Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wow! Four months after my last blog entry, I see little progress, mainly due to little effort. I have decreased a couple of my measurements by an inch or two, probably because I have more overall activity in my day to day life. The numbers on the scale are merciless, though, and I have gained a pound.
So much has happened in the last few months: Christmas came and went with all its accompanying parties, I moved, I started my job in a new location (same company and position, different team), I rekindled an old relationship, I had a breast cancer scare (I don't have it, but had to get tested after finding lumps), and I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, leaving me with a cough and cold-like symptoms for weeks after a single strenuous workout. So many reasons for excuses.
Time once again to stop saying "I need to..." And time to start doing. Today is almost over, really too late to undo the poor choices I have made. Tomorrow I will start tracking again. Tomorrow I will get back to choosing better options. For now I will be encouraged that my complacency is ending, and thankful that I will start learning to work within stressors instead of using them as excuses to misbehave with food.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I had another work party today. This one was not as successful as the last. It was a work meeting, but as a treat for all of our hard work on the committee, we met at a restaurant. There were appetizers and beverages. We did not place our order, everything was ordered for us, so there was very little control of the choices. At least that's what I used as an excuse. I did a good job of watching the portion size, but nobody forced me to put the apple strudel on my plate or top it with whipped cream. Likewise, I would have found it easier getting my eight glasses of water in today if I had opted for that instead of the 8 oz. bottle of Coke. I topped it off with a glass of egg nog when I returned home.
Parties are not going to disappear, especially this time of year. I think, rather than getting discouraged, I can take this opportunity to re-evaluate how I will approach these events. Instead of enjoying too many of the treats that will be served, I can see the party itself as a treat. I get a chance to see friends, family, or co-workers. I get the chance to enjoy a nice atmosphere. I get a chance to enjoy the moment. After all, that's the reason I go to most of these events anyway. I can also imagine the party that I will feel like having when I finally lose the weight, when I finally reach my goals. That will be a reason to celebrate! The fact that I'm starting the journey is a reason to celebrate. So come on, let's get the party started!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
He may be a little crazy, but he never quits. He just keeps going. It's an admirable quality, the ability to outlast everyone and everything else. I don't necessarily think I have to outlast everyone, but it would be nice to go further than the people who give up. It would be nice to keep going to the point in the future when I finally reach my ideal weight, in spite of any obstacles or setbacks.
The future is still up to me. It's only day four, so it's easy to be an optimist. Things have been going well and other than an occasional craving, it really hasn't been that bad. The point inevitably hits, though, when I get tired of keeping track of everything I eat and going without the things I used to have without a second thought.
When I was going to school for graphic design I worked full time, went to school time, had a second, part-time job, and was also taking piano lessons. Sometimes at night I would cry and think "I can't do this for another two years." I would have a small pity party, then say one more thing: "but I can do this for one more day." I hope, when things become harder and when I feel like giving up, I can remember the wisdom I had back then. Maybe I can't do this for another year or two, but I can do this for one more day. I can!
Monday, December 10, 2012
It snowed yesterday. It gave me an automatic workout, since my car was buried underneath all ten inches and I needed to shovel it out to go to work. I'm thankful for days like this when I don't have to decide whether to exercise. I just do it. It's easier, somehow. I think that may be a helpful mindset. Just plan on it, don't decide from day to day whether to follow through.
I had to navigate a happy hour today. It's difficult because I wanted to join my co-workers, and I don't fee right about going and not ordering anything. There really weren't healthy appetizer choices. I stuck with diet coke, a few peanuts, and some boneless wings with sesame asian sauce, and that was my evening meal. I have a few calories left for a light snack before bed, and that makes me really happy. I was able to participate and not feel deprived, and I still have something to look forward to later.
I stepped on the scale this morning and it showed a slight weight gain. It's probably a reflection of day one when I was still eating my regular food and not yet making changes. Yesterday when I started really watching what I ate I cut my calorie count in half from the previous day in order to stay within the recommended guidelines, so I am sure the slight gain was due to previous bad habits and not a reflection of the last two days. I'm hoping this journey continues to go well. I know it will be worth it.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
I am probably not going to literally run today. We just received snow overnight, and by the time it stops a total of ten inches of accumulation is expected. I might see if I can navigate a walk, but otherwise I will probably by using my resistance tubing in lieu of cardio.
What I am going to do is track my calorie intake and stay within the recommeded guidelines, making sure to get my eight glasses of water and five fruits and vegetables in. It's been a long time since I have exercised any discipline in this area, but I think it will be OK. I have noticed that when I started disciplining myself in the area of money management and following a budget I felt like I had more money than I did when I just spent as I wished. I will view this journey as a way to budget my food intake each day. I will have my guidelines in front of me and my goal in mind, and with that I will find success.
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