvenated by the time I got back to the cabin.
So today, back to reality. Yes it is 1132 and I am still lying in bed while I type this. I have a lot to get done before Stinky gets here this evening. I just want to enjoy a few more hours of this "vacation" I allowed myself to take. I may have even gained weight this weekend, but hopefully a few days off will prepare me for the road ahead.
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