Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'm finally getting back on track. Now that the holidays are over, company is gone, and all (or most) of the various stresses that have plagued me the past year or so are are gone or going, I can really refocus on my healthy eating and exercise.
I want to get back to 153, a weight I felt the best and most healthy at. That's right in the middle of what I consider an acceptable range for me (150-155). When I weighed in last week I had hit 163, the highest I've been in quite a while. I've already lost 3 pounds this past week, 160.2 this morning. A great start.
Goal Date - 3/11/11
(third year anniversary of the date I reached my goal - I want to be able to say WooHoo! 3 Years at Goal !!!)
My current plan, subject to tweaking as I go along -
1 - Food journal - record calories, fat, saturated fat
2 - Focus on one problem area at a time - first up, my terrible sweet tooth. I'm doing 3 day no sweets challenges. I just successfully completed the first one and am on day 2 of my second challenge. I'll take periodic breaks and allow myself one sweet in a day since I don't plan to ban sweets from my diet, just want to get my sweet tooth back under control.
3 - Increase fruit/veg servings to at least 5/day
4 - Exercise - 30" most days - strength at least 2 of those days
5 - Join some teams - I quit them all several months ago as I wasn't able to focus on them and felt I was getting no benefit. It's time to join new teams
6 - Continue daily Sparking
7 - Non-food reward every 4th day - even if it's just to take a day off from exercise
Monday, August 30, 2010
For the past week I've been reminding myself to smile and I really think it's helping. I feel a little more positive today than I did a week ago. I even tell myself to smile when I'm exercising. My husband showed me how to turn on his big speakers when I do my walking video, which I'm able to play with music only. I blasted it and the beat kept me moving and I smiled and laughed the whole time. When I go shopping I'm making it a point to smile at people. Most of the time they smile back, say hi or nod. That's a nice feeling.
I've been following my plan for changing my attitude -
I look for reasons to be positive and stop finding negatives in everything.
I'm working on worrying less.
Every night before I go to sleep I think of at least one thing to be thankful for.
I'm sticking to my healthy eating and exercise plan, doing 3 day mini-streaks to keep me on track.
I still haven't checked out any new teams yet, but I will.
Feeling a little more upbeat I decided it was time to add a new kitten to our feline family. We lost a great cat in January, a companion to our youngest kitty, who actually got sick after his buddy died. He's doing much better now. We've been on the fence about getting him a kitten but I think it's time. We adopted him from a no kill shelter and we pick him up tomorrow. That should give me a lot to smile, and laugh, about.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Starting today I'm going to really work on my attitude. For too long I've been giving in to negativity. Every day I tell myself to think positive and stop looking for/expecting the worse. It's past time to work on this. Even if all I can do is just smile. I recently read an article that said just smiling sends a positive message to your brain. I've got to try to practice smiling more. This negative attitude of mine is draining me, probably a big factor in why I'm so tired and lacking in energy.
Find reasons to be positive.
Be grateful every day for at least one thing.
Stick to my eating/exercise plan - eating healthy and getting regular exercise can really help.
Look for and join some new teams.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I'm starting out with a clean slate. Out with the old, and eventually, in with the new. I've quit all my teams. I had quit all but one several weeks ago for various reasons, mostly because I felt I wasn't getting anything out of them. One I had joined because of the weekly challenges which I found helpful and fun, but when the framework of the challenge was changed I stopped doing them because it no longer fit with what I wanted to accomplish. I quit my last team yesterday since I haven't been posting there and rarely even reading posts. Eventually I plan to join some new teams, but for now I'm going to focus on me.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
After taking a Spark break I'm getting myself back on track. Had a couple of rough months that really got me down, starting with another denial of health insurance, this time because I have arthritis! Ridiculous! I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield but they keep raising the premium and being on a fixed income it's getting harder and harder to afford. I've tried several companies, applying for high deductible insurance in order to get a lower premium. They all turned me down, for one reason or another. This last denial made me face the truth that I will eventually be among the uninsured. That fact depressed and angered me and I just wanted to "hide".
I shelved those feelings when my Mom had a medical crisis. I really needed to fully be there for her, and helping her helped me. She was hospitalized in April for severe abdominal pain, which turned out to be unrelated to her recent diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. An MRI showed narrowing of the bowel, probably the result of radiation treatments she had 5 years ago for uterine cancer. They also found a cyst in the pancreas. We had to take her to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for additional testing for an accurate diagnosis. She was terrified what they would find, as were we. Fortunately it turned out to be benign and no treatment is needed. Her GI doc is going to keep tabs on it, possibly repeating the tests done at HUP in the future. She's doing better now, on a new med for her UC and feeling hopeful it will control her flares.
I'm doing better now too, glad my Mom's feeling better and she's past this crisis. I'm also feeling better about the insurance thing. It's not worth worrying over, there are other things more important. I've come up with a plan and will hold on to the insurance as long as I can and go from there.
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