Friday, July 29, 2011
Turning around things is easier than you think. It is easy to get so overwhelmed at times, that you get ready to throw in the towel, and think you are never going to be able to do it.
All you need to do is an about face, and take one step in the right direction. That's it. Just put one foot in front of the other (like Kris Kringle) and just go.
That's how it happens for all of us. We all struggle from time to time. The victory is not in the being perfect, it is from getting up from when you have fallen down again. There is no bed of roses waiting. It is all in the journey. The journey can be full of thorns and missteps, and do-overs, but it is all okay. Just start over and go from there.
I challenged myself this week to do something different. Something I never ever thought I could do. And I did. I waved the white flag. I surrendered and did the once unthinkable thing for me.
I asked for help.
And you know what happened? I got it.
Just what I needed. A fresh perspective.
A perspective that made me stop and say, Yeah, I can do this and I am perfectly capable of having the victory myself.
Yes, I am capable.
Yes, I have fallen, (but I have gotten back up.)
Yes, I am exercising.
Yes, I am keeping my sugar under control.
Yes, I am losing.
And I am doing it one step at a time.
If I can do it, so can you. There is room for all of us in the winners' circle.
Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
OK, I am struggling here, mostly because the scale keeps going up. I know why: I AM EATING TOO MUCH, and frequently TOO MUCH of the wrong thing. In some ways, my head is in a good place, but I am easily derailed, and distracted and wonder WTF is going to happen next. I am losing my grounding. My blood sugar is good, in fact, better than ever, but not only is my weight a problem, I am now the highest I have ever been in recorded history. (That, of course means, I had many days of never setting foot near a scale, so who really knows.)
I ABSOLUTELY NEED TO KICK IT IN GEAR - AND BY IT - I MEAN ME!!!!
Please share your 3 best tips with me for getting IT done!
This is not the time to hold back, ... if you want to give me your version of shaken Mickey syndrome, then do it. Sometimes, we all need a kick in the pants. This is my time.
T H A N K Y O U !!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Whoa. I just did a little clean up on my sparkpage, and inventoried (for lack of a better word) my friends. Some people have been MIA for months and I did not know it. I wonder if they got sidetracked, or overwhelmed, or didn't think it was working, or just gave up? I wonder. I would like to think that they stretched their wings and are soaring high overhead, completely cured of overeating, and now just exercise without putting another thought to it. Alas, if it were true, it would be lovely.
For me, I sustain myself with the support and encouragement of my Spark friends. I get as good as I give. I enjoy the camaraderie as well as the nudges to work a little harder or to pat myself on the back a little stronger.
I've had patches of roughness and bumps in the road, too, sparkfriends, but I am stronger for having you here with me. Thank you for all of the advice, kinship, and cheering you have done on my behalf as I inch closer to my goals.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I recently went on a staff retreat where we determined our personality types through a poker style game. My own preferences and thoughts about myself indicate that I am a "planner" and I do my best when I am working the plan. A-HA! There IS a method to my madness, after all. It is good to know that I am able to keep on track best when I not only have a plan but I am following it. It is true. I have noticed I am much better at towing the line when I know where the line is and less likely to veer off course.
Back up to last night. I filled my water bottles, and prepared the ingredients for my breakfast smoothie and I chucked them in the freezer to be ready to go for the blender. Woo hoo.
I went to bed about a half hour earlier than usual. I set a series of alarms for this morning, starting at 4:45am, Sometimes it takes me a little bit to get rolling. I was on the road to the gym by 5:15am. I'm going to have to tweak that so I get an earlier start, but all in all, not too shabby.
I told my DH that I would go with him to the store tonight (left over from yesterday's agenda) but in order to do that, I promised myself that I would get my own stuff out of the way first. So, off to the gym to work out. Woo hoo. Had I not gone, I could see the scenario where I would prob blow the gym off and then be mad at him for not letting me put myself first, when in reality, I would just be using that as an excuse not to go.
I have crossed the line in the sand to myself. Hurrah for me. I rode the bike for 30 mins and met my cardio goal. I was tired, but I did it anyway. I reinforced the thought to myself that there are people of all shapes and sizes in the gym, and that movement matters. I am on track, and actually already AHEAD of schedule for my cardio goals for the week. Woo hoo.
Mental note that I had the seat a little too high (at a 7 instead of a 6) and that made the ride a little less than perfect. I'll be sure to pay closer attention to the height next time around.
I checked my blood sugar before I left the house and it was 93. When I came home after exercising and before eating it was 89. I am amazed by the difference a half hour of moving can make on your blood sugar. If that is not a ringing endorsement for exercise, I don't know what is.
I know what I need to do in order to be successful. This is not my first rodeo as they say. I am making the steps day by day, and I am counting on my fitness to add up so I stop feeling like I am lugging myself around in this heat. I know I will get there. I am well on my way.
Have a happy day! Stay cool!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The switch is being flipped and I am working on centering my life around me. DH wanted to go to the store today, and I told him I could go, but I would need to a) go workout first, and b) go pick up some produce. So he went to the store by himself and I went and handled my weight training (woo hoo) and stopped to get strawberries. I am proud of myself for not taking myself off the docket. I am also proud of how I got through the exercise. I rocked it!
Overhead press, chest press, row, arm extension, bicep curl, and drumroll please, ... the lat pulldown. It is an easy exercise to do and it does get strength and tonight for your back and delts, but the one issue I have struggled with is getting up after the lift. My legs are weak compared to rest of me and it is hard for me to get up without having something to push off of. I concentrate and focus on making my legs spring up and it helps me get up - 4 times in a row. (The last time getting off the machine.)
Patting myself on my back - I am proud of my actions and that I am rocking my plan.
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