Friday, March 30, 2012
Did you wake up in a bad mood today?
Do you feel like you're making no progress at all and you're ready to give up?
You just can't find any good reason to continue struggling with those stubborn pounds?
Are you in no mood to exercise?
Are you in need of some motivation and inspiration?
Think about this: "If I live my life without exercise and paying no attention to what I put in my mouth, how do I picture myself when I'm 86 years old?"
Then, watch this video:
Now, you know what you have to do!
Have a nice weekend!
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
They have been fighting in my head over the weekend and they still are. The one is the good voice, the best part of myself who keeps saying "Focus on your goal, you're so close!", "Come on, think about all the success you've had so far!", "You can definitely do this, you're strong!"
And then there's the other. My weak, inner self who has emerged recently from the deepest end of my mind. "So what, you'll be living like this for the rest of your life? Counting calories and fitness minutes?", "You haven't been under this weight since your early 20's. You can't do this at your 36!", "Come on, admit it! You're bored of all these things and you want to go back to eating whatever you want without having to check its nutritional value first!", "You'll be back to square one on the first day you dare to let yourself do this, so why bother to continue?"
Guess who's winning... You got it right. If the good voice was in charge of the situation, I probably wouldn't blog about it. But this bad voice has taken control of everything in the past few days.
I keep searching for motivation everywhere. To other SP members' pages, to "before and after" pics, to quotes, to old pictures of myself, to my closet, to all the places that I've found motivation all these past months. But I guess it was never there. It was always inside me and for some reason I'm not aware of, it just vanished!
I don't want to exercise, all my DVDs seem boring, the weather is terrible and I can't go out to walk, the treadmill looks like the most boring thing I've ever done in my whole life and a gym is just not affordable at the moment. As for food, the "evening monster" has woken up again! I follow my meal plans perfectly up until 5 pm. And then disaster strikes! I know it's emotional eating, I know which feelings I'm trying to "eat" by turning to food, but I just don't seem to be able to do anything about it.
The worst thing is that the scale has already started going the wrong way. And I know how easy it is to just let go and see it climbing all the way back up again in no time! I've seen it happening before and I don't want to relive this experience. So, I'm trying to add a third voice to the battle. The one of sense and logic.
"You started this journey with only one goal in mind: HEALTH!"
"The yo-yo effect on your weight is the worst thing you can do to your health. You've been there and you know the results."
"You keep preaching everyone in the family about healthy nutrition and exercise. Do you want to look like the teacher who didn't learn his lesson?"
"Think about how strong you've become. Which woman do you want to be, the one who couldn't go up the stairs to her first-floor apartment without huffing and puffing or the one who runs all the way up to the third floor? It's your decision."
"Going back on old habits like eating mindlessly in front of the TV, right? Is that the example you want to set for your children?"
Well, well, well! This voice sounds like a strong one. Sounds like it could win this battle. If I could add just a slight bit of motivation, maybe a pinch of inspiration, a new plan, a fresh goal and maybe one or two rewards, I think the recipe could be successful!
I'll keep trying. No matter what happens, I'll keep trying. I don't know which voice will win in the following days and right now I could really use all the support I could get. But I promise myself I won't quit. I'll continue getting up right after the fall. Putting my pieces together until I complete the puzzle. Because even if I never reach my goal, I deserve to know that I have done my best.
"Quitting wrinkles the soul like age wrinkles the body."
Since I can't do anything about the age wrinkles, I think I'll spare my soul of them.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In exactly one month from now - on 17th February - I'll be celebrating my 36th birthday! And I have so many reasons to celebrate this 36th year of my life. I am a completely different person than the one I was last year! The rest of the world can see the difference in the pictures but I can also see the difference inside me. There's so much more energy, self-confidence, motivation and optimism - yes, even that! I'm really happy and thankful to SP and my Sparkfriends for all I have accomplished.
