Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Once in awhile your social life gets in the way of your goals. That's happened to me more than once. But in the long run I think I have come out the winner! While it's true I'm behind a pound on my current goal, I am making good friends that will be around for years and years!
Having friends keep your spirits and motivation up, therefore it is a good thing!
Sometimes even though the scale tells you progress is not being made, you put on a pair of pants that used to be tight, and now they are looking great! That's progress!
If a goal is so inflexible that you cannot enjoy your life and it starts getting in the way of "real living" then it is not a good goal. Be realistic in your expectations!
I have been doing more WORK than WORK-OUTS! But..... while the scale is not applauding me, my house is looking pretty spiffy! Painting is done in my Kitchen/Family Room and as soon as that wallpaper arrives, that will get done too! And I have managed to fit in three work-outs over the past week, not quite what I'd like, but not too bad.
One of the things I have learned after all the time I've spent on SP is that you have to learn to be flexible. Flexible in your expectations, flexible in your exercise, once in awhile even flexible in your food choices at times. Besides all that, if you are never flexible, you will find that your motivation will start to lag. Why? Because you're not really living your life any longer, you are chained to an unrealistic "schedule" to get to your goal. Ease up! Life is short and living a healthy lifestyle should include living a Happy Healthy Lifestyle!
It takes a variety of weather types to make a good "climate" it's the same with life!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Is this kind of how you feel after a day at work? Or housework? Or, like for me right now, a full day of painting?
Whew! I feel like I must have burned off 1000 calories at the very least! But, for most of us -- every though we are tired out to the core, as far as burning calories go, working hard isn't the same as working-out hard!
I don't know why that is, probably because it's not actually cardio -- your heart isn't racing, although your brain certainly needs a rest! Sorry to tell you, but even after a hard day of WORKING, your body could still use a good WORK OUT so yes, go hit the gym. It's just what your body needs to get in shape, and to stay in shape!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I used to tear my hair out looking at that far off goal of 10, 15 or 20 pounds off by my birthday (October) or the end of the year! As a gal with a small amount of patience, it's hard to be told "slow is best" because I like instant gratification
Then I was reading this article about "short term goals" and how they could help. And as you reached each goal, you could give yourself a little reward -- or at the very least, check them off as DONE!
I am now into my 3rd week (always on Sunday) of doing that. My goal was just half a pound each week. Very reasonable and attainable! The first Sunday I was elated as I was ahead of my goal by 1.4 pounds.
The second week I didn't do as well -- it was a stressful week, and tiring. I found that I tend to stuff my face when I'm overly tired ! So when Sunday rolled around, I was still ahead of my goal, but by only .2 of a pound! But still, ahead is ahead!
This is the 3rd Sunday for my weigh-in and I'm really happy to report that I'm back to the 1.4 pounds ahead of goal weight. Woo Hoo! Truly love short goals!
Friday, January 20, 2012
When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.
YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?
Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.
YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
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