Sunday, June 10, 2012
I stopped by the grocery store this afternoon to quickly pick up a few items but mainly to pick up prescriptions in the store pharmacy. I managed to travel down the bakery aisle without buying anything other than half of a loaf of Marathon bread (it has various seeds, shredded carrot, pineapple, made with organic wheat flour, etc.)--it's SO good (If you have a Wegman's, check it out). I also meandered down the snack aisle without putting a single item in the cart. I was hungry at the time, and my blood sugar was dropping, so this would normally present me with a challenge.
I came home, took my blood sugar and enjoyed Asian Salad and a slice of the Marthon bread and a glass of half-caf iced tea with fresh lemon balm.
A week ago, I was in a constant state of craving sweet items, but I find that desire is fading. Dont get me wrong, I LOVE sweets and will probably always have to fight that battle, but I've noticed I don't crave them constantly like I did a week ago. Could it possibly be all of this healty food, water, exercise and sleep I'm showering upon myself? It's the only explanation I can come up with.
Bypassing my "red light" foods at the grocery store today, attention to portion size, all of these better decisions have provided me with such a sweet victory -- and I can' think of a better desert!
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Just back from 45 minutes on the river walk with my little miniature long-haired dachshund, Aldo (by the way, he feels good too). It's no wonder my spirits are high and I'm feeling good. I started the day with buying fresh local produce at farmers' market ... and now winding down after a bit of exercise (yay, me)!
If I seemed overly excited about the fact that it's been a good day, that's probably because I've been feeling bad about myself and my lack of motivation / willpower / determination that living a healthier lifestyle isn't just about wanting to be a certain size, or a certain weight, but rather ... I want to LIVE! Truth to be told, I haven't been taking care of my Diabetes the way I should be and I need to make lifestyle changes for good -- not just a few days or a week.
It's been a year of transitions with my daughter moving in, moving out, leaving town, coming back -- not because she's unstable -- but because it's part of her senior year in college and completing a new internship each month. She'll be graduating on Aug. 4 and the next time she moves, it will likely be several hours away to begin her new career. I'm both proud and happy for her and smile knowing how much promise her future holds.
My future on the other hand, feels like a very large question mark. I've been a single mom since my daughter was in 2nd grade. It's all I know. Now that she needs me less, I know I need me more.
So yes, I am deliriously happy I've made progress this week. I don't feel like I'm being punished, or that I'm not getting enough food, or that I'm in some sort of military boot camp. I am simply making better choices, moving more, sleeping more, drinking more water, and taking the absolute best care of me.
I need me to do that!
Saturday, June 09, 2012
I was flipping through my email at work this week and came across "8-Week Kick Off the Summer Program" in one of the subject lines. I was curious. There was a link in the email that took m to an electronic flier that gave the details for an 8-week summer program for area school district and college employees at our local YMCA. Participants have full access to all of the facilities are our Y (walking track, pool, fitness classes, cardio equipment, and weights) ... for $40. That's less than the regular membership for one month! Oh, and there's a bonus, each week participants can attend a one-hour group training session with one of the Y's trainers.
Having been a past Y-goer, I know what a deal that is. The $40 wouldn't even cover that 1-hour of weekly group training under the normal pricing structure. So I stopped by yesterday, registered, selected my group training session time, and I begin on Monday.
My point of all of this is timing. I just started with SP this week. I just started walking this week. Just the few walks I've managed to take have made me feel like moving more -- and now, as crazy as it sounds, I'm gong to start working out at the Y on Monday. The hardest thing for me will be the sticking to it part. I know that. I have a plan!
My plan is 3 visits per week. Sure, I would like to do more, but let's face it ... prior to this week I wasn't exercising at all. Nothing. So if I can take this 8-week program and create a good habit for myself, that's what I'm interested in accomplishing. Getting back into the habit of REGULAR exercise. It's good for my Diabetes, it's good for my mental outlook, it's good for losing weight, heart disease, blood pressure ... (and the list goes on)!
3 trips to the Y per week. I can do that. And I can certainly do that for 8 weeks.
If at the end of the 8 weeks, I'm not feeling better about myself and I absolutely hate it ... then I don't have to go back, I'll try something else. BUT ... if at the end of the 8 weeks I feel better, am making progress toward a healthier lifestyle, and feel great. I'll continue my membership.
I've already spent $40 on one meal out ... I can certainly spend it on 8 weeks toward a healthier me! My mind was playing tricks on me last night and I was thinking ... "but I'd prefer to do something outside..." Easy answer: I can still do that! LOL
This is Y I love SparkPeople ... it motivates me. YOU motivate me! Thank you!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Admittedly, I feel good. I mean really good. Better than I've felt in a while. And this is after 2 days of doing common sense things that I know are good for me. My glucose numbers are improving ... already! I seem to have more energy. I feel happier. I think my dog is even happier!
Over the next two weeks, I really want to focus on getting into a routine of getting enough sleep, drinking more water, eating healthier foods, tracking what I eat, taking my meds without fail, and somehow, someway, getting 30 minutes of activity each day. Today that meant 18 minutes over lunch break and another 15 minutes tonight with my dog. Eventually, I want to see myself progress into some other kinds of cardio and some free weights, but Rome wasn't built in a day and I'm more concerned with building a foundation for myself right now and then progressively building upon it.
Day 1 and Day 2, you both rocked. Day 3 ... you will also rock because I will make you!
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