Thursday, March 10, 2011
First off, I don't weigh myself daily. I don't own a scale. I'm working on it - the whole point of this blog - but scales still tend to have too much hold over my mood. If it works for you, fine. If it doesn't, then you need a new game plan.
No, I'm talking about simply not letting the number on the scale rule my emotions. At least, not TOO much. Cause I'd be lying if I said I felt great about today's WI. I mean really, how often can you lose the same 2-3 lbs? Apparently ad nauseum.
So I've been praying a lot whenever anxiety about the scale rules its ugly head, which is pretty often. And I do feel that those prayers have helped me to think about the scale less often.
And I added a new mantra for whenever those thoughts & feelings creep in. I read about this in a magazine and I was just blown away by how simple & appropriate it is: Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace. Cause that's what we all want to feel, right?
So what did I do when I got home? Because it's actually above freezing for a change, I changed into a lighter weight sweater with bracelet length sleeves & put a bracelet on. And the heart necklace from my DH. And a nicer (read: heavier - oh the things we'll do to face the scale!) bra.
Cause when you feel pretty, you're more liable to treat yourself well. Which may be why I visualized myself in a bikini while I was running yesterday. To make the mind-body connection that running will help me look good in a bikini, no matter what the scale says (within reason).
Oh, and on a totally different subject, it's official: I'm addicted to checking the top 100 free Kindle books list. Probably one of my healthier addictions!
Do you have a scale mantra? No obscenities, please, even if that's your mantra right now!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I think one of the biggest "secrets" to weight loss is to make it your routine. But wait, you say, just how do I do that?
First you take one little baby step.
You make it a daily goal.
You tell people about it, so you have accountability and support.
You decide on a reward for meeting that goal.
You track the goal, and you reward yourself when you meet your goal.
And you have all the tools you need to do just that right here. AND you don't beat yourself up when you fail to reach your goal, you just keep trying, and maybe breaking that goal down into smaller steps if you think that will help.
Then you decide on your next goal - but continue to track & reward yourself for the first goal, too.
I had fallen way off the clean one area of my kitchen goal - nothing was getting clean in there except the pots & dishes. So 3 days ago I decided that I would clean just the stove & tiny counter & sink next to the stove after feeding the animals in the morning.
It started with the sink, actually, cause it was digusting me, but expanded from there. I'm happy to say I have a 3 day streak going, and hopes of this becoming a routine
because now not only is it a goal, but I have a time to do it, too.
The sunrise this morning was simply gorgeous. It was like a rose unfurling it's petals against a sparky crystal necklace cause the trees are still encased in ice - they are breathtakingly beautiful, but deicing the driveway not so much.
This was supposed to be my week for light exercise, cause I have a race Saturday, but God obviously had other ideas. And we're supposed to get another inch or so of snow tonight! Seriously, will it ever end? I still have half the driveway to deice. And DH is supposed to come home very late tonight - I hope he makes it.
I have a LOT of chores to tackle today - have already made good inroads - and want to get out for a run cause I probably won't be able to tomorrow & Friday will be my rest day before the race. Plus I want to get the dogs out for a walk cause it's been a couple of days - and it looks like I may not be able to walk them due to weather the next couple of days. And then there's the rest of the driveway. No rest for the weary!
Finally, karma is a bi$&%! Looks like the neighbor who blocked my driveway & therefore the plow from plowing our side of the road couldn't get into his driveway cause of the ruts in the snow.
I, thankfully, was able to get out yesterday altho I wasn't so sure I would when I got to the end of the driveway. But I'd been working on the unplowed snow as much as I could, and apparently it was just enough.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
First I thought I'd share with you a few photos of how our March is going.
This is basically 24 hours after our ice storm -- and the trees are still encased in ice. Temps are supposed to warm throughout the week (but this morning sure was cold), so it SHOULD be melting. Someday.
This is the tree out back near where the dogs like to go. It's so bowed down with ice that I can't really get in there to clear them a path, but that's not stopping them -- they deal with snow much better than they deal with rain.
I just worry about them being impaled by a falling limb. We've lost some pretty big branches recently.
I spent 2 hours shoveling and cleared only about half the driveway and a path to the fence out back. It wasn't much snow -- my friends to the west really got hammered -- but it was a LOT of ice. Slow going.
Our neighbor parked in front of our driveway -- I guess they didn't want to mess up their own driveway -- and that means the plow couldn't get close to us and I have to try to clear a path to our mailbox. Yesterday I was out shoveling when he delivered so I just went to him.
I was not at all happy with our neighbor. He could have parked in front of his OWN driveway, after all. Or come & shoveled where the plow couldn't get to cause HIS car was blocking it.
But maybe he did me a favor, since I didn't have to shovel the great wall of China at the end of my driveway. It's a toss up. Still not terribly pleased with him.
Which brings me to the title. It's a comment one of my buddies made on my blog recently -- I think it was HEALTHY4LIFE. It really spoke to me. It was something I needed to hear this week. As they say, when the student is ready the teacher appears.
Everytime I lose weight I always start plotting how much more I can lose in the next week, the next month, and so on. And then I start worrying about gaining, because a gain often follows a loss for me.
And then I realized -- every time my thoughts go there, I start to pray instead. I pray to give over my struggles with my weight to God. I pray to give in my fears about gaining weight to God. I thank God for helping me to develop and maintain healthy habits.
Well, you get my drift.
And no matter what the scale says this week, I will probably pray to give over my feelings about it to God.
I think it's a fake it til you make it sort of thing. The more I do this, the less hold the number will actually have on me. It may always have some sort of hold, but I can continue to work to make sure it's a reasonable hold.
Which doesn't mean it's an excuse to not do the hard work. You gotta do the hard work!
Man, after (and during) all that shoveling I was just ravenous. I carb loaded for sure yesterday. Ate within my range, but definitely ate the high end. and tracked everything I ate.
And because I was still hungry after dinner (which followed shortly after all the shoveling), I broke into my bag of cinnamon chips. I'd bought them to be a treat at some point -- and now I know why it's a bad idea to prebuy a cheat -- but carbs were still calling my name.
Actually, I was surprised that I didn't eat that many. I just kept asking myself if this was going to help me get to my goal. And somehow that helped me to eat just a few of them.
Good thing I'm not preTOM or things might have gone differently!
I don't think you have to believe in God to use this -- you just have to remember to stop and distract yourself somehow when you start having thoughts that you know aren't helping you. Craft. Move. Meditate. Or pray.
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