Thursday, June 23, 2011
SO, I have been doing so reevaluating of a few things over the last few weeks and I have come to the conclusion that I need alter my plan of attack. Here are some thoughts and issues I have been having as of late:
1. I have been stressed lately about multiple things, some of which I know what they are, some of which I do not. I know that the the amount of stress and the severity of the symptoms at the moment are not in line with the stressors that I know are present. I need to delve into this.
2. Good sleep has basically been no existent lately. I have been "going to bed" in enough time to get ample sleep but I have been not been able to actually fall asleep (it took me 3hrs one night last week) and I have not been staying asleep. Also, I know that it has not been quality sleep I have been getting and it is starting to take its toll. Definitely need to get to the bottom of this.
3. Exercise is not my issue. I am getting plenty of exercise at varying intensities and from various sources. At least I am doing something right...
4. I am dealing with emotional eating. I am thinking that items 1 and 2 are not helping that.
5. I am actually eating better on the weekends from time to time. I am not as hungry then which makes me think that the emotional eating is a real big issue.
6. I am eating well, just too much, mixing the healthy fruits veggis and whole grain with the splurges (chocolate, alcohol, ICE CREAM). I am portioning things well but I am going back to the kitchen for another "helping" too much. I need to reel in the emotional eating...
7. I started my weightloss journey at 200lbs and spark journey at 180. Now that I am fluctuating between 160-165lbs and the 2lb goal that I had was not working for me. I just lowered it to 1lb which uped my calorie intake and will hopefully help with my eating issues, help with the "hunger"
Anyway, in short, I need to find a better way to "feed the hunger" emotionally and physically. Here's to a new approach and hopefully more results!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
As the John Mayer says (well sings? ) "It might be a quarter life crisis / or just the stirring in my soul." I am officially 25 today , as of 5:45am, so I have decided that rather than realize I am getting older (really, I am still a kid a heart ) I am going to celebrate the past 25 years and the blessings and wisdom (if you can call it that?) that it has brought me. To celebrate, here are 25 things that I have learned in my 25 years in order. This is in no particular order, really, just the first 25 that POP into my head.
1. Friends and Family are awesome and irreplaceable. They are there for you in thick and thin, through your faults and successes and are rooting for you the entire way!
2. Ice cream is awesome (well, actually, I figured this out at an early age)! Give into your indulgences from time to time because you only have one life to live.
3. Leaning on people is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. It takes a lot to admit your faults. No one can do it alone.
4. Moderation is key. My goal as of late has been to strive for a healthy balance in my life, whether it be work/social, social/along, food, fitness, whatever. Getting through the less pleasurable to the pleasurable makes the pleasurable that much better!
5. Yoga is awesome and I CAN sit still for that long.
6. The twists and turns in life are what make life fun. They may seem overwhelming at time but most of the time you look back on them and find that they were worth it.
7. I am a walker. I love to walk, period. Whether it is with people (social) or by myself (gather my thoughts) I love it. I have always really known this and enjoyed it, but never really realized it
8. Jogging/running is not a torture tactic. I have always played sports but have always hated the running I had to do to get in shape for it. I needed to be chasing someone or something down to enjoy it (soccer, rugby, I think you get my drift). Recently I have found jogging to actually be enjoyable, who knew?
9. Rugby is awesome. Something I learned in college...
10. You never stop learning.
11. I am a geek at heart and should be prove of it.
12. I have no rhythm but that does not mean I cannot dance.
13. Parents are people, something you know as a kid but do not really realize until you get older. I am so lucky to have such great parents that have always supported me !
14. Sleep is awesome (as a kid I guess I did not get the memo)!
15. I am a morning person (which I did not realize until about 1/2 way through college when I realized how much I get out of life when I DON'T sleep until 1pm).
16. To be a good friend to others you have to be a good friend to yourself. Sometimes you have to put yourself first (one I am still working on).
17. Sometimes being a good friend is not know the right thing to say, but just being there.
18. Small gestures can go a long way.
19. Brussel sprouts are not the devil's food as I was led to believe. I tried them for the first time a year ago and love them. Who knew?
20. Most things are fixable. I have always been a perfectionist but lately I have tried to let go a bit and live life. I am still working on it but making progress. Even if something does go wrong, I am a strong and smart enough girl to most likely be able to fix it and learn from it.
21. Smile, you might make someones day or make a new friend!
22. Learn from both your successes and failures.
23. I am someone that people like to be around, well, most of the time. I think we all go through that awkward phase when we believe this is not the case.
24. Music is awesome. There is something for every person and mood. (maybe that is why my ipod is so random)
25. Work is part of life, it is NOT life. Live a little and enjoy!
Sorry for such a long post but I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks everyone for all your birthday wishes!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
As I sit here eating my watermelon I reminded of a story that comes up every June. It is of a girl who is turning 6, and her parents ask her what she would like for her birthday. Expecting the normal 6 year old response of a pony, a bike, or a barbie dream house, the parents get another expected response from their daughter: the unexpected answer. She wanted WATERMELON for her birthday.
This is a story about me when I was a kid. This is a story that always brings a laugh. It comes up every year around my birthday or just as the family cuts into another watermelon. I bring it up for a few reasons:
1. It reminds me to, as I did as a child, remember and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like enjoying one of my favorite foods (watermelons rank up there to this day). It was a treat I really only got in the summer due to it not being in season any other time of the year and I enjoyed it.
2. The story makes me smile.
3. It reminds me to remember the GOOD habits I had and GOOD choices Imade growing up, not just the BAD ones. I, along with I am sure many others, tend to focus on what they did wrong. But, really, though we all have things we could have done better, we did do things right. And learning from the mistakes and remembering the successes is how we learn and grow. So, here I go, here are 5things I (and those around me, especially my parents) did RIGHT:
1. I loved fruits and veggis growing (one word WATERMELON )
2. I enjoyed fitness, though I may have not alway been the all star
3. I played out side in the fresh air with my brother and the neighborhood
4. I had great support from my family, through the good and the bad.
5. I always had goals and drive to go after them
So, there you go. My goal today is to remember these three lessons: (A) as the song says, strive to "Always look on the bright side of life," (B) find joy in the simple pleasures, and (C) be able to laugh at yourself and find the gems of your past. Thank you to those who have supported me in the past and those that continue to do so.
So, what things have you done right, what are your Watermelon Dreams?
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
So, this is my first time blogging. I have always been nervous blogging and convinced it was not for me, but have decided to to give it a try.
Let's start with a little background on the road so far.
So, I have been overweight for as far back as I can remember. I have been a relatively person most of my life, participating is sports (soccer, softball, basketball) since and early age and playing pick up games with kids in the neighborhood. I kept up with soccer through high school (minus my sideline fall season due to surgery) and picked up rugby in college. I am now in my mid-twenties and now keep active with walks and have recently taken up jogging.
As for food, well, I love food. I eat relatively healthy now and have always loved my fruits and veggis (I was a weird child ) but have always had a weakness for ice cream . I am not a picky eater, which is both a strength and weakness for me....
All in all, I work for a healthy balance in my life, work and play, active and rest, healthy and less than healthy foods.
Well, that is it for now folks. Have a great day!
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