Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hello all...well we have been on vacation since the day before Thanksgiving. I have been off-line until today. We had a good time and enjoyed seeing family and friends. Now I face the bad and ugly side of vacation. I call it the "scale." My usual weigh in day is Friday, so I'm not weighing myself until then. Do you hear the sigh? It gives me a couple of days to get back to routine and just maybe when I do weigh it won't be too bad!
I don't know about you but I find it very challenging to get myself back to my routine. In the past, once my routine went by the wayside I found all kinds of excuses not to resume my eating plan and my exercise schedule. NOT THIS TIME. Today I started back to eating correctly and I also walked 3 miles. Woo hoo!
What have I discovered? I'm here on this web site and I have adjusted my lifestyle because I have chose to do so. All of my life I made excuses not to lose the weight, not to exercise, etc. Not this time. I have discovered that it is as simple as making up your mind that this time it will be different. This time I will succeed. It is a mind set. While on vacation I found myself slipping back to my old routines, making excuses, etc. However, I also told myself that I would resume my new lifestyle upon returning home. Don't get me wrong, while I was away I did make good choices as to what I would eat, what I would drink. I did, however, give myself lots of slack if you know what I mean. BUT, I am back and more determined than ever to keep up my good habits and I will. That is all there is to it.
I'm rambling now, but I find that when I blog it helps to cement what I want, what I am determined to accomplish. It helps to set me on a successful path.
I do confess that I am not looking forward to my weigh in because I don't want to discourage myself but I will nonetheless owe up to my actions, accept the results and just get right back on the bandwagon!
Sunday, November 03, 2013
A comment on my previous blog was very uplifting and is helping me to change my thinking. It concerned NSV's. You ask, what is "NSV." This stands for non-scale victories. When I know that I haven't been as vigilant as I should have regarding my eating habits, I find myself dreading my weekly weigh-in. Has this happened to you? I know it happens to me because even though I KNOW that the scale doesn't tell you everything, it is still hard for me not to get hung up on that number!
So now I am learning to love my NSV's. One great result is that my clothes are fitting so much better, in fact, some of them are positively just too big for me. When I exercise I have so much more energy than when I started in June. In fact, the benefits of losing weight and exercising have improved my life for the better in many ways. Not only am I more energetic, but I am a happier more contented soul. I've asked myself why this is so. My answer is simple. I made the decision that I can lose the weight, I can change my poor eating habits, and I can exercise. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a promise, and all I have is today. So I try to make good choices for today. That is all I really have to do, make my choices for today!
So today, I choose to celebrate my NSV's!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It has been well over a month since my last blog. During this time, I have had many days of ups and downs, discouraged when that scale just did not budge and when I felt that yes I am sticking to my good eating habits. Really? Well, maybe not all of the time.
What I have realized is that the power to change my life or lifestyle, is within me and within everyone of us who have chosen to live a more healthy life. It isn't always easy and there are days that I just don't want to exercise or that I really want that slice of cake, etc. What do I do? Most days I don't cave into the negative wants or if I do I have that slice of cake; however, a much smaller piece than what the old me would have had. Yes, I usually exercise. I tell myself, ok today I will only do 10-15 minutes. Frequently, once I get started I end up with 30 or 45 minutes and boy do I feel good about myself when this happens.
So, when I get discouraged because the pounds just aren't coming off fast enough, I try to remind myself that I do have the power to change and that my faithfulness has paid off. Thanks to SP this is a journey that I no longer have to make on my own. There is so much help and encouragement to be had here at this site. Thank you Spark People!
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Feeling a little bit blue and a little bit overwhelmed today. I thought I was doing so well and then I weighed myself and gained a pound. It will be three months on Sept. 19th that I became serious about weight lose. Trying to stay postiive, I visited my goals and realized that according to the charts I need to lower my goal weight by 11 pounds to reach a good BMI. That is a little bit of a downer to say the least. Anyhow, I made the change to my goals and I will strive for this new LOWER number.
So, putting a positive spin on this, I realized that I have met 1/3 of my goal weight...2/3's left to go! I will do this in increments. I know that I can succeed with a postiive attitude. Clonk...that is the club hitting my head with an attitude adjustment LOL! I've no reason to feel down because I am doing fine and I have to learn not to obsess over what the scale tells me. I'm back into smaller sizes, physically I have more energy, etc. Get over it girl!
In retrospect, losing the first 20 has not been so bad and I do enjoy my new eating habits. Guess I have to learn to be kinder to myself.
On that note, I am off for a walk and I am putting a smile on my face.
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