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
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The family and I recently returned from a much needed, out of state vacation. This was an important trip for many reasons. My own personal, way deep down, agenda was to review my current existence.
Now, when I say my current existence I am taking a bit of dramatic licensing.
...B U T...
Am I making the most of each day?
A lot of sunshine, hot temps, the lull of the ocean, smell of chlorine from the pool, and time to sit allowed me to take a 360 degree look around me.
Not the piddly stuff like work, marriage, relationships, contentment
Rather, the functional area of life (I am truly tied to the work smarter not harder concept lately).
So I decided to be a structure freak until schedule becomes habit. Tweak it until it fits like an old comfy pair of sweats. Develop DISCIPLINE, SELF CARE.
I created a meal list and grocery shopped it out. I forgot something and tracked my butt to the OTHER side of the huge store (extra steps, can I track it?!?).
Entered my meals into spark nutrition. Printed out a blank calendar for the month. Added son's soccer games, my work schedule, and WORK OUTS.
An alarm is set each morning to give me 1-2 hours before work. I wash dishes from breakfast, read my bible and pray, and pick up the house BEFORE I shower. Work is 30 minutes earlier than pre-vacation.
It's CRAZY. It's so not the laid back, "whatever" kind of me thing to do.
It's only been two days but so far so good. I'm not rushing around feeling like "I'm a day late or dollar short." Stuff is getting done, I'm not starving or cranky or tired. OH, my butt hurts from walking or biking every day. Isn't that great?!?
This structure is freeing up time for the things I want too- visits with friends, writing notecards to people I care about, listening to music, etc.
Lordy, I hope this feeling stays.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
First day back to work after vacation with a more structured plan for the weeks ahead.
Completed this morning:
Now headed off to work for an 11 hr day, pleased I had my God-time and exercise this morning!
Looking forward to son's first soccer game of senior year of high school tomorrow evening.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This past Monday morning was promising to be the mother of ALL dreaded Mondays. Then I came across this in my friend feed:
MORRIGAN11 Mondays are just a matter of perception. I plan on per Irving it as a day filled with opportunities!
So true! It IS another beautiful day of opportunities! Prayers were sent for a positive attitude and HOPE for the day and ensuing week.
Monday at work I received three comments "Wow, you are looking good." "How much weight HAVE you lost?" and my favorite from a patient, "you are so pretty. What have you done to yourself?" This made my 2lb Easter gain a lil easier to swallow.
Tuesday arrived. I was wearing a new shirt (size smaller) and again, the compliments came- it's "my color" apparently. The loss "really shows" and " those pants are falling off you practically."
The lovely lady limes and other supporters through my blogs or my sparkpage comments/sparkgoodies have been pumping support my way along with suggestions. REALLY good suggestions. Reminders that I am not alone in this and they seem to truly think I can do this for the long haul. ME.
All of this positivity flooded in my direction when I needed it the most. It has given me the boost to keep going, keep focused, keep moving forward, fight the fight, and to live for EACH day, not just for the weekend
After all, this is not about 2 lbs gained or lost. It's about being healthy. Reaching my dreams and goals in life. Letting the inner athlete out from the dark. LiViNg life to the fullest.
The practical reasons for what I am doing:
Strength training is building my muscles so I can climb a rock.
Cardio is preparing me for endurance so I can climb down the Grand Canyon and back UP. Becoming a better swimmer so i can cliff dive. Eating healthier to give myself the energy to do those things. Cutting calories because it makes all of the above possible.
Thanks to all who believe for helping me during the tough spots and reminding me to believe in myself
Saturday, April 06, 2013
It happened so quickly...I started out strong and confidant...
First glance: approx. 100 minutes of cardio with 20-30 strength minutes weekly. My diet- whatever I wanted within reason. The goal was 1550 cals daily but if I kept it at 190ish I was okay with it. Junk food was fine occasionally- maybe once a week.
Mind Set: “I got this- I can do the gym every other day, I have more energy, my clothes are starting to fall off as the inches do. I see non-scale victories daily; only one lb per week but that’s okay because I can sustain this lifestyle!”
Intellectualization and Rationalization:
When I began creeping up on 2100 calories daily I rationalized “I’m working out pretty hard compared to usual.” “The cardiologist suggested I cut my calories back by ten percent at a time so this is okay.” “I don’t feel hungry or deprived at 2100.”
Diet Shift: When the 1900-2100 cals became kettle chips, pizza and wings, ice cream, donuts, pastries, Easter candy, _______________ fill-in-the-blank; I lost the non scale victories. I began feeling sluggish (must be the virus that everyone is getting) and I was skipping meals trying to accommodate the nightly calories.
Destructive Thinking- what is the difference if I go to the gym tonight? I’m tired, I’ve been working hard, my emotions are in check…”Forget swimming, it’s too tiring walking that far to the pool” (chuckling over that one!),” I don’t need to strength train THREE times a week”, “ I’ll cut back from 35 minutes of cardio to 30…25…23…”
End Result: Weight gain! Stress! Slug! Unhealthy mentality! BACKSLIDING!
THIS occurred over a two week period of time. FRIGHTENING how quickly the old habits can creep in and DOMINATE.
So I'm those old habits back to the road.
I've myself to make out my weekly meal plans this morning.
and will be a part of my daily life.
will be a part of my life 3-4x weekly, with at least 90 minutes of cardio per week, 30 min of strength per week, and at least 30 minutes of swimming each week.
No more backsliding for this gal
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