Thursday, July 24, 2014
When I first joined SP I was happy to find a place that gave me tools to attain my health goals. And yes, the first big one was to lose 25 pounds that I had slowly added to my small frame over the years. I lost 20 and then...stopped.
Boom, I gained 8 back. Then I yo-yo'd for the next few years. You know the drill, 2 pounds off, then they come back. Then you gain another and take it off. Then you struggle and finally you realize....acck! Now I've gained a few more. I glanced back at my blog entries for the past few weeks and I see a lot of titles that tell me what's going on. "No Quick Fix", "Sidetracked", "Detour".
Time to contemplate and decide. I read on a motivational page that nothing changes unless things change. I'm ready to make those changes, I'm ready to regroup.
So, to my start page again. I wrote out new long-term goals. I wrote what I would do short-term to get to those longer goals. This regrouping has been a long time coming. Time to DO THIS. And I know how to do it. I know what I need to do. Yup, look at menus before I go to dinner. Add 15 minutes of exercise 3 times a week (I'll start there - I've added bigger commitments before only to feel upset with myself when I don't follow through. This needs to be doable!) Track, track, track. Wish me LUCK and focus!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
As I started sparking today I read the motivational message, all about the difference in being interested in your goals and committed. That is ABSOLUTELY my issue. There are big swaths of time where I'm more interested in my goals than committed. I'm pushing myself right now to tip into the commitment side of things again.
It's really humid here this week and that's SO unusual for Colorado. My hair flips and lumps, you sweat like crazy (and here I thought I just was a 'non-sweater'!), and I'm just not thrilled with it. But now that I think about it, it does make for a nice change in my morning walks. Everything's kind of hazy, the sun is hidden behind thin clouds (thank GOD or I would be stewing FAST), and everything looks so healthy and green. That's not the norm around here so I've decided to appreciate it (even if my closet door keeps sticking because it's puffed up in size!)
Yesterday was NOT a good food day. I not only didn't work my plan but I threw it out the window! Took my grandson for a cheeseburger and fries for lunch and had the same thing. Then had promised my granddaughter that when she returned from Europe (a college study opportunity - why didn't I get to do those things back in the day?) that I would buy her a burrito (the one food item she missed) and last night was the night. Mexican food is tough to fit into my plans but I brought home half of my meal. Even so, two meals in restaurants, no salad selections....way over my food intake for the day. But how much fun to be involved in these two young people's lives.
Vacation coming! Tomorrow is my last day at work so I have a ton of things to complete before I can leave my colleagues without my services for a little over a week. This vacation is exactly what I want right now. We are going on a quick 4 day jaunt to the Black Hills (I've never been) and then I'm spending the rest of the time just lazing around without any responsibilities. I'm so looking forward to it.
So I'd better get going here. Lots to accomplish including getting back on the straight and narrow after a full day of food detours yesterday. The journey continues!
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!
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