Thursday, March 10, 2011
So yesterday I decided I am giving up complaining and unhealthy fast food for Lent. Let me tackle each one separately.
Complaining - I've always been an optimistic and happy person. For those that know me they would probably question that statement lately and it would really hurt the vision I have of myself for them to question it. See, I have been told a lot in my lifetime that I have a great attitude and I'm always happy. So, I believe it and I know it to be true. However, I don't believe it is true anymore. Yep, I said it. I don't have a great attitude and I'm not visibly happy anymore. A lot of it stems from getting laid off a couple years ago. It shook me to the core because I just didn't see it coming and I was the person who didn't worry about it (long story). Anyway, welcome to the real world, right? So now I've become a little more cynical and frustrated in my current environment. Enough said...so I've decided I need to stop complaining. I don't like being a complainer and most people would agree that they don't like complainers. I can handle not being liked (ah, it's great to be a grown-up) but I don't want to be disliked because I complain. Also, where does complaining get me...NOWHERE...taking action will get me somewhere! So, I'm giving up the complaining and I'm going to see if it changes my happiness quotient. I think it will but I'll let you know.
Fast Food - Ah, the easiness of stopping at a drive-thru on the way home from work at 8 p.m. when it's too late to cook and I'm too tired. That is one of the biggest downfalls I have when it comes to making healthy choices when life gets busy. So, I'm giving up UNHEALTHY fast food. I have to be reasonable and I can certainly still have a salad from a fast food place (if it's healthy, of course) or I can definitely stop at Subway on those crazy busy days. But, for a short time, I'm going to add a little inconvenience to my life to make myself think a little more and be accountable to myself a little more.
There you go, that's what I'm giving up for the 45 or so days. I'll let you know how it goes!
So last night I knew I was going to get home later than I would like to be able to cook a nutritious meal so I asked a couple people at work if they thought pizza was considered unhealthy fast food? There isn't a drive up! What do you think and what do you think I had for dinner?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
What motivates you? Is it the weight loss on the scale or how you feel? Does the weight loss keep you motivated or does how you feel keep you motivated?
I've been reading a lot of articles on motivation to really identify what motivates me and how to keep my motivation level high. Right now, it's high but it's been there before and then I've floundered only to gain weight and have to fight to get my motivation back.
Here is what I've discovered:
1. If I focus on the scale, my motivation is short lived.
2. I lose my motivation when life gets busy.
3. I blame all the external forces in my life for ruining my motivation.
4. I need to see results to feel motivated.
5. I am motivated to take action only when I feel like it.
So, I have a character flaw. I'm sure there are the people out there (who I envy) who don't face these challenge but that is the reality of me. I am a carefree (much more so before having kids!), life-loving (more so since having kids!), WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) kind of person. I would much rather be having fun than working (seriously, am I alone here?). Life is short, we better enjoy it, right?
BUT, that's all great but that's not the reality of life. I must work, I must be responsible, I must do this and that and this and that......AND I really want to be healthier and lose weight.
So here is what I resolve to do:
1. I will use the scale for what it is...a cold piece of metal that tells me at a specific time what I weigh - it will not get any more power than that.
2. I will remain in control when life gets busy...it really isn't hard to make good decisions even when I'm busy - it's just an excuse!
3 I will take responsibility for making the choices I make and not blame anyone else...people aren't really trying to ruin my day or make me fat!
4. I will focus on HOW I feel instead of focusing on only results!
5. I will challenge myself to JUST DO IT by making good food choices, exercising, saying no to seconds, etc. even when I don't feel like it!
So, how do you stay motivated?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Here we are...half way through July. Wow, my daughter just told me tonight that it was 5 months until December. Well not quite but soon enough. She was thinking of Christmas and I was thinking of my 40th birthday. How am I going to feel when I turn 40? I know my husband had a little trouble with it (his life was half over, he said). Well, I'm just starting! When you've had a weight problem for most of your life it sometimes feels like you weren't living life. Well, I'm starting to live mine now! If it's half over, I don't want to waste anymore time! By the way, I'm an optimist and I believe 40 is the new 20 so I have at least 60 years left on this great Earth before I meet my maker!
So here is my week 2 progress for my July goals:
1. Take lunch to work 3 days each week! - Check! It would have been 4 but I was invited to lunch by my boss and his boss so although normally I would have been happy to go...I have goals to meet and I was not very thrilled - Mexican by the way...no good for me! No chips, didn't touch even one but I'm still sure my meal was not very good for me.
2. Get in a cardio workout a minimum of 2 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes! - I exceeded my goal and worked out 4 times - woohoo! I started running to get ready for another 5K and I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred twice (I love it!).
3. Go for a bike ride with my family once per week! - So I didn't do this. It was too busy during the week and the weekend just flew by with my kids playing outside (me running and doing The Shred) and going to a movie together on Sunday. The main motivation to take a bike ride was to spend time together and the movie accomplished that. Ya, I know, it's not interacting but it's still something we'll remember for awhile. P.S. It's only Monday this week and we already went for a bike ride / walk as a family tonight after dinner!
4. Plan breakfasts and lunches for the work week! - This one is pretty easy if I just get the right stuff from the grocery store. All I need is yogurt , fruit , Fiber One Muffins and bars and I can find breakfast. Lunch is usually one day of leftovers from dinner and then a sandwich or frozen meal. That's that, easy peasy!
So I logged a loss of 2.2 pounds last week and I'm hoping I can do well again this week. On Thursday I'm heading out of town so I will probably have a slight set back next week. But I'm okay with that, really! Life is to be lived and sometimes I won't be able to run when I want or eat perfectly - this weekend will be about spending time with family and going with the flow!
Live your life to the fullest...it's the only one you've got!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
So my last blog I decided to set some goals for July to get me back on the right track. Well, let's see how I did...
1. Take lunch to work 3 days each week! - Yep, I did it! - 3 days total - saved calories and money!
2. Get in a cardio workout a minimum of 2 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes! - Did this too, in fact I worked out for 90 minutes and burned about 950 calories - that felt great!
3. Go for a bike ride with my family once per week! - Yep, did this too. It was with my son (DD didn't want to go, that was unusual, so DH stayed home with her). My son and I had so much fun and it will be a day we'll remember forever (well, me for sure!).
4. Plan breakfasts and lunches for the work week! - Yep, did this too! One day, I didn't plan the night before but I still searched around and planned what to walk out the door with that morning so I call that planning and not searching for something to eat in the vending machine when I got to work or stopping at the convenience store!
Now, I still posted a 0.6 lb gain last Thursday in my Biggest Loser Challenge (Go Silver Stars!!!) but that's okay because I had some overeating demons that I needed to overcome before I would expect a loss. I hope to see the scale move in the right direction this week. If it doesn't, I will just keep on keepin' on because I will succeed!!!
I also figured out my reward for meeting my July goals....workout clothes! Seriously, I put on my running capris on Saturday to go running - they are the same ones (I have two pairs, mind you) that I've been wearing since I started training for my first 5K (back in March) - and they are crazy big. I'm still not skinny but really my butt isn't even visible in them. I must look like I'm wearing parachute pants when I'm out running in them.
Here's to another successful week!
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