Thursday, June 09, 2011
I am taking back my control one step and one meal at a time.
Too often, I have been grabbing whatever is available and grabbing more without any thought to the consequence or the way it would make me look and feel.
Last night, I pulled a previously baked chicken breast out of the fridge. (hubby had vacuum sealed it for freshness), shredded it, mixed it with a little Saucy Susan (throwback!!!) and cooked some veggies in the microwave. It was small. it was simple. When I was done eating that (and made it all on one plate), I stopped eating for the night. I did have some more water, which was good also. During my best successes, I drank water almost exclusively. So it means I will steer away from the Crystal Light and Diet Cokes for a while. It does not mean I can't drink anything else, but water will be my first choice.
This morning, I got up a smidge earlier and made oatmeal. Later I had some string cheese and a pbj on whole wheat. More water.
It's the simple act of making an effort on my own behalf which reinforces to myself that I am worth it and I begin to act accordingly. I am worth taking my time over. I am worth not rushing so much to work that I feel like breaking out into road rage. I am worth having a nice tidy place to live and work. I am worth making choices that feel good to me, and I am worth taking things at my pace.
Right now , I feel good about the way things are falling into place. I have a long way to go until my body is in the place of health and fitness that I want it to be, but for now, I am stepping out in faith, and making one good effort at a time.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
If you're wondering if you missed Part 1, no you haven't. It was in my head yesterday, and i just never got it out of my head and on to the page.
I like to make deals.
Frequently with myself - although - sometimes, I will drag God into it --- or yard sale sellers.
I did get a good deal on a nice office chair (which I am sitting in right now). She wanted $15. I offered $10. She took it. Hubby wheeled the chair down to the car.
I got up on my third consecutive morning before 6am and went for a walk. YUP! I did. I am not going far, just 1,000-ish steps (today I went a smidge further) but I am thrilled at myself for literally taking that first step towards a healthier me.
I've had success before. Lots of it. And this is how it was built. One step at a time.
I've been reluctantly dragging my feet for the last year or so, that somehow I could miraculously change things if I was.....doesn't matter what...I was just doing things in a half-hearted (I was going to use another word there, but this works) manner and it would still come together. No, it didn't. So now, I am walking again, starting with one block, and today walking to the slightly further away second block and circling that.
I am still making bedside deals. If I get up and walk now, I can come back and .... go back to bed if I want. Now, though, I am energized and there are so many better possibilities to do with my time.
I'm going to go get rid of the newspapers piling up, get gas, see if a fruit place is open. Make a strategy for the week, pile up the laundry. clean the bathroom...It's going to be a great day ahead. We'll go do something fun when hubby gets home from work.
Have a fabulous day, everyone!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
One small action --- doesn't matter what it is --- just literally, a step in the right direction, and you will be on your way again.
I have been stuck in a pile of misery.
You name it. It was on my nerves, and I was on my own nerves.
I just could not put a smile on my face and I was slipping down (but not down the scale).
Finally, finally, finally, I put on my Wily Coyote brakes - the ones where you not only hear the big squeal, but see the smoke and dust coming up from the road.
Here's what I did to reverse direction.
I put together a decent dinner - chicken breast, sweet potato fries and asparagus. While all that was heating up, I called my mother.
I felt so accomplished!
This morning, I woke up a bit early (unintentionally) but I used that time to get up, and drumroll, please....GO FOR A WALK.
Nothing earth shattering - just a walk around the block. Literally. One block. The idea is to get up and move and build slowly until getting out the door is second nature.
Came home, checked my pedometer, and it is just under a 1,000 steps.
Had a bit of time to spark, take a shower and make my lunch.
This is how a good day is built for me. Literally one step at a time.
If I can do this, so can you. Don't let a thing like being stuck stop you. You can get unstuck, just one step at a time.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Irene or Jay?
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