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?
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Keep It Simple, Sweetie ---
Here's what I am focused on for my new short term goals
1) Walk 10 miles per week
2) Track mileage on pedometer
3) Eat 3 fruits and veggies a day (I have been suffering in this area)
4) Spark once a day (again, need improvement - I seem to hit it in waves)
5) Log everything (started over yesterday....helping!)
This is a good start for me!!!!
Woo hoo! and Happy Easter all!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
No matter what you do, there are consequences to those actions. That's just life. You can look at it as a game of numbers, you eat...the scale goes up. You move, the scale goes down. You don't do either,...you have a little bit of both.
This is where I am right now. I am entirely aware that everything I do - good, bad or otherwise, has a consequence and a ripple effect. No man is an island.
Yesterday, was my bday - a perfect time for introspection and seeing where you've been and what's next. I had a great brainstorm yesterday - and sent my parents flowers yesterday with a note that said, "I would not be here if it was not for you. Thanks for having me."
Stunned recipients, to say the least. I knew it was a big hit with my mother when she said that she wished she sent flowers to her mother. It is nice to hit it out of the park once in a while.
I have not been eating according to plan lately, and not moving with a purpose. Ok, so I see how different things are when you stop caring about doing what you should be doing to take care of yourself.
I definitely feel more in tune with my health when I am eating like I am fueling and feeling energized enough to bounce around just for the sheer fun of it.
Here's to a year ahead with good health and happiness, and consequences from giving a hoot about how it all turns out. After all, it is not the years that you live, but the quality of them - and I intend to be top notch!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
That's what it took to wake me up. Food has been ruling my life.
I've been thinking back over the few successes I've had in my life and what was different between then and now. I embraced things differently and got past the food. I focused on small changes done well every day, and I exercised regularly.
I've gotten to the place where I am afraid to move my body. I am easily winded and it's basically from not moving my body. Duh! I put myself on a course, and now there is no turning back. I see where I am going - either I am killing myself one day at a time through my bad habits of sitting around without making efforts, or I am pushing through the I can'ts, I don't wannas, and I should not have to's.
It is easy think that only fat people have to worry about their weight. That thin people don't think about food, or don't go walk an extra mile. I'm getting my yearly review at work this week, and my boss told me that my theme is, "I go the extra mile." When it comes to work, it is true in every way. When it comes to myself, I am not doing it. I am letting myself fly the path of least resistance and I am seeing that it is coming with a cost to me.
I had plans for breakfast which I handled fine yesterday, but went out the window today in a panic because I was trying to beat some severe storms to work, which I did, by the way. Breakfast was not awful, and I can make it fit, but I can do better, and every little better I do, is a big step in the right direction for me.
The rest of my meal plans for the day went awry as well. I felt pretty sick and bloated yesterday. I decided to cut down much of my "normal" foods to see if it was one particular thing that was causing my belly so much angst yesterday. I am currently blaming the Fiber 1 Bar I ate, but I am really not sure if that is what did it. Today, I just have an apple, banana and orange with me, and I will have to get other food later.
I am not in dire straits by any means. My blood sugar is hitting some decent marks. I just know I am not where I want to be. Having the life I want is not just going to fall into my lap. I know I have to go get it. That means closing the fridge and getting up off my duff.
My goal for this month is getting my eating in order. Some hits, some misses, but it is all part of the learning curve. When I get home tonight, I am going to focus on making dinners for the rest of the week. I have some boca crumbles that I can put to good use.
Hope everyone is doing great!
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