Monday, December 20, 2010
I need to write down a couple of things I've learned before I forget them.
First, I read a really good blog the other day about "manning up" when you screw up and not making lame excuses for what you did or didn't do. (The blogger said it way more eloquently.)
Anyway, I have decided to adopt "man up" as my new mantra and I actually put it to work today, believe it or not. Today is Monday, but also my last day of work until after the New Year. So naturally I'm very excited to have some extended time off and euphoria can make me a little lax about things. I was hit first by the "oh, there are cookies in the back room", and then by the "let's meet at Dunkin' Donuts instead of the office". In neither case was I hungry, although I desperately wanted a cup of coffee. So, here was an opportunity. What did I do? I THOUGHT to myself, "if you want a cookie, eat it, but don't say anybody twisted your arm to get you to eat it." And, "you desperately want coffee, but if you decide to get one of those tasty looking donuts, don't blame the person who suggested meeting at Dunkin Donuts instead of the office."
But all I needed to really SAY to myself, was "Man up!" It worked like a charm. That said it all.
Secondly, I have noticed something a little peculiar lately. The only person who knows that I am doing Sparkpeople (and lost 16 pounds so far) is my husband. I purposely haven't told anybody and I've asked my husband not to either. If someone notices I've lost weight, great, but I'm not advertising. This is a very personal thing for me right now. However, there is one person in my office who has been quite vocal about being on Weight Watchers, so everybody knows about it. I have found among my coworkers, that nobody pressures me to eat all the junk people bring in, but my WW buddy gets pressured all the time and more often than not she caves. "Oh, you can have a little, it's the holidays", blah blah blah. These are nice people, so I know that this is unintentional. I find it very interesting, though. I know that some of the readings say that you should be up front with people, but based on what I'm seeing, I'm not so sure that's a good strategy. In my case anyway, at least for right now, silence really is golden.
At first this sounded like a bit of contradiction. Man up and accept personal responsibility, but don't be honest with people...hmm. The way I rationalized it to myself was that I'm not lying to anyone, including myself, but I'm just not choosing to share the Sparkpeople part with others yet. This sounds OK to me... I think I'll go with it.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
This was a good day. I slept in a little bit and then broke out the new Leslie Sansone dvd I bought (due to suggestions on one of the message boards). It had 1,2,3, and 4 miles. It included using a stretch band. This was a really good dvd. I was only going to do one mile, but I got so into it I ended up doing all four miles plus the stretching. So, I had a pretty good workout.
On Friday night I got a bonus from the boss for my second part-time job and I decided to use it to get a new scale. Our other one was shot and even starting to fall apart. I didn't want anything too fancy so it was very reasonably priced. I was a little afraid that I would find out that the old scale was so inaccurate and I actually weighed a lot more. But, NOT SO! I weighed the same, so this was more good news.
The one thing I think I need to be more cautious of is all the time I spend on this website. I've been on Spark People almost all afternoon. The weather is really bad and I did a major cleaning yesterday, so I had some spare time. I wanted to get some holiday spirit into my spark page, so I experimented a lot with the wallpaper. I also checked out some other folks' blogs and Spark Teams. In general, though, I really need to learn how to be more efficient on the Spark website.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Wow, hard to believe that November is gone already. But a new month means a new chance to make some positive changes. I'm very excited about the 5% winter challenge. It's my first one, so I want to be a good teammate and do my very best to lose 10 pounds.
I walked today, even though it was pouring rain... and that was before it started snowing! I used the treadmill yesterday and got to 10,000 steps. My normal goal on weekdays is 6,000 steps, but I think I'll aim for 8,000 starting with this challenge. I did over 8,000 today and there is still some time left.
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