Saturday, January 18, 2014
My overall goal is to weigh 195 by April 9.
That is 15 pounds in 12 weeks. Another goal is to break the emotional addiction to Coca-cola and sweet iced tea. This is attainable with specific behavior changes.
By God's grace I have removed these drinks from my grocery shopping for a year now. But I am strongly tempted when I do errands or eat out. My goal is to remove them from my intake entirely by February 14 and have six weeks free if these sugar drinks. Thus by April 1, 2014 I will have the habit well launched. I will have shown myself I can do without Coca-Cola and sweet tea.
I will not buy coke or sweet tea for 12 weeks. I will drink lots of brewed spice tea and herb tea, plus plenty of water.
I will exercise 2 hours per week for 10 weeks, including at least 20 minutes every day.
I will not eat with TV for 10 weeks, allowing two meals per week exceptions. I will record those exceptions specifically.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The visual, tactile, & olfactory experiences of preparing something in the kitchen.
The sensory enjoyment of holding the smooth warm mug and enjoying its beautiful shape and design.
The mood-elevation of the spicy, complex aromas.
The taste, the warmth, the oral stimulation of drinking tea, and the satisfaction of swallowing a hot beverage.
The tummy warmth & the sensation of fullness.
The satisfaction of getting all this pleasure from something that is not fattening and contributes to hydration.
Christmas Tea by Bigelow
Maharajah & Samurai mix by Teavana (only when available 40% off)
Monday, December 30, 2013
At the U.S. Olympic speed skating trials in Kearns, Utah, on Saturday, December 28, 2013, Jonathan Garcia skated a personal best. But his outstanding time in the 500 m was wiped out because he didnít wear the required ankle transponders. He was disqualified. "Iím not putting any blame on anybody." Garcia said. " I should have had them on. Itís nobodyís fault but mine that I didnít have them on." Still, a bitter error and a grievous disappointment.
The next day brought more Olympic trials, this time at 1000 m, double the previous distance. The competition was extremely tough, but Garcia simply focused on the task at hand. He gave it his all and did what he had trained to do. And on the second day he made the Olympic team. "Everyone cheered the gutsy performance turned in by Garcia. The Texan came back to finish fourth in the 1,000 at 1:07.96, good enough again to claim the first Olympic berth of his career. This time it counted."
I whooped and called out, "Listen to this!" when I heard an interview with Jonathan Garcia after he qualified for the 1,000 m Olympic speed skating. The reporter congratulated Garcia for being able to get past the failure and frustration of having been disqualified the previous day, to go on and do what he had to do to make the Olympic team. She asked how he was able to distance himself mentally from being disqualified, to take it off his mind enough to turn in such an outstanding performance. Garcia grinned and said, "What, I got disqualified yesterday???" It was his humorous way of saying just how much he had let it go; he had put it t of his mind entirely! Garcia's jest reflects the reality of disciplined focus, persistence, and inner strength. The skater went on to explain that he knew that his skating had been fast enough to qualify. He knew he deserved to be on the Olympic team.
Jonathan Garcia had a painful disappointment, a stunning setback. But his outlook focused on objective facts, that he had the ability to succeed. Then he focused on the task and did not allow emotions of regret or self-pity or frustration to interfere with simply getting the job done.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The theme for the next section of my 500 Days program is "Grateful." I want to increase my awareness of the awesome Creator's wisdom, love, and power. I receive such grace daily!
Now I will be involved sporadically with SparkPeople for several months because Fall is a major camping season for us. September will be a month-long cross-country adventure, followed by many short camping trips. Thus I am changing my plan of approach in the weight-loss journey. I am still committed to great nutrition, tracking, and exercise.
Now I am starting a program with my husband. When we are both tracking, I think it will be helpful. I am not giving up; but I am shifting gears. Thanks to you all for your faithful friendship! I will check in now and then!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I have not made healthy food choices this past month. I have turned to food for comfort and distraction--- instead of receiving God-given tools and provisions.
We were traveling in the north woods, and I know how to eat properly then, but I had too many treats. Exercise was excellent until July 11, when I started getting very sick. We have been home the second half of July, but sinusitis, bronchitis, and asthma laid me low. I am thankful to be feeling much better. I took a long walk today by God's grace.
I am glad to have the structure of my 500-Day schedule, for now a new section gives me a strong sense of a fresh start. In my original plan I had a different word for the theme of this new section 6, Fellowship, but I am choosing to use FOCUS instead. Oh, how I need focus!
I am watching Dr. Judith Beck on YouTube and telling myself what her book says about how to proceed. Onward!
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