Friday, August 10, 2012
It's been a whirlwind two weeks! We went camping with friends for a week, adopted a new puppy, and now my boys are getting ready to go back to school. Oh, and we have family coming into town this weekend. On Saturday, I'm making dinner for 22.
The good news is I'm walking a lot and I'm too busy to sit around all afternoon eating potato chips (my downfall). The bad news is I haven't been tracking and planning like I usually do.
I'm ready for my kids to go back to school so I can catch my breath and get myself back on track!
I haven't lost anything in the last two weeks, but I haven't gained. I'm holding my ground and ready to plow forward!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I've lost five pounds in seven weeks.
It won't put me on Good Morning America, but it is getting me closer to my goal of losing 30 pounds.
One day, one choice at a time, I'm getting there. And that feels good.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I went off the rails for a few days this week. Life got chaotic, and I reacted by ignoring my food tracker and eating more carbs. Which, for me, just leads to eating more carbs.
But it's a funny thing. On Friday, I cleaned my house, upstairs and downstairs. It took over five hours, but when I was done, I felt in control again. I filled out my nutrition tracker and made my healthy meal plan and stuck with it.
It all goes together for me. Chaos = Chaos.
I need to stay in control of my eating even when life goes off the rails. And it's not just emotional eating for me...it's sheer boredom.
It's not that I don't have things I need to do, but they just feel...boring...and somehow shoving carbs in my face makes it all better? I think not.
So, that's where I'm at. I'm making myself accountable here and preparing for a busy, but in control, week!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This week has snowballed...it started out one way, and now...I'm just plowing through each day. In the past, I would use this chaos as an excuse: See? I can't take time to exercise. Too much going on! No time to cook healthy food...pizza delivery it is!
And, to be honest, last night WAS in fact a pizza delivery night. But I also opened a bag of salad and kept all my portions reasonable. My diet yesterday wasn't very balanced, but I did stay in my calorie range.
Which is no small thing.
I'm taking a few minutes today to review my plan, for food and exercise, and I'm going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
The time goes by whether I'm taking care of myself or letting myself go. I choose to take care of myself, no matter what.
Bring it on, Wednesday! I'm ready!
Monday, July 16, 2012
It isn't possible. I've tried it before, many times, and failed. I cannot hate myself enough to be thin and healthy.
And I think that's a good thing.
This time around, I'm taking care of myself. Yes, I need to lose 30 pounds, but I'm not a bad person. I smile when I look in the mirror and tell myself I'm doing the best I can. Because I am. I am strong and kind and loving. I am capable of making a real lifestyle change, and being the kind of wife, mother, and friend that I want to be.
I can do this.
Over the weekend, I went to my favorite resale shop and bought myself a cute new outfit. I only spent $12, but it's amazing how a "new" top can make you feel pretty. This time around, I'm not waiting until I meet my goal weight to reward myself. Instead, I'm setting up small rewards along the way. New clothes, pedicures, massages. I know this is crazy, but I have a gift certificate for a full day at a spa--a massage, pedicure, facial, manicure...the works--that i haven't used in three years. I kept thinking I would go after I lost the weight. I was too embarrassed to go right now because I'm too heavy. I don't deserve it.
But I'm going to throw that day in the reward mix too, and not all the way at the end. Because, let's face it, this journey is hard. We need to be kind to ourselves as we go.
And when faced with a huge bowl of cheetos or a bowl of fresh cherries, which will I choose? If I don't care much about myself, probably the cheetos. But I do care about what I put in my body, and not just because it makes me fat or skinny. I will choose to be kind to myself because we ALL deserve kindness.
How about you? How can you be kind to yourself today?
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