Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I don't know if it will help to know my healthy lifestyle change process, but just in case here it is:
I used to make these lofty, huge, life-sweeping goals--and then I didn't make some or all of them and I quit. I was well intentioned but life made it difficult to focus and I probably wasn't ready to make this a priority. (This was just me, this may be you or not even close to you).
This time I was older, wiser, and more determined to be a healthier me. I made small changes that I could live with. First, I started with my nutrition. I healthy much of the time, but I ate way more than I should and some things weren't as healthy as I thought. I started tracking here and did very well. I learned what was better for me to eat and tried to replace the things that I could. I learned what I could eat at the places we went out to eat at and how much of it to eat. I rarely eat salad, but I like to eat fruit and veggies. I don't say I CAN'T eat something. If I don't eat it it's because I'd rather spend my calories elsewhere. It just isn't worth it sometimes. However, I do eat pizza, brie (I love cheese), and ice cream. I just eat better portions of it. Oh, and I totally ate cotton candy a couple weeks ago (until I thought I'd get sick, lol). I track everything and make sure I am in my range every day. I learned SO much from doing that.
So, then I decide--after tracking became a habit and easy for me, so I'm ready to add something new--that I need to add more fitness into the plan. I start with parking further away from where I need to go and using the stairs instead of the elevator. When I use the restroom at work I use the one on the top floor. I started with just walking up them and slowly I was able to walk up and now I run up. The goal is to be out of breath (but not overly so) by the time I'm at the top. I just slowly increased it. Now I walk/jog 3 or so miles at a time and do Pilates for an hour or so a week. My goal is to slowly increase the jog so I'm jogging about 3 miles at a time, and then I'm going to do a 5k :) I increase slowly because I don't want to add too much so that I injure myself or find a reason to stop totally. I find it's very easy to let myself down, so I try to get myself going by getting others going. I have several people I walk/jog with so that I maximize how often and how much I workout (because my goals may not align with others' goals). If I know I will be walking faster than the person with me, I bring weights so I slow myself down and still get a workout in and I don't frustrate my walking buddy because their fitness level isn't up to mine.
My point is: take baby steps in your healthy lifestyle. Take one or two until you have your balance and then take a couple more. Keep it up, add to it. If you fall down, get back up. Right now, don't wait. Take a couple more steps. Before you realize it you'll be running and it won't be with such effort and concentration. It will begin to be automatic--a habit.
Even if it didn't help anyone (and I hope it helped at least one) it did help me by reflecting on my process so far. I've got a ways to go, but one thing is certain: I WILL get there :)
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I still see the fat girl when I look in the mirror. Granted Iíve not lost everything Iíve wanted to yet, but Iíve lost a lot (56 pounds to date).
I used to look at pictures of myself and hated what I sawómostly because it didnít match the vision of me in my head. Now I look at pictures taken of me and I am amazed at how much thinner I am, and yet when I look in the mirror I see the fat girl.
Itís not a matter of self confidence. I know I am a great mom, student, teacher-to-be, friend, girlfriend, lover, and the list goes on. I know when to be grown up and I know how to be silly. Iím a lot of fun to be around.
The picture in my head is still the same as it was before. Similar to the pictures taken of me now. So, why do I still see the fat girl when I look in the mirror?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
It's been almost a year since I lost my husband. During that time I gained some weight, some perspective, this site, and the great people here. I've also lost almost 50 pounds!
I've moved slowly but surely toward a new life. I've looked ahead more than backwards, putting one baby step in front of the other.
Oddly enough, one thing I didn't expect to find found me. New love.
We knew each other from high school and recently started talking. It was a friendship that became something unexpectedly more.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
I chose to avoid making goals for December, other than to keep up with the goals from November and to add some core strengthening with Exerbeat.
#1 - Continue to track nutrition, fitness, and other goals.
#2 - Continue to drink 8 or more glasses of water a day.
#3 - Continue to embrace healthy eating for a healthy lifestyle.
#4 - Keep doing Exerbeat for core strength and Wii dancing for aerobic exercise.
#5 - Try out the couch to 5k and see what happens :)
Thank you all for your continued support on my healthy lifestyle journey!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Losing weight is like taking a trip back in time.
I sat here thinking about the last time I weighed what I do today. It's been about three years. Before I lost my husband. Towards when I started my BS degree.
I continued this thought pattern and imagined a steady loss towards my goal weight, and I can begin to see how losing weight is like taking a trip back in time.
Soon I will be at the weight I was before I started having kids. It won't be long after that and I will be at the weight I was before I got married. Shortly after that, I will be at the weight I was before I met my husband.
I can see this progression continuing and I will have gone back to my high school (or even earlier!) weight. I don't know about you guys, but I find this losing weight/remembering life when you last weighed that amount connection fascinating.
I love the SparkPeople time machine!
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