Friday, August 30, 2013
I've heard of people who have stated that even if you don't feel like exercising, you should go do it anyway because it feels so great when you're done. I have never experienced that. I may have felt relieved when I finished, knowing I did enough to be able to track my fitness minutes, but I didn't necessarily feel better physically when I finished than when I started. Today it finally happened. Today I was tired and had to fight my way to the pool (even though I love swimming). Today I felt physically drained and was completely unmotivated, except for the fact that if I went I knew I would break 750 fitness minutes for the month. I wanted to do that because I never had.
I went to the pool and spent about twenty minutes treading water while talking with a family from my apartment complex, five minutes doing the breast stroke, and five minutes doing the front crawl. Nothing too strenuous, but I got it done. On my way back to my apartment I was amazed to find I had energy, I was not as tired as I had been, and I was feeling strong. I felt like I had not only had a great stretching and toning session, but I was also relaxed. It finally happened! It makes me excited to swim again tomorrow.
Friday, August 23, 2013
There are several reasons I know things are going well. For starters, I have not used slip-ups as an excuse to stop doing what I know is good for me. Last weekend I took a mini-vacation with two girlfriends. We went to a small town where there were very limited food options (at least that was my excuse). On two of the four days I didn't have as many opportunities for exercise, as we spent most of the day in the car. So much for good habits! However, on Monday I got right back in the swing of things. It was my birthday, and I was still able to stay within my allotted calorie total for the day. I filled myself up with great company instead of cake, and I didn't even miss the cake! Today at work I was able to indulge in an unplanned donut, and when I went out for drinks with co-workers I was content with a diet coke and a single serving of peanuts. I stayed within my allotted calorie content even with all of that, and I didn't feel deprived.
Another way I know I'm on the right track...when I indulged last weekend I gained two pounds. It's already back off, I think mainly due to getting back to drinking water and exercising, and I'm on my way to losing another pound. I'm seeing it go in increments.
I think that not feeling deprived is another indicator that things are working for me this time. I have not felt like I have been severely restricted. If I had, I would have rebelled. I would have gone on a binge and not gone back to the healthy eating and exercise plan for months. I'm sticking with it!
Motivation? It's still with me. It's been great to see the changes in my life, and I want to keep on the path to health.
How do you know that you are on the right track?
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I think I'm finally getting to the point where I can recognize what enough looks and feels like. I know it will always be easy to override my body's natural mechanism that tells me when I am full. It's been a habit for far too long to just think it will go away completely, but I have recently had some success with realizing that I don't need to eat more to be satisfied.
At work on Friday there were bagels for a birthday celebration for a co-worker. Typically I would have eaten one even though I had already eaten a full breakfast. This time I was able to recognize that not only was I not really hungry, but that I wasn't craving the bagels even with them right in front of me. That made it a lot easier for me to walk away.
Yesterday I thought that I wanted a day to just eat whatever I felt like without worrying about fat or calories. I made a plate of nachos. Some of my newly-acquired healthier habits must be taking root, however, because when I finally decided to track what I ate that day I found that, surprisingly, I was still on track. I went over in my fat intake, but that has been typical of my journey so far. When I stop losing weight I will take a look at trying to bring that back in line, but for now I am taking baby steps with some of my unhealthiest habits and that is enough.
What would happen if I were to apply this principle of "enough" to the rest of my life? A spirit of gratitude for the people in my life and the things I have. A desire to share what I have more freely, to give more generously. If I have enough, I can give more to others. I would be less inclined to use shopping to fill up the empty spaces of boredom or lethargy. I'm responsible with my money, but I could certainly save more than I do...so that I have enough not just for today, but also for the future. I am coming to the realization that there are enough blessings to go around. I just need to recognize and share them.
Monday, August 05, 2013
This is the first time I have stayed with a health goal for more than thirty days. The first time I have gone for more than two weeks drinking water as my main beverage. The first time I have consistently incorporated exercise into a weight loss plan. The first time I have hope that this will work.
In July I clocked over five hundred fitness points. Not bad for the girl who didn't like to go outside, who was always the last one chosen for a team in school gym class, or who couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to be consistent even with activities I did like. Not bad for someone who is used to going with the flow and giving up easily. I didn't walk away from doing what would be good for my body.
I think all of this success is going to my head. I mean, today at work I had the courage to stand up for myself in a situation where I would have typically tried to run from the conflict. And you know what? It felt great. I felt like I was able to get my point across and remain firm, doing what was best for the people I serve, while still allowing the other party to walk away with dignity. I was able to make a difference, and that success is sweeter to me than a success I had last week which greatly benefited my company and the clients I serve. I was able to face the people in question later in the day without worrying if they were upset with me. I didn't walk away. I didn't walk away!
It's been a great week (month, actually) for me. My hope is for everyone here to have a great journey, hopefully accomplishing many firsts along the way.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This past week was all about consistency for me. I was focused on drinking enough water, avoiding soda, and getting at least ten minutes of exercise in per day. I did really well!
After a few false starts I finished strong with drinking water as my main beverage. A couple of days I surprised myself by drinking ten glasses instead of eight. I wasn't aiming to drink more than eight, I just reached for water instead of other beverages and found myself easily meeting that goal. Soda continues to beckon, but I resisted the temptation to buy some both the night I attended a concert in the park and when I went grocery shopping. Two wins!
Exercise has been fun. I have been swimming, one of the only workouts that doesn't feel like work to me. I'm hoping to find another activity that I can do indoors, or a relatively inexpensive indoor pool, for the winter. Minnesota is not very conducive to outdoor activities once the temperatures drop. I think this week, in addition to swimming, I will try out some of the SparkPeople videos. It's time to conquer that laziness, stubbornness, or lack of confidence and get moving. I feel a little silly when I try to run--it's not pretty and I end up stopping every time I see a car coming because I'm embarrassed by my lack of ability, but I will never improve that way. I should be thankful that I am able to run, whatever it looks like, and focus on improving, getting stronger, increasing endurance. I am not "that person" that exercises...but I can become her and it will amaze me when I am no longer the person with the least athletic ability or the last one chosen for a team. I'm looking forward to that!
Here's to a week of trying a few new things...time to get moving!
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