Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I was reading a blog on Runnerworld.com today and the author was talking about her theme for the year. The one word that would describe her attitude, goals, beliefs, etc for 2011. She chose 3 words but it did get me thinking about if I was going to have one thing to describe what I want to get out of this year what would it be?
Well after much thought about all the issues in my life and things I want to change or have happen this year I settled on determination. I've never had a problem coming of with dreams, goals, aspirations, plans, or anything like that. My problem has always been that it seems I'm plagued with bad luck. Now I'm not the type to blame fate or even really luck on my problems but it does seem as if I am a living example of Murphy's Law. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible moment. That is my life. I tend to live in a soap opera. No worries though for me that is just another thing in life that will make me stronger and give me opportunity to grow. Anyway there have been times when things are particularly bad like the time when my car broke down, I lost my job, had a new baby, was going to school, and trying to raise three kids on my own; it is times like those when I want to give up and just stay in bed. Generally the only thing that keeps me from wallowing in self pity is that my children need me. That and a very strong faith in God. Sometimes though I need to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. That which does not kill us makes us stronger and all that jazz. Anyway I want to skip the depression. i want to skip the day or two of thinking that life sucks and I'll never get anywhere. I am determined to make positive changes in my life starting now. Even if I don't have all the changes I want I am determined to keep going and keep pushing forward no matter how many setbacks or challenges I may face.
I have started the changes by quitting smoking, finding my passion for running, and making positive lifestyle changes. While these are all amazing and I'm truly enjoying the benefits already these things are no where near all that I need to deal with and face. I could write pages on the things I want to change or that I need to face but the point is that no matter what comes my way I must have the determination to continue on down my path. So my theme for 2011 is determination.
What's your theme?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I noticed some more things today as I went out in search of Vitatops. 1) I no longer crave junk food, 2) I was massively hungry today, and 3) Vitatops are hard to find.
Okay so as I searched two different stores for the elusive treat that Hungry Girl swears by. I had to go down many aisles. I passed by all my old favorites. Popcorn, chips, cookies, pastries, junk food in general. That's when it dawned on me I didn't want them or desire them in anyway. I did look at a box of 100 calorie white cheddar popcorn at Target but decided I had enough snacks. I was just surprised that I don't want that junk. My daughter made peanut butter cookies and she said how happy she was that she didn't have to worry about me stealing cookie dough. We laughed about it but I though eww all that sugar. I've always had a bit of a sweet tooth but lately I'm just not interested. Even my 100 calorie snack packs of chocolate covered pretzels and my 100 calorie packs of little fudge striped cookies are still sitting on the shelf hidden from the kids. Anyway I found that to be interesting that my old favorite sweet treat just don't appeal to me anymore.
Now one thing though is that I was very hungry today. I ate quite of bit of food but it was all low calorie and low fat. For example I had a sandwich with laughing cow cheese and 97% fat free ham for lunch along with a weight watchers string cheese, clementine orange, and a snack pack of crackers for like 400 calories. I had mini homemade low fat low cal pizzas for dinner. And for those who are wondering I ended up choosing the oatmeal for breakfast. My very favorite maple and brown sugar made with 2% milk. Even with all that food, 3 extra oranges and V8 for snacks I barely make my calories and I was starving half the day. I have never been hungry like that since I started eating right so the only thing I can think of is that my metabolism has sped up. Hmm I guess that's a good thing huh?
Oh and for those of you who are familiar with Hungry Girl you have probably heard her rave about Vitatops which are low calorie, low fat, high fiber muffin tops. Well I wanted to try them so I did search two stores for them. I finally found them in the freezer section (who knew?) and will try them tomorrow. For now I'm unusually tired (and its not even a cardio day) and will be heading to bed so I can rest up for my run tomorrow. Good Night Sparks
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