Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Right now, I'm having a tough time getting going. After a few years of this and taking off pounds, then putting some back, then taking them off again...well, I'm in Detour City, that's for sure. . I've allowed myself to be sidetracked.
I'm still doing some things right. I am getting 10,000+ steps in daily. I rarely get caught in mindless snacking. My food intake is pretty healthy But my old nemesis....portion control....and it's buddy, Sweet Tooth....well, they've kind of blown up the direct route to my weight and health goals.
I need to take a direct look at this....here's where I've been.
S = giving in to the Sweet Tooth! People say "give yourself a treat now and then." Well, when I'm sidetracked, desserts are the norm, not the occasional treat.
I = Indecisiveness! When I'm on track, there is no indecision. I know what I need to do and I do it. Lately, I'm wavering more often than not.
D = Diet! I'm acting like this is not a life change but a diet. You never win that way. These healthy changes must be the norm, not "so I lose 10 pounds".
E = Exercise MIA. I'm doing the basics but not the extra push needed to really burn some calories and build strength.
T = Tracking. This was the biggest thing I noticed. I've stopped tracking (just started again this AM). It's like a surrender for us Sparkers!
R = Reality. Could it be that I'm not tracking because I don't want to see reality? Hmmmm?
A = Attitude. It's SO about attitude. When you allow yourself to go negative, you're in the process of saying "what's the use?" And that's sabotaging yourself, pure and simple.
C = Calories. When I stop living by my portion control standards the calories start climbing. You don't lose weight by consuming too many calories.
K = Kidding yourself. When I say "I can get away with 3 pieces of pizza this once." Or "I'll get on my bike tomorrow." I'm kidding myself. I'm making poor decisions. Disaster is brewing!
E = Energy. I noticed it the other day. I felt like I just didn't have the energy to do my 25 minute boot camp routine. I hadn't done it for a while, my energy was zapped, I needed to bite the bullet and restart. My energy would return....when I did the work.
D = Destiny. What I do leads to my destiny. If I surrender, my destiny is disappointing. If I move forward, my destiny (and the journey) will reward me. Simple. Straight forward. It's up to me.
So yes, I've been sidetracked and the message just shared is where I've been. It's time to get rolling again. That's the cool thing about being sidetracked....you can get BACK on track before the damage is too great.
My journey continues.....if you're sidetracked like I've been, let's get back on the road to success
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wish that weren't the case but it's the truth. We learn that here at SP every day. There is no quick fix (or we all would be quickly fixed, right?) It's all about the journey. Let's spell it out.....
J = Jolt yourself out of complacency and get started on your journey. Something happened to me that made me say "now is the time." Never forget that JOLT! Embrace it because it's a game changer.
O = Onward! Just keep moving onward towards your goals. Each step, each decision moves you to a fitter, stronger, healthier you!
U = Ultimatum. At some point in this journey you've given yourself the ultimatum...it's now or never. Keep taking those steps.
R = Recreation. Try to make your exercise fun, recreation! It's so much more fun to walk with a friend, or plan on running a 5k to enjoy the excitement and energy of the crowd. Shoot some baskets with the kid down the block, keep moving, make it recreation instead of a formal workout.
N = Never give up! Never! Little detours will happen because this is a forever trip we're on. Oh, and then we're human, you can't forget the human card. Don't allow little disappointments to derail you.
E = Every day. Make the best decisions towards your health every day. When your good decisions consistently outweigh the bad ones you are on the right track. (I'm at the gym, I passed over the cupcake at work, I filled my plate with veggies...every day decisions).
Y = YOU! You're doing this for YOU, no one else. And it's totally your call. You make those decisions, you set your goal, and you are doing the work. YOU will reap the rewards!
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Our grandson spent the night here yesterday. We made a night of it....went to Godzilla (and Godzilla looked amazingly like he did in the old version), then grabbed a burger (I chose grilled fish tacos - delicious), and enjoyed our big night on the town.
Sunday morning with birds singing, blue skies, light breeze. Nobody was out at the lake yet (everyone went to bed early last night so eyes opened early today) and it was a great walk. Goslings, ducklings, and majestic pelicans Familiar faces started popping up just as I was heading back home.
Then through the garden. We had such a weird spring (snow for two days mid-May?) its a relief to get warm days without hail or torrential downpours beating the heck out of anything planted. Talked to a clerk at the nearby Home Depot and she told me they lost $40,000 in plants in a 30 minute deluge one Tuesday! Anyway, the irises are in full bloom, my annual pots are at the top of their game, and we're harvesting greens like crazy! So I watered, deadheaded, freshened the birdbath...and now I'm going to relax a little with the newspaper (does anyone else enjoy the paper these days? Or is it all on-line...inquiring minds want to know!)
My extra exercise for today? I'm hopping on my bike and riding to City Park to watch a baseball game around 1PM. Not MUCH of a ride - maybe 10 miles round trip but I'll be moving!
Hope your day is great too!
PS Went to the ball game by car. So later in the day grabbed my bike and rode for an hour before dinner. I have to admit making exercise happen and having fun doing it gives me a great mental boost!
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