Monday, August 29, 2011
This week, my WW leader had a very good point and I think I just lived it this Sunday! He was talking about getting "unstuck" with weight loss. Sometimes we lose motivation, are stressed, etc and derail ourselves from our goals. There comes a point where we just "turn off" the switch and our weight loss efforts are more or less out the window.
Of course, those are my words, not his. But the whole point was that we turn our motivations, goals, weight loss efforts on and off. When they are off is when we are stuck...How do we turn that light switch back on?
Yesterday, I found myself tired. I had a busy morning, but got up and did the things I need to do. When I got back from the grocery store, I wanted to cut up the fruits and vegetables for the week, it makes the rest of the week easier on me. What did I do? I layed on the couch and watched a Netflix movie. I was really tired (had driven a little over 200 miles the day before and only about 4 hours sleep) and ended up taking a nap. I continued watching TV, because I had a second Netflix movie, which was really heartwarming, but still on the couch. Then I decided, I have to at least make a decent dinner so I don't eat ice cream on the couch. I made dinner, but ate in front of the TV. So...yesterday, although relaxing, turned out to be a dud of a day in my opinion. There is so much I could have done, but I chose to be in front of the TV. Why?
I think truly, it was two things. The first, I was dead tired. I should have gone to my bedroom and taken a nap instead. Lesson learned. Secondly, I think I had my light switch off because of my tiredness and because I have so much to do, it is overwhelming. It was easier to just ignore my responsibilities for the day and do nothing. My inner child was throwing a tantrum.
I need to remember I am an adult and nothing in life is gained by being a bump on a log. Today is Monday, it is 930a and I need to be working. I need to workout and I still need to cut those fruits and veggies, pay bills and get some laundry done all before about 2pm.
It's time to write my to-do list for the day and start crossing things off!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So....when I was in HS, I always imagined that I would be thin and get my weight issues under control by the time I had graduated college. Well, I have graduated 3 times now (2 undergrads and a Masters) and I am STILL dealing with my weight issues. What gives?!
I just realized that my High School (HS) reunion is in 86 days. I know this because I am planning it, not sure how that happened, but it did. So...I am a little dumbfounded right now because it just hit me that this is my 15th year of being out of HS and I am still fat and unhappy with my body! I am about 40 lbs up from what I was in high school and I am just a little sad about that. I can change it...I should make this my challenge! I think I can lose 30 lbs in 3 months...10 lbs a month is not to bad of a goal!
Today will be Day 86! For the next 86 days I will do the following:
* Stay within 1500-1600 calories (unless my weight drops then I will readjust)
* Exercise each day for at least one hour
* 8 glasses of water each day
* At least 5 servings of veggies and fruit everyday
* No refined sugar, no flour (I have Celiacs)
* Go to at least 3 exercise classes each week because I enjoy them and it will keep me going!
* No eating after 7pm, I have a bad habit of eating in front of the TV
* Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
* Take my vitamins
Day 86! I shot my breakfast, had Gluten Free pancakes for the first time and didn't realize they were so calorie heavy! Whoa! But, I still have a few calories that I can make do for the rest of the day.
Monday, August 22, 2011
The more you do something you don't want to do, the more unhappy you make your life. The more unhappy you make you life, the more you rely on your vices. The more you rely on your vices, in my case, the more you weigh!
Well...I think I made an important life choice last week, then got scared away. But sitting at work in a job I don't like, much less love, just reinforces the fact that the choice I made to change has to move forward. Despite my fear, despite the fact that this economy is not ideal, despite the fact that other people have advised me not do do something because of their fear, I think its time for me to trust myself. It's time for me to believe in my ability and make decisions in my life that will help me get to a happy place in this world.
That includes my health...I think I fear being a normal size woman. Believe it or not, it is so much easier to hide in society when you are a big girl. Craziness...
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I am convinced of this! This morning I had every intention of having gone to the grocery store, Target and pay my bills by 11am so I can go to the beach and relax. Well, I made a healthy breakfast this morning and thought I would turn on the tube while I ate. That was about 8am. It's now after 11a and I still need to shower.
I have realized over time that the TV is my taboo. When I am done with work, I really just want to veg out in front of the TV. This starts around 7ish and then I find I am watching an episode of Seinfeld, which I love but have probably seen every episode already, which ends at 11pm. Where did my evening go? I am wasting my brain cells. Of much more worthy note, I am being inactive on the couch, usually wanting to eat something because the couch and I have a very bad snacking relationship. I know this is how I gained a lot of weight. I think I convinced myself somehow that I "deserved" couch time because I worked all day, my stress level is always through the roof and its the "least" I could do to make myself feel better.
In actuality...it is the LEAST I can do to keep my body healthy, it's the LEAST I can do for my self-esteem and it's the LEAST I can do to treat my body well. I need to starting thinking differently.
* What is the MOST I can do to keep my body healthy?
* What is the MOST I can do for my self-esteem?
* What is the MOST I can do to treat my body, mind and spirit well?
I know the answer is not be a couch potato. It's time to make a change!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
As many of you know, I recently found out I have Celiac's. Which means no gluten, no bread, no processed food (for the most part), no sauces, no whole grain bread yumminess...I have cut it all out. I do feel 100 times better, but my weight has halted. It stopped going down and now, I am going back up. I just don't understand this. My body does not function like a normal person's body does because of this disease. But, I am not eating like a crazy person, I have been eating healtier than I have in probably the last two years. But it feels like my body doesn't want to budge. It is beyond frustrating.
So, I decided that this week, I am going to stick to 1500 calories, exercise once a day, even if it's 20 minutes, make sure I am getting enough protein and water, as well as taking my vitamins each and every day. I will try this for one month and see what happens. I now know I can have brown rice, I can't have corn products or sugar (triggers my migraines) and potatoes seem to be okay.
I am going to plan out my week right now and go to the store to make sure I have everything I need. I am all sweaty cause I just got back from the gym, but will take a quick shower as soon as I finish my grocery list.
Frustrated but determined!
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