Don't take the bait.
If I lived alone, there would not be cupcakes and ice cream in my house. But I don't live alone; I live with a skinny man.
I realize that it is my responsibility to ignore the cupcakes and ice cream. I'm an adult, and I make decisions for mys... Read more
Short-term S.M.A.R.T. goal
I committed to teaching a yoga mini-workshop five weeks from today. Can I lose ten pounds in time for the workshop?
Here is my SMART goal analysis:
S=specific (ten pounds)
M=measurable (I have a scale)
A=attainable (2 pounds a week is f... Read more
"The year that we were in shape"
A few years back, when my youngest daughter lived at home, we committed to our fitness. We started with walking, the same 2-mile route that I walk now, before work every morning and after work every evening, Monday thru Friday. We still call tha... Read more
The last straw!
I had to buy larger pants last weekend. Two sizes larger!
Was it fun? Why, no…no it wasn't.
Oh well, at least it galvanized me into performing better habits this week.
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Prioritize--then get it done.
I have a number of tasks that I do not want to do. They are never as bad as they seem, once I get started. It's just awfully hard to get started.
But this is just like my Elliptical Experiment from a few weeks ago. Getting to the elliptical wa... Read more
I stopped eating sugar and all other sweeteners five weeks ago.
But today, our friends brought us some homemade Easter sweets and I decided to indulge. Big mistake.
My heart is racing, I am anxious, hyperventilating, and I feel like I'm goi... Read more
You can't out-train a bad diet.
Not that I'm exactly "training…"
Anyway. I formed the morning-walk habit. Yea me! It makes all the difference in the world that it's not, you know, sleeting any more.
I've only lost ONE of the 21 pounds I gained in 4 months.
Time t... Read more
Plans don't get results--actions get results.
I looooove to plan.
I make really great lists and charts and if/then scenarios. I have notebooks and clipboards and stuff on the computer that outlines an idealized fitness protocol. I read and research and I have a clear picture of what a fi... Read more
I want a payoff for my good habits.
Dollars would be good. Euros, pounds, whatever.
Ha ha ha! Pounds! Get it?
The obvious payoff is feeling better, but there is an economic component, too. I have a lot of nice clothing that I am currently unable to wear. When I get back to las... Read more
Over the first hurdle in quitting sugar.
Well, I successfully avoided the desserts at my book club this week! I didn't miss them at all. I had a cup of decaf & to make it a special treat, I had half & half in it, instead of my usual black coffee. And I honestly didn't miss the dessert,... Read more
"If something is important, do it every day. If it's not important, don't do it at all." -Dan John
Maybe "daily elliptical" was a little too ambitious for this time of year, when I am low energy and high stress. I thought it would be an easy week, but it was not.
But I am sugar-free, and that was my largest ambition. I intend to keep non-s... Read more
My frenemy Mr. Scale
So…when I weigh myself daily, I keep better track of my habits. When I don't weigh, I don't have any actual feedback on my habits until one by one, my clothes stop fitting.
However, using the scale first thing in the morning is somewhat incon... Read more
Sometimes B+ is good enough.
I have strong perfectionist tendencies, and that has been a downfall for me all of my life. I used to engage in binary thinking, such as, "Anything that's not an A must be an F." This is a recipe for unhappiness.
Shedding this worldview ... Read more
A week at a time--making it extra easy.
I am so proud of me. I went to the gym and slogged along on the arc trainer for an hour. woohoo! (I'm not being sarcastic--it really was an accomplishment, seeing as how I haven't set foot in the gym since before the new year.)
I decided that ... Read more
I have lots of opportunities for exercise.
I could do my dumbbell routine with the dumbbells I keep in my solo office.
I could go to one of the 3 or 4 different free gyms on the work premises.
I could go to the gym I pay for but haven't b... Read more
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