Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I have an 8 year old Border Collie. About a year ago, she developed arthritis in her knees. At first, we limited the amount of physical activity she did (running around outside, playing fetch with her frisbee..) because she would end up limping around and had a hard time going up and down the stairs. However, our vet told us that it would be good for her to keep her activity level up as it would help prevent the arthritis from setting up in her knees even more and as a result of her inactivity she had put on some weight, so it would be good to get that added strain off of her as well.
So as I began making the decision to include more physical activity in my life, I figured it would be a good time to include more activity in her life. I started taking her out on my walks. But after a while, I wanted to be able to move quicker and go longer on my walks and she would slow down. So I then started to talk my walks alone. More recently, I decided this wasn't very fair to her and I missed having a companion with me (yes, I do talk to her while we are walking!)
I started bringing her back out on my walks. At first, we started off slow, and she would also stop every few feet to smell something or do her business. And she also would need a pain pill that evening or next day that the vet had given us. But now, we are both comfortably power walking 2 miles a couple time a week in about 30 minutes, and she doesn't even need the pain pills, just a little rest! I feel healthier and I have noticed the my dog is limping less over little things and she is walking up and down the stairs easier. She is even walking better on her leash: not pulling so much and not stopping all the time. I have discovered a great walking buddy in my dog!
Monday, December 03, 2012
So, despite trying to be good on Sunday to make up for bad eating on Saturday, I didn't do so great overall for the whole weekend. Normally, I would be beating myself up over this, but instead, I have found myself incredibly motivated to kick some butt today (diet/exercise-wise that is). I have been eating very healthy, turned down some junk food, resisted snacking when I knew I wasn't really hungry and I have fit in a really good work out. And I feel fantastic about it!
I just keep reminding myself- a few bad days can't ruin a diet plan, only giving up can do that.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
One of the things that triggered my getting serious about weigh loss was having to go and buy new jeans because I couldn't even fit into my "fat" ones I already had. Even worse, on one pair, my thighs rubbed together so much to the point where they wore a hole through the jeans. So I went out and purchased some new "fatter" jeans and I then decided that I needed to get my weigh under control.
Today, I put one of the pairs I bought on and all day, I have been pulling them up because they have been slipping down around my hips area! Talk about a confidence booster!!! They aren't very loose at all, but the fact that I can notice a little difference while wearing them today from when I first bought them feels great! I can't wait for them to keep getting looser and to reach the point where I need to go buy jeans because I lost weight instead of gaining weight.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I have noticed on days where my mentality is good and I am feeling very positive about getting healthy, I seem to look better in the mirror. When I'm feeling discouraged and fat and I look in the mirror, everything that I consider negative about my body stand out. All I see is the fat, the cellulite, and stretch marks. But on a day like today, I looked at myself and none of that seemed to be as apparent. I feel like I looked thinner and that my skin looked nicer. I know that there is no real difference in the way I look today than the way I did a few days ago, but I really think it's because on days like today I really am feeling good about myself. I know I'm not where I want to be yet, but I am happy that I am working towards getting there and I feel healthier.
I also have noticed a big change in my mentality towards exercise. In the past, I never wanted to exercise. I would get angry when I made myself do it and tell myself ugly things like "I wish I was a skinny girl who doesn't need to exercise" or "I wouldn't need to do this if I wasn't such a fatty". Needless to say, working out was a very negative and stressful thing. I would much rather sit and do nothing than work out and make myself feel bad.
But now, I have changed my way of thinking. Instead of exercise causing me stress, I use it as "me" time and blow off some energy and stress. I give myself positive pep talks while I do it. And what really helped is I came across a motivational quote that I read every once in a while- "Girls who are naturally skinny are lucky, but the girls who have to fight to be skinny are strong". I replace "skinny" with "healthy" when I read it, but I think it is still true. I will be stronger because I am willing to work hard to reach my goals.
By changing the way I think about working out, eating right, and being healthy I am finding it a lot easier to work towards my goals!
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