Friday, June 07, 2013
I recently became obsessed with measuring myself and with standing on the scale. My mentor suggested I write about what the scale means to me. So I wrote a page in my journal about it, but I would like to know from you spark people what the scale means to you. Thanks! Bless! Keep coming back! :)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
OMG, I bought this blender ages ago in hopes to blend up my fruit and veggies, so that I'm not always getting bored with munching on them raw. I finally used the thing today, so that feels like a great accomplishment. And it was delicious. I put 6 strawberries, 1 orange, 1 plum, 20 carrots, 2 cups nonfat milk. It made about 2-4 servings, I believe, but I drank the whole thing. Ice cream will make it thicker and more like a smoothie, but I didn't do icecream and enjoyed the drink just as it was. Oh, I totally just remembered that ice will help thicken the mixture as well. Some people don't like the pulp from blending, but I don't mind it. Yum! What a healthy breakfast!
Friday, August 10, 2012
The last two days, I've found myself going about 500-600 calories over my goal. Today, I have successfully identified the reasons for this slip-up. I'm back on the wagon today and not beating myself up over the last two days. I'm happy that I've identified the reasons for the slip up. There were two reasons. One, I was highly stressed the last two days. And two, both days, I started the day with McDonald's breakfast. After 2 hours of eating this poor nutritional value meal, I felt hungry. The only thing to eat around the office was junk food at the honor-system snack counter. So, a few things I will work on are:
1. When I'm stressed out, pay closer attention to planning meals ahead of time and anticipate a potential food binge.
2. Slowly phase out McDonald's and fast food breakfasts, make a goal to eat a healthier breakfast at home at least once a week, to start.
3. Bring fruits and veggie snacks to keep at my desk, which will reduce the chance of me getting junk food from the office snack counter.
4. Enter the office from the opposite side of the floor, so that I don't pass by the junk food counter.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I was researching exercises to build self esteem. And I found a list of things, I don't have that list with me at the moment, but I took some of the things that I thought would work well to write in my daily journal. I find it best for me to write it at the end of the day or any time during the day that I have a moment. They are as follows...
1 - Daily accomplishments - I write down everything that I accomplished that day.
2 - Things I like about me - I re-write the same list every day and add any new things.
3 - Gratitude list - I write things I felt grateful for during the day.
4 - Reminders/Pep Talk - Why I want to stay sober/lose weight: feel happier, be happier, not feel depressed, live longer, make genuine friends.
5 - Struggles - Write down any struggles I had for the day.
6 - Goals - I write down short, medium and long term goals every day. I write the same goals every day and add new ones. I check off the ones I did for that day. I feel accomplished looking at the checkmarks and I don't beat myself up for the ones I didnt check off. My goals currently are;
-try a short workout
-try a new recipe
-eat a healthy breakfast
-look at motivation sparkpages
-track food today
-share my goals
-exercise for at least 10 minutes
-find a buddy
-take a walk
-create a motivational collage
-go shopping for healthy food
-check the nutrition facts
-ride a bike
-work in the yard
-take the stairs
-rack up sparkpoints
-listen to or watch or read something inspiring
-restart sparkpeople program if i fall off track
-measure my portions
-eat a piece of fruit
-slow down during meals
-play a sport or game for fitness
-learn new things
-read articles on spark people
-develop better rapport at work
-go to bed at a reasonable time
-lose 30pounds by 7/4/12
-look at likeabossfitness.tumblr.com
-visualize practicing a healthy lifestyle, visualize making healthy food choices and how those decisions fit into my daily live, where would i take myself right this moment if i walked toward my most heartfelt dream, what would my life look like, what would my body look and feel like, what level energy would i have, what would be my favorite activity, what would my daily life include
-contact 1 family member today
-take a 90 day chip at alcoholics anonymous
-take a 1 year cake at alcoholics anonymous
-repair credit score
-follow up with doctors/therapists
-avoid taking anything that isnt paid for or freely given
-watch or read something inspiring
-read a prayer
-read or watch success stories
-commemorate success with jewelry, clothes shopping, full body massage, tattoos
-join a gym
-take a cooking class
-find meetup groups
7 - Journal - Write any thoughts, feelings or events that occurred that day.
It may seem like a lot, but it doesn't take much time at all to re-write all these things every day. I also try to add new things each day or each week. I found that re-writing these things every day or as often as I possibly can, keeps my goals in check, I feel more accomplished, grateful, and it builds up my self esteem.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Ever since I was 7 years old, I've been overweight. When I was 12, I started sneaking my parents cigarettes and smoking them in the backyard. When I was 13, I tried beer and vodka and any liquor my friend and I could get our hands on. At 17, I started smoking weed. I'm 31 now, and have been using alcohol, marijuana and a few other drugs since I was 17. My whole life, I struggled with my weight loss, and adding mind altering substances into the equation certainly didn't help me with motivation or a clear mind to lose weight and maintain it. I'd lose weight, but I'd always gain it back. Two months ago, I went to a rehabilitation center for drugs and alcohol, which has proven to be one of the best things I've ever done in my entire life. Right now, I don't feel depressed anymore, and I feel as though it was the drugs and alcohol holding me back in so many areas of my life, work, friendships, relationships, goals, career, and of course, a healthy lifestyle. Today, I feel happy, no trace of depression. I feel hopeful, like I can achieve anything I desire. Since I've been working towards putting my substance abuse problems behind me, I've gotten back my Spark! I've been absent from these pages for 2 years. I'm glad to be back and looking forward to a happier, healthier future! Good luck to anyone on a similar journey and god bless! :)
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