Sunday, September 30, 2012
Day 30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?
I am proudest of the fact that I've got my groove back :-) It was my big goal for the month. The details - the precise weight range, body fat percentage - are not where I set out to get them but I feel fantastic. I took my measurements so I know that they are BETTER than they were back when I was 124-126 pounds with body fat average of 20%. I look great, I feel great, I measure great.... I am so NOT going to get down over not having the numbers I was after. I'm getting my fitness activity in every week day and usually one weekend day. Food is well under control. I am splurging regularly and recovering nicely.
An aside on splurging..... I bet that the last sentence of my first paragraph seems like it doesn't fit. Splurging regularly surely can't be good, right? Au contraire! I have a problem with splurging. I have trouble LETTING myself do it. To go out with DH or the family and say 'you will have a meal you truly enjoy!'... not just the lowest calorie, highest protein option you can find but something you will feel 'treated' to have had .... is hard! And I am learning to do it, almost forcing myself to do it, because I know that if this lifestyle is going to last a lifetime I have to learn to relax and enjoy celebrations. Life is for LIVING, not anxiously gritting my teeth fretting over calories and salt and fat grams to the point that it overshadows the celebration. When I was heavy I had no problem doing that.... but a big problem STOPPING. I would overdo on the special day AND let it carry over into the weeks (even months) to follow. I fixed that by not letting myself enjoy treats at all. Now I am seeking the balance of treating myself reasonably and getting right back to my healthy eating habits with the next meal.
When I made the goal to 'get my groove back', I thought it would be achievable because I'd be back in a routine. Routine IS a groove, KWIM? But, you know what, we're NOT back in a routine yet. We've had SO many doctor's appointments, evening meetings due to back-to-school, ongoing job stress for DH that we really aren't back into a routine yet. BUT I feel like I'm back in control and that's a great thing. I'm coping better :-)
And with that..... My 30 Day Blog Challenge is a wrap. I am so glad that so many have blogged along with me. I'd love to do another.... but I'd like to answer someone else's questions so if anyone picks up with another challenge count me in!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Day 29: There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
1. I am at a Romney-Ryan rally with my husband and kids this morning.
2. I have a PhD in biology.
3. I knit, scrapbook, cook, and bake.
4. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 30.
5. I love to cruise and hope we cruise regularly after DH retires.
6. I adore my rescue kitty more than I ever imagined I would love a cat I didn't raise from a kitten.
7. I really, really want a dog but my husband really, really, really does not want a dog.
8. Autumn is my favorite season. I can't imagine living anywhere there isn't autumn leaves, cool autumn weather, and apple season.
9. I was born at 28 weeks gestation. The reaction of the adults in my family to that experience shaped a lot of who I am.
10. At 41 I am grown-up but I still feel like I have plenty of time to reinvent myself a few more times. Super student, scientist, mom, super volunteer, fitness nut, nurtrition advocate, who knows what's to come... But it's up to me!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Day 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
I am still working on this part of wellness. In a way it was the first thing I started working on but it is certainly the one that I will have to continue to WORK at for the longest.
Emotionally...... I think that exercise helped a lot here. I have a VERY strong family history of major depression. Long ago the doctor told me that vigorous exercise would modulate neurotransmitter levels for 24-48 hours and I should work exercise into my life to ward off the need for antidepressants. Given my family history and the tendency for the drugs to 'poop out', she feels I need to delay starting them for as long as I possibly can. I have come to terms with my family history and the extra stressors in my life and how my coping mechanisms will likely make the difference between succumbing to depression and remaining emotionally healthy. So.... I exercise and I practice accepting my life the way it is and work on reducing stress and developing healthier coping mechanisms. I'm not quite there yet. For example, I'd really like more one-on-one time just having fun with my husband, being a couple, going on dates, just enjoying each other. I used to get horribly stressed out about it which only made it harder for the two of us to connect. Now I don't let it get to me nearly as much but we still haven't worked out how to make that time for us. So... the disconnect still happens but at least we (I) don't make it worse by flipping out on him.
Spiritually.... I'm still a work in progress here as well. Again, I am taking a two-pronged approach. I am not beating myself up for not being a perfect Catholic. But I am also working on making myself the best Catholic I *can* be.
Intellectually.... This is probably the area I'm doing best in. What I'd really like to do - if money and time were no object - is go back to school to become a registered dietician. BUT money & time are both issues so I'm doing a Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification in the time I can carve out. I'll probably do one course at a time related to fitness, nutrition, wellness, etc.
Extra.... I'm not sure where this fits in but I consider my Centergy classes a VERY important piece of my wellness 'program'. Some of this is emotional - taking the time to calm down, recharge, and accept that it *is* OK to take care of me. Some of this is spiritual - it's not traditionally religious but there is something about the feel of Centergy that strikes a spiritual chord in me. Whatever it is about Centergy, I definitely feel like my time in that class helps me cope with the rest of my life.
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