Tuesday, July 02, 2013
i've definitely had better. but then i read some very encouraging words from folks i haven't even met ... and it lightened my load. the externals are sometimes harder for me to process than the internals. in the win column: food, exercise, meditation & blogging. in the not so winning column: tracking, energy and water. tomorrow is another day. and i will keep trying to adjust and adapt and grow along this new healthier path.
Monday, July 01, 2013
taking it a step at a time. today's weigh-in revealed three pounds lost. doesn't sound like much ... but it could have easily been 5 pounds gained had i not begun this process of making changes in my life. i spent a lot of time thinking about a vision statement. have slowly been putting it together in my mind. in the meantime, i'm meal planning, healthy shopping and moving the bod!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
today i spent lakeside with friends, catching up and enjoying eachothers company. it was a good time. i ate within my parameters, enjoyed fresh brewed iced tea and really felt like it was the perfect topper to an interesting week. tomorrow i weigh myself. it was really challenging to not get on the scale all week. i thought it was important for me to just go through the week, looking at patterns, making adjustments seeing what fit and what didn't fit and NOT have success be defined by numbers on a scale. i was going to skip blogging tonight and wash up and head to bed. as i was going through my evening routines, i saw the scale waiting for me. i wanted the immediate gratification of seeing what story the scale would tell. but i made a promise to myself to not be driven by the story on the scale. this is a story of mindful living, of making lifestyle changes while following through with consistency. i didn't get on that scale. I decided to follow through with my original monday weigh-in plan. Instead, of caving to immediate gratification, i came out here and blogged. and now i will go to bed.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
WOW! Navigating the social world while changes are in progress can prove very challenging. Doable, but challenging. I had a fantastic evening last night, stuck to my plan of H2O while dancing my little heart out! (although I think the cover of Flogging Molly's Drunken Lullaby a. took on new meaning and b. almost threw me over the edge) Talk about an aerobic outing! What I found was that I had little internal resistance to drinking water, i like to stay stay hydrated and often mix rounds of water in continuously during an evening of cocktails, but those around me had an adverse reaction to me not drinking empty calorie, carb laden cocktails at all. It got to the point where I had my bartending roomie serving me water as "vodka" when folks wanted to buy me a drink, and then telling them it was on the house. I found it took too much energy to explain myself. And I found myself getting frustrated by my "friends" questioning my choices. Especially when I just wanted to kick back and enjoy the flow. My conscious mind understood that folks sometimes look at others choices as a commentary on their own choices. My subconscious mind was like WTF! BACK-OFF! DON'T YUCK MY YUM! And so it goes. There are many social encounters on this summer's calendar where I will have to balance the internal/external factors. Hiding out in my safe haven at home is not an option for me. I am a social creature, by nature, with a tendency toward hermitude when the world seems too needy. So, I recognize the pattern and will try to address it more honestly whilst moving forward. However, this experience leads me to wonder ... what tools or game plans do others employ when trying to blend new habits into previously established social scenes?
Friday, June 28, 2013
Hot, sticky and tired. That's what I'm feeling right now. It's all good. I'm moving right along, making new supportive friends, eating mindfully and pushing the bod to do more; I'm just pooped. I'm thinking that when you change the foods you are eating, and you change your relation to fitness the body responds with detox ... and I'm finding that can sap the energy flow. So what am I going to do about that? Well, my thinking is that this is the perfect reason to go out, listen to some local music and move the bod some more! Sway to the tunes, laugh with the buds and feel good about today. H2O with lemon and lime is my go to hydrator, seems as good a night as any to make it my evening's cocktail choice. Hope you all find some fun tonight and celebrate all that is YOU!
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