Friday, September 14, 2012
I received a SparkPeople Fitness Trophy this morning - 500 minutes in a month. I received one last month, but it didn't really connect. This month it did.
I have always hated exercise. I was often sick as a child and was never good at competitive sports. I always felt "less than" in PE class.
Funny thing is that I have been remembering a lot of the physical activities that I enjoyed as a child: riding my bicycle with my cousin, taking "hikes" on the paths along the creek at our local park and sledding in the winter.
It hit me this morning. I DO like exercise. I like riding my bicycle, taking long walks, dancing (Yay Zumba!) and even using my Total Gym! What I didn't like was that feeling that I had to be at the same level of fitness as others.
So, excuse my while I go polish up my fitness trophy and decide how I will be active today!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It has been so much fun having family visit. I have so little family and it has been great to be surrounded by love and affection. However, it has been challenging to stay within my calorie goal with meals eaten out and cooking special family favorites. I've been walking the dog regularly with Mom and the walks have been extra long because we have been enjoying our private talks. But, I have struggled to fit in my "extra" workouts that I have been doing.
That being said, I stepped on the scale this morning and had lost 1 pound. With houseguests! Yeah Marcy!
Even better, the other day Mom turned to me and said that she was proud of me because she could see that I was choosing to eat healthy and wasn't on a crazy diet. She had noticed that I was having a small serving of the peach cobbler for dessert, but had eaten a larger salad with my dinner.
Clearly I am learning self-control!
Friday, September 07, 2012
I have family in town. House guests. I'm happy to have them here. It was wonderful to sit around the table after dinner last night sharing stories and laughing until my sides hurt (ab workout?). But, it is different having other people around when I'm just getting the hang of my workout routine and my new and improved eating plan.
So, while I am looking forward to all of our activities this weekend, I am also working hard to think about how I will meet my nutrition and fitness goals each day without the big, dramatic: I AM ON A DIET mentality.
Because I'm not on a diet. I now choose to eat foods which are healthy for me and I choose to be active and exercise daily. I am choosing healthy lifestyle.
This will be a fun weekend, I just need to stay one step ahead of my old self!
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
The photo above is me in 2010 before I regained most of the weight that I had lost (on an unhealthy diet plan). But I love this picture because I was feeling good about myself and willing to try physical challenges, including climbing rocks at the beach.
I know that food choices and calories are important. But as I have reflected over the times in my life that I have felt the best about myself, it has been when I have been physically active.
Yesterday I walked across town to the post office. Now, I could have waited until today to drop the bills in the mail as I drove past the post office to work, but I wouldn't have the satisfaction of having accomplished one of my goals. I know know that my typical Saturday morning errands (library, post office, etc.) are IN WALKING DISTANCE! I have the ability to walk to where I need to go and know that I can make it back.
This is not another diet, another weight loss plan. This is my new life. This is my new mantra:
I AM healthy, fit and strong!
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