Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This morning, I made the decision to change my start weight on my ticker. This has been something that I've wrestled with for months, now.
Admittedly, I was embarrassed about how high the number was because that is the most that I have weighed in my life. Granted, 9 pounds was another person. But, still.
So, I didn't change my start weight from a couple years ago. Then, I noticed that I kept adding the pounds that I've lost to the number on my ticker. I decided just to own it.
It is what it is. I've lost weight and have more progress still to make.
My goal is to reach a healthy weight by my birthday, next year.
I'm thankful for my supportive Sparkfriends. I keep showing up every day because you all inspire me to do my best. Thank you.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
As October progresses, I'm struggling with my goals and rewards for the month. I have always had a difficult time in devising a reward strategy for myself. I feel guilty giving myself treats / spending money on myself. I know this is not healthy. I hear my mother's voice inside my head telling me that I'm "selfish."
So, I decided that I'm going to use the same behavioral modification tool that we are using with my oldest child (4 years old) on myself. Basically, it's the color system (red, yellow, and green) on a calendar page. A "treat" is identified at the beginning of the week for the weekend. The "treat" isn't necessarily food-related, either. A red day means no treat, period. Otherwise, 4 greens are needed to get the treat. (Eventually, the number will change -- but starting something new, it's good to start with half the week as green.)
When it comes to my daughter, I'm brilliant at identifying appropriate treats -- based on weekly plans, etc. However, I can't seem to do this for myself.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Or struggled with this in the past? If so, how do (or did) you overcome the stumbling block?
Thanks, in advance, for your advice.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
September was a very social month for me: there were some brunches, lunches and dinners with old friends, plus discussions over coffee with new friends; navigating the school run and playdates for my oldest child; welcoming a new year for myself; and celebrating Autumnís arrival.
In the midst of the social festivities, I have been falling into a good rhythm at home with the kids. We are all doing well. Iím proud of myself for honoring appointments for myself in regards to self care, as well.
Since Iím breastfeeding the baby, my focus has been on living healthy Ė not losing weight. I drink about a gallon of water each day; eat 6 small meals; and have been incorporating more activity into my days. My big news: I broke up, successfully, with chocolate chip cookies!
With the close of September, I am saying goodbye to 4 pounds and many inches from my mid-section.
Iím looking forward to making October an even healthier month.
My question to my Sparkfriends:
What are you planning to do differently in October to make your health and fitness dreams a reality?
Friday, September 20, 2013
This blog entry is a little overdue. Much has changed in my life over the past year. After working at the same company for almost 18 years, I made the decision to resign from my position. This was not a decision that I entered into lightly. I actually took a week off work to assess my feelings / life / goals / needs, etc. I'm home with my small children; and am happy to be able to be here. I have put my career on pause for a few years. Also, as many of you have read, we've welcomed a new member to our family. He's incredibly precious -- and we're all adjusting to each other and the new rhythm.
During the past few months, I've spent some time looking at how I was living over the past year (actually, couple of years). I let stress consume me -- and I wasn't taking very good care of me. This really affected me: body, mind and soul.
Now, I'm looking to make some significant changes in my upcoming year:
* to live a healthy lifestyle
* to meditate / center - each day
* to learn to be in the moment
* to finally learn to relax
* to use the present time to make my dreams come true
* to appreciate the good things in life / daily
* to be open to the potential of a future "calling"
* to quiet my inner critic / perfectionist / worrier
* to carve out time to write the story that is begging for my attention
* to change my relationship with social media
Most importantly, my biggest goal for the year is to be the best mom that I can be for my children -- and not completely lose myself in the process.
So, sparkfriends: what are your goals?
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday evening was my 6-week postop checkup with my OB. I'm happy to say that my incision is healing nicely and I lost all the baby weight.
It's hard to believe that 6 weeks have passed already!
During those 6 weeks, a lot has happened. We are falling into a steady rhythm and getting to know our newest family member. I'm breastfeeding; so that has been a new challenge -- learning a new skill.
Now, I'm trying to focus on rebuilding my muscles and getting stronger. My doctor cautioned against overdoing it. She recommended taking a class for working out the core muscles.
I'm thinking of a yoga/pilates fusion class. Has anyone tried that? If so, can you provide feedback?
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