Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have been participating in a challenge for the past 10 weeks. My weight loss goal was to lose 22.4 pounds. At my weight that was definitely reasonable. However, I am going to be lucky if my weight is the same tomorrow as it was 10 weeks ago. Once again, I used lifeís sorrows and disappointments as an excuse to stray from my plan.
My goals for the challenge were fairly reasonable:
- stay off sweets and baked goods
- plan my lunches
- make a basic plan weekly before shopping
- keep a positive mental attitude
As my results show, I pretty much did not accomplish any of these goals. I was doing OK for a while, but since my nephew had his accident, I let the addition of his 6-year-old brother to my household and list of responsibilities just through me over the edge. And I have not had class the whole time he was with me Ė that changes on Tuesday!
We also had an assignment to set some additional personal goals about half-way through the challenge. Again, mine should have been reasonable and achievable (especially since I did not have class):
- put away all the papers that have accumulated during tax season and my current class
- get caught up on reviews that I have to type up and get rid of that paper
- clean out the pantry and refrigerator/freezer
- set up a work out area in my office
Again, pretty much did not get any of these done. My class notes are put away but I have two boxes of papers that need to be filed, as well as a pile on my desk that has accumulated over the past two weeks. I have done just a couple of reviews and keep carrying that paper from home office to work office and back again. I had made a dent in the pantry but with the addition of Nelsonís snacks and school lunch supplies, I have a bigger mess than I had before. I also made one change in my office to accommodate a work out area, but it has been negated in the past two weeks.
So where do I go from here?
I developed a general outline doing our last assignment for the challenge:
1. Start positive self-talk.
2. Start a journal for positives (and carry it with me every day).
3. Start making time for exercise every day. If I am honest, I do feel better when I exercise.
4. Start eating in a way that makes me feel better mentally and physically.
5. Start speaking up for myself - don't let people walk all over me.
I will be taking a day off on Friday because Nelson has a 1/2 of school and I am off on Monday so that gives me a good 4-day block to get these things done. I need to be in a good place before I start my next graduate class on Tuesday - it promises to be intense.