Thursday, July 07, 2011
Score! I got in 10 minutes of exercise today in the morning. I am on my way to forming a habit. The problem with exercising is that I have started to come into work slightly later. I bought a Dunkin Donuts Egg white veggie Wake up wrap for breakfast instead of my normal yogurt because I forgot to bring my usual breakfast of Fage 0% yogurt with fruit to work. I donít have any quarrels with the price or calories of the Wake up wrap. Itís just 150 calories, costs $1.50 and even has a reasonable amount of sodium in it. My usual breakfast has calcium, so Iíll be sticking with that, but Iím happy I made a smart alternative choice.
So I finally acted upon my longstanding desire/need to get some professional pictures taken of myself. I am on LinkedIn without a picture, and I need an image of myself when I start job-hunting/networking very soon. I just donít have anything crisp or appropriate enough, because I just donít take that many pictures of myself. Many of my pictures are random shots of me in my room, or group shots when Iím out having dinner or at parties with friends. Not exactly something you want representing you. So I saw a deal for a professional photo session on one of those free coupon deal things I get (I think Iíve done enough free advertising), so I snapped it up, since itís a great deal.
Iíll want to take the pictures the last week of July, so thatís all the more motivation to be consistent about tracking consistently, eating right, and getting in at least a short workout every day before work. Iíll want to be pimple free, too, so drinking water and minimizing stress will be important health goals to keep up with. In less health-oriented news, Iím also starting Crest Whitestrips tonight!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
How many days does it take to start a habit? It probably depends on the person. For me, it tends to take a week to establish a pattern, and another week for it to really stick. One habit Iíve made this summer and stuck to is packing lunch for work every day. Over these next two weeks I want to establish the healthy habits of exercising in the morning and tracking every day. I started well. I worked out in the morning. It wasnít the greatest or most intense workout. I did jumping jacks for 15 minutes. But itís a start. I want the pattern, more than anything. A stat I read in an SP article really resonated withme: over 50% of people who maintain a regular exercise regime do it in the morning. I already have gotten in the habit of eating right, though thereís more I am working on there, too. I have been journeying toward a healthier lifestyle for some time now, and over the past two years exercise is whatís been eluding me.
Itís funny that exercise should end up a major challenge. I truly enjoy exercising. I exercised consistently long before I developed healthy eating habits. ďI am just so busy these daysĒ has been my excuse to not exercise for the past two years. Itís time to stop saying Iím too busy to exercise and create habits that enable me to exercise even when I am busy.
Wrap up: my goals are to.
1. Track my exercise and food intake daily.
2. Exercise in the morning, a little bit every day.
3. Eliminate nervous habits (nipping at cuticles, touching my hair)
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I made a big list of goals for the year, all very specific. I decided to pick five to start with for the first quarter of the year, and then focus on some other ones later on, when these, hopefully, have become habits!
1. Track all food, water, and exercise on SP through April 1.
2. Stop picking at my cuticles and hairline.
3. Make enough time to complete all of my bathroom stuff in the morning and evening (because I'm worth it, haha)
4. Practice yoga daily.
5. Tweet something substantive (a thought, a quote, or an article) every day.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
I've been on Sparkpeople on and off for four years now. I come back every time I start to gain back the weight. I've never quite gone all the way back up to my start weight. I've been reaching equilibrium at lower and lower weights. I hung around at 135 for a while, then hung out at 130. Last year I was constant at about 125, but I recently jumped back up to 132. This increase was forgivable --- I'd been traveling for a while, then living at home, then starting up grad school. Since I have been settled in, and got habits going, my weight dropped of its own accord to 128. This is before I really returned to Sparkpeople, so that says a lot about the habits Sparkpeople has helped me to build.
My goal has always been 120, but I flake out along the way. Some obligation pops up in my life and I stop focusing on being healthy. Fortunately, I pick up and maintain habits I learn here, so my eating and exercise habits have become progressively healthier over the years, even during these off-times.
This time, I say: why not reach my goal weight? I think there is a mental block, too. Did I think I didn't deserve to get there? Well, not anymore. I hope to actually reach 120, after four years. My plan to be consistent about calories, exercise, and water, and see what happens over the next three months!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I just got a new scale from Amazon. I had an analog scale before, which was four years old or more, and it was really hard to know where I was at, really. So I got a new scale. It measures to the tenths --- so now I know exactly where I am. And I received some immediate good news. When I checked my weight when I got it, just to calibrate, I found that I am two pounds down from where I thought I was. Nice!
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