In your journal list five things for summer needs that you like to have; such as, new athing suit, towel with cute design, or maybe a small carry cooler. After you finish this look up the cost and/or styles you might like to have. Now this seems silly but this is where you look at those five items as a reward for your work and to have ready when you get ready for your summer fun. Find a jar, empty tissue box (you can collage that too) and start putting up your change for the rewards.
There are so many neat summer items, it is hard to decide.
1. Straw hat
2. Cover up for swim suit
My biggest excuse for not working out is, "I still have lots of time to do it" and then when I do finish other things, I realize I no longer have time to do it. Dinner must be done, have to pick up husband from work, etc.. One of my goals is to stop using this excuse and just do it.
This motivational picture just feels like a vacation postcard
This past couple of days I haven't seen much of a change on the scale at all; however, my motivation is still real good. My mom took us to a buffet today and I did overdo it a bit and almost got into the mindset that it didn't matter since I'm not seeing a change in the scale anyway. That wasn't the direction I wanted to take because if I stayed in the pity party then it would be a couple of days before I wised up. Instead of demeaning all my work (which I am prone to) I remembered a blog from another spark person who stated all the positives of the day and then reminded myself that I ate my fruits and veggies and exercised and I will do better next time. Whew, I made a mistake and overate, but still met my goals.
This is me about 2 1/2 years ago, right before I started putting on weight.
This is me about 1 1/2 years ago at my heaviest.
This is a current picture of me.
I remembered my old stats but I had actually forgotten how far I have come along the way until I recetly came across a picture of me. It was in an old journal that I had started a long time ago. I was fit and healthy most of my life and took my health for graanted because dancing kept me in shape. After many life changes, I remarried and became a stay at home wife. This made exercising necessary, but then I had an incident that left me in pain and not very functional. I started laying in bed and eating whatever did not require me to stand long to make. I will skip alot of the details and say I went through many medical problems because of my weight gain. My body had not been large before and so was not useto to handling the weight. It was a scary time in my life, being so sick. The doctor's didn't seem to be any more hopeful than I was. Theough prayer and a determination to live, ibegan making changes. Small changes at first and then more. When people are diagnosed with terminal illnesses my husband's company offers counseling over the phone and when I called the number it gave me options to choose from and I skipped them all except for the health coach. It was my start. I lost 15 pounds and started feeling better. The stress that was lifted when they could not find any illness, aside from scar tissue, felt great. I knew I needed more and I looked online for videos when I came across SparkPeople.com. I thought it was a gimmick at first but joined anyway. I couldn't figure it out so gave up and ended up returning later. I even had to get a new user name but I really needed a communit ysupport system. I have lost an additional 20 pounds with Sparkpeople (Combing both times I joined). It has been good to get help and to give help. Spark People is a help in my daily walk towards returning to health. The members are kind and really understand the hardships and the triumphs of overall well-being.