Monday, April 01, 2013
I managed to make it through "Peep Season" without succumbing to the temptation of sticky, gooey, fire roasted marshmallow peeps. This in itself is an accomplishment worthy of celebration!
Monday, April 01, 2013
April 1, 2013
This is from Spark Coach today:
“Today, imagine your "future self" giving your past (or current) self a hug. See your future self thanking your past self for having the courage to move forward in this healthy lifestyle journey. How does it feel to look back on your former self with new eyes?”
This really means a lot to me, as I have never seen things this way. I have always considered my past or current self to be the loser, striving to become the future self that will appear once I have reached my goals. Problem is, I never reach all my goals, so I never stop thinking of myself as a loser. This passage made it possible for me to see two things clearly. 1) I need to set more short-term goals as well as more attainable goals; 2) I need to really believe that my current self is the hero in this scenario, not the loser! It’s easier for me stay motivated if I believe it’s for a cause, and this visualization allows me to feel as if I am doing this for someone else – my future self!
That said, I’m feeling a bit stiff, sore, and out of sorts today. I only managed to stick with 1 ˝ out of 3 of my daily goals yesterday, due to overdoing it the previous day as well as trying to work stair climbing into my program. Hmm, I guess if I were to add the stair climbing as another goal then I achieved 2 ˝ of 4 which makes me feel better! After all, I have only been doing this (this time around) for a week, so that’s not bad at all. But the point is, I still haven’t got my workouts for the day figured out – out of sorts.
I’ll get there, and if have trouble I know I can always turn to my Spark Friends for help!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I have been struggling like crazy, trying to get with the program, failing every attempt. I just found it impossible to stay focused and on track for long enough to do anything I could call working toward my goals. I knew I needed an attitude adjustment, but just couldn't get there. It seemed that my entire life had become unmanageable, and I just felt "stuck". Beyond that, I gained over 50 pounds during the time that I was just trying to lose some weight and improve my health.
Recently, I have renewed my commitment to SP and to myself. 4 times, in fact, because each "renewal" only lasted a few days before another crisis would knock me off that track - again.
Today I read the SP article, “De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less” by Dean Anderson, behavioral psychologist. The following quote covers the most poignant message:
"Nine times out of ten, what really leads to emotional eating is getting caught in a "mind storm" of worst-case scenarios, projections, misinterpretations, and all the emotional overreactions that come with these thoughts. This "storm" turns a manageable challenge into something that makes you feel helpless, overwhelmed, ashamed or afraid—and sends you to the kitchen to find something to stuff those extreme feelings. When you can stay grounded in the moment of stress, you have many more options." www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
This is SO true. The term “mind storm” describes the condition that gets me into trouble nearly every time! I have been working on techniques to calm myself, not just to avoid sabotaging my diet but to avoid sabotaging my life, without reaching for the Xanax bottle. I will keep this article bookmarked for future reference.
I began a food and exercise journal on January 27, 2013, and have been using it to keep track of myself. I didn't want to do this on SparkPeople because I have started and stopped, publicly, so many times that I decided just to keep this time private. But I am now "coming out", and am ready to share my struggles and successes with everyone. Hopefully it will benefit all of us.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I have been trying to figure out why I'm already "slipping" so much, and/or lacking motivation. It all started with the wretched back troubles, but my back is doing much better and I am STILL not back on program! Not only that, but I'm not feeling any inclination to GET back on track, although I am still feeling the frustration of not following through, once again. It's not even so much that I find excuses not to exercise or follow my nutritional goals, I just don't do it. I want to do it, but just don't.
I have determined that one thing I am lacking is planning. I'm failing to organize my time so that I can just write (or type) my plan for the day. I think it worked best for me to plan my day on the previous day, so that I know when I wake up what I will be doing througout the day. I am going to go plan tomorrow's day now, and see if it helps.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Well, my back seems to finally be getting better, so I was able to get out for a walk today - FINALLY. I'm hoping things will continue to improve so that I can get fully on-track soon. Perhaps this little glitch was nature's way of preventing me from trying to do too much too soon, and to learn to exercise patience as well as my body!
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