Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Stopped making excuses. No more will I be held to the excuses I have used in the past. No more will I look for reason of why I shouldn't or can't. This year I am going to push through those excuses and change my outlook. Living with an autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, I have many challenges in life that make me prime for what I like to term the "free ticket out". My free ticket allowed me in the past to say: I'm to tired, I'm to sore, I'm to stressed, I'm to ..... you name it , its probably came out of my mouth before! What I know is that I am a perfectionist. If I can't do it all or nothing then why do it at all? I was that way with my working out, with my eating from time to time, and even with my housework. Why bother to do 10 minutes of weights if you really were suppose to be doing at least half an hour? Why bother to sweep the floor when the counters and table were not immaculate? Why bother to prepare that meal when your body was screaming in pain and fatigue? I have learned the simple reason why I must bother. I must bother to TRY! If I try to get in a workout those few minutes a week really add up, if I try to make the time to cook a nice dinner (could be a crockpot dinner) it really pays off not only in health. If I try to do housework as much as time permits things do not snowball and perhaps I am getting in a little extra exercise as well. No more excuses for me this year. Last year was a great year and this year is going to be even better!!!
Friday, September 06, 2013
Wanting to lose weight but struggling? It's NOT that you have no motivation or self control. It's that the foods you are eating are addicting. Do not blame yourself for your lack of self control. Did you know that our ancestors in times of famine had cortisol (stress hormone) that would surge because hunger for them caused them stress. That stress surge would then encourage the body to seek out high fat items so that it could make storage for the future in order to help them survive. What does this mean for you today? Our body still associates stress with signs of famine, it leads us to seek out the high fat, high carb selections that we call "comfort foods". The bad thing is these foods are all most instantly converted to FAT. Our bodies still have not adapted to knowing our stress isn't the same stress our ancestors faced (which meant famine, or maybe high caloric out put due to battling or working strenuously). We all need to find active ways to deal with our stress. You need to help combat the stress in your life which leads your body to producing less cortisol and reduces your cravings through nutrition! Is your body in Famine mode? Do you crave Potato chips, ice cream, empty high calorie fatty foods? Your stress is pushing you towards these choices, YOU DO HAVE MOTIVATION, SELF CONTROL, AND THE POWER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I feel lately as if with things so busy it has been a challenge to stick to my lifestyle that I choose to live. It all started with letting my exercise slip after a week long flare up of my rheumatoid arthritis and continued on down the slippery slope of hosting a very large hawaiin luau pig roast this weekend. Yes I ate things I shouldn't have (I dont think aside from my watermelon anything was the healthiest of choices there and I am not a fan of pork!). I am proud to say I had no cake, no cookie, I did eat to much coconut pudding Haupia. Now I am tempted to toss all the remaining leftovers out of my fridge after giving almost all of it away I just dont want to have to eat it. There is homemade macaroni salad, baked beans, and pork it just seems like such a waste of calories to fuel my body compared to other choices I can make. I miss my spinach, egg and edame salads with honey mustard vingerette, and my protein shakes. I am ready to tackle exercise again and miss my decompressing and destressing walks! My poor horses look neglected and my riding arena is still freshly raked from saturday without a horse footstep to be found. Where do I trudge up the energy when I have none? My body hasn't wanted to cooperate with the stress of life and the added burden of a big soiree. Now that the party is past it is time to rest then push hard again. Its Not Moti-cation its Motivation. Time to hold myself accountable and get back on track. Surpringly for the most part my food tracking save bbq night has been spot on :D and the night spark went down. Here is to a new chapter and another 10lbs!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Recently I was asked the question what I regretted have or having not done in life. I contemplated before responding, thinking hard and wondering. I came up with this: I regret being a perfectionist.
So many times I have stopped myself from doing because I could not do it perfect, so why do it at all. I didn't have enough time to devote half an hour or more to working out, so why do it? I didn't have the money to shop healthy and eat all the food I thought I was suppose to, so why do it? I didn't love my body because it was not perfect. I thought I was a failure at parenting because I was not perfect like Leave it to Beavers mom! I then realized that if I could start letting go of my striving for perfection I would feel less stressed, I would do and achieve more and perhaps I could be happier.
In my heart I know no one is perfect and in being inperfect we are PERFECT! I let go of the need to have to have things just so or just right to do something. If I only had 10min to work out who cares at least I got moving and did something. If I didnt have all the money to buy all the big priced health foods I thought you had to have to live healthy I still had the ability to not buy junk food and processed foods. If I could stand in front of the mirror and say three things I loved about my body ever day, even though it was not perfect, I could find I loved it more.
My wanting things to be perfect had become my crutch to make excuses. I had unknowingly realized that many months ago when I joined SparkPeople but had never had to put it into words before that question. So ask yourself deep down and think about it a moment..... What do you regret in life? Most things we will come up with can be changed by a new way of thinking. I do not live with regret. I live today for today, trying to do my best, and be the best person I can be with love, gratitude and thankfulness. If your imperfect, I have learned you are infact PERFECT :).
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