Friday, December 21, 2012
Last night I slept 7.5 hours. This is rare for me, but around the holidays it's unheard of. While I observe a very simple holiday and don't fill this time of year with activities and visiting, it is still filled with difficult memories and stress. Usually my sleep suffers, but due to my sheer determination to have a different experience this year, I have forced myself to exercise - and it's working....I'm already sleeping better!!
I am much more concerned with getting a good night's sleep than in losing weight. With regards to my overall health, this is the more pressing issue - my poor state of health has to do with being out of shape, tiring easily, not having enough stamina and resilience. My reserves - the strength that I count on to get me through times when I need extra energy (holidays, busy periods at work) - are nearly depleted. This is not okay with me; I need to restore and maintain a healthy level of reserved energy. Additionally, I hate the constant fatigue and irritability that accompany poor health, being constantly run-down.
Exercise and better fitness have always allowed me to sleep better. When I have a life change (and right now I have two), I often stop exercising. I let this go on for FAR too long, and as a result I'm really struggling to get back in shape. However, if last night's fabulously restful sleep, and this morning's rested feeling are any indication of the reward in store, I could not only continue my efforts, but maybe even work harder!!
Have a great day everyone! Good luck on your goals :)
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I achieved my goal of getting started exercising, and I failed at my goal of stress-eating. I plan to use my pride in the success to overcome the failure. I feel even better than I thought I would! I slept better (although still not long enough), and today I feel motivated to continue! I know this is "beginner's high"...the rush of a new initiative...but I don't care. I'll ride it and use it, and find other motivation when it wanes.
The stress eating may be tougher and take longer to beat than I thought...there are so many emotions surrounding the bad habit/defense.....and the problem is, even though I feel guilty and regretful, my stress does go down when I snack. Historically, this is a very stressful time for me, AND i am in a new job and new relationship. Of course, these are all reasons to take very good care of myself!! Well, I have beaten this before, there's no reason I shouldn't be able to beat it again. It's a little bigger than I thought, however.
My goals for today: heathy meals and snacks, small portions, cardio, a walk, hula-hooping, and an improvement of some kind in my stress eating...either less, or healthier. Too much?? I think I can do it...I'm on vacation, so I have time, and I'm riding that wave of getting started!! I'll let you know. Good luck to everyone in making progress on whatever goals you set!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's a little frustrating to face challenges that I never had to face before. My new job limits my free time. Dance cardio hurts my knees-never happened before! I'm bored with the elliptical at my ugly, un appealing gym. However, I can't ignore the negative impact of inactivity on my life any longer, most notably...I feel like crap, I'm not sleeping, and I'm cranky. In the past, exercise has positively impacted my life, however, I'm having a TERRIBLE time getting started!! Today I'm committing to taking that hard first step. I may fail. I may not get started. But my goal is to keep trying until I do, and then stick with it. So many things are out of our control...this is COMPLETELY within my control!! It's up to me. Wish me luck!!
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