Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I weighed the same again this morning. Iīm only weighing once or twice a week. Havenīt lost any weight since Dec. 22 - THATīS NEARLY SIX MONTHS!!!
Yes, Iīm persistent, determined, exercising at least 5 days a week, alternating between Strength Exercises and Cardio, changing those routines every couple of weeks, using the SP Food and Exercise Trackers, visiting and sharing almost daily on the Message Boards, reevaluating my goals several times a month, using the Goal Chart to keep track of my focus, sharing occasionally with others about SP. And yet, I keep looking over-the-edge of THIS plateau, wondering how-in-the-world Iīm gonna get down! Iīm also dealing daily with other stuff, including the sleep issue. And No.1 is to NOT focus so much on it that I obsess about it!!
I ask myself about my goals each weekend. Here are some of my goals:
How Did I Maintain Direction Toward My Purpose? Specifically, I have been doing my exercises first thing most days. Iīve been getting on SP right after breakfast, or sometimes, while Iīm eating breakfast. I AM trying to spend a little less time on SP - itīs addicting and way more fun than work!! I am saying "No!" more often to those things that are irrelevant to my goals - and itīs seems to be easier to stick-to-what-I-say-I-will-do rather than vaccillate, first, in my mind, and then, in conversation with whoever is questioning me.
"Follow my values & beliefs, not otherīs opinions or pressures." This has been a challenge, esp. when it comes to hubby. I WANT to please him, but Iīve realized over-and-over that I canīt. I long for him and my colleagues to affirm me. Over-the-years, it has not happened much, so what makes me think itīll happen NOW? Hope, I guess. That hope that doesnīt die. That Hope, I know, is really a longing created in me by God. And only by God, will it be satisfied. Iīve come to realize that MY values & beliefs have more to do with who I am than with my spirituality, which is what Iīd thought before beginning SP. For too much of my adult life, Iīve allowed other strong-headed people to define me to the world and to "our" friends; I didnīt trust my own judgment. Well, Iīm learning that I must trust MY judgment based on MY knowledge and MY spirituality mainly because THIS LIFE was given to ME, I am accountable for it, and none of the people I have expected to care in the past have come through for me - theyīve only been interested in their own agendas. Iīm still sad about that. I wonīt let my sadness and disappointments paralyze me anymore, keeping me from doing what I KNOW I need to do to take care of my health and well-being!
"Affirm me with reasons that I can & will succeed." I remind myself every morning that I have stuck with this longer than any other diet or exercise program in the past. I must NOT give up or give in!!
Okay. I think thatīs enough for now. Maybe Iīll hit some of the other goals next week.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Hereīs a list of some of the changes in me since I joined SparkPeople over a year ago:
~ No more joint pain (esp. in the knees!)
~ No more out-of-breath doing any of routine daily tasks
~ Walk up to 4 miles without next-day joint or muscle pain
~ Sleeping better most-of-the-time
~ No more leg cramps in-the-middle of the night
~ No longer dreading exercise; in fact, sometimes catch myself smiling through the whole routine!
~ Did "SP April Foolīs 5K" with energy-to-spare (Plan to do this Sat.īs "SP Fun Fiesta 5K")
~ No more food cravings
~ No more eating till I feel sick or bloated
~Occasional compliments on my healthier appearance
~ No more heart palpitations or squeezes of "Hey! I donīt like this tight space!" from lungs or heart
~ Improved focus because I clearly see my goals and how to reach them
~ Waking up with anticipation instead of angst
Near the end of last week, I read an article that gave me an idea on how to improve focus on the positive. So, I made myself a list of one-a-day things to think on first thing every morning and throughout the day when I find myself losing focus. Hereīs the list, so far:
Th last - "Wonderful things are happening today."
Fri last - "I am always moving forward."
Sat - "I am exactly where I need to be right now."
Sun - "Expect a miracle."
M - "I am getting a lean and healthy body."
Today, T - "I am in a caring partnership."
W - "I am creating abundance in every area of my life."
Th - "I have everything I need."
Fri - "I am loved."
Sat - "Itīs MY Life and I am creating it."
Sun - "I am safe."
Monday, April 23, 2007
Once again, a SparkPerson surprises not-only-the crowd BUT herself!!
Iīm excited! I didnīt have many more points to get towards my next SP Trophy. I got it this morning and itīs lovely! The next one will take awhile cuz I need 14,999 points! Phew! I havenīt been timing myself so I really have no idea atall how long it will take. I only have two more trophies to win and I hit the top! Thatīs incredible! I have gotten 1609 points so far for the month and 66 today. The points add a dimension of fun to the tasks I do in my day and I enjoy THAT a lot.
Iīm also proud of myself for once again finding a way to avoid eating when EVERYONE else is eating something I (1) shouldnīt eat, (2) probably wonīt like anyway, and (3) would add calories so I would NOT get to eat something I KNOW is better for me! We attended the churchīs 10th Anniversary party yesterday. I was asked to cut the cake for about 200 people! Whoa, that was a challenge! The ladies were concerned there would NOT be enough! We had about 5 leftover pieces!!
Because I was cutting and serving, noone noticed I did NOT eat cake or drink the full-calorie soda pop that was the only drink offered. I had two glasses of water BEFORE I began cutting the cake, so I felt full. I had also eaten BEFORE we went, so I was NOT hungry!
These are my most successful strategies to deal with parties -
~Eat BEFORE leaving home.
~Smile a LOT.
~Be a volunteer server.
~Drink a bottle of water BEFORE I begin serving.
~Help with the clean-up.
~Individually thank those who helped, even when they were hired for it.
One other amazing benefit is that I get exercise during these events because I am constantly On-The-Move! I only sit when itīs completely over and I get in the car to go home. WOW! My stamina has increased many-fold since I joined SparkPeople!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I am so pleased to be able to say that yesterday I said an emphatic NO! twice without regret or bad feelings - well...I didnīt feel that right away, anyhoo. A bit later, I felt strong desires to EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. BUT, I DIDNīT!!!
Instead, I reminded myself that THIS was surely from having to put my foot down and stick-to-my-guns! I was kinda like a sheriff in one of those old westerns! I "fiercely" guarded my choices without showing anger or angst - I AM improving so much in this area that I continually amaze My Self!
I STILL get the same responses from others. And they STILL "push-my-buttons. They STILL keep insisting that I conform to THEIR wishes. BUT NOW, I have a different mindset - I make MY OWN choices, guys, and thatīs just how it should be and what you will get from now on!
So...hey, everybody, if you canīt respect me, then you best find someone else to pick on! This girlīs focusing on her health and well-being no matter who doesnīt like it! So there!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"And instead of beating yourself up for whatever you ate before, try: 'Wouldnt it be nice if eating healthy foods was my first choice?' or 'Wouldnt it be fantastic if I no longer wanted junk foods?' or 'How amazing would it be if I stopped eating before I got full?' Say these to yourself over and over every day, all week, and I think youll notice a change."
-from Want the Truth? You Can Start Fresh, Posted by Debbie Rocker
I have little challenges with the the first two. The third question, however, only comes to mind AFTER-THE-FACT! Especially when weīre watching TV in the evening. I save my supper so I have something when others snack, and then I eat-it-all, that is, all that I CAN have according to my calorie limit. I usually donīt go over my limit; I OFTEN eat more than my stomach needs and become uncomfortable about 15 minutes later.
I need to THINK on these things and plan ahead so that I only eat enough and NOT overfill my stomach!
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