Tuesday, August 07, 2012
No, it won't happen tomorrow or the next, but one day at a time I will get better and better. I feel my attitude changing, my willpower is locking into place and you know what? It feels so GOOD! I am making slow steady changes in my eating and I am feeling those changes in a positive way. My endurance is increasing. I can feel muscles under the layers of fat that are just waiting to be seen.
My mindset is so different, I went over my calorie range today (not much, 150 or so calories) but it is ok, it is going to happen sometimes. Normally, I would just say screw it, I've blown my day so I may as well eat whatever now. Not today, I am just moving on to the next day.
I am logging every bite of food I eat and it really does work and helps me to see where I need to make changes. Sodium is a biggie, and so very hard to control. Some days are good and some are bad, I am just trying to balance them out and eventually try to consistantly make it below range.
This is a lifestyle change, NOT a diet!
Monday, July 30, 2012
I've really been on the bandwagon these last few days, and my motivation and my willpower are kicked into high gear. So definite YAY! for that. However, I really thought I was doing well with my eating but found out different today.
I logged in all of my food and while I was under on my calories (not by much), I was over on some other things that really surprised me. It is honestly no wonder I have had such a hard time losing weight! So, tomorrow will be about tweaking my diet and adjusting some things.
Got in my three of four workouts while playing catch up today. So, I'll have two workouts for tomorrow and then I'll be completely caught up.
Monday, July 23, 2012
For once in my life I am saying no to excuses, I am in control of my life and I have the final say so. I have will power, it has just been buried under so many excuses I just couldn't find it. Well, I've done some mental digging and I found it, am dusting it off and trying it on for size.
No one said this would be easy, but really! I've been on a four year break, come on get yo' butt in gear girl!!! Life has happened, like it always does, but that doesn't mean I can't take care of myself. I really could launch into a pity party here, but it won't change anything, it won't change that I have to take care of me to be a source of strength for my parents, nieces and remaining sibling who are also sources of strength for me right now as well.
I have the inner strength to do this, all I have to do is believe in myself and realize that yes, I am worth it.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
On this journey to health, I am striving to eat clean. I do really well for breakfast and my morning snack, but then somewhere around lunch it all falls apart. I am not sure why I do this to myself. It is self-sabotage. Deep down I think to myself that I can't do this, it is to hard. Sometimes my mind is my own worst enemy. For quite a while I've been in a cycle of doing pretty well during the week, but then I completely blow it on the weekend and undo any good I might have done and end up losing and gaining the same 5 or so pounds week after week. However, I must keep telling myself: You've done this before and you CAN do this again! It is a constant struggle.
Well, before I get completely off track, the eating clean (when I do it) is going really well. I am amazed at how quickly my body has adjusted to the cleaner eating and now I find that I can't eat as much of the crap I used to. Like mexican, oh how I love my mexican. Hubby and I went there one night last week and if was so yummy, but about 10 minutes after we were done eating when all that food hit my belly, I felt AWFUL! All those carbs and refried stuff sent my clean tummy for a loop and it wasn't happy at all. One thing I am learning I can't do without is lime and/or lemon water. My craving for my afternoon carbonation (diet Dr Pepper) is fading. This weekend I had one and it didn't even taste good. In a way that sorta makes me sad, I had cut back my soda habit to one a day a while back and really enjoyed my one afternoon pick me up. Supposedly, lemon/lime water is really good for you, so I am trying to be ever so vigilant about taking better care of myself.
So, I will continue to strive to eat clean all day most days of the week. Ok, here's to the next week of triumphs and joys and probably a bump or two in the road! All the best to my fellow sparkers!
Friday, May 25, 2012
On June 1, 2012, I will be 36. What better birthday present than to give myself the gift of health. Only four more years until I hit 40, my new 20, lol! I will be in the best shape of my life, I will treat my body as it needs to be treated, like a temple, and I invite you all to join me on my journey. I hope by making this more public than private that this will provide me the motivation to keep going even during the tough times, knowing (or at least hoping) that you are reading about this journey of mine.
For those of you who don't know a lot about me, I have always battled my weight, and so far the weight has won; however, thankfully the war isn't over. I have a horrible family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. I know that I can't do a lot about the genetics of it all, but I can try to do all I can to be healthy and hopefully lower the risk of my genetics coming in to play. This will be my outlet for the ups and downs of weight loss, and the trials of eating healthy when faced with the temptations of unhealthy foods.
I love to eat, all types of food. I am a true southern girl in that no get together is complete without food. I am learning that I can still be that way, I just need to change what food is available. This isn't about changing who I am, just changing how I fuel me for the long haul. Jump on the bandwagon with me, share your story or just read mine. I am going to need all the encouragement and motivation I can stand and that you all are willing to provide! I will try to be just as motivating to each of you.
So, to get this party started so to speak, here goes with my initial plans for my journey to being healthy in mind, body and spirit:
*I will be following the eat clean diet (my next blog will be more about that if you are interested in knowing more, or you can go to eatcleandiet.com for more information about eating clean.)
*Cardio of choice right now is Zumba which I do at least twice a week, hoping to up it to three times each week: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
*On non Zumba days I will do a workout DVD from my collection, or workout at the gym at school, these days will probably be more resistance training than cardio
Here's to the journey!!
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