Tuesday, January 11, 2011
After the stellar day I had yesterday, I was hopeful that I would leap out of bed again this morning like superwoman. No dice. I popped awake at 4:10 am and couldn't get back to sleep until about 5:20 am or so. By the time the alarm went off at 6am, I couldn't wake up. I ended up rising at 7:00 am and rushing to head out the door and start my day. Bummer, because I got no exercise.
Still, I know I won't do this plan perfectly, but I still had some small victories. 1) I ate a healthy breakfast; 2) I skipped cookies, a giant chocolate candy bar and potato chips; 3) I cut down to one serving of alcohol and only ate small portions of the happy hour junk food; 4) my calorie count for the day was still under 1400 calories.
Not an ideal day, but still on track and doin' fairly well.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The week of clean eating is already paying off; today I feel sharp and really energetic. I didn't expect to see results so quickly. I've been reading up on nutrition and trying to ascertain what foods stoke energy and minimize depression. I think the exercise, the healthier foods, more water, and the vitamins are making a serious difference.
As I mentioned in my status update, I actually got up at 5:45am on a Monday morning with no problem, shoveled snow out of my driveway and was at the gym by 6:30am. For me, this is practically unheard of!
I plan to continue to read up on the importance of nutrition and to exercise, exercise, exercise. I actually mapped out a plan B and a plan C for exercise on those days when I can't drag myself out of bed before 7am. I'm thinkin' if I plan ahead, then life is going to interfere less with my clean eating and exercise program.
I also have figured out that last year, it's possible that I lost focus because I wasn't feeling good. It's hard to be optimistic when you're fatigued/anemic/depressed--whatever. If I can continue to stay energized and feelin' as good as I do today, then anything is possible.
Onward and downward!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Last year, I joined Sparkpeople and committed myself to dropping 45lbs, only to drop out after 7 weeks. This year, I am promising myself to log into this website no matter how motivated I feel. It's easy to be motivated in January--the whole country is dieting and exercising. The key is staying motivated once the newness of a healthier lifestyle wears off. For me, it's consistency; logging onto this website, reading blogs, reading articles, tracking my food intake, and positive self talk.
Life can sometimes get in the way of our best-laid plans. For me, 2010 was a rough year. Still, what I've learned is that instead of stopping self care when I'm emotionally distraught, its important to step up self-care. I've promised a few things to myself when my motivation wanes; 1) invest in a few personal trainer sessions; 2) get a 1 hour long full-body massage; 3) reach out to someone and ASK for help.
Too often, we save rewards for when we meet goals. Nothing wrong with that. But, when things get rocky--that's when we need the most pampering. I am hopeful that with this contingency plan, I'll be able to keep rowing when the waters get rough.
Monday, February 15, 2010
When I started my new eating plan, my navy pants were so tight that I just put them away. Today, I tried them on and was able to wear them to work. They were a little snug in the waist, but not uncomfortable.
It's been a busy week and its sometimes hard to stay focused. I went slightly over my calorie limit today, because I was tired and hungry and not paying strict attention to the number of calories I had consumed. With the exception of Saturday, I haven't been getting enough exercise, plus getting my water intake has been an ongoing challenge.
You would think that after the good news I got on the scale on Saturday that I'd still be totally psyched, but that's not the case. I think I need to focus on the next 10 lbs because I'm starting to have self doubts about my ability to make permanent changes. Sooo, I will keep my mind focused on getting to 187.
I think if I stick with it, I will get there by April 1st. I pray for more patience and consistency.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Last week, I overate on Superbowl Sunday and was really frustrated and mad at myself. Nevertheless, I adopted a basketball shooter's mentality: "You miss one? fugedaboudit. You'll make the next shot." That's it. My goal was to act like Sunday never happened and to keep pressing forward.
The scale was brutal to face at first. I had water weight gain and it did not appear to budge until I weighed in this morning and the scale read 197. I was so surprised I jumped on it twice. Still 197. This means I'm 11.5 lbs down, have reached goal #1, and I get the pedicure I promised myself!
I learned an important lesson on an emotional level. It really IS about persistance and consistence. I now have a new self-talk tool that I can use the next time I mess up. Onward, and downward!
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