Saturday, November 27, 2010
I had a great time today visiting my parents' house. We had to leave early this morning, and although I wore my pedometer, I didn't even walk 2,000 steps today. Bummer!! We just got home a little while ago.
We also had a Thanksgiving Dinner. I ate more than I should have, but I counted everything. One important thing I've learned is that I have to own what I do (or don't do). No lying, no excuses. I went about 300 calories over my range, and not walking today really made me feel like a failure. I know it's just one day and I can get right back on track tomorrow, but I have been on a roll lately and I really don't want to lose momentum. I'll try to work harder tomorrow. I'm also going to check out some success stories and motivational articles to try to help me feel more positive.
I also don't want to tell my family (besides my husband) what I'm doing yet. I would really love it if my mom and kids noticed some improvement in me at Christmas time, so I don't want to say anything about it. I would rather they not ask me about how I'm doing with losing weight.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
My husband and I went to a really nice restaurant for Thanksgiving and you know what? After tracking everything, I still was within my range for the day. I was pretty surprised, but I'm pretty sure I didn't forget anything.
I also went for a 40 minute walk when I got home, so I got my 6,000 steps in!
All in all a pretty good day!!.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Finally! I get a few days off.
I have a ton of things to do over the next few days, so I know I'll be plenty busy and getting a lot of exercise. My husband and I are going out to eat for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to a quiet relaxing dinner. This is the first time we're not doing the big family thing, so I'm not sure if it will feel weird or not. I think I'll get over it in any case.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially my husband who has been very supportive of me in trying to get healthier. Thanks, buddy!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today I have been a little sad. First of all, we have had some turmoil at work and a couple of major reorganizations in the last couple of years which changed my responsibilities entirely. And a short while ago one of my coworkers left for another (better) job. He had been at my current workplace years before I started. Now, another coworker is interviewing for a job and there is a strong possibility that she will leave too.
Change is not that easy for me and while I'm happy for these people, that the job market has improved and that there are good jobs out there again in my field, I am wondering how I will cope with this. Both of these people are friends of mine as well as coworkers. I took a long walk today and did some heavy thinking about it.
I think that one of my fears is that this is a sign that I am getting old. I don't want to be one of those people who talks about the "good old days" and generally gets crabby about anything new. While I am not that crazy about some aspects of my job with the recent changes and I've struggled a little, I have been able to find other outlets at work which DO make me happy. So that's not the problem.
I am fairly adaptable, or at least I always thought I was, but this feels like change overload -- like everything familiar has been turned completely upside down and I can't find my equilibrium. I get a little panicky sometimes. I need more time to adjust, but I'm not going to get it. I have to get used to constant change at work and learn to adapt. I know this, but it's really HARD.
Like so many things that happen in life, I cannot change the external forces; I can only change my response to them. So what I'm trying to do is really appreciate my husband and family more. I am very lucky to have someone to come home to... someone I can depend on when things get shaky everywhere else. I am really a very lucky person all in all. I just need reminders now and then and this seems like an especially appropriate time to really contemplate all of this.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This has been a very long week and I woke up to snow on the ground. Yuck, I'm not ready for this!
However, the day ended very well. I went to a talk by Brian Wansink this afternoon. He wrote Mindless Eating. I loved this book, and he is a very dynamic and funny speaker, so it was great fun as well as informative.
His work is amazing and one of the things he talks about is making small changes that make eating mindless, but in a good way. A lot of ideas are common sense. Like at work, if you have a candy jar, keep it in a place that you have to get up and walk to instead of right on your desk. If bad habits are too convenient, that's what we'll do.
He also talked about the "ripple effect" of making one small change and how it can lead to other small changes that put together can make a huge difference in our lives.
This all makes such sense, I can't believe it's taken me so many years to get it.
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