Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In November, I found myself in a funk. I finally got myself moving again and kept up my 10 min a day most days through January. I couldn't get myself moving much beyond that. I was tired and my day seemed to be filled too much.
While trying to pull myself up by my boots, I was also trying to help my 12 year old daughter with depression. While visiting with her one day in early February, God gave me an idea, find a fitness program she will do with me. Exercise is the #1 treatment for depression. I know this, I tell it to my patients all the time.
After some research, I presented my plan to DD. She was reluctant, but I asked her to just go with me to an information session at our local Curves. She agreed and when we left, she said, "I'm ready to sign up now." The following Monday we had an appointment to get oriented to the machines. We decided our schedule worked best to go Monday-Thursdays and have now completed a full week of workouts.
I am able to enjoy my mornings, get my computer time and planning done without guilt. I have a partner to workout with and we motivate each other to go to the gym. But, the best part is my DD is smiling again. She is loving the workout, the support from the women there, and having a special time with Mom. To and from the gym she has been Chatty Kathy. She is really making an effort to follow her meal plan and yesterday she shared with me her theory of her own emotional eating. She was even able to identify Dad was sabotaging her plan because he see's food as the answer. While I was gone over the weekend, she was able to tell him it would be better to get a video to watch together instead of going for ice cream after a really big meal.
What a blessing God gave us both.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I have been in a funk. I don't know what put me there, but have had a terrible time trying to motivate myself to get up and move out of it. Something clicked last night as I was getting ready for bed. I decided enough is enough and resolved to begin this morning on the right track and keep going. I did!
I completed my 10 minute cardio this morning. I have started off with my water. I decided to simplify my goals and am focusing on 2 things, water and exercise. I know my food choices lean toward the not enough, and my tastes are usually healthy. So, that is not where my focus needs to be.
This week, my goal is to drink 8 cups of water a day and 10 min cardio workout Tues, Wed, Friday. I'm going to begin again.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Why is it I feel just when I am really doing well, life hits me in the face and knocks me over? I was really doing well on my August goals, meeting them every day and posting most days. Then, I was hit with an ER visit for my husband, crisis for my 20y/o, and a death in the family. My energies had to be refocused, my time taken up, and I was at the bottom of the pile again.
I reflected back on my August goals last night and realized, I kept going even while the world around me was spinning seemingly out of control. I didn't get my postings done, but I did get my goals met differently than planned. I continued to get in my exercise minutes, most days, just differently than I had planned. My fiber on many days became a scoop of flax seed added to something, but still added up. My 10 minutes to meditate may have moved to the car as I drove to deal with the day's crisis, but it still had it's effect. Life doesn't stop for anything. Knowing where to bend and how to adapt saves us all. It saved me and I am happy to report the scale moved in August with a total loss of 3#.
So, now I have moved into September. I haven't had time to reflect and make a plan, create goals yet, but have continued to carry on. On my way back from my quick trip home for the funeral, I remembered to reward myself with new yoga pants for my workouts. Today, I will set new goals, make a new plan, and remember to have room to be flexible. When life hits me in the face, I may get knocked over for a moment, but I can get back up again and punch back harder.
1. Continue to remain in range for fiber every day.
2. When I just can't get myself to eat a meal, have a meal replacement shake. No skipping.
3. Have easy healthy snacks available every day; carrots, apple slices, cucumber slices, celery sticks.
4. As always, WATER, WATER, WATER.
5. Keep going with exercise, cardio and ST, every day.
Friday, August 10, 2012
July helped me get back on track. Now it's time to really rock. I am so inspired by the Olympic athletes. They push every day to reach their goals. I especially have enjoyed watching the moms. They aren't afraid to allow their goals and needs to be first for a while. I see how good it is for their kids to see the dedication. I want to be that kind of example to my kids.
My goals for August, (and so far I have met them every day):
1. I will exercise consistently 6 days a week. I will do both cardio and ST and take Sunday off. My exercise routines may include Zumba, dancing, walking, Thai Chi, Pilates. I will do push-ups, planks, squats and then add other ST as the day feels.
2. I will get at least 25 grams of fiber each day. I will shoot for more, but insist on 25.
3. I will spend at least 10 minutes in meditation/me time daily. This will be a time to pray, read motivational stories, journal and gain the inner strength I need to get through my day and meet my goals.
I will reward myself at the end of the month. If I meet my goals every day, I get gold. If I meet my goals 75%, I get silver. If I meet my goals 50%, I get bronze. I have 3 jars with possible rewards on pieces of paper inside them. I will get to choose from the appropriate medal jar at the end of the month. I'm going for the gold!
Monday, July 09, 2012
Trying to get back on track after my daughters wedding has been a challenge. I am getting into it again, but then remembering to track everything has been hard. This week will be better. I can feel the excitement rising.
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