Tuesday, February 09, 2010
OK, looking at that little gal, I'm not sure if she's an angel or the devil (she is kind of mean!) but you do know that we all have that little voice inside our head telling us about it when we start making excuses why we "just can't do something" and it generally involves one of our goals and the steps that are necessary to "make it happen!"
I did great in my first week, in fact I exceeded my goals -- all except for one! That one was to go to the gym! I only asked myself to go ONE TIME, how hard could that be. But I distinctly remember leaving the Library and thinking "I could go to the gym now." But those little excuses started to form. I'm so tired, my back is starting to hurt, and I'm hungry. Hmmmm! And did you go to the gym? NO! You did not. So even though you came through with flying colors on everything else, where did you end up? You ate protein for breakfast -- GOOD! And instead of doing it 4 days, you did it the entire 7! You walked 10-15 minutes, you wrote in your journal. Yes! And you did all those things every day! I'm proud of you for that. But did you take notice of your weight. It went up, then down, down a little more, then the last two days it crept up to just 0.2 heavier than what you started at. Your inches were OK, but I'll bet if you'd gotten that gym day in the weight might have been less instead of more!
So now we're on Week 2! You've upped your goals just a bit. Now you expect to walk 15-20 minutes, and you've added a couple more exercises. That's great. You did a good job writing all that down, honey -- now it would make me real proud if you'd just DO THEM! Sure it takes effort, sure it takes time -- but those pounds didn't just fly onto your body from the person sitting next to you, now did they? You know how they got there, and it's going to take some work to get them off. Don't get lazy after all the progress you've made, you've come so far, don't backslide on me now. I'm starting to get used to wearing smaller clothes, I'm even used to not stuffing myself with ice cream way too often.
Remember, darlin' "nothing feels as good as being slim looks." OK, give me that journal, where are my tennis shoes -- I'm on it!!!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Yes! I have either cast a spell or it's just Lady Luck smiling down on me...... whatever the reason, I feel blessed. For four (4) days in a row I have gotten "20" on the spin! Is that unbelievable, or what?
It kind of makes you stop and think that all of us have many things we could be thankful for that we just seem to take for granted. As an example, I was reading a motivational message this morning about a man that passed by a man sitting near a building asking for handouts. As he passed by the beggar said, "Do you have any spare money?" and the man thought to himself "spare money?" -- who in today's age has any spare money? But then he reflected more fully on all the goodness that he had in his life. A nice home, a family, plenty to eat, and a nice car to drive. While he did not have "spare money" he did have money he could spare and with that thought he slipped a few dollars into the man's hand. As he did so he thanked him for the opportunity to count his blessings!
So while many of us do not have spare money, we probably do have some that we could spare. It's like lending a helping hand to friends, or smiling at the stranger, or holding the door open for the person coming up behind you. If we all did one or two kindnesses a day we'd have a happier world, and we would reap the benefits ourselves ten-fold. It has been scientifically proven to give you medical benefits when you do small kindnesses toward another person!
So hugs to you all, and smiles galore! Eve
Saturday, January 30, 2010
It's funny how the simple act of writing down your goals and the actions needed to achieve them can make a difference. But it truly does! Let's say, like me, one of your goals is to walk 15 to 20 minutes each day. As the day wears on, if you haven't as yet completed that goal, it starts to bug you in the back of your mind. You won't be able to write it down in your journal if you haven't done it -- and you can't very well complain if your weight goes up instead of down cause you didn't stick to your end of the bargain.
Making a promise to yourself is an important step. You can cheat on some things, but do you really want to cheat yourself! Do you want to gamble with your health, when something as simple as a 15 minute walk will get you off the hook, and keep you on the straight and narrow.
If it works for walking it can work for other things as well. When faced with the decision of ordering French fries as a side, versus sliced tomatoes; which did you choose? I'd rather have my conscience free to worry about other, more important things, wouldn't you? And when you see the results you'll be pleased you were responsible and stuck to your goals and the steps necessary to make them happen!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I live in an average neighborhood where everyone has enclosed rear yards with 6-foot high block walls. Some of the homes have lawns in the front, some have them in the back -- some do not have lawns at all.
One of the features I loved about the house when I bought it was that there was a nice lawn in the back and beautiful flowering shrubs. There was also a doggie door so my Scottie could go out whenever she wanted, making my time away from home very convenient. There was a yard maintenance when I arrived at my home and until I got unpacked, bought a lawnmower and settled in, I decided to keep them. I soon found out it would cost me $80 per month. That may not seem like much to some of you, but I'm a retired lady, living alone, and to me I had better places to spend that much money. Besides I love doing yard work and it's good healthy exercise.
So now I spend a good part of my time each week mowing, pruning, blowing leaves and twigs, pulling weeds (or spraying them) and all the other little jobs that go along with having a home that looks well maintained. Some of my close friends think I'm silly for doing it myself. I sometimes I think they are silly for paying $80 to have their hair colored or get their nails done. We each have our own little indulgences. Hey! I even wash my own car, so what can I say? lol
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