Saturday, February 23, 2008
When I get discouraged about a number on the scale, I always have to have a talk with myself. Usually, it's because I did not lose as fast as I wanted to. Of course, I wish there were a magic wand that would just take the fat away immediately. *poof*
That is not going to happen. Are there any genies out there?
Well, that's when I have to stop and do a little bit of math. If the scale this week or month is disappointing to me, I get out a pen and paper and look how far I've come. Today, was a measly little .2 pound loss. I know I'm retaining fluid but I also know that I have lost 12 pounds in the last two months. I had to remind myself of that though. So, all in all, I think I'm right on track for my diet and activity level.
I would love to just throw away the scale and not have to weigh in. I don't know many people that have that kind of discipline though.
I reread: 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking
Don't Let Negative Thoughts Sabotage Your Efforts
-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert
It is listed in my favorites because I know that I will have to refer to it several times in my journey.
My next project is to research sodium. I've read so much about lowering salt intake but my logic just has not wrapped itself around it yet. I can't understand why it would be a problem for me or how it can 'permanently' change your body weight or composition. To me, it has always been a temporary thing so I don't see the importance of it. But I'm curious so I will research it more.
Friday, February 22, 2008
I decided to start this blog as an add-on blog so I will be adding things to it as they come to me.
Being able to look down while standing and actually see my feet.
Being able to take a bubble bath and have the water cover my belly!
Hiking in the mountains!
Hiking in Ireland! or Scotland even! Hmm. I just realized that I love to hike and see beautiful country. What a nice way to lose weight and get exercise. I need to plan a trip!
Running: I want to be a runner. Not an addict but just to burn off excess weight and build up my endurance. I want to breathe!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
A diagnosis from my doctor last summer for neck and shoulder problems I'd had for 7 years finally revealed that I had arthritis and bone spurs which they are not going to do anything for. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my cervical spine also which leaves me really stiff. Last year was when I also decided that I was going to take my health into my own hands.
I got tired of going to doctors and having tests and more tests that showed I had heart and lung problems and high blood pressure and arthritis...yadda yadda yadda. I was taking 2 antidepressants a day; a pill for high blood pressure; a puffer and a pill for asthma; and 2 pills for heart problems. I developed hives...go figure. It was totally frustrating.
Ok, so enough was enough. I suffered enough and was just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started eating healthy and then I joined a weight training class. Last August, 2007, I could not run at all. Walking left me winded. I kept at it. I could not do much of anything in class. I was the oldest one and the weakest link I guess you could say.
Today, was the first time ever that I have been able to do sit-ups. I have always done crunches but never a sit up. I discovered it by accident when doing our circuit training and instead of a crunch, I came all the way up! I know that sounds like nothing to alot of people but to someone with arthritis, it means alot. My back is getting stronger; I'm running now and I can do sit-ups! My shoulders no longer hurt. I'm getting stronger by the day.
I no longer take meds for my asthma, depression, or heart problems. I do still take a high blood pressure pill but I think I even have that under control and plan on talking to my doctor about it.
Today, I'm most proud of the fact that I can run and do sit-ups. I am no longer that fat little third-grader who hated to run relays and I am no longer the decrepit old lady just trying to keep up the pace and avoid the pacemaker.
I am me....I am woman...hear me roar! LOL
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Balance in all areas of my life is what I keep striving for every year when New Year's comes around. I keep that foremost in my brain every year as I try to think of a new resolution. I don't like making resolutions for the most part because I think they are just made to break. I like to look upon it as a reflection instead...a reflection of where I have been and what I need to do to get me in the direction I want to go.
My life and self are much more than just weight-loss even though that seems to be my main focus all the time. I'm learning that the more I focus on ONE thing, the less balanced I am in other areas of my life. I cannot be totally obsessed with this part of my life and be healthy.
So what does it mean to be balanced? I think that is different for each of us but here are some of my ideas on it. I adopted this from another site but it is just good advice.
1) Go home from work on time.
You need to look after yourself. Contrary to what the current culture will tell you Ė we are not machines. You need a healthy balance between the time you spend at work and the time you spend outside the work place. You need to be constantly reminded that there is more to life than work. (Although there will be some times you might have to work late in case of emergencies but they should be the exceptions and not the norm.)
2) Donít be a yes person.
This follows on from point number one. You will find it easier to go home on time when you donít agree to every single thing that is asked of you. Your inbox will never be empty Ė only agree to things that you can manage and that do not interfere with point 1.
3) Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday.
Treat this as your foundation for a more balanced life. Creating a natural rhythm to your day will go a long way to creating balance in your life. You will feel more rested and grounded in reality and less overwhelmed by events that happen during the day.
4) Slow down.
Consciously slow down. Walk slower, drive slower, talk slower. Notice things as you walk. Notice the tree that you pass by each day on the way to work and how it changes color with the seasons. Notice the fresh smell of morning and feel the warm sunshine on your face during the day (or the rain pelting of your face if you live in Ireland) :). Become more aware and awake in general and take your time over your day. Practice some form of daily relaxation exercise such as meditation, yoga or progressive muscle relaxation. Slow down - it is not a race you know!
5) Donít buy into the culture around you if you donít want to.
24-7 News (mostly bad news), the pressures of work, the go go go of modern life Ė this is what the media likes to tell us about our culture. That is not MY culture. I donít agree with it and I donít buy it. I am a human being and unique with my own feelings and needs Ė I donít have to buy into something if it violates my values.
6) Create your own sub-culture involving your friends and family.
Surround yourself with people you like and who like you back. Create you own subculture of activities. Leave the couch and TV and go out and meet people be it through reading groups, charity work, nature rambles and more!
7) Recognize you have the right to be healthier than those around you.
Again donít buy into the bad habits of other people. If everyone else around you drink too much coffee Ė that doesnít mean you have to. If your colleagues at work love to eat fried foods at lunch Ė that doesnít mean you have to. If your peers donít bother to exercise that doesnít mean you have to. Look after yourself!
8) Do something meaningful with your spare time.
Volunteer and do something that suits your personality. Not everyone can have the qualities that are required to go visit and talk to the elderly for example. Find out what skills you have (everyone has them!) and see how you could use those skills to help others.
9) Let go of the need to buy the next big thing.
If you let go of the cravings to keep consuming and buying things you donít need then you might not feel you have to work such long hours. Why do you need that car? Is it something you really NEED or just something you think would be nice to have. Donít forget about all those items you bought and you thought they were great to begin with. You were feeling empty and you thought that this might make your life more exciting or make you feel a bit better. Then the novelty wears off and you have that empty feeling inside that you had before you bought it in the first place. Why do you feel you need to keep up with the neighbors? If they get a big 4 X 4 does that mean you have to? Ask yourself why you feel you have to do that?
10) Develop compassion, patience and tolerance for your fellow people.
Happiness comes from relationships you have with people. We are all very complicated and can have our negative aspects. Developing compassion, patience and tolerance for others will go a long way to having better relationships with people. Accepting how different we all are is the starting point the rest is up to you!
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