Monday, June 14, 2010
I am happy to report that my husband, who has been out of work since December, has been offered a full-time position with a fantastic company! It does mean we'll have to move out of state, but that's fine. It's a chance to reinvent, and will be a great family adventure.
We also have a very busy summer, with my oldest taking driver's ed, and my youngest heading to Australia with a group of kids her age for a wonderful learning adventure. Then there's our out-of-state company, getting the house ready to sell, training my own replacement at work, and having knee surgery.
In the past, all these changes would send me into my own world of "comfort," which really results in self destruction. I would eat my emotions. The nervousness about the move and surgery, not to mention sending my 14-year old half way around the world without me. The joy about the new job. The anxiety over getting everything ready and done in time, including selling our home of the last 15 years. The sadness of leaving friends and family behind. The excitement of living somewhere new for the first time in my life. But, this time, it's different, because I'm different.
This time, I will continue to eat healthy, and not succumb to "stress eating" as I have in the past. I know this, because I know I have a wonderful support network in place to help me achieve this goal. I also know this because I have worked hard to get where I am, and am not ready to give up on myself. This time, I will continue to work out, despite the need for knee surgery, up until the day I go under the knife. I will do this, because I know it will help me heal faster after surgery, and I can continue reap the healthy benefits now.
So, changes, bring it on! I'm ready.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I just said, "No, thank you," to an offer for a doughnut. I actually have no desire for a doughnut. I'm so happy!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Suffice it to say, it's been a rough eight months or so. In August '09, I had surgery on my left foot, which was more extensive than the doctor originally thought. I finally got out of "the boot" in November. Then, on November 21, I injured my right knee. And, on November 27, I lost my dad unexpectedly, which threw me into a depression that I'm still working my way out of. And, just to add insult to injury, the week before Christmas, my husband lost his job. It's been four months, and he is still looking, which makes money very tight. For some reason, I decided to turn to food for comfort, yet again. Funny thing is, I didn't feel comforted, and have only felt worse!
So, no more. I need to stop focusing on what I can't do, what I can't afford, what I can't handle, and focus on what I CAN do!
I CAN use the stationary bike, and get a decent cardio workout done.
I CAN make wise choices in my daily food intake.
I CAN make myself a priority.
I CAN be a good example for my girls, and show them how important it is to take care of yourself.
I CAN listen to my body, and know when enough is enough!
I CAN forgive myself for past mistakes, and leave them in the past.
I CAN move forward.
I CAN succeed.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Had a great workout last night with Jason, my new man (aka trainer). I really love this guy! He knows how to motivate me, and pushes me to do things I didn't think I could do. We targeted my butt, back & thighs this time, and finished off with some ab work. That's when I noticed it. I had to do 15 crunches on the stability ball, followed by holding a "plank" for 30 seconds. As I was doing my crunches, I suddenly noticed I was raising myself much farther off the ball! Then, I was able to hold the plank for 30 seconds EVERY TIME! And this was at the END of my workout! Might not sound like much, but in my book, it is. As always, I'm a little sore today, but nothing I can't work through. Just those hip flexors saying, "Hi! Remember us?" Yes, my friends, I do. And I vow to pay more attention to all of you in the future. Welcome back, abs! I'm looking forward to meeting all your friends soon!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
According to my trainer & all his fancy equipment, I lost 1.5 lbs, and 1 % body fat in the last 6 days. I'll take it! Want more, of course, but I'll take it. At first, I was a little disappointed that I hadn't lost more. Then, while cooking dinner, I pulled out 6 sticks of butter. (No, I didn't cook with them!) I looked at these six sticks, and realized that's how much fat I lost in a week. Didn't seem so bad when I looked at it that way!
The other sign that my body is changing is in my clothes. Hard to believe, but it is suppose to get to 75 degrees here today in Iowa. Not normal weather for this time of year at all, but I'm happy all the same! So, I decided I'd put on a pair of capri's for work today. I pulled out my good ole' standby pair, and they were like clown pants! So, I grabbed the ones that were a bit tight, but I could get by with last fall, and these, too, were too big. So, I pulled out the lone pair of next-size-down capris, and they are perfect. Woo Hoo!
So, off to sweat off some more after eating a nice big salad for lunch. I think I'll take my lunch outside today & soak in the warmth, before the dreaded 40 degree weather returns.
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