Sunday, June 09, 2013
Why go to all this effort? What's the real payoff? Obviously, we all want to see lower numbers on the scale, to have a socially acceptable body size, and to be able to do some things that overweight may be holding us back from trying now. But for me, personally, the real reason for starting this journey is all about health. My last physical revealed that my blood pressure was borderline high, and I know that in my family there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other weight-related issues. I have been lucky so far to enjoy good health, but as I am well into the second half of my life now, I don't want to take good health for granted. I know that health problems can result from decades of poor lifestyle choices; I want to avoid that, if I can. I can't go back and redo my 20s, 30s and 40s, but I can significantly change the way I live my 50s, 60s, and beyond--and that's my goal! To live a healthy lifestyle, to avoid weight-related and sedentary-lifestyle-related diseases, and to be here, healthy, for my kids' adult years, and for any future grandkids'! And I want to teach/encourage my family to develop healthier lifestyles, too. And if I can look better, fit into (smaller) clothes more comfortably, and have more energy to do more things, too, all the better!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
The last couple of days have not been my best, healthy-eating-wise! A birthday, an end-of-school celebration (I teach part-time), and a date with my DH have offered more temptation to overeat than I could resist!
But the good news is that, with SparkPeople's help, I've not gotten into the "drat, I've ruined my diet, now I might as well give up and go back to my old (unhealthy) ways" thinking that I've fallen into so many times before! I was reminded that a bad choice (or a few bad choices) is not the end of the world; it's only a step along the way. Yes, maybe a step backwards. But I can pick up where I am and continue going forward.
This thinking has really made a difference! I've gotten right back into exercising, and eating healthy at the next meal, and not thinking I'm a total loser for "failing" this week. That's a major difference in attitude, and I find I am finishing the week fairly pleased with my performance, overall, instead of being down in the dumps! So grateful for the motivation SparkPeople brings into my life!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Every day I have the choice: get my exercise for the day, or find other things to spend my time on, instead. Honestly, it's hard to get going, some days. I am just not in the mood to go work out! I really enjoy going to the gym for the social time: exercising with a friend always makes the workout go so much faster! But it's harder to be motivated when my friend won't be coming along. Or when it's too hot out. Or when I've already had to go to work and then clean my house, and I'm tired . . . . But if I think ahead to how I'll feel an hour from now, it helps. Either I'll be feeling heavy and tired and guilty for wasting time, or I'll be feeling refreshed and energized and proud that I did what I knew was good for me. When I think it out like that, it's easy to choose: exercising really makes me feel happier! And if it's a day that's been non-stop action day, it really doesn't hurt to make the effort to do at least one 10-minute video--and I can feel like I've accomplished something good for my body, however small!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I've been on my Sparkpeople "journey" about a month now; time to take stock. There have been two out-of-town and away-from-Sparkpeople trips in the last month, but overall I've tried to keep the program goals in mind. I know it's working!
I dislike weighing myself (best to avoid being too closely tied to whether the numbers on the scale are going down, or going down fast enough), but I can already feel some changes. I do have more energy! I do find myself more willing to try new physical challenges. I love walking, and have been challenging myself to walk faster. Next goal: jogging! Also, I have noticed my clothes fitting better, and even getting loose!
I also am really coming to look forward to eating my vegetables every day! They are so colorful, so many different textures and tastes; they fill my plate and my stomach, and I know they're good for my health . . . I am liking the challenge of making healthy meals that my family actually likes, too! (I sure appreciate all the Sparkrecipes I've tried so far--what a great resource!)
So this stuff must be working. I am so encouraged, and looking forward to seeing how I am doing at the end of another month!
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