Friday, February 22, 2013
Well, I would be lying if I said this has been easy and fun. So far, I am more overwhelmed than anything. You see, I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl. If I can't do it perfectly, I might as well give up. More than anything, that is the habit I am now trying to break. In the short, month and a half that I have been committing myself to changing my lifestyle, I have accomplished things I never thought I could. I have been pop-free for a month! For me, a girl who has been drinking pop since early childhood, I never thought I could get to a place where water is my primary beverage everyday. I am taking a multivitamin regularly, eating better food, and attempting to workout. These are all huge items in the win column, but because I am not doing all of these things, every single day, I want to throw my hands up and criticize myself for not being able to do better.
But I know where this thought process takes me....NOWHERE! At least when I can do one thing each day, I am making some progress. When I give up to my perfectionist tendencies, I make no progress. So, just for today, I am going to be proud of the minor accomplishments and revel in the tiny successes because they add up.
I have the opportunity to work out today in a great class that really kicks my butt and I am doing everything I can to convince myself not to go, but there is no time like the present to take another step forward in reaching my goals. So, I am pretty sure I just talked myself into going and I will let you know how it goes after I have gone and feel good about myself for going!!!
Thanks SparkPeople for you support, encouragement, and motivation!
Monday, February 04, 2013
Well, I have been active in this new lifestyle for just under two weeks and I am already feeling discouraged. The reason why, you ask....Because even though I feel better, have more energy, feel motivated to keep moving forward, continue to go to the rec center even though I am overwhelmed by it all, drink water instead of pop, and make reasonably better food choices, I am not seeing the pay off on the scale.
And I can already here what many of you might say to me...aren't the pros you just listed more than enough? Aren't those all reasons why you started this journey to begin with? And my answer to you would be yes; a RESOUNDING yes. But I set myself up for the expectation that I would see noticeable number differences right away and I guess I just need to hear that my expectation isn't very realistic. I need to hear that I will see it as long as I keep doing what I am doing and improving on my goals day by day. I guess what I am really asking for is some support...and that is hard for me because I don't like asking for help. But here I am! HELP!
I know that this effort is worth it and I will continue to move forward; I just really needed to vent my frustration and talk myself into believing it as much as you all do. I am so grateful for Spark People and I am so grateful for the friends and supporters I have gotten to know so far.
Here's to another day of getting Sparked and living a better life!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Well, it turns out that first workout wasn't as scary or overwhelming as I had expected. Don't get me wrong; I had trouble completing every pose or exercise, but I tried not to get too down on myself. I am 31 years old and I rarely do physical activity so what do I expect? I am realizing that as long as I keep trying, I will get better and better. A huge part of me wanted to say that I tried it and it wasn't for me. The other, smaller, quieter part spoke up and said maybe I should stick it out and by the end, I might be able to do it all...every last move.
I guess we'll see how it goes. For now, I am going to get myself to the second workout. That's tomorrow and I can honestly say......I am looking forward to it.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
As 2013 begins, I am reflecting on the last year which has been full of amazing moments and also challenges. I have dramatically changed my life over this last year....mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. My physical life is the area that still needs major attention and this is the time for it!
I am committing to using this awesome site to track my nutrition, my activity, and develop support through others who are doing amazing things and reaching goals. For so long, I have said that I want to make a change but have not put the action behind my words. Now, today, I am ready to act, but I need help and support. I am looking forward to developing friendships and providing encouragement for others.
Happy New Year and a great big Way to Go to all who are making changes this year!
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