Friday, January 31, 2014
Every time this challenge (and all the others similar thereto) comes up, I'm stymied. I just never consider thinking about the positive things I do. I'm not a downer/beat 'em up kind of person, but just have trouble giving myself accolades for the little things that come up and get handled. BUT ... reading through my blogs and reading the positive feedback from others, I realize that those "little things" are really BIG. Today's challenge was to focus on three recent positive steps and write them down...so here goes.
#1. I am 100% more mindful of my eating habits! A personal challenge I made in November because of a gobbling habit I realized I had. It's still not absolutely automatic yet, but it's still 100% better. Plus I am now in the habit of also sipping my water between most bites. (still room for improvement there:)
#2. I am MUCH more active than I was before SparkPeople. I mean REALLY MUCH more. I remember how amazed I was when I got my first step tracker and realized how little I was moving. Well, then that tracker croaked and I got the SparkPeople Activity Tracker which has become my best friend and EVERYTHING changed. I discovered I loved dancing (never learned how to really dance, but what the heck) to classical type music (a CD I ran across when cleaning out a junk closet) and can really work up a sweat! it's an every morning ritual now. I'm also in the habit of marching in place when preparing meals, waiting in line, waiting for my furry walking buddy to get his 'thing' done, doing dishes ... you name it. The feet love moving now. Still haven't mastered slicing things yet, but I'm getting better...I think. (I've even learned how to march when I'm hunkered down cleaning up my furry buddy's business!!!)
#3. I am more relaxed within myself than I've ever been in my life. I am not what you would describe as a religious person ... I don't attend church ... but I do have faith in God as our Maker. But since childhood I've always been critical of myself. Even after earning promotions at my work. I never really felt that I truly deserved them. So, each little good thing I do now is a much bigger good feeling ... whether anyone else notices or not. I am at peace with myself at this time in my life and have no intention of allowing that feeling to dissipate in any way.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Today's challenge ... talk yourself past those negative self-talks that might "excuse" not following your healthy eating/living habits (or someday habits). Yes, tracking EVERYTHING is a challenge itself ... committing to it is a totally different challenge. I've caught myself "forgetting" to list an exercise I actually wanted to get in. Then, when I'd go back to check on myself and not see it ... gone. Then I try and tell myself I DID do it. Sure, Steph.
I have corrected that little problem by making sure whatever I need to get done is on my list so I know it'll happen. With me, if it's in print, it's going to get done. I feel good about that. Still working on getting everything in print, though. Always something!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Today's challenge ... forget the clock and eat when your stomach tells you it needs you to eat. OH BOY!
I do believe I've become a "clock eater". Got that little habit from my years of working in an office, I guess. I actually watch the clock so I don't eat a snack "too" soon after breakfast & lunch. BUT, even after watching the clock, I'll allow myself to indulge in my snack regardless because I'm hungry. Not wanting to take anything for granted, it'll actually be fun to keep checking up on me today just to make sure my gut is telling me the truth. Good idea, huh!?! I'm really going to enjoy THIS one!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Today's challenge is to plan tomorrow's meals in advance. Oh boy ... we've been housebound for the past week due to icy road conditions and our "larder" is definitely waning. BUT we have a great freezer and plenty of canned/dry goods to work with.
Breakfast: Veggie "Omelet"
Lunch: Tuna salad (already prepared today) and a rice cake
Dinner: Baked Swai, baked potato, frozen veggies
Snack: Rice cake & cottage cheese, celery strips with peanut butter and an apple
Friday, November 15, 2013
Okay. It's back to "slow down and savor your food" time. For me, The Gobbler, THAT challenge will always be just that ... a challenge. While I do believe I've slowed down a bit, I know that I'm always the first to finish my meals...still. So, today will be focused on counting my bites before swallowing...again. Now, if I did this challenge 30 full days in a row, it might just become a really healthy habit!!! Yep. 11/15 - 12/15 I'm counting chews! Hopefully I won't "learn" how to chew faster!!!
11/16/2013 Yesterday was GREAT! I made my challenge!!! And if I hadn't come back to yesterday's ramble, I would have forgotten my very own challenge. WHEW! I actually did count all my chews this morning, but actually had not remembered my 30-day goal. That's a good sign, so here I go again, hoping for greater control and accomplishment. YES WE WILL!
11/19/2013 So far so good!!! Counting is starting to happen without my planning! If that's as close to this new habit as I can get, so be it. It works! NOW I realize that I chew really fast. Yesterday I concentrated on it really hard and kept catching myself getting to 15 chews way too fast. Getting better at sipping water in between bites, but it's not a habit yet. All those "little" steps just to reach one goal. Whew! Wonder how many more I'll find before I can actually feel that not gobbling is a habit. It'll be worth it. It truly is those "little" things in life that truly count.
11/26/2013 Still having to concentrate on chewing slowly, but I am making headway...I think. My new "habit" may end up being just to concentrate on "slow" and "steady". That'll be a good habit anyway! The water sipping is still in the work stage...apparently I'm also a guzzler, too. Yep. That's me. The Gobbler/Guzzler Gal. I'm not worried. I know I'll get things under real control and get to my prized Nibbler/Sipper stage.
12/3/2013 It's still a work-in-progress. However, I THINK it's getting easier to slow down and savor. I've never been one to pat myself on the back, thus the continual questioning. Weird, yes. The sipping between bites is slowly getting to be more automatic, but I haven't gotten it down pat yet. I'm not going to give up 12/16 though. I'm going to get this "exercise" down pat before I'll believe I made it.
12/7/2013 I caught myself taking the biggest bite I could! I chewed it 25 times and took my (almost habitual!!!) drink of water. THEN I paid more attention to the bite size (again). It's amazing how much food you can get onto a little spoon! See? Just ANOTHER example of my over zealous eating pattern. BUT, overall, I really am getting the hang of paying attention and savoring every bite. It's working. It's not perfect yet, but it's working!!!
12/11/2013 OH BOY ... I actually had to refill my cup of water before I finished breakfast! Now, it's no big deal for most everyone else, but man oh man it's a biggy to me! It's a FIRST! (I'm pretty sure) Still having to super concentrate on not garbage grinding each bite, but at least the concentration part is becoming a habit. That has got to be a step in the right direction.
12/16/2013 Well, my personal 30-day challenge is now history. Yes, I have seen results from it. Tiny steps still lead us to our destination! And I was right ... my challenge has become a bit of a habit (thank goodness!) and I AM more conscious of my chewing/swallowing. I find myself counting chews automatically (I mean I catch myself counting) and for that I am grateful. I'm NOT going to let go of this goal. OH! I filled my water cup THREE times this morning!
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