Friday, February 08, 2008
I posted this on the 2SG message board, and I wanted to have it on my Spark page for added motivation :)
I want to share something I just realized: when you start to feel like there's no time to do all the things you need to, you can't get it all done, you'll never reach your goals, you'll always be overweight and unhealthy...it's important to pray, seek God's guidance and direction, but it's equally important to DO something! Start with something tiny.
For instance, for the past few weeks, I've been busy, tired, and unmotivated, so I haven't exercised at all. I've spent so much time & energy berating myself and being negative (all that negative self-talk in the first paragraph? Those are things I've been thinking!), that I missed a lot of opportunities to make a difference in myself.
What turned the tide? I'm sitting at my desk at work, and it's been a slow afternoon. I finally decided to get up and march in place for a few minutes. I got about 10 minutes of exercise in. Then, I looked out the window and saw how sunny & beautiful it is, so I went outside for a short walk--another 5 minutes of exercise! As I was walking, I thought about going to the gym on Monday, but then I realized I don't have to wait until Monday! I can go to the gym today! I'm not even going to go home & change first, I'm just going straight to the gym. (Okay, so I'll have to wash my outfit. Big deal!)
Anyway, just a few baby steps--literally!--are making me much healthier! Praise God, from whom all blessings flow :)
Monday, August 06, 2007
You know, there are certain areas of my life that I let get out of control. This--of course!--leads to a domino effect, so other areas of life go down the drain.
My trap is busy-ness. I let myself get overscheduled, which leads to stress, which leads to not getting enough sleep, which leads to being tired ALL the time, which leads to not exercising, doing a less-than-stellar job at work, eating hoards of junk food...All because I say "yes" to too many commitments!
For instance, I'm working on my Master's Degree and working full time. I also have a part-time job. Over the summer, I took an elective course for my degree. The class was interesting and fun, but it met M/W/F from 7-10 p.m. That, of course, was after an 8-hour day at the office, and I often had to make stops for my part-time job in between or after. JEEZ! It was majorly stressful. I was tired constantly. I ate enough junk food to feed a third-world nation. I was out of control.
Well, the class is over now (Friday was the last day!), and I have so much more time to take care of myself! What this has made me realize is that the rest of my life--school, job, etc.--needs to take second place to my health. Before I commit to anything else, I will get in a visit to the gym. Before I agree to do something, I will make sure I'll still have plenty of time for sleep.
I AM IN CONTROL OF MY HEALTH! I am worth taking care of, and I love myself. It might be hard to say no sometimes, but it's worth it!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
It's so easy to fall into the trap of believing in "all or nothing". If I don't exercise for an hour, it's not worth it...If I don't eat perfectly, I'm a failure...and so on. I find myself falling for this all the time. I go over my daily calorie goal, so I may as well eat the entire box of cookies. I don't have the time/energy for a workout, so I may as well do nothing.
But that's not true! Little bits do add up. Even if I can only exercise for five minutes, I'm still burning calories. Even if I go over my daily calories, it won't undo all my hard work. It's just like saving money--I may not have $100 to sock away, but if I save the pocket full of pennies I have, eventually I'll have a dollar. And if I save that dollar, eventually I'll have a hundred. My Dad always says, "mind your pennies, and your dollars will mind themselves."
I think that counts for living healthy, too. If I take care of the baby steps--exercising for a few minutes, drinking water, recording what I eat--that will add up to significant, healthy weightloss in the long run.
So, if I exercise for 10 minutes, eventually lose a pound. If I eat within my calorie range for the most part, I'll work up (or down!) to a smaller dress size. If I take the steps, eventually I'll have run the full marathon!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
As a motivational tool, I'm going to start "streaking"! (Get your mind out of the gutter--that's not what I mean!)
For each day that I achieve my fitness goal, I'm going to put a sticker on my calendar. Same for each day that I stay within my calorie range.
I've read about the streak technique several places on SparkPeople, and I think that having a visible reminder of my streak is a fabulous way to keep my self focused and motivated.
Here's to streaks & stickers!
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