Thursday, April 04, 2013
I fell off the wagon a few months back - head over heels, flat on my face. Not only did I stop my weight loss plan, I gained weight. We took a trip to the islands over Easter and I gained an additional 5 pounds. UGH!
So, I'm back in the game. I decided to try a more "planned" journey this time and I got myself a support system. I told my husband ( aP90X grad) and my kids my plan. They have been very supportive. I came home from work today with the strong desire to sit on my butt and watch my DVR'd General Hospital and as we were walking in the door, my son said, "So what workout is today, mom?" Nothing like being spurred to action by an 8 year old!
So, I tried. Today was Yoga. I hate yoga. And the P90X yoga DVD is 90 minutes. I did about 30 mins and then quit out of sheer boredom but I did hop on the treadmill for 1.8 miles so all is not lost.
Onward and upward.....
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
My mother must have said it a million times when I was a child. "There's a time and a place for everything." She would go on to add "and the kitchen table is not the place for a belching contest" or "and 8pm on a Sunday night is not the time to announce the science project that is due tomorrow" And on and on..... Sometimes she was joking, sometimes she was dead serious.
She's right in that there is a time and a place where certain things are inappropriate but in the grand scheme of life, the time and place to take care of one's self is here and now; no matter where "here" is or when "now" is. It took me a long time to figure that out. I was always telling myself that "now" was not the time. I would start working out/cooking more/eating healthier once I made a name for myself in my career, once the baby slept through the night, once the kids got older, once we redid the kitchen, once I joined a gym, once we saved enough for a treadmill..... You get the idea. Call it whatever you like: an imbalanced sense of priorities, procrastination, excuses, laziness or perhaps a combination of all of that.
So, just about one month ago, I made the decision that here in my house and now, as in right now, I would start to take care of myself. I would exercise, eat healthier, plan and cook more meals instead of eating out. I started that day. I got off to a slow start that first week. Little spurts at first but over the last few weeks have finally found a rhythm that I can live with and work off of.
I eat a "cleaner" diet - less processed foods, more vegetables, virtually no alcohol or eating out. I exercise with everything in me AT LEAST four times a week - sometimes more but never less. I sleep restfully for the first time in many years. I have more energy to complete the neverending list of household chores, more patience for the children, more affection for my husband.
The time and the place continue to be here and now.......
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I'm doing well today so I am trying to forgive myself for doing so poorly yesterday and the day before. Harboring those negative feelings just isn't healthy.
Workout: Cardio X from the P90X DVD series
Water -it's just past noon and I've had 40oz so far. I'm sure I'll get my 64 in today.
Breakfast - coffee, cheerios with 1% milk
Lunch: 1/2 wrap with turkey and red leaf lettuce, 10 grape tomatoes and 6 Truscuit crackers
Dinner plan: Baked tilapia, quinoa a salad
Morning snack: organic cereal bar
THe workout helped to invigorate me. In addition to working a 4 hour shift this morning, I'm mopping my kitchen, dusting and vacuuming the master bedroom and doing laundry. Oh, and I make chocolate chip muffins for my kids! Working out always keeps me motivated to keep moving even if it's just doing simple household chores.
Hoping I can do just as well tomorrow.....
Monday, January 07, 2013
Before - since I woke up in the middle of the night for about an hour, this would have been one of those mornings when I would have rolled over, re-set the clock to a more "suitable" time and gone back to sleep. Then I would have hit snooze twice and ran late. Since I was running late, I would have not had breakfast and thrown together a completely inadequate lunch that would have led to serious after work snacking that would have completely derailed dinner. I know this scenario well - I did it for years. Like dominoes, right. One misstep leads to the next and to the next and so on........
Now - I grumbled but got out of that bed at 5:12 and changed and did a 30 min interval workout on my treadmill. Then I had a yogurt with some Cheerios mixed in. I whipped up an awesome lunch (tuna, avocado, Wasa crisp breads, sliced peppers), grabbed a grapefruit half for my midmorning snack and a small bag of pretzels for those 3pm munchies and headed out the door. I came home - made a healthy dinner, had 1 glass of red wine with dinner and played with my kids.
So glad I dragged my lazy butt out of bed.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
At the end of 2013, I'd like to look back and be the girl who didn't give up. The one who achieved, who stumbled but got back up. I want to be a better version of me.
I don't know why I stop exercising. I always feel so good when I do it. But it seems, I can so easily come up with an excuse. Because that's what it is, an excuse. Not a reason. There are 100 excuses: too tired, too sore, worked too late, not enough time, bad night's sleep, yadda yadda.
So I'm giving up excuses as part of my New Year's Resolution.
I WILL be the girl who didn't give up!
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