Monday, November 11, 2013
This weekend, I bought shirts. I know, not exactly earth-shattering news, but it's not something I normally do. I tend to acquire new clothes haphazardly, at a thrift store, or at some massive clearance sale. They tend to be plain, scoop-neck or v-neck t-shirts, usually in bright colors, but really kind of boring. I have been wearing the same bunch of scoop-neck T-shirts for more than a year, and they are getting old and sad and worn-out.
Lately I have been feeling embarrassed when I am trying to get ready to go somewhere and I realize that I have nothing decent or flattering to wear. I end up putting on something I don't like and I feel like crap about how I look. I've known for awhile that I needed to go shopping, but two things were stopping me: first, I have a really hard time spending money on myself; second, trying on clothes is usually an unpleasant experience that makes me feel even worse about myself than I did before. However, this weekend, I got brave and went shopping, and actually bought FIVE new shirts! Only one of the five was a t-shirt. I bought them all on clearance (baby steps, people), but they are all pretty, flattering, and in different styles than I usually wear. It feels good to know that there is something in my closet that I will actually want to put on tomorrow morning when I head to work!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today I did something that I have been avoiding for weeks: I took a 20 minute walk and did 25 wall push-ups. I have NOT been getting my exercise minutes in at all during the past month and a half or so. I had a really bad pain flare-up in the ball of my right foot and Achilles pain in my left ankle and I just got tired and discouraged and I gave up for awhile. Right now, the idea of actually losing weight seems impossible; what does seem possible is making healthy choices. I can drink water, walk, do Pilates and yoga, eat more vegetables, and get more sleep. Those things feel manageable. What I cannot do is stress about not losing weight. The more I think about weight loss, the more stressed out and discouraged I feel. I'm not going to focus on a goal weight or a pants size; instead, I am going to just try to make healthy choices and treat myself nicely. I am going to focus on taking care of myself. I am going to treat myself nicely and take good care of my body. I can do that.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The #backontrack challenge here at SP has proven to be the kick in the bum that I needed to get myself together. I've done well with exercise this month; I've been taking advantage of the relatively low humidity and I've been taking walks every day. I have to take two walks, because my dog likes to walk, but he is so old and slow that he can only go about half a mile at a time. So I walk him his slow, pokey half mile, enjoying his company and letting him sniff and pee all he wants (he's earned the privilege. I do have one rule, however: no peeing on mailboxes or flowerbeds. It just seems rude. He can pee on hydrants, telephone poles and street signs to his heart's content). After the Old Dog Half Mile, I drop him off to rest in the A/C, then I go back out for another 30-45 minutes of fast walking. I'm really enjoying it.
I've also been listening to SP Radio while I've been cooking and washing dishes. It's helping me focus on the healthy changes that I need to be making. And I got to hear Kitty on the radio!!!!!
My efforts to moderate drinking are up and down. Last night I overindulged. Today, however, is another day and I am determined that I will abstain tonight. I have to go get blood drawn tomorrow morning, so that is another incentive to stick to decaf green tea tonight.
Tomorrow my best friend and her boyfriend are flying in from Maine to spend a long weekend. I'm so excited!
Monday, August 05, 2013
I've been here at Spark for a year and a half, and I have learned a lot and made some positive changes in my habits:
*I drink 8-10 glasses of water on most days.
*I exercise at least 10 minutes a day most days.
*I wear a pedometer that encourages me to move more.
*I take vitamin supplements.
*I am more mindful of eating whole foods and less inclined to eat processed ones.
*I have lowered my blood pressure to the point where I no longer need medication.
*I have been working toward being less critical of my body and appreciating the things it can do.
I have accomplished a lot, and I'm proud of myself. There are, however, three bad habits that now need my attention, because they are the reason that, despite all the healthy changes I listed above, my weight has been yo-yoing for the past year and a half. These bad habits are:
*not being mindful of the portions I am eating at meals
*too much alcohol
*out-of-control snacking (especially night-time snacking)
Now that I have the other healthy habits in place, I feel that it is time for me to really focus on portions, booze, and snacks. When I first started here, I sometimes felt overwhelmed by the number of changes I needed to make. Now I feel like I have more than enough time and energy to tackle these three bad habits and get them under control. I like to make goals for the month, so here are my goals for August:
1. Measure portions
2. Eat dinner off a smaller plate.
3. Start a "no-mindless-snacking" streak and change my ticker to reflect this goal
4. Get active again on the "Cutting Down the Booze" team and join a challenge there for August.
I can do this! Look at what I have already accomplished. I am stronger than these bad habits!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Boy, oh boy, here I am, saying it again: it's time to start over. Once again, I've let my bad habits creep back and negative thinking take over. I even found myself thinking things like, "I'm just one of those people who can't lose weight, so I may as well just do whatever I want." Yikes.
This getting healthy thing sure is a long, winding, bumpy road.
This has been my get-back-on-track week, and I have done well, so far. It's not so hard to start over, because I know what to do. I just need to do it. I joined the "Back on Track" team (for folks like me who want to do the #backontrack challenge, but aren't interested in the social media part). I usually get pretty motivated by challenges. My husband is wanting to lose weight now too, so hopefully we can support each other.
I feel pretty good about starting over. In the past, I have beat myself up a bit about slacking on my healthy habits, but I don't feel down on myself. I just feel like I made some bad choices, but it's not too late to start making better ones. That's growth, and I feel proud of myself for that.
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