But I recently read a quote about goal-setting. And it's something I've always believed:
So true! Having no goals in your life makes it hard for you to get off bed in the morning. It gives you nothing to dream of and nothing to expect. And during a health journey, like the one we're all here for, having no goals could mean staying at a standstill. This could lead to boredom, loss of motivation and eventually take us back to our old habits. Because - let's be honest about it - we haven't forgotten about our old habits! A temptation that we gave in to can lead to a bad eating evening which can lead to two days of overeating and not working out which can lead to a week of not being in the mood to do anything about it and then we all know what could happen! We have to admit it. Keeping the weight off and reaching our ultimate fitness goals is something we'll always have to work on. Can you think of a better way than small goal-setting?
So, I decided to work a bit harder for my birthday goal. In my original weight loss plan, I wanted to have reached 68 kilos by my birthday. Now, this sounds a bit difficult because the holiday gain - which I finally decided to track - set me back a little. But wouldn't it be great if I could see myself in "the land of the 60's" in a month from now?? If I could just step on the scale one morning and see the number "69" which I haven't seen for about 15 years? The plan is simple:
1. Finish the January jumpstart challenge by doing all the videos and 30 - 45 minutes of cardio each day.
2. Track my food every single day.
3. Do my best to drink those 8 glasses of water each day.
4. Make wise food choices and plan meals ahead.
5. Stay away from food temptations. And even if I give in, control the portion wisely!
Well, that's it! I wrote my goals and set up my monthly challenge. If anyone would like to join me on any of these, I'd be more than happy to share some motivation. Just let me know!
Land of the 60's here I come!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After my good Sparkfriend WALKINGTHETALK posted her blog about her word of the year, I liked the idea of having a word that could define the new year that's just begun. It sounded like new year's resolutions all wrapped up in one single word! So, I thought about it a lot and finally decided on my Word Of The Year 2012: Change.
Why did I choose this word? First of all, I believe that for me, my family, my country, change is inevitable. We have already faced challenges and we are sure to face many more in this year. We have already changed our way of thinking on many aspects of our lives - like jobs, education, housing, economy - and many of us have changed their whole lives, not always in an easy way. But those are the inevitable changes and I really pray that they are as easy as possible and for the better.
Secondly, it's about the other changes, the ones that we decide to make. I'd like to stress here that, by character, I'm really afraid of change. I like taking things for granted in my life. Anything unexpected really fills me with anxiety and fear. So is this an attempt to conquer my fear of the unknown? (Oops!That sounded too supernatural!) Probably.
So what do I want to change? Let's see...
1. Continue changing ME. The way I look and how I think. Something that I started last year and this site is the main reason for this change. But that's another blog that I have to right some day.
2. Help other people change themselves. Those who want to, of course. Offer the motivation and the guidance they need. How much I love doing that!
3. Try to change anything that I don't like in the way I live. This one may be hard but I'll do my best.
4. Grab all the inevitable changes that will come my way and make them chances for something new. Every cloud has a silver lining, right?
Change can be a really good thing. After all...
If there's anything we don't like around us, we must be the ones to make the first tiny step towards changing it. If you don't like the rudeness of the girl who works at the grocery store, for example, be the first to smile at her. Simply...
So, come on 2012.
"Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change...
The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind."
(Lyrics from Wind of change - Scorpions)
Friday, December 23, 2011
I was never the "internet" type of person. I always thought this kind of communication, through screens and keyboards, was weird. I rarely log in to my account on FB which I created just to look for some old schoolmates. I've never taken part in a "chat" and even texting through my mobile phone is something I rarely do.
But Sparkpeople is different.
When I first came here, I was skeptical about all these friend adds and comments and goodies and everything else that we do here on Spark. As time passed, there was nothing I enjoyed more that learning about people's stories, getting to know some of my Sparkfriends a bit better, meeting their families through pictures, learning about their countries and their habits, offering and receiving support and advice. I've "met" some wonderful people here. People that I would really like to meet in person one day but I know that's very difficult. My Sparkfriends mean a lot to me. And I am grateful for finding Sparkpeople and being able to get to know all of you.
So, with all my heart I want to make a wish for all my Sparkfriends.
May your Christmas be decorated with happy faces and bright smiles.
May your heart be filled with the warmest feelings like kindness, gratitude and joy this holiday.
May you all have your loved ones beside you.
May your prayers be answered in the best possible way.
And let's not forget the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
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