Tuesday, March 11, 2014
1. Just Go
2. Do 5
#3 Just Do Today
Yes , this is a variation on one day at a time. I wish I were a the stage where I could just let one day happen at a time, but I'm still a go go go person that tries to do too much. So I tell myself "you just have to do today" to remember that I don't know to bring all the stress of what I have to do tomorrow and the next day and the next day into today. I also used this to break the cycle of starting "a diet "over tomorrow.
#4 Work from the inside out and the outside in.
If you knew me other than on Spark, in real life...well that's a whole blog...but suffice it to say in any given minute I'm might be thinking about "what's the difference between interdependency and codependency" and "I wonder what Neil DeGrassi Tyson has discovered about the Universe today".
Anyway, this tip reminds me that I do something on the outside to manage my eating and exercise, but much of the real change has had to come from the inside. That is why I am willing to use all the tools available to me including but not limited to the following: this website, self help books, mentors, Weight Watcher meetings, Al Anon, support from friends, therapy. Whoever said "It's not about the food" was right.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I've been thinking that I should list out all the tips and tricks I've learned over the years that have led me success. I think I'll start today.
#1 Just go.
Yesterday morning I DID NOT want to get up and workout.
I told myself, "just go, even if you don't work out very hard".
I went, I worked out, I felt better.
#2 Do 5
Tonight I didn't want to track my food. I said to myself "Just do 5 foods".... cause that's how I get myself to hang up or fold the laundry, 5 items at a time. I ended up tracking the whole day.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
March 5, the first day of lent. My mom is Catholic, my dad is Jewish. My mom said she wanted us all to grow up to be Catholics. My dad said he wanted us to be Cardinal's fans. (He's from St. Louis).
I am just enough of a Cardinal's fan to watch them in the world's series, and just enough of a Catholic to think about lent. The past few years, rather than giving up something, I've tried to grow spiritually during this time.
This is part of me realizing that I need to feed myself not just with food to manage whatever mood or emotion I'm having. I'm learning to allow myself the time to do all the other things that 'feed' me.
So this year for Lent, my morning routine will include time set aside just to reflect.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
It's cold, it's dark, but I've gotta plan and I'm committing myself to it!
My day will include exercise, meditation, gratitude, random acts of kindness and writing in my journal.
I will continue to track and drink water and complete whatever the butterfly winter challenge may be.
I will fill myself with good food so that it will be easier to walk past the simple sugars, candy, carbs, etc.
One day at a time for 28 days.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Here's what the Mayo Clinic says about it...
By Mayo Clinic Staff
In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. However, some people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.
Fall and winter seasonal affective disorder (winter depression)
Winter-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms include:
Loss of energy
Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
Believe me when I say I've had a long term relationship with this condition....even before I knew it's name. I remember when I first heard about it and read the symptoms. A light bulb would have gone off over my head, but this was S.A.D. afterall, so their wasn't one.
Over the years, I think I've managed it pretty well and I'm not the only one. This time of year, it feels like my whole town has some degree of it. (And there are plenty of people who live in darker places than this!). I always say February is the longest month....all the drama comes out. It seems that's what a lot of people use to cope.
Here's what usually works for me.
Vitamin D-only discovered how this REALLY helps two winters ago. Amazing.
Cod Liver Oil-my grandfather even gave this to my mom!
Light-I have a full spectrum bulb where I do the dishes...an automatic 20 minutes a day
Exercise-work hard enough to sweat.
Therapy-I work with a great woman on Wellness
Meditation-10 minutes a day of meditation or spiritual reflection/reading.
Added this winter-consistent gratitude and kindness practice and flying with the Beautiful Butterflies for the Winter Challenge.
I read that the ancient people built fires on the Solstice to bring the sun back....hope this works too!
The hardest for me is the craving for carbs!! I have years of journals to show me how long I've struggled with this. Any and all advice is welcome as I'm trying to tackle this one. I love the hearts and love of Valentine's day..but the dang candy! Not good for me!
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