Monday, April 16, 2012
I need help! I am still on-target for my 1000-miles-in-one-year goal. This goal has become so big in my mind that quitting is almost incomprehensible. Yet with all my walking, and even stair climbing, my body shape just won't change. I don't lose weight, my hips don't shrink, and my waist remains the same. Why? Oh, I know why.
It's my eating. I make a commitment to a nutrition goal (sweets-free, tracking, water intake, healthy breakfast, freggie intake... you name it, I've committed to it) and break it within two or three days. I've reasoned with myself: being lighter will make my walking (someday running) easier, I'll feel better, I'll sleep better, I'll look better. I've even got very reasonable weight-loss goals and benchmarks like my 10-year-wedding anniversary to give me motivation, but they have nothing on the siren song of ice cream or a good meal. I need nutrition motivation! Any thoughts?
If I had half the motivation momemtum for eating right that I do for walking, I'd be unstoppable!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
My health charts speak for themselves, but I'll add a little commentary anyway. That's just the way I am.
I've never had a problem with my cholesterol level, but it is still exciting to see the steady decrease over time. All this exercise and eating right is paying off somewhere!
I thought I would see more of a drop in my blood pressure, but you can see here that it has stayed relatively the same all along. Still, this is good because I've always had good numbers in spite of my increased risk due to Mom's high blood pressure and Dad's heart disease. I'm sure my level of activity has helped keep my pressure from creeping up too high. I have what they call a "quiet" pressure, so it's hard for the machines to read my numbers. Who knows, but my bp may have been a little elevated from the frustration of having sat through four or five tries to get the machine to read it.
This is the most disappointing chart. I would think my exercise would have reduced my pulse over time, but here it seems to have steadily increased. Boo! This was taken almost two weeks ago, so it's hard to say if maybe I may have walked. If so, maybe my pulse was elevated because of that. Still, it's not a bad number, so I'm not too upset. It's just a number I want to watch over time.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Two weeks ago, I posted a blog, "A Year From Now." In it, I laid out for myself the activities I feel will, if done consistently over the course of a year, do the most toward creating the person I want to become and the life I want to live.
In response, I designed an accountability record I could use to keep track of my daily efforts at including those activities in my routine. Week one went quite well. The accountability record only lasted one week, I did not print one for week two, and now I don't believe I did too well for week. I do know that I ate rather poorly and slacked off in several of the areas I have deemed important. It amazes me how much one sheet of paper can help keep me focused on my dreams and goals.
Therefore, this morning, I sat down and created another sheet. This one is still one page; however, it has less (much less) room for details. It has become simply a check-off sheet. Now, my one page covers 10 weeks instead of just one! It goes all the way through June 2. Even though it doesn't start until tomorrow, I am already responding by including these priority activities into my day today.
I think I am going to journal about my life as it is right now so that when -- on March 11, 2013 -- I look back on the year, I can see how far I have come. Who knows? Maybe my 365-day experiment will lead to revolutionizing changes. Maybe it will fall completely flat and life will look much like it does today. Either way I win. Obviously, if my life is revolutionized, my plans were a success. If, however, life looks pretty much the same as today, I will have learned that the things I expected to work did not and it will be time to try something new. I will have a definite line in the sand showing what is working and what isn't. And I will be glad I keep record.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
A year from now, what will I wish I had done today? Or better yet: a year from now, what will I be glad I did today? I sat down to answer that question for myself this morning. I am going to print it out and post it where I can see it often as a reminder to myself of what is most important to me so I don't forget what I want most when I want something lesser in the moment.
A year from now, I will be glad if I:
*did physical therapy exercises
*did strength training
*protected our financial interests
-saved instead of friviously spent
-followed the budget instead of following our feelings
-studied the philosphies and practices of the financial greats
*practiced housekeeping skills
*developed healthy habits like daily flossing
*made memories instead of biding time
*given myself to important relationships
*developed my inner self
-spiritually (i.e. through study, meditation, church attendance, practicing what I believe)
-relationally (i.e. developing the parts of me that bring good to my relationships or learning how to minimize the personality traits that bring harm to my relationships; learning how to respond differently to different people's needs; learning about other people's cultures, thought patterns, and priorities)
-mentally (i.e. challenging myself to learn something new, like a new skill or a new word)
-philosophically (i.e. reading biographies of successful people such as SparkPeople success stories, listening to master teachers like Jim Rohn and Denis Waitley, finding motivational graphics like the two in this blog)
These are the things that, if I do them today (and tomorrow and each day after), I will look back and be glad. These are the things that are going to create a 2013 even more amazing than a 2012, which is well on its way to being even better than 2011.
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