Wednesday, March 06, 2013
What can you improve upon?
I can always improve on my consistency. I do very well with a goal for a while, then slowly start to slack off. So I am watching out for that tendency.
Monday, April 30, 2012
My goals for the next 12 weeks of the BLC 19:
I am currently reading about sugar addiction and sugar sensitivity, and boy does that fit me to a T! So my food goals are going to center around what I am learning.
1. Track it - write down everything I eat, along with how I am feeling physically and mentally/emotionally.
2. Increase the amount of protein I am getting each day, with a goal of 60 - 80 grams a day.
1. Achieve streakdom - minimum of 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week
2. Yoga class at least once per week
3. Strength training at least 3 times per week
Stay active in my team, the Cougars, all 12 weeks. Post something, even just a quick check in, every day.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I think loving myself is the most important part of reconnecting with my Healthy Me.
Lack of self-love is one of the things (hmmm … perhaps THE thing) that drives my emotional eating. I seek out my comfort foods, sweet, creamy carbilicious goodies, as a substitute for self-love. And we all know how well that strategy works! Oh sure, for a few minutes I am transported to a place of pure bliss as the sugars hit my tongue and fire off all those good-feeling sensations. But then all the sugar, fat and carbs hit my stomach and my system, and I feel physically sick and yucky. Then emotionally I feel empty, and mentally I feel like a failure. Like the addict I have become, craving another hit to make those bad feelings go way, I eat more sweet, creamy carbilicious goodies. I end up packing on the pounds, instead of packing in the joy, bliss, and peace I am really looking for. I end up with self-hate and self-loathing, instead of self-love. So I seek out more comfort through food, because I certainly have no comfort to offer myself. I became entrenched in this never-ending, downward spiraling, vicious cycle.
I have decided to get off this not-so-fun merry-go-round. After flailing around, trying this diet and that diet, reading about this food philosophy and that eating philosophy, taking up the self-flagellation whip and driving myself to exercise harder and faster, I have come to the conclusion that more self discipline and more self control is not the way. It just simply is not working for me. Just like hitting a dog when she poops in the house does not train her to go outside to relieve herself, smacking myself on the head and exerting tighter control over myself does not help me stick with the healthy habits I am trying so hard to acquire. I just yelp and feel confused over the pain.
Several things have been clicking for me this month. I have re-immersed myself into my spiritual practices, including meditation. I started on another journey with “The Artist’s Way,” and my morning pages have included some wonderful insights into my thoughts and feelings. The Healthy Lifestyle Blog post “Is Your Weight Loss Puzzle Missing a Crucial Piece?” set off lovely chimes within my head. I am ignoring my scale, not logging my food, and refusing to feel guilty because I’m not exercising. I am just concentrating on feeling that illusive emotion, self-love.
So right now, in this very moment, in all my moments, I am building up a deep love and heart-felt appreciation for Me. I know, to the depths of my being, that as I love myself into a state of allowing, into a state of thriving, into a state of blissed-out, joy-full, peace-filled, heart-stoppingly ecstatic self-love, everything else will fall into place. I will nourish myself with healthy foods, because I truly love myself. I will choose fun-filled, body-stretching movement, because I truly love myself. I will fill myself with sweet, creamy, delicious, comforting self-love, and that will fire off all the good-feeling sensations I will ever need. And all that love will overflow and reach out to everyone around me.
In case you missed it, here is a link to the Healthy Lifestyle Blog post, “Is Your Weight Loss Puzzle Missing a Crucial Piece?” that I mentioned. I heartily recommend it!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I'm participating in the Aspire and Inspire Team's Buddy Support Group for February, and part of our first week's challenge is to blog about our February goals.
I don't like to make specific goals for that amount of time. I prefer to set goals on a weekly basis, so I don't get discouraged or despair of reaching a goal if I have a bad week. I do like to vision where I want to be though. So this morning I took a few minutes to project into the future and see how I would like to be feeling at the end of February. I am visioning for myself that I will have made healthy changes in my eating, that I will be more active than I am right now, that I will be journaling regularly, and that I will be feeling an improved connection with Healthy Me.
Now for the actual steps to get there, I am setting more specific goals for this week, from today to next Tuesday, to fit in with the A&I challenge. I do like the stepping stones I set for myself in the blog post before this one, so I am incorporating them here.
Drink 64 oz of water a day, and internalize my healthy connection with water.
Move intentionally 10 minutes each day, and internalize my healthy connection with my body.
Eat a serving of fruit with breakfast and lunch, and eat a serving of vegetables with lunch and dinner, every day, for a total of 4 freggies a day, and internalize my healthy connection with my good choices.
Explore different ways to journal on my journey to connect with Healthy Me.
I'm going to enjoy the month of February.
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