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Is it okay to procrastinate just a little?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

For some reason I am very tired today. I am not pushing myself to get going, and that feels okay. I have a tendency to push or rush myself. A habit I am trying to break. I admire people who are calm and easygoing, so I am attempting to train myself to treat myself and others that way. I will still go walking today just later in the day than has become my norm. Maybe I will slow it down a little, too. I don't want to force myself to go at a pace that will burn me out. I know I feel better when I walk though, so I will go out this afternoon.

Do you ever let yourself procrastinate a little, but still manage to reach your goals? Or does letting one thing slide mess everything up?

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CELEST 6/18/2011 11:18AM

    I think its ok to slow things down to keep you in the game. You'll know when you're overdoing the slowing down. We all need a breathing place occasionally. The more your heart rates goes up, the more weight loss. But its seldom one can keep that pace going 24/7 and 365 per year. Every now and then we need to slow it down, take that short break and then kick it up again.
In horsey terms its called interval training, very good in horses....so why not in humans?!

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Isolation and bad habits

Friday, June 17, 2011

I had decided not to walk yesterday, but I went anyway. I am glad I went out. I stopped at my brother's house and had a quick conversation with my sister in law. Then I stopped at my aunt's house on a whim, and amazingly she was home so we chatted a while, too. The especially good part is that she agreed to take part of my walk with me today. It makes me feel good that I can help motivate someone else to do something they have been saying they should do. I know all about procrastination and finding "logical" reasons why I can't exercise or eat right. I have been doing it myself for years. Now I have the opportunity to change that, and I am grasping that opportunity with both hands and clinging for dear life. It is about having a life again for me. I have been hiding in my apartment for the last three years. It is time to stop hiding and be a part of the human race! I am not a very social person, but I do enjoy my family very much. I had even limited my contact with them. Not good. Isolation breeds isolation which encourages the maintenance of bad habits and negativity. I am tired of wallowing in my own negativity. So I walk. And I talk. And I blog. Not so isolated anymore, am I? Thank goodness. It was getting tiresome. (I think I was getting tiresome. Good thing my family loves me.) Now is the time to get out of the recliner and move toward something better! I am moving. I am moving


Using worry...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I am looking forward to my niece's 6th Birthday on Sunday, but I am a little concerned about how I will do at the dinner table. Special family dinners in my family are long affairs full of delicious food, sparkling conversations (sometimes a little "punny", but always intelligent and funny), and tempting desserts... usually chocolate cake! Of course my mom normally bakes the cake and it is very simple and she glazes it instead of frosting it, so it isn't a total plan buster, but it is still chocolate and it is still CAKE. My family is aware of what I am trying to accomplish, and my sister in law even joined, but my self control will be tested. I have been eating all my meals at home since 5/22/11, and I like it, but I worry that if I get caught up in the conversation I won't pay attention to what is going in my mouth. Wait... maybe I can use the worry to focus myself and keep control of portions. Wouldn't that be funny, if I can utilize my fears to achieve a positive effect!? My birthday is coming up next month, and my mom and I have already planned a menu that fits into my nutritional plan. So, my niece's party will be a test, I suppose. Can I go to a family dinner and control what and how much I put in my mouth? We'll have to wait and see...


Getting Satisfied...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When I first started using the menu plan I felt unsatisfied at the end of the day, like some essential piece of my day was missing. I realized I was missing the gratification of feeding my emotions and restlessness. I quit smoking three+ years ago, and I still miss the hand to mouth sensation though I really, really do not miss the taste or the smell, or the butts. When I first quit smoking I lost 75 pounds, but gained it back, plus a little more within two years. Smoking also allowed me to avoid emotions. When I am focused on eating (and eating, and eating) I am not focused on what I am feeling inside my head, heart or soul. I am only focused on what is going in my mouth. That is so unhealthy! When I am walking by myself I am watching my step, so I don't trip, but most of my attention is focused inward to my thoughts and emotions. When I am walking I can FEEL. What a marvelous gift to be able to let myself think and experience what I am feeling at the moment! It has taken almost three weeks, but I am not feeling nearly so empty at the end of the day. I still get a little restless, but it is okay now. I only really started sticking to the menu and exercises two weeks ago and I am averaging a two pounds a week weight loss. That may not seem like a lot, but I want the weight to come off slow and steady. I think I have a better chance of keeping it off that way. THAT will make me satisfied in the long run.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 6/16/2011 11:13PM

    I can really relate to what you said. Now that I'm not eating after dinner, I get keyed up at night, kind of a restlessness. A couple of years ago I lost 40 lbs, and I noticed the same thing. I had more energy, but sometimes it was an agitated kind of energy.

A two-pound-a-week weight loss seems like a lot to me. I have read that the maximum healthy amount to lose is about 2.5 lbs a week!

Thanks for sharing! Your blog is really well-written, and it's great to read about the insights you are having into the emotional aspect of your weight-loss journey.


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To blog or not to blog

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Until now I have resisted blogging anywhere, for any reason. I thought "why would I want to waste my time." I did keep a handwritten journal for years, but there was something far more private and clandestine about hoarding those notebooks then typing my thoughts onto a computer for anyone to read. So, why am I blogging now? I am finding that I am more focused on what I need to accomplish for the day if I blog in the morning, I feel more connected to this community and I am more positive if I have blogged about something positive. The message boards are great for checking in, but I find that my positive outlook gets a greater boost from blogging. Who couldn't use a boost toward the positive. So, for me, it is time to blog, and dump my baggage against blogging. It is my time to be heard and be positive!

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OH2BSKINNYAND21 6/14/2011 11:26AM

    I blog in the morning, too. I never blogged nor was real religious about keeping a hand written journal, but I think it will be helpful along the way. I am not doing it for other people to comment, I just want a record of how my journey went so I never go back there!

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KASEYCOFF 6/14/2011 9:35AM

    I like what you said - I usually blog at the end of the day, but there's a lot to be said for using it to gear up for getting things done, being positive, and making sure to keep up with Spark.

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    YAY for blogging! Have a fantastic day!

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