Tuesday, June 16, 2009
All I need is 21 days in a row and living healthy will be a habit.
Today is day 2 of drinking 8 or more glasses of water, swimming every day, eating 3 healthy meals a day, logging my food, getting at least 10 minutes of exercise every day, doing my blood sugars and eating more raw veggies and fruit( minimum 3 servings and preferably 5), walking the dog after dinner, and doing something nice for myself.
I remember a time when I thought... I can't. I can't stop eating between meals. Well a wise woman told me that you won't die if you get hungry and most people get hungry so they are ready for their next meal. I couldn't remember being hungry... ever! Now I find I am hungry by the time meal time comes around but then I satisfy that hunger. It feels good. Who knew I was missing out on appreciating how good it feels to be full but not overfull and then to feel empty. I can actually suck in my stomache! Hmmmm.
I remember a time when I thought... I can't... I can't exercise every day.. there is just not time! Funny how when you take time for yourself and get into a routine it doesn't take that much time at all. SP has shown me such great videos. Exercise can be as simple as finding a chair and doing some calf raises.. or squats... or going up stairs. It is giving myself opportunities. Now instead of grumbling when I can't find a close parking space I think, wow, I can do a power walk to the door. Or when I carry groceries I enjoy the feel of my biceps carrying the bags in a slightly flexed position.
I remember a time when I thought... I can't... I can't eat so many vegetables every day. Or drink that much water! Well I found the niftiest water bottles at Costco and now my family is using them. They are measured so you can see a full bottle is 3 cups. And for veggies, I try and prepare them as I buy them so they are easy to grab or throw into a stirfry. I have started shopping at a grocery store that features wonderful produce and not a lot else. I get to see neat combinations of vegetables they prepare in the counters (Farm Boy) and make it myself at home. And know what? My kids are doing more of the same.
I remember a time when I thought I can't possibly go for a walk after dinner... dinner is finally over and I can become a couch potato. How could I do anything else? No energy! But when I do feel that way now I allow myself a short sit. Enough to do a sudoku or watch a half hour show. Take a tylenol if I need it. Drink a cup of tea. Then I get up and try to do something. Walk in the garden or around the block. Nothing strenuous but NOT couch potato. And I get a second wind! I find I want to take a bath or read a book instead of watch TV.
And of course I remember thinking there is never time to do something nice for me. Wow. I think that is the biggest change. Whether it is doing my nails or calling a friend, picking out a good book, meditating, putting on body lotion or getting a new hair style... I realize how important it is to look after myself. Whether it is a minute or ten minutes or an hour it is time I tell myself I am important, worth it, beautiful, sexy, and intelligent. It's easy to put everyone else first. And what happens? I begin to feel grey and old and tired. I want to live a wonderful life and enjoy it. I want that energy to revitalize me and those around me. I can book appointments or just at the end of the day say "what have I done for myself?" It's the one thing I forget most often!
So it is all becoming habit. The next 21 days I just want it all to be a solid habit. I admit I get sloppy sometimes and slip so this is my "affirmation three weeks".