Monday, February 08, 2010
Weekends are my weak point. I have not been good about tracking or following the plan. Friday I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish over the weekend; and I'll be doggone if I didn't do it! I wanted to eat within my calories and exercise on Sat., but left Sunday as a day off. Fri. night it snowed around here. Which meant Sat morning I had tons of shoveling to do. I live in a condo, and have 2 non-covered parking spots to clear. I cleared my own, the visitor spot and my walkway and 2 of my neighbor's walkways. Oh Yeah! Go Cardio! Well, when I was done, I figured that I was already dressed for it, so I went sledding down my big back hill. I got to be the first on to make tracks! I was exhausted after and hour and a half of shoveling, but did manage 3 runs. Going down was great, but walking back up the hill was killer!
I did it! The snow was so heavy and I am sore, but nowhere near as sore as I would have been had I not been on this journey. All that cardio set a notion in my head to "not blow it" so I stayed in my calories by ordering from the fit and healthy menu at IHop, and watching the calories for the rest of the day. Sunday was kind-of bad as we went to Five Guys Burger to try it out. I did order the little burger (found out later it was 550 calories) and I did enjoy waaaaaaay too many fries (620 calories-YIKES!). We decided it wasn't worth all the hype--we have better non-chain burger joints around the city. I still managed to be fairly good the rest of the day. We did go walking around the mall and I did finally get a new pair of running shoes! I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I finally found a pair I liked at that particular store. Can't swear to being within my range for calories on Sunday (went to a Super Bowl party and ate some "samples" of dips and some great chili).
Over all, I feel pretty good about my week and weekend. I am going mall walking to day and I am going to buy my reward for the week. (I picked lipstick or nail polish; I'll get one today-whichever I like more, and save the other for the next reward time).
Friday, February 05, 2010
Ugh! I know I've been there. And, somedays days, truth be told, the freaking Devil does make me doubt. But he's a LIAR! He is not worth ANYTHING!
I AM. And so are you! RIGHT NOW!
You do not need to change a thing. (Other than your negative thinking.)
You are beautiful.
You are captivating.
You are mysterious.
You are loveable.
You are LOVED!
You are enough.
You have worth.
You have value.
You are strong.
You have rights.
You are creative.
You are fabulous.
You are wonderful.
You are forgiven.
You make good choices.
You are accepted.
And, if someone/something in your life is preventing you from seeing this in you--they are WRONG! You are not crazy! You are WOMAN! We are the example of all that is LOVE!
Now--Go out and let your light shine. Be a blessing in the World! We need YOU!
And, may I just add: Love is NOT EARNED! It is given freely! Give it to yourself and everyone you meet! Now.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
As Chris Downie says, the spiral goes up and it goes down. I've been traveling my journey, visually, as a path. A very long, sometimes up hill climb, sometimes downward, but always moving forward, path. Each step has been marked. Some steps are fast, some slow--but generally, I see them as always forward. Even my bad days/weeks. I'm not sure I like the idea of a spiral. It scares me to know that I could slip up so bad that I just slide down, down, down. I'd rather think of this as one epic journey; with many learning opportunities along the way. Not as something that I could epically fail at. (Been there, done that--it's called DIETING) This is a lifestyle. Every good choice I make is success. But is every bad choice really failure? Or is it a learning opportunity? An opportunity to do better the next time.
I keep thinking about one of the best days of my life. I was in Western Michigan, visiting family and helping to renovate an old Tug Boat. We worked hard! Then we took a day off. My brother, his wife and my daughter went to these awesome sand dunes. Before we left, I promised myself that no matter how hard the climb-I would not complain or whine. (I can get quite whiney, and really, who likes a whiner?) I realized that I made the choice to go and I was going to have the make the most of it and not ruin anyone else's day. Well, if you've ever tried to climb a sand dune, you know it is HARD WORK! It is a lot of effort for very slow progress.
When I finally made it up to the top, I was elated. The view was of a bowl like dune area. It was a huge sand box! My brother took off running down into the bowl. He was practically flying! It looked so fun. I had to give it a try.
That was the closest feeling to "moonwalking" I think we Earth bound people can get. It was so freaking GREAT! We ran up and down that area over and over again. We also found a spot the we could jump off into the soft sand. For a few seconds--we were flying!
I guess my point is that all the hard work can mean a great payoff in the end. It might mean some fun "down hill days". Doesn't it always seem easier to go down a hill? And more fun? More fast? Of course you have to be willing to do the climb first!
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I haven't blogged about this for a while. I've been working on loving my "sexiness". I have been trying to find it and embrace it. I have TONS of new undies and nighties. And really, although I do have a boyfriend, the truth is, wearing them makes me feel sexy for ME! I've been wearing more make-up (well, wearing it more often). Doing my hair with a little more time consumption. And, I finally found my SKINNY JEANS! Oh Yeah! Last pair, in my new smaller size, at (of all places) Target! I rock those things!
For the month of February, I've been thinking back to a very dark year in my life. It was the first year after my divorce. I was about to face (duh, duh, duhn) Valentine's Day--all alone. I didn't want to be feeling like a victim, all sad and pouty. So, I planned a very "romantic" night for myself. Doing all the things that I like and that fill me with joy. I bought food I liked, set a fancy table, lit candles, had a lovely wine, cooked my fabulous food, ate it, and watched romantic movies. I celebrated romance.
I also took the time to write myself a Love Letter. I have kept that letter all these years. (It's been 7) I still go to it and use it as a reminder of everything that is so wonderful about me. As I wrote the letter, I went "out of my body/mind" and thought about it as if I were writing to my very best friend. There is no criticism in it. Only love.
I challenge you to write your own this year. Post it on Valentine's weekend. Let's celebrate love and romance.
Are you in?
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