Thursday, October 02, 2014
Recently I've been making some very positive changes in my life and I wanted to write some of them down to help me remember them and stay motivated.
The 2 main things I wanted to record today:
1. On Tuesday, my boss, Deanna, called me the poster girl for making healthy choices! Wow! Yes, she said that about ME! No longer do I need to define myself in negative and derogatory ways. What an amazing change - and what she said really motivates me to keep on making all of those SIMPLE healthy choices I've been making!
2. Last night, after a full day of work, plus my commute to & from work on the bus, I went grocery shopping. Not only did I have the stamina and energy to buy lots of fruit, veggies and other healthy things - but after I came home I brought EIGHT heavy canvas bags into the house myself, and put them all away! (My son was in the shower, so instead of waiting until he was finished and having him do it, I did it myself without any problem.) That's HUGE progress for me!
So I'm writing these things down to remind myself that not only is it possible to change my life --but I AM DOING IT!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I slept too late to walk early this morning, unfortunately.
So tonight after work I went to the pool immediately, so I wouldn't procrastinate and get lazy. Because there were several families there this time, I was very self-conscious - so I only swam for about 15 minutes. However I did 20 times across the width of the pool, and 2 times the length of the pool. So the same amount of exercising as last time, but in much faster time.
And WOW I'm really feeling it much more today too!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Got 10 minutes of walking in this morning. I'm planning for 20 minutes of water walking and swimming tonight after work.
Last night I joined a team that seems doable and helpful - amazingly the team leader responded within a very short period of time, which was great. I know I need to use accountability with other people as part of my workout plan.
I think I'll give a friend at work (or maybe even 2) permission to ask me how it's going with my workouts now and then. I've never tried that before, and it certainly can't hurt!
Later in the day ... I couldn't swim tonight because it was not only cool & raining, but it was really STORMING. So I decided to just make SURE I swim (or take a long walk if it's raining).
And I did ask a friend at work to check in with me once or twice a week to ask me how it's going. So now I HAVE to stay committed to working out often!
Monday, May 26, 2014
Today I decided I'd better get off my rear and do some swimming. There's a pool in my apartment complex, so near the end of the day today I walked down there. I haven't been in a swimming pool, or a bathing suit, for at least 2 years. I waited till 7:00pm - it had just rained & there were no other people in the pool because it was pretty cool outside. I spent about 20 minutes at the pool.
It doesn't sound too impressive, but I swam the width of the pool 20 times, and the length of it 2 times. Nothing fancy because I don't really swim "correctly" - I swam some on my back, some on my front, and some just walking in the water. But the main thing is that I got out there and did SOMETHING, which I feel good about.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Okay, so I've been kind of struggling some lately, and I decided to give myself a shot of motivation. Since my Dad died and all the activity connected with that subsided, I guess I've felt kind of blah and like "is this all there is to my life?"
When I was in California and Dad's caretaker, I had a purpose and felt like I was make a difference in his life - and every day I made him so happy just by being there with him. After he passed I had to get rid of all of his stuff, (and BOY did he have lots of STUFF!), and get his home ready to sell. Then I had to pack up his car with everything I was keeping and drive back to Wisconsin (the longest drive of my life - I'll never do something like that again).
But now that's all in the past, and though I have many good memories to cherish from my time with him, I just don't know where to go from here. My nest is almost empty - except for an almost 15 year old son who really ISN'T into spending time with Mom these days. Plus I'm aging fast and feeling like a failure in several areas of my life.
Anyway, this morning I contacted a couple of Spark friends who I've walked with in the past (okay it's been a couple years, but still). I SparkMailed them, gave them my phone number, and hopefully at least one of them will walk with me this weekend.
Eventually I should probably aim to walk with someone on both days of the weekend every weekend - that would get me off my butt and out of the books I'm always reading! Honestly, reading is a wonderful thing - but sometimes I need to put the book down and actually LIVE a little and connect with friends!
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