Tuesday, February 05, 2013
It is time to check in on my goals. I feel prepared to assess where I am, discern what I need to continue to do, and find out how I can make things easier for myself (i.e. how I can get out of my own way!).
My original goals were to meditate daily, exercise 4 times a week, and eat and track all my food. I expected this to lead to a 1-2 lb per week weight loss. Easy, right?
No! I have not met these goals. I asked myself to change A LOT right away. I changed some things, the most important being my expectations that I would change EVERYTHING RIGHT AWAY! This is about accountability, so here is what I did do:
I tracked all my food for 33 days.
I ate within my calorie range for 30 days.
While healthy (no flu) I exercised 3 - 4 times per week.
I meditated on some days.
I lost 3 lbs in 1 month.
Despite the fact that I did not meet my original goals, I am very happy with the changes I have made in my life. I am happy that I have committed to changing my lifestyle and improving my health and happiness. I am happy that I am forming healthy, supportive relationships as part of my lifestyle change. When I joined, I was very focused on health. I find that my focus has broadened to include health as part of a happy life. I don't want to be thin and miserable. Self-punishment is not one of my goals!
I also set a goal to be able to wear a size 10 (one size smaller than my starting size) by my next vacation, March 25th (close to the first day of Spring). Now, I don't know if this is realistic. I have decided to change this goal. Instead of measuring my progress my sizes or weight, I want to measure my progress by my actions.
My new goals are focussed on cultivating happiness and peace in my life and body:
1. Say and write down one positive thing about myself every day.
2. Feel and express gratitude once every day.
3. Continue to track and eat healthy foods within my caloric range.
4. Continue to honor my own process by catching my negative self-talk and adding compassion to this conversation.
5. Exercise 3-4 times each week.
6. Drink 8 glasses of water every day.
When I go on vacation I want to continue these practices with the help of my friend and husband. This will be a gift I can give to myself during that vacation, rather than using my size to either reward or punish myself. I will ask for the help that I need so I can feel connected to and loved by the people in my life.
I also plan to take my body measurements once a month to track my physical progress. I want to hold myself accountable for my physical health. Here are some things I have done to help myself:
I scheduled my first PAP in 4 years. (I am terrified of PAPs).
I scheduled a physical for the first time in a year.
I spent a lot of time on the phone with my new health insurance to ensure that my coverage is in place and ready to go.
Normally I wouldn't connect these kind of actions to my weight loss, but showing my body respect by providing medical care is very important. I am counting these!
Okay. This is a different way to approach my health. But, I want to do this. I want to be happy. I'm ready for the next 5 weeks!
P.S. I turn 39 soon. Wow! Its so wonderful to be on track at age 39. It is never too late to learn to love myself or my body. It is never too late to learn to be happy!
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I've been off track for the past couple of weeks, first with the flu and then with a slow recovery into exercise. Thankfully, I've been eating healthy (to get healthy), but have had so little energy I am only doing the basics: sleeping, eating, drinking, working. I'm finally feeling a bit like myself again, and have an appointment with a friend at the gym tomorrow. Even if I don't do a lot, I know I will get a workout in.
Its been a little over a month since I've joined Sparkpeople, and I've learned so much. What I've learned the most is how much I appreciate the encouragement and inspiration of other people. The friends that I am making on Sparkpeople are authentic human beings doing their best to live healthy lives. It is so refreshing to be a part of a community concerned about health that is based in reality rather than in fantasies (magazines, news reports and fad diets!). I have discovered a new respect for my body and for my life. I am really lucky to be here, no matter what I weigh!
I'm also learning how much commitment and day-to-day hard work are involved in creating a healthy life. I am no longer thinking of this time on Sparkpeople as a weight-loss program to get back to my healthy weight. Instead its become a place where I take time to check in with myself and new people in my life. How are people doing? How am I doing? Am I living the way I want to be living?
When I log-in to Sparkpeople, I find myself envisioning the life I want to lead; I am re-evaluating all my decisions. Do I like my job? Does it nourish me? What is working in my relationship? How could this relationship nourish me and my husband more? Who is in my life? How do they treat me? How do I treat them? Am I the friend I want to be? Am I being treated with the love and respect I deserve?
I am discovering how, in the past couple of years, I have not just let my health go, I have let my mindfulness go. I have let my ambition go. I have lost my way and let myself off the hook. I have stopped asking me to give my best. And, I have suffered because of that. I want to get back on track with myself; following my own path and living my life in the best way I know how.
Thank you, Sparkfriends, for all the inspiration and support you have shared with me. Just by being yourselves and sharing with me you are inspiring me to be more of who I want to be, inside and out.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Well, I did it. I gave in to that damn scale! I have been working hard, getting in 4 days of exercise with cardio and weights, eating within my range, and have been feeling all the benefits: more energy, pride, self-confidence, looser pants, more room in my bras. I have been on track!
And, then, this morning, I weighed myself. I know from past experience this is not a good idea for me in first month of re-starting exercise and proper nutrition. Its interesting I decided to weigh myself anyway -- a little self-punishment, perhaps, for feeling so good?
I have gained a lb. I am working hard at not letting this get to me, but frankly, it has gotten to me. I am angry and frustrated. I am taking it out on myself. I am out of patience with me and with this weight.
I need to give myself a break but I am having a hard time doing it. This is the perfectionist rising up and I want to SIT ON HER HEAD! So, I am telling the scale to f*&$ off right now; it is slow and will catch up. But, boy, this is hard today. I want to hit my spring goal and I want to weigh my goal weight RIGHT NOW. Where is my patience and compassion?
I am going to visualize me sitting on the perfectionist's head today. And, go to my spinning class. HMPH! No more scales until February!
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