Friday, July 06, 2012
I can't believe it's been two months since I've blogged. I still check Spark regularly, I've just not taken the time to blog. A big part of that is struggling to find balance with my new job. This is my first salaried job, and for the most part I create my own schedule. This is good and bad. I love the flexibility, but I often work long hours. The good news is I work the long hours because I enjoy my job.
I am using my job to get healthy, though. I'm the director of a drop-in center for homeless and at-risk youth. This summer we started a program called Wellness Bingo. The kids, staff and volunteers all have a bingo card where each square is filled with a healthy task like exercise with a friend twice this week for 30 minutes or drink 8 glasses of water three days this week. My favorite is sing in the shower three times this week. I keep forgetting to do that. I've hung all the bingo cards on the wall, and when one of us completes a task, we put a sticker on that square. There are prizes associated with getting a bingo.
Also, we are a part of the YWCA and have access to their facility. Beginning this summer we have been going to water aerobics twice a week and doing free swim on Friday. I have to go; if I don't the kids would be upset with me. We are also talking of starting a weight lifting program with the kids. They are very interested. I just need to take the time to do it.
I also have a free membership there since I am an employee, so I've gone over and swam laps a few times during the day. I hope to increase that.
I wrote this blog, though, to share a piece of wisdom I heard recently. I was listening to the radio and came across an interview with a major league pitcher who apparently almost drown at some point. Prior to his near-death experience, he was not doing well as a pitcher. After the event, he improved dramatically.
The interviewer asked him what he accredited this to. He said that instead of thinking of every pitch as part of one big game, he began thinking of each pitch as its own pitch. He didn't dwell on the past pitch, and he didn't think about the next one. He just pitched that ball, and viewed it as a single event.
I reflected on this with regards to my life in general and in relationship to my journey to lose weight. We all have had the experience of making one mistake during the day and then calling off the whole day and eating whatever we want and not exercising.
What if we looked at each mean, each snack, each workout as its own thing? What if we didn't group things together as a whole? It seems like getting healthy might seem less overwhelming. It seems we'd be more able to forgive ourselves for a misstep. It seems it would be easier to do better at the next meal.
It makes a lot of sense to me, and I hope I remember it as I continue on my journey.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
That dress is my reward! I love it.It's $139, so how do I earn it?
I think I will put a dollar in a fund for reaching different goals each day.
1. Exercising at least 10 minutes = $1
2. Eat 5 servings of freggies = $1
3. Drink 8 glasses of water = $1
I imagine it will cost around $150 with tax and shipping. So, I could get it in as soon as 50 days. We'll see!
Monday, March 26, 2012
...it's about feeling better.
As I wrote in my last blog, I have been a member of Spark for four years now and have gained quite a bit of weight. I don't follow through. I know what to do. I just don't do it. I assume those things work for other people, but they certainly won't work for me.
Yesterday I felt AWFUL physically and emotionally. I had a headache, my stomach hurt and I cried for a good chunk of the day. I realized toward the end of the day that my diet and lack of exercise are probably the main contributors to the headache, the stomachache and the tears.
Yesterday I ate two pieces of sausage pizza, a fried fish sandwich, onion rings, grape soda, diet Pepsi, a piece of fried chicken, some corn, a biscuit with butter and honey, a can of Dr. Pepper and a brownie. I think I had some shortbread cookies, too, throughout the day.
Yep. Is your jaw on the floor? Mine is. I hadn't written it all out before. That is INSANE. No wonder I felt like crap. I don't even think I drank much water.
I realized I want to change my diet and exercise habits so I feel better physically and emotionally. I don't even care anymore about losing weight. I thought about it yesterday, and being overweight hasn't prevented me from reaching my goals. I just started my dream job. I have wonderful friends and family. I love my house. I love my church. I love my cat.
What's slowed things down, though, is my lethargy and lack of motivation. I believe these things are a direct result of diet and exercise. I know they are.
I'm not making huge plans to completely overhaul my diet just yet. My main goal now is to start to cut sugar out of my diet. I struggle with depression at times, and I've heard cutting out sugar has helped a lot of people with their mood. So this week I'm just going to avoid obvious sources of sugar -desserts, candy, soda, etc. I'll see how I feel at the end of the week and then perhaps go a little further next week.
As far as exercise, my new job comes with a membership to the Y, so I am going to start swimming again. I love swimming. I'm also going to go for walks on breaks and in the morning.
I hope the change in focus will be the change that I need.
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