Monday, August 15, 2011
I have been on my journey for nearly 2 years now and I know several things about myself that ONLY this journey could have taught me:
It is about how I feel and not about how I look.
One good choice almost always leads to the second.
Lying to myself is stupid because, DUH, I know the truth too! (that is code for if you have 50 grams of something, say it is 50 grams and not say 30!!)
And most important, if I don't put in the work that is a choice that I make and I will not offer an excuse. Every choice is mine alone to make, good or bad.
So, with what I have learned I know I need to get back into the good habits of logging my food. So, that is my promise to myself. I am not happy with how I feel after the few extra pounds from vacation. The choice is mine alone, do I eat well and exercise or do I go back to not feeling good about myself?
Feeling good about myself is a gift I did not have for most of life. Now I do. I won't get on the scale because that is just depressing. If it takes a month or a year to get off the few extra pounds well so be it.
Feeling good about yourself is a gift, and that gift is priceless!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Yesterday I blogged about the cost, for me, of a buffet on my up coming vacation. Not the actual cost of the food, but what it would cost to my lifestyle.
I gave it alot of thought all day. Did I, a self proclaimed fruggle person, want to spend $20 a day to work out at the gym, when two days of that can pay for an entire month of gym at home?
Here is what I decided. The fact that I have a plan is huge for me. THIS is the lifestyle that I want to live. I know that health and my weight all come down to two choices, what I eat and how I move.
For food, I am going to do what I always do, just be mindful and make better choices. Stay away from the high calorie foods opting for more vegetables and fish choices. And for me, knowing that I can't drink like I did when I was in my 20's.
For movement, I am not going to pay the ridiculous fee of $20 per day to use the elliptical!!! But what I am going to do, room dancing. It came to me when I got out of the shower today and was doing my normal dancing around the room while I got dressed. I can do 30 minutes of aerobic dancing for free and know that I am living a happy healthy lifestyle while spending time with my family on vacation.
Gosh I love the fact that things are now so clear for me. For all the years I thought that I had to be "ON" a diet or "OFF" a diet I was so wrong. I can live my life. I can enjoy my life and all I have to think about are the two choices I have each and every day. AM I going to make a better choice on foods and AM I going to make the choice to move?
Three days till vacation and for the first time in 46 years, have a plan!!!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I am headed to Vegas next week on vacation and I really want to go to the Buffet at the Bellagio. To be honest I have not checked the cost.
What I did look into was the fitness center at the hotel we are staying at. I was almost blown over that it was $20 per day. Ummm, silly me thought it would be free.
I am self described as fruggle, and at times have been called cheap! It is not that I am so cheap, to be honest I LOVE to spend money. What I hate is to do is to waste money. What I buy has to have value or I won't buy it.
Back to the price of my Vegas Buffet. The value to me of the buffet is $20/day. I can sit at a slot machine and not give it a second thought to play $20. But this is the first time I am going on a real vacation since I started my journey to a happy healthy life.
Some of the things I have learned in my almost two years of my journey; it is all about the choices. I choose to have pancakes with no butter and sugar free syrup when I go out to breakfast instead of hash browns, bacon and eggs with an extra order of toast.
Another lesson is that when I over do something there needs to be accountability and a plan to stay on track. The fact that I am making my plan to stay on track, even with the buffets and the alcohol for me is huge.
So, I am going to finish thinking about it for the rest of the day, but I think that $20 just might be a value for me.
After all, since there really is not end to this journey, isn't it really all about the lessons we learn along the way that make each day more clear?
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