Monday, January 16, 2012
"So.... How's that workin' for you?"
As a mental health professional, I'm somewhat torn between admiration for Dr. Phil and entertainment by him. But that phrase is true!
We all tend to get into a routine in life, and go with it. Work, family, food, friends, etc.... these things all tend to fall into "just the way life is". But what if the results of the way it "is" just isn't working for you?
I'm an intelligent, successful, loving woman. Yet the way I manage my body just isn't working for me. So... I'm joining Dr. Phil's bandwagon on this one, and trying something different.
Day 14 of working my butt off complete. This is hard, but it's working pretty well for me.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Today rounds out the first 2 weeks of work towards establishing new, HEALTHIER habits!
"They" say that building a habit takes 5 weeks.
"They" say that it takes 4 weeks for you to notice the change in your own body, 8 weeks for close friends and family to see changes, and 12 weeks for the general world to notice.
"They" say the hardest part of any work out is putting on your shoes and taking that first step out the door.
I have no idea who "they" are, but "they" aren't "me". I can't work my butt off for 4 weeks before I see any change. I am NOT that patient. I want changes NOW! But I'm also realistic and don't expect to go from 300 pounds to a fit, healthy body in a week.
So... what changes can just 2 short weeks bring?
The first few days the changes I saw were NOT pleasant changes! My body was withdrawing from the huge amounts of caffeine I was drinking. My head was pounding. I felt jittery. I had trouble sleeping. And I had to run to the bathroom every few minutes due to all the water I was drinking. Those first days in the gym I felt like a turtle.... so slow compared to everyone else. I was winded and hurting after just 10 minutes on the elliptical. My feet hurt and I wanted to give up. But in my heart, I knew that any change had to be better than I what I had been doing.
After a few days, I felt less awkward at the gym. My headaches were gone as my body adjusted to living life without caffeine. I started getting into a routine, slowly increasing my time on the elliptical, and finishing out my 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill or bike. I met with a trainer. I got some help learning about weights and strength training.
After a week or so, I was able to make my full 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical. I wasn't fast. I wasn't graceful, but I was persistent. My heart rate was in range. That was my focus.
This morning I made 2.15 miles on the elliptical in 30 minutes. I was out of breath but not hurting. My muscles were feeling the strain, but not aching. My heart rate was elevated, but in range. It was a good work out followed by strength training.
In 14 days, I've lost 11.4 pounds. I feel stronger. Yesterday I walked a few blocks to the park with my daughter and wasn't winded. I played with her on slides and swings and still had energy to get walk home briskly (well... as briskly as possible with a 3 yr old!). Today I put on work pants that have been causing a red mark at the waist due to being tight. They buttoned a little more comfortably and didn't leave a mark.
I'm eating in my range every day, getting plenty of protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and not feeling particularly deprived.
But the biggest change??? I'm realizing that I don't need to morph into a body builder to belong inside a gym. I can be an overweight mom just looking to get healthier. I don't have to skinny to feel stronger. And I don't have to be perfect to make progress. Progress comes with effort, and brings its own rewards.
Can't wait to see how I'm feeling in 2 more weeks!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
So, I've been noticing several conversations on message boards and blogs about the COST of a healthy diet. I *may* have a suggestion or two that could help. See.... I'm a couponer. One of the crazy people you see at the store with their ad packs and a fist full of coupons. In fact, a friend and I even run a facebook page for our couponing followers.
Now, I realize that this wacky hobby isn't for everyone. I started a year ago, and the savings quickly made me a believer. But as my stockpile of food of household items grew, I stopped chasing every freebie deal and just looked at saving consistently on the items that my family uses. As my family turns more and more to healthy food options and portions, I've been focusing my couponing eye onto healthy foods.
So here are a few tips to help you purchase HEALTHY, FRESH options for a fraction of the cost.
1) Buy larger quantities while it's on sale. This is the holy grail of couponing. You don't need to have some crazy stockpile like the shoppers on "Extreme couponing" (Although I'm extremely proud of the one I have in my garage). Make some room for your food stores so that you can buy 2-3 months of an item when it's super cheap.
2) Ad-Match! This is the quickest and easiest way to save on items like meat and produce. Each Wednesday, I get the ads for each of the major food retailers in town. My walmart price matches. So I sit down with my ads, and make a list of the items that are a great price. Coupons for produce and meat are rare, but if you can save .30/lb on bananas by price matching a different price, that ads up!
3) After you made a list of sale items from all your stores, head on over to the database at hotcouponworld.com, and see if there are any available coupons for those items as well. MANY of them are printable and will make huge savings.
4) Don't assume that healthy items can't be saved one! Just this past week, I was able to price match kiwi, avocado, oranges, onion, fiber one bars, progresso soups, milk, yogurt, and nutri-grain bars!
5) Have fun! Couponing can be a lot of work, but saving should be fun! There are plenty of couponing sites that are perfect forums to ask questions and seek support.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Did you see the recent movie, "Courageous"? If not, I can not recommend it enough (it comes out on DVD 1/17!!!). In it, a man is hit with the realities and griefs that life can throw your way, and decides he's not living up to his potential. He decides that in order to live the life that God designed for him, he must be courageous. He must dare to love harder, work harder, and trust more. In the movie, his teenage son has been trying to get his father to run with him. But he's always busy. Not interested enough. As he goes through his changes, there is a scene with him running with his son. In it he says,
"I didn't start out strong. I want to end strong".
This is my goal. I am resolving to seek God's will and design for my life... including taking better care of this physical body.
I will be courageous and fight my inner battles, lack of motivation, and worries that I can not do this.
I will be courageous when I go to the gym each day, giving my worries about other's thoughts about me to God.
I will be courageous when I deal with emotions as they come, rather than turning to food for comfort.
I will be courageous is being honest with myself and others about my struggles and victories.
I will be courageous in handing this struggle over to God.
Will you be courageous with me?
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