Sunday, June 03, 2007
Well, this has been a very busy weekend! No time to concentrate on myself. My mother was having a yard sale for over 30 years of accumulated stuff! She of course, isn't well enough to really do any of the yardsale work herself. That's where my children, husband and I came in. We have been at the yardsale since early last week, getting stuff prepared, carting stuff out of the house, than carting stuff to the curb...so this week will find me focusing on getting back to tracking food, and exercise. I did keep up with my exercise, continuing to workout daily, but I haven't logged anything on the site in at least a week.
See you bright and early before heading to the gym!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Well, I've been having a bit of trouble getting myself to post on SP. I've been enjoying the outdoors and the nice weather and haven't been very good about finding time to post my food and exercise. My exercise is still going great, but I'm not controlling my nighttime eating the way I should. Way too much Special K berry cereal. I know this is somthing I can fix and will work especailly hard this week to do so.
On Thursday night I went to a social event with people who haven't seen me for 16 months. It was very gratifying to receive so many compliments and realize that many people really didn't know who I was. This is certainly motivation enough to get myself back where I need to be...
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I found that I do believe in myself. After reading this today(Whenever accomplishments are on the line, there are always voices whispering, preaching--even shouting--that it can't be done. Sometimes, that voice is coming from inside our own heads. If you're having doubts about your abilities, just remember: How many times have the naysayers been proven wrong? No matter what anyone says--no matter what you might believe--it can be done), I understood that along the way I've come to believe that I'm capable of anything. When I first began this journey, I didn't really belive I could lose 154 pounds. It seemed like an un-climbable mountain. But with each pound lost, came a sense of power that encouraged me to keep climbing. These last few months have been up-and-down times, (I gained .4 pounds last week) and I constantly need to remind myself how strong I am. It gets harder to stop myself as I have fewer pounds to lose, but I'm not about to let myself quit. No matter how much people gasp when I say I have 11 pounds to lose, I know there are still at least 11 more pounds on me that have to go. So, yesterday I was bummed out all day, and didn't even post on SP, but today I'm in a better frame of mind and I know that I'm going to finish what I started!
Friday, May 18, 2007
The road to a healthy lifestyle is a long trip. While it's very important to realize what we are shooting for, we also need to make sure that we keep our heads in the present to enjoy the progress we've made. If your goal is to lose weight, instead of waiting to celebrate until you lose it all, enjoy today's small victories and take advantage of your improved health now. This approach serves as motivation for any aspiration in life. Set ambitious goals and enjoy the road to accomplishing those goals. Because life might pass you by if you are always planning for tomorrow without ever seeing today.
This is something I'm still working on. In order to remain focused on my goal, I often (make that always) qualify people's compliments of "look at how skinny you are", with "not yet, I still have X # of lbs to go". I know I should accept the compliment as it's meant, but a part of me is fearful that I will listen to what they are saying, and lose my determination. It's happened to me before. I always stopped before I reached my goal, but not this time. I'm 11 pounds from my goal weight and I know I will reach that goal. I don't know when, but it's definately going to happen.
Today I had a really awesome workout again. I've allowed my spinning classes to interfere with my weight training. But, today I was determined not to allow that to happen. So, I started lifting at 8:00 after 10 minutes on the treadmill to warm-up. I got everything except my bis/tris done before spinning. I did the 45 minutes of spinning and then came back and finished my program. I didn't do abs today since I worked them yesterday before spinning class. I know they were worked out really well, because they are still reminding me today(hurts when I laugh or sneeze!).
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Most successes are never seen because they're never attempted. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates magic. Each time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain confidence. Every small victory helps you feel more certain of yourself and your direction, pushing you further and faster than you ever thought possible. You can do it! What's holding you back? True, fears are intimidating. So start small. Believe in yourself and take one small swipe at your fear today just to see what happens. If you can't talk yourself past the "point of no return", get a friend to help. In the end, half of the doing is in the deciding. If you stumble, don't be afraid to brush yourself off and jump back in.
This is the lesson I've learned through my journey. In the beginning each small success is what kept me going and spurred me on to do even more. The part about talking yourself past the point of no return is especially true. As I've stated here before, self-talks are the best way to get yourself going and keep you doing what you know you need to do. It's funny, but I read today in Self magazine that one of the ways to lose weight is to tell yourself how much you enjoy "healthy" foods. And I realize that is exactly what I've done from the beginning. Instead of looking with distain upon the foods that are good for me, I believed they would be tasty and worth giving up the old unhealthy foods. I may not have really felt that in the beginning, but I honeslty do prefer the healthy food now. I don't miss anything that I've eliminated from my diet, and I believe that is because I've decided I don't like them as much as the healthy food I permit myself to eat. Another thing I read today on-line says that a new diet plan allows you to eat unlimited quantities of broccoli, that's basically another thing I've done from the start. When I fill my plate I fill it 3/4's of the way with veggies, than slit the remaining area with protein and brown rice or sweet potato. It looks like so much food, and the fiber in those items really fills me up.
So, today's lesson is really just a reminder of how powerful our thoughts are, and if you use them properly we can make ourselves believe anything we want.
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