Saturday, July 26, 2014
Inspired by various spark friends, from SparkGuy to Kpetsche (1,000 days!!) I decided to start my own streak. I've been doing a minimum of 10 minutes a day, every day. Up til this point, I did something most days, but then I had days where I'd skip exercise entirely, then end up feeling like a slug.
My hope is to fend off sluggishness, long term. It's a domino effect for me, and it spills into every area of my life.
Today was Day 14 of my streak. I had a busy day, leaving the house at 6am for a volunteer gig, then doing some house-related tasks, then getting ready for our camping trip. By 5:45pm I was ready to have dinner and call it a day. Then I remembered my streak. Ugh.
I put one of my teenagers in charge of dinner, and went for a brisk 20 minute walk. We live in a hilly neighborhood, and I made the most of it. Sluggishness avoided, at least for today, thanks to the streak. It was enough to give me a second wind, and give me the spark to spend a few minutes on a few other tasks I tend to avoid.
Ultimately, I hope that walking/swimming/some kind of exercise will become a part of my natural, daily routine. It will be just part of any normal day. Until then, I'll go for a streak.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I've been needing to shake things up a bit. So, inspired by Spark Guy (and all the other streakers out there), I want to start a streak of my own. I will exercise for at least 10 minutes a day, every day.
Today is Day One. Let's see where this takes me.
How about you? Are you into streaks?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For the past month, most days, I have been spending a good deal of time at my parents', helping my Mom as she recovers from her second surgery in 6 months, and helping my Dad hold down the fort. I am fortunate to be able to do this. They live about 15 miles away, my kids are old enough to not need me every second, my husband supports me in this endeavor, I work part-time (as I choose). But more importantly, this has been precious time with my parents. They have been gracious and loving in accepting help, and a joy to be with.
However, the quality of my eating has taken a nosedive. I try my best to be positive when I'm at their house, and I eat well there, but when I come home, I've been "unwinding" with a bowl or two of chips...or cheese and crackers...and a glass of wine...and some ice cream...you get the idea. I'm completely undoing any exercise that I fit in.
Then there is the unfinished business around here adding to my stress -- unopened mail, action not taken on our upcoming renovation, errands postponed, clutter piling up.
And I realized this morning, not only do I not mind helping my parents, in some ways it's so much easier (at least in the short term) to go to their house and help out, than to face the odds and ends going on here. And my "unwinding" ritual is so much easier than packing a bag for the gym, or planning a proper dinner so I'm not scrambling at 7pm to put dinner together. But in the long run, it's not healthy.
And many of my previous weight loss attempts have been foiled by taking the easy way out, and focusing on others, instead of me. What's easy right now just makes everything harder in the long run.
My Mom had good news today; another hurdle cleared. I'm going out of town next week with my family for a long-planned vacation, and hopefully this will be a chance for me to recharge and refocus. I hope to take on July with renewed energy to take the hard but worthwhile road for me.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Well, I met some, but not all of my goals for May. I've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks helping my Mom after her hip surgery. While I didn't get to the pool as much as I had hoped, I was still able to go on lots of short walks in order to meet my 1000 minutes goal.
I also didn't get to track my nutrition as frequently as I planned, since they don't have internet. But on the days I did track, I saw that on most days, I went over my calorie total. So that explains the plateau. I'll have to snack less often and more wisely.
My Mom is doing better, and she and my Dad graciously accepted my help. Old age ain't for sissies, but I hope to get there in the best shape possible.
My goals for June:
1. 1000 Fitness minutes
2. Track my nutrition 15 days
3. Stay under my calorie limit for 12 of those 15 days
4. Swim 4000 yards
What are your goals for June?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I read an inspiring weight-loss article yesterday on the Mind Body Green newsletter. Here's a link (hopefully).
What's encouraging is that the author, Ford Baker was successful with a one-day-at-a-time approach. It struck a chord with me because for the last month or two at least, I've been dwelling on my current plateau, and how much more I still need to do, and how I should probably never eat ____ again, etc. But a "today I can" attitude puts the focus on small changes, makes today a whole lot easier, and hopefully keep the momentum going.
Have a great day!
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