Thursday, September 04, 2014
I want a healthy lifestyle and slowly realizing that there isn't a finish line in a lifestyle. I have read that, but never internalized it. I realize that every time I gain weight or loose muscle, it is just a lesson of what not to do next time. I get very frustrated. So I turn my struggles into challenges. I post the lessons I learn on my wall where I can easily read them while exercising. Here are just a few.
*Don't compare yourself with anyone. Not a friend, not family, & especially not lighter self. When those thoughts creep in, remind yourself that those lbs gained will make you stronger. It is much easier to get back on the horse now instead of 5 or 10 years older. Remember, this is a life change. It scares me so much to think "can I keep this up in my 80's?" So I am learning how to adjust my program when needed. The more times I have to adjust, the stronger I am at it.
*Don't let thoughts like "If I would have not gained back those pounds, I would be at __________lbs now. That is just another form of beating yourself up. Only time you should look at the thinner you, is to embrace that you did it once and you can do it again. Just this time you are smarter because of it.
*Don't put undue pressure on yourself. Figure out what attitude you had the first time around and keep that attitude. When I gained all mine back, I put horrible pressure on myself. It only made me miserable. Once I figured it out, I tried to lighten up my attitude and have fun. DON"T ALLOW ANYONE to beat you up, especially yourself.
*Remember you are getting stronger. Physically and mentally. You need both to weather the storms of life. The weight gain was just a really big learning opportunity.
* Don't think about your "struggles". Instead turn them into challenges. Today's workout may be harder than it was, but it will get easier and you will be stronger for it.
*Appreciate your amazing body. Any activities you do throughout the day makes you stronger. You are a beautiful person. So don't beat up on yourself. Just learn the lessons and progress forward to be a better you.
Set in place check points. I weigh every morning and question what makes the scale go up/down. I check my blood pressure and log food, and exercises, mood, attitude, and energy. I use SP website to log all of it. I use the reports to see what I am doing well and what needs improving. We are in this journey together. Remember, if it were easy, there would be nothing to learn:) Sometimes I get really tired of learning. That is when I look over the lessons I have learned and think maybe I might be a bit better than I used to be. Good luck and have fun. It truly is an adventure.