Friday, February 01, 2008
This chapter asks the questions, What Drives Your Life? My answer to that is others. I try to please everyone else, and in the process, I forget about me. Trying to please others means that I am controlled by what others think of me. This makes me be the "go to" person that everyone needs. The book states that "Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere." This is my life exactly. I am involved in SO much stuff, that I'm just running around in circles, but I feel so overly stressed and tired all the time. This chaptersays to stop dabbling, stop trying to do it all, do less, do only that which matters most. What matters most is in this order: my faith, my family, and me. The rest is unimportant. It matters, but not to the extent that I have led myself to believe that it does. All the extra time I put into my job--I'm missing time with my Lord, and my husband (my kids are usually with me). Then, when I get home, I'm worn out. I've spent all my energy on what matters least!! I need to focus my life on what really matters, those three items listed above.
Friday, February 01, 2008
5.1 Pounds LOST!!! I can't believe it. Last week, on my scale at home, I lost 5 pounds, but our weigh-in scale only showed a 2 pound loss. This week my scale at home showed a .5 pound loss, but the weigh-in scale showed a 5.1 pound LOSS!! YEAH!! I don't know if I'm the biggest loser or not, but I don't care--I DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY IN AGAIN!!
I have been staying within my calorie range pretty steadily this week. I haven't had terrible cravings, but I have been tempted. Just the sight of sweet foot tantalizes my taste buds, and I can't seem to stop with just one. I ate SIX cookies on Monday. I did come home and do some stairs, but I woke up Tuesday morning knowing that I didn't want any more cookies all week long.
Yesterday, I went to the grade school to talk to some teachers and the 1st grade class was having snacks. They had oreos, and I asked for one. Then I read how many calories each oreo had, and it just wasn't worth it. So I put my cookie back. The teacher said, "Oh, take one. I had one earlier." But I didn't, and I was OK with that. By the time I got back to the high school, I wasn't even thinking about that missed oreo. (The high school is across the street from the grade school.) Anyway, she was trying to sabotage my plans!! (She's one of my competitors in the Biggest Loser.)
So, losing that weight was a big bonus for me.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I've been a little depressed lately. I'm not quite sure why. This morning I woke up hoping that we would have 5" of snow so I wouldn't have to go to work. I have been exercising, and eating fairly well (except for the 6 cookies on Monday:), but I've only lost 1/2 pound since last week. On Wednesday, I had actually gained 2 pounds, so I didn't exercise in the a.m. hoping that by changing things up it would shock my boday. Well, it worked. Today I am down 2.5 pounds.
I love to workout outside, but with -0 windchills, that's pretty much unrealistic right now. So...I'm still jumping on my trampoline and working out on the elliptical. Occassionally, I will run some stairs during commercial breaks. I live too far from town to join any sort of gym, so I'm making due with what I have.
Last year during this time of year, the pounds were melting off me. It was amazing--I guess I just want those same results this year. I should be happy that I lost 1/2 pound! I guess I need to focus more on the positive, and not so much on what's going wrong.
I have started reading Purpose Driven Life. I'm on Chapter 2. God didn't make me by accident. He knew that I would be going through these trials at this exact moment. He allows me to have these troubles so that I can grow stronger and more trusting in Him. There are things about me that I don't like (like my BIG nose), but God made me this way for a reason (I don't know why yet, but when I do I will let you know. He gave me my nose to perfectly fit on MY face, and I should be grateful that I have a nose.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Well, last week I swore that I would NEVER pay in to the Biggest Loser pot again... and I have been sticking to my guns. I have lost 4 pounds this week!!! I'm not really motivated by winning money, I'm more motivated by not having to spend any.
I have been doing real well not eating in front of the TV, and my family has been eating at the table with me--which has been real nice with two teenage boys. Occassionally I forget and take my plate into the living room and sit down. My oldest son (17) is a health nut, so he'll sit down at the table and this reminds me of where I should be. Bad habits are hard to change!! (But I'm doing it one day at a time.)
I'm trying to find ways to reward myself with consistency. This is one of my goals. If I don't eat in front of the TV at least 4 times each week, for one month, I need to reward myself (at least for the first few months). I'm a real penny pincher, so spending money on myself is hard for me to do. And rewarding myself with an ice cream cone is out of the question :)
I'll figure it out eventually. Maybe a new bra, or some fuzzy socks. Things that I can still use--then I don't feel guilty when I spend on myself.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Last Friday, several faculty and staff in our school started a Biggest Loser competition. I weighed in this morning, and I have not lost ANY weight!!! Because of this, I had to pay into the pot a small amount of money. This was a HUGE motivator for me.
A couple of reasons why I haven't lost any weight.
1--This is my TOM and I want to eat everything in sight. If something even resembles chocolate, I want to eat it. I have been extremely exhausted, and I'm sure this is the reason.
2--I need to cut my portion sizes down and begin working out in some fashion every single day. Right now, I am only working out three times a week. I just read an article regarding SparkStarts. These are small workouts every day to help accustom your body. So, here is my plan. I will get up early each day and do a 5-10 minute workout. Three days a week, I will work out for 20 minutes. After two weeks of this, I will up my 5-10 minute workouts to 10-15 minutes--still doing the 20 minutes three times a week. After two more weeks, I will be working out each day (minus Sundays) for 20 minutes each day. Once I achieve this goal, I will begin to up that time.
I REFUSE TO PAY IN TO THE BIGGEST LOSER AGAIN!!!
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