Wednesday, December 05, 2012
When it comes to most things in life, it's true that small things add up along the way and eventually lead to big things. I'm all about the small changes! I love how you don't really even notice some healthy choices you're making (for example, when I'm cooking) and yet they all add up and make me a healthier person!
Every day we are faced with options. We can choose how our days turn out and whether we feel good or bad about them when they're over. The healthy choices I made today include:
- I went to Subway and skipped the dressing and chose the whole wheat bread instead of white bread
- I walked around for 6.5 miles (to classes and back and around town doing some Christmas shopping)
- tracked what I ate and planned my meals so that I would stay within my calorie range and meet my nutritional goals (which I did!)
- had a SMALL dessert after dinner but chose not to have a second serving (something I normally would have done) because I knew I would then go over my calories for the day
- when cooking dinner, I used whole wheat spaghetti and ate a much smaller serving I normally would have
Those are just a few examples, I'm sure there's more! The thing is, even when I was struggling and had a hard time not going back to my old ways, I still held on to most of my new healthy habits, such as regular exercise, healthy breakfasts, regular meals and drinking my water. And I managed to not gain more than a couple of pounds even when I had no motivation. Before, I would have decided that the "diet" was over and go back to mindless eating and no exercise. At least I fought for my Spark! That makes me confident that this is a real lifestyle change, not a diet.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Today was a productive day and I'm so ready for bed. It's 11 pm here and I usually don't go to bed before midnight but right now I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. I had an exam today which I think went well and I also did LOADS of laundry and studied for another exam and the day just flew by! But it was a great one though! The weather was so nice: sunny, crispy, cool. It snowed on the weekend and now everything is covered in white. So beautiful.
I ate healthy today, walked to my classes and back (takes about an hour when I walk really briskly) and met all my goals. It feels really good to be back at it again! I've missed feeling this calm and in control.
Hope you all are having a lovely day!
Just a reminder:
Saturday, December 01, 2012
As I said on my status earlier, I just love it when the month changes! It's the symbolism that gets to me: a whole new month ahead of us is like a clean slate, we can make it either a great one or a not so great one. Today, I am making a promise to myself to make this December as great as it can be. I want to start the new year (in one month it will be 2013 already! How crazy is that?) right and I want to feel healthy and in control from the start. It's obvious that I've been having a lot of issues with my motivation lately. As I've said before, I make no excuses. I could have and should have worked harder but I chose not to. I should have known better but I was lazy and got too comfortable.
This is a fresh start. I need to start taking better care of myself again to be able to live my life the way that I want to. I am committed to making this change and sticking to it. I have been able to maintain my weight loss (for the most part, I've gained 2 pounds) and I've also been working out a lot lately which I'm very happy about. I recently ran my first 5K ever and I've been going for a brisk walk every day. Now I just want to start tracking my meals again to make sure I stay within my calories and start losing weight.
My goals for December are:
- lose 9 pounds (weigh in once a week, on Monday mornings)
- go for a walk every day
- track my meals every day
- update my blog at least 4 times a week to stay accountable
As I said, I got too comfortable and lost sight of where I really want to be. As much as I love my body and even though I really do think I am beautiful at my current weight, I can't honestly say I'd be content to stay where I am. It's been okay for now and I've learned so much about myself and gained such an understanding and a respect for my body no matter what the number on the scale, but it really is time to start moving on. I can feel it.
That is so true!
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