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The value of bouncing back

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Last week I wrote about the difficulty I have balancing. It's an all or nothing proposition that usually leads to nothing. I've been struggling with motivation this week and I came across this blog on my start page- 3 Ways to Get Back on Track During an Off Day. By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger 3/27/2014 12:00 AM

My mother's bday celebration was Saturday and I've been eating at least 500 cals more daily since and no exercise. I can feel the bloat from excessive sodium and sluggish from a lack of nutrients. The biggest hit has been to my motivation. Questioning if I will ever make it beyond a week of success. This is where the article was really helpful for me.

The blogger highlighted those top in the sports field are quick to recover from an error. I can intellectually understand it. But how do I not wallow in self doubt or cave in to the little inner voice saying "this is who you are, you are 300lbs."

As I read on, I became inspired. It's not because it is new information but it is timely for me. I needed this message. What I took from it was to change perspective. Begin focusing on what you are doing right, what is working. Not ignore the bad but rather focus on the positives to be inspired to do more of what is right. Simple hm?

The other suggestion when having a tough motivational moment is to change the environment. This morning I walked about two acres with our new puppy Gideon. It was beautiful waking up with coffee, pup, and sunrise coming over the trees. A change from being in front of a computer, grabbing a shower, and leaving for the day.

I tracked my food for the day and if I am tempted to over consume, I will get up from where I am and get busy with something inspiring. I'll let you know how it goes.


What Does Not Work for Me!

Friday, March 21, 2014

My overreaching goals, my high intentions, changing it all in a massive swoop....BOMBED around me. Intellectualizing does not make for change. Taking action and making changes paves the road for change.

I can honestly say I have not stuck to a weight loss regime in my entire 45 years of living. I have flirted with exercising and low cal foods but bombed very quickly. Often in days. I've had regular exercise but allowed myself to eat a large amount of calories as long as it was healthy but then gradually shift back to a processed diet. Ever try to maintain activity while not providing your body with nutrients?? It doesn't work that way for me. I went back to the couch.

I truly believed I was terminally unique. My paternal grandmothers all "weighed 300lbs when they died" according to my absentee father. Maybe I was not meant to be thin. Maybe weighing in at the top of 200s/low 300s was MY healthy.

Someone gently mentioned I was setting too crazy of goals and I rejected it. Did he not know the amount of time I spent making grand plans and schemes, intellectualizing in great detail, so I could pull off this wondrous goal??

Are you with me here? Do you see the problem?

I did EVERYTHING but change my eating and exercise habits. emoticon

Gone are the grand schemes, terminal uniqueness, and the nutritional starvation. Gone is the "all or nothing" mentality.




Wednesday, January 01, 2014

emoticon 2014 has arrived!

I learned something important this past year by focusing on those things (God, family, career, etc.) meaningful to me. I keep a reasonable list of those things that need to be done, what would be nice to get done, and what I would enjoy. Sometimes the list is in my head, usually its on paper. By accomplishing the need (go to work) and at least something on the what would be nice list (tackling dust bunnies) frees me from guilt when I take time for myself. If I am tired and need down time, I let myself have it. Often, the feeling of being productive pushes me and I accomplish more than I planned (I do best when I compete again myself).

For 2014, I am adding exercise to the must do daily list.

Also, one goal. Just one.
This goal is to gradually eliminate processed/boxed foods from my life. I also want to stop eating out at restaurants. The cost doesn't meet our financial goals and the food is so unhealthy. The problem with this is it requires me to conscientiously plan and prepare food for every meal.

What a pain in the butt.

I'm going to start seeking healthy recipes for crock pot cooking and try prepping/preparing on the weekend for the week ahead. Pop a pre-made in the crock and by dinner, yummy without the additional work that day.

That's the concept.

I am not sure I believe I can accomplish this goal with consistency, which is why it is my only one set for this year. God help me, I'm putting myself to the test.

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    Wonderful blog. I wish you great success with your plans for 2014. I believe that they are all very reasonable. I'm cheering for you.

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SHANSHE 1/1/2014 9:59PM

    I agree, that ONE goal IS a toughie, but don't give up,,, just keep pushing to get better at it! May 2014 be wonderful for you!

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60 days into 90

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The holidays were so enjoyable this year because of changes that were begun in October. I joined a bible study and have remained connected to God. As for food and finances, I cut back the amount and selection this season, offering lesser choices of higher quality, homemade dishes (non-processed!). Financially we used cash but went slightly over our budget for gifts. I began the cleaning regime simply- what can I get done today to make tomorrow more manageable? I was able to let go of the Martha Stewart/Betty Crocker mentality. Exercise? Pfft. I totally ignored it. Emotionally, there was grief and loss after the death of two patients this season due to opiate addiction/alcoholism. Our ten year old schnoodle was put down and it was our first holiday season without our dd, Brianna. Somehow everything seemed to balance itself out and I think it was one of the most relaxed, enjoyable holiday seasons.

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SHANSHE 1/1/2014 9:57PM

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed and RELAXED this holiday season!

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90 Day to Build a New Habit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

According to research it takes 90 days to build a new habit.

I am looking to build new habits. For life. No excuses.

- Exercise five days a week
- Feed my body well with a diet of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats
- Feed my soul by praying and reading God's word each morning and evening.
- Increase my finances by budgeting wisely
- Take time for family with a happy heart
- Start a cleaning regime

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SHANSHE 11/7/2013 8:56AM

    I've been struggling with my habits lately, since starting this new job/position. I am just sooo tired and exhausted! :)

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MOBYCARP 10/30/2013 7:04PM

    That's an awful lot to be working on all at once. You might want to look at which pieces are most important to you, and focus on them first.

Along about 2008, several changes in my circumstances convinced me I needed to make a personal budget for the first time in my life. I got it done. I learned to budget, and to control my expenditures by the budget. I exceeded my modest goal of avoiding dis-saving, and managed to put a small amount into savings in spite of massively increased non-discretionary expenses starting in January 2008.

I also went from just under 200 lbs. in January 2008 to my all-time peak weight of 221 lbs. on December 28, 2008. While I was paying attention to making budgeting a habit, exercise and mindful eating went missing.

But, budgeting became a habit. I took some of the weight off in 2009, and more or less held my own in 2010. In 2011 I was pushed into SparkPeople and lost 30 lbs in the last half of the year. Meanwhile, the budget was under control without demanding a lot of attention, because by this time is was a routine and a habit.

I don't think I could have learned to eat well at the same time I was learning to budget. Each learning experience required too much of my attention to allow the other to happen at the same time. If I had tried, I would likely have failed at both budgeting and healthy eating.

. . . but you do remind me, now that eating well and controlling weight are routine, that I probably should start an initiative of consistent prayer. I haven't done well with that lately. Maybe after that becomes a habit I'll be ready to tackle a cleaning regime.

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