The Clintwood Healthy U challenge was being offered again in our area and I wasnít sure if I really wanted to sign up. This challenge was a little different because they offered individual and team signups with various levels to have BIA (Bioelectrical Impedence Analysis) and or FLT ( First Line Therapy) programs included in the challenge.
I decided to go for a modified version of the FLT which includes the BIA tests. The BIA measures impulses going through your body and measure lean body mass verses body fat. Today was my first appointment and included the BIA test with an appointment with the nutritional consultant after the test to go over the results and come up with a plan. I am hoping the changes she is suggesting will increase my weight loss. I have felt like I needed a change and this might be just the thing my body needs.
They are not recommending anything out of this world, just more calories than I currently am getting. I think this may be what I need, but more calories make me think I will gain weight Ė it is that old way of thinking trying to take over. She said not to worry that she does this everyday. I am going to give it a try and see what happens. It isnít like she is asking me to eat junk food or anything. Healthy food, just a little more of it!
So yesterday I did some volunteer work for the Day of Caring, which usually is done on September 11th in our area. We worked at the Boy Scout Camp and I love being up there in the woods by the pond Ė it is so peaceful and beautiful on my e 11th in our area. We worked at the Boy Scout Camp and I love being up there in the woods by the pond Ė it is so peaceful and beautiful on my eyes. I love nature.
So Iím on wood cutter assistant duty and am paired with two fellows who are cutting trees that have fallen in the woods. Iím moving the chopped wood out to the road so that when the scouts are up there in a few weeks they will load it unto trucks to be stacked in the main camping area. So Iím plodding back and forth through the weeds and over some fallen trees. I have been known to be clumsy at times and this was one of those. I tripped on a fallen tree and landed with the bottom of my chin right on a log. My chin swelled up like a golf ball and was slightly cut. The thing that hurt the worse was my head. I felt like I rattled my brain.
Today is a bit better but the headache remains. Unfortunately, I have major plans for today because my husband and I are providing homemade sausage, pulled pork, chicken wings and other meats for my sonís birthday party picnic. Last night I did get the sausage meat sliced, grinded and seasoned so today all we need to do is stuff it. The pork cooked all night and we have a little more shopping before we are done. It should be a good day; I just wish the head didnít hurt.
Tomorrow is the day of caring for our local United Way. It is usually on September 11th, but since that is a weekend this year they made it the 10th. There are a bunch of us at work that participates so we always try to get a project where a lot of people are needed. We are volunteering at the local Boys Scout Camp, which I have a connection with since my youngest son was a scout. I always loved going to the camp so tomorrow will be a nice break from the hectic days Iíve had at work lately. I believe Iím on wood duty so Iíll get some good strength exercise in. I donít know how Iíll track it in my fitness tracker, but Iíll figure something out.
Volunteering is not something I did so much when I was younger, but as Iíve aged and had a couple of major life events change my life I have made it a priority. I actually am a treasurer for two organizations and a newsletter editor for one of those too. It gives me a good feeling to give back and help others.
I had set my main September goal as striving for a positive attitude. I didnít get to my email until tonight, but there it was the Healthy Reflection article about ďThe secrets of positive peopleĒ. Now if you believe in signs then this was a huge blinking one telling me I was dead on!
There are some fabulous points in the article about your attitude affecting the outcome of a situation. Also the most important point about how we are responsible for our attitudes and our life. I do know all of this and I still have to work at keeping that positive at the forefront of my mind. It is not always easy to see the good in the bad, or to keep those negative thoughts away.
I will continue to practice this though because I know in the end I will like that me better! I have good qualities; I just want to have a more positive attitude most of the time! Work has been dragging me down and I can not and will not allow this to take me over!
I do love those Healthy Reflections articles. Thanks Spark People, but how did you know?
I had set some goals for August that I am not going to make. I had hoped to lose more weight than I did and Iím not so sure about the inches until I do my measurements tomorrow, but Iím just not feeling it. I also just made the fitness goal by the skin of my chinny chin chin.
Iím not wishing the summer away, but I feel like the heat has had a negative effect on my efforts. I couldnít exercise as intensely and I had more outside influences that made eating within my range a little more difficult. I also feel the stress of the last month made my eating habits a little out of control a few times.
September will be a better month for weight loss. I will be signing back up for a fitness class at our local college. I find them very motivating and I think my foot is almost ready for my favorite Interval Training class. I do have a wedding this weekend and than a couple of birthday parties during the month, but hopefully I will make it through without too many indulgencies.
I really want to get a handle on this stress and am moving forward with my positive attitude motivation!