Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I’ve made it to the middle of week eight since I reset the trackers and started this leg of the journey. I am learning so much about myself what works and what doesn’t. This really has become a lifestyle change. Hubby is on board for support. He loves his home made lunches. I’m learning to plan and prepare as much as possible on the weekends to keep the weekdays simplified. I have been getting up every weekday morning to exercise between 6 -6:30. The past week and half I have been doing intervals of hula hooping and kettlebells. I am enjoying it immensely. There are so many online resources for different exercises and routines. It keeps each day fresh. The weekends I do 10mn of hula hooping, and get any other activity from chores, running errands, playing with the dogs, and just having fun.
Our house is slowly getting cleaned out. The open spaces have remained clutter free. We actually have been having company over at a moment’s notice without freaking out that the place is a disaster. It feels great…..it finally feels like home. I’ve only lived there 1 ½ years but it felt like his house not my home. Now it feels like my home….our home…..
Taking a step or two each week has made the changes so easy, I hardly even noticed. A group of us at work play the lotto together every week. We all want out of the toxic environment and it would be nice to go together. Last night I stopped at 7-11 to get the tickets. I ran out of the office so fast so I would get there in time I forgot my water for the drive home. This week has been extremely stressful…..I am in the junk food haven of places. I was way under calorie totals, but not feeling particularly hungry. After I get the lotto tickets I am searching the aisles for something…I gave myself permission to have something anything for that matter….So this was my thoughts…I’ll get a Slurpee, I really liked Sluprees…no that doesn’t sound too good…how about a bag of chips and a soda….no that doesn’t sound good either…candy…no not feeling it….I left with 2 bottles of water and my lotto tickets. Not because I was trying to be good because I could have well afforded a snack of poor choice and still be in caloric range. Nothing sounded good enough to feel that poorly afterwards. I’ve always been one of those people who when you say something is “off limits” they crave it even if you didn’t really like it. So although my household is transitioning to a 90% paleo lifestyle, I don’t ever say I cannot have something. Sometime I simply remind myself of how I will feel afterwards and then make a choice if I feel it is worth it or not.
Life is about choices. Sometimes it is how we choose to handle the curve balls thrown at us. But those are still choices. We can say yes work (life, situation ect…) sucks how do I choose to deal with it…..Eat my way through it, hide under the covers and avoid it, sulk, or deal with it head on. Some things can’t be fixed, but we can always adjust our attitudes on how we let the situation affect us. Work has been extremely stressful. I have chose to deal with the problems head on, by not taking all the words personally, by exercising every morning before work to clear the head, taking afternoon walk breaks and eating healthy so I physically feel good and not crappy as I normally would by eating junk to make myself feel better. I can’t say if I will always deal with problems this way, but this time it is working and I am strong enough to stick to it. The steps I have been taking have gotten me this far. I hope I am strong enough to keep them up when future issues arise. I like what I see and what I envision.
My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….
My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there
Step 12 – Blog weekly to reveiw the steps...mini blogs with random thoughts as they come
Step 13 – Fight the stress monster daily at work.
Step 14 - Leave the negativity at the office door. Do NOT bring it home….
Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!
Happy hump Day!!!!!