Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The weather here today was perfect... sunny breezy and not too hot or cold. I love it! Spring always cheers me up... it is hard to feel depressed when everything is blooming. I have been walking and it hasn't been hard to get myself out of the house for a change.
I am back after a hiatus, or more honestly, a relapse into old habits. I gained a little weight and I am back once again to get myself on the right track. On the positive side, it wasn't much weight and I am feeling very positive about getting back in the groove. I joined a 5% challenge on the Transformations team, so that will give me a little extra nudge in the accountability department.
I really need to work on MODERATION... I have the "diet mentality" ingrained so deeply in my thoughts, and it really causes me a lot of turmoil. You are probably familiar with the cycle: restricting myself until I feel deprived, then overeating foods I have labeled "bad", and then the resulting toxic guilt. My weight constantly going up and down, and never stable. This has been my life since adolescence. My ultimate goal is to someday be free of this ball and chain, and eat intuitively and without so many rules, while maintaining a healthy weight.
Here is hoping everyone will have a successful spring!
Monday, January 20, 2014
I have really been off track the past two weeks. I won't dwell on it, but I do feel guilty. I am thinking of positive things whenever the guilty feeling hits me. Life is too short to waste time on guilt. I decided to not weigh myself since this would probably be bad news and upset me, which would lead to more eating.
But it is a new day, so.... moving on....
My goals for this week are going to be simple and few. I tend to make too many goals and then I don't do any of them because I am easily overwhelmed.
1. Stay within my calorie range
2. Drink 8 glasses of water
3. Exercise at least 20 minutes
4. Paint rocks 3 times this week
5. Log in to Spark every day
That's enough for this week... I will focus just on these.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Happy New Years, everyone! I hope everyone is looking forward to a healthy and productive year! I have renewed my commitment to improve my health this coming year, and have made some new goals, and I would like to share them.
My 2014 Goals:
1. To lose 50 more lbs. This is a reasonable, attainable goal for me, about one pound a week. I will continue to follow my food, water, exercise and mindset plan. I want to focus a little more this year to be even more consistent with my healthy behaviors, and have less "off" days.
2. To work on crafts at least once a week, more, if possible. Crafts are very soothing for me and give me a sense of accomplishment. They also make great gifts. I want to learn to crochet.
3. To meditate 10 minutes a day. This will help my stress, anxiety and depression.
4. To quit playing video games. Candy Crush is a total waste of time. I am deleting them all from my iPad. Meditate, blog, or craft instead. Better yet, go for a walk!
5. To make concrete mini goals the first of each month, and post them in my Spark blog.
I am so excited to start doing these things (and reaping the rewards). I sincerely hope that everyone has the best year ever!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Let's look back at 2013:
I had a pretty good year! My main accomplishment is that I lost 30 lbs. Woo Hoo! Yay me! (I do have a niggling little voice that says that I could have lost more, but I've been telling it to shut up.) Thirty pounds is a lot of weight! I am already feeling much better for it. The other day I carried 10 lbs. of rocks (to paint) around for awhile, and to think I have lost 3 times that really made me feel how amazing that is.
Now I can easily bend over and tie my shoes, something I could not do this time last year. How cool is that?
I also came to really FEEL the "I am not on a diet" mindset. I know I can give in to cravings (occasionally!) and I know nothing is off limits completely. Moderation has become my mantra. Portion control is my pal. I know I don't have to feel guilty about "being bad". I just start doing better ASAP. Yes, I got sidetracked by stress and had some bad days that turned into weeks, but I got back on track and carried on.
I didn't have one soda this year! I'm into drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, so I don't want it.
I've been pretty consistent with exercise, mainly walking and hiking. I have been doing something most days. I also started a very simple strength training routine and have been doing it, albeit sporadically. But I did start!
So I have reasons to be celebrate my progress!
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