Monday, March 31, 2014
Good morning, friends! I'm still here! I just took a break from the computer for the weekend. I finished my first week of "one day at a time" today and it went well for the most part. Some days were definitely better than others, but at least I am moving in the right direction again...down 3 pounds this week and I am so thankful! I did NOT want to see that 2 at the beginning of my weight again!
I have been exercising with a co-worker after school each day and that has worked out so well. We are not able to go very fast because she is just beginning, but it is making me feel so good to be able to help someone else get started the way my son helped me. She is such a precious lady and she has 2 sons who are in their 20s. One of them made her promise him to start taking better care of herself this year and lose some weight because he was so worried about her. She is doing great! She actually made it 20 minutes on Friday!
I am going to continue on with my "one day at at time" goals. For today, I will make healthy food choices and avoid junk, track everything, walk after school, do another 5 minute fitness test at home, and drink my water.
Here's to one more day!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
So, I made it one more day! I met most of my goals yesterday, with the exception of water. I didn't quite get enough. But I did track, resist junk, and exercise, so that is definitely progress. It feels so good to be doing something again. I was even glad to wake up with a leg cramp this morning because it meant I was actually working hard enough to feel it.
I am still enjoying my new sewing hobby! I even signed up for a quilting 101 class yesterday, so that I can learn how to make "real" quilts. Here is a picture of my last rag quilt that I made. The picture is not very good, but this one turned out beautifully and is one of my favorites!
I also learned how to make these cute little burp rags. We have a couple of teachers and several people at church who are expecting, so I thought these would make great little gifts!
That's about it for today. Ready to try one more? Here we go!
One Day at a Time!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
So far, so good. I was able to meet most of my goals yesterday. I tracked everything, drank my water, exercised, and chose healthy foods for the most part. The scale was even down a few pounds this morning. Now, I'm ready to face another day. I will keep the same goals for today, and just keep going one day at a time.
Here are a few things that I discovered about the way I think as I was making my way through yesterday. Because I was in the mindset that I was just making it through this one day, I was able to resist the warm cookies that our cafeteria made for lunch. I thought, I could always have them tomorrow, but for today, I can say no. I was also able to resist buying the chocolate bars that our students are selling for a fundraiser. Again, I thought, if I still want one tomorrow, I can have it. When Itty Bitty wanted to stop by and get an ice cream on the way home, I told her we were trying to eat healthy today, so we would just go home and have a snack. She was fine with that. This is how my thought process went all day, and at the end of the day, I was happy with the choices I had made and I wasn't overwhelmed.
Now, compare that to the mindset that I had the last several weeks when I was trying to get back on track. I'm offered cookies at lunch, and I take them because, once I start back on my plan, who knows when I may be able to eat them again. Same thing with the chocolate bar. I thought, it's going to be a long time before I can have another, so I'll just have one more before I start my diet. Now, when you string several of these days together with this mindset, what do you get? A 20 pound weight gain! I was trying to fit all the junk in that I could before I started "depriving" myself with my healthy eating plan!
For me, it's a mind game. The way I chose to look at things makes all the difference in the world. So, at this time in my journey, it's one day at a time. That's all I can do.
Are you ready to face the day? Let's do it together! One Day at a Time!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
First of all, thank you all so much for the warm welcome back I received after posting my last blog! Your kindness and support overwhelms me. Thank you!
Now, on to the blog. I woke up to a shocker this morning on the scale. 199.5!!! Yikes! I promised myself I would never get back in the 200's again, and this is about as close as you can get! So, here's the plan...one day at a time.
For some reason, it just overwhelms me to look at long term goals right now, so for today, I will just look at today. Today, I will choose heathy foods and track them. Today, I will drink my water. Today, I will not put junk in my body. Today, I will spend 20 minutes exercising. I don't know about tomorrow yet and that is ok. I am taking it one day at a time.
Thought I'd give you a quick update on the family since I haven't talked to y'all in a while. Itty Bitty is doing well, seems to be growing taller every day. She just earned her Orange Belt in Karate!
DS is finishing up his semester studying computer science and loving it! Now, if only he would get a job. He has way too much free time on his hands!
DD1 is getting ready to spend another summer in Red River as an intern at the Communtiy House, and also finishing up another semester of college.
DH and I are doing well, also. So glad to finally be able to see some sunshine and warmer weather. I've already bought some hanging baskets and plants for the back patio and it looks nice and Springy out my back door! DH is getting the yard back in shape and it's starting to look good, too.
That's about it. I'll check back in with you tomorrow to let you know how things went today. Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!
Friday, March 21, 2014
Very few of us on this journey actually have a straight line from start to finish. If you are anything like me, there are several twists and turns and ups and downs along the way, much like a roller coaster. Unlike the roller coaster, though, this ride has not been fun, and all I have to show for it are 15 extra pounds! It is way past time to get off of this ride! Time for a new beginning. I like the idea of new beginnings, fresh starts, clean slates, etc. I am ready to begin again.
I am actually pretty content with the way I look (maybe a bit too chunky in the belly, though), but what I am not content with is the way I feel. I have lost the stamina and muscle tone that I once had. I loved the feeling of being strong and sure-footed, able to walk briskly without getting winded. I liked feeling athletic. Now that I have stopped eating clean and exercising, the energy has gone way down, and even my skin has started breaking out again! Time for some changes.
I'm going to start off by just focusing on health, and not obsessing about weight. For example, I stopped my weight training program a long time ago because it made the scale stop moving (even though it made me feel great). I'm not going to worry about that. I am going to eat clean and work out and let the scale fall where it may. At this point, I just want to feel good and be healthy.
I'm also going to try to start sharing more of my journey with you again. It really helped me before and I miss the daily contact with all of you.
So, here's to new beginnings and sweet friends!
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