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Reflections

Sunday, January 03, 2010

On January 6, 2009, I weighed in at 260 pounds on sparkpeople.com. I had previously been a member of sparkpeople, but I started a new account because I wanted a fresh start.

The past several years of my life have been filled with diet excuses: "It's so hard to eat healthy when my husband wants pizza every night", "I can't afford to eat healthy", "I don't have room to exercise in my house". The past month or so I've been thinking about these excuses and I can discount each of them:

"It's so hard to eat healthy when my husband wants pizza every night."
This one's easy – the first time I lost weight it was 70 pounds and Patrick only joined in towards the end of that time. I tracked absolutely everything that I ate. I exercised regularly. I agreed to go out to eat only if it was at a place that had something healthy for me. Further discounting this excuse is my current situation – I live alone now, and I have lived alone since November 7th. I've been lazy and I know it.

"I can't afford to eat healthy."
Actually, I can. I've got a handy spending report from my bank account that says that my average restaurant spending since November is almost $150. It goes back to laziness – I have food in my house, I bring food to work for lunch almost every day. I could easily cut $100 off of that total and add it to my grocery budget instead.

"I don't have room to exercise in my house."
Wrong! I am a separated woman living in a two-bedroom apartment and when my husband moved out I moved into the bigger room… so actually I have a multitude of space for exercising. That space just isn't in my living room where I would prefer to exercise.

I cannot think of a single good excuse to avoid working towards a healthy lifestyle. The only thing that stops me is fear of failure, but I know for certain that I will fail if I don't even try.

So I will start slowly – this week I am going to eat as I have been, but I'm going to keep track of everything that I eat. That means measuring portions and writing everything down. I will work on a specific plan for what I want to do and what I'd like my goals to be. I am making a promise to myself to do this and to keep it simple because I know that, in the past, making things more complicated only leads me to give up.

Finally I'd just like to add a little success to the mix. I weighed in today at 251.6. I am 8.4 pounds lighter today than I was a year ago – it's not much, but it's a start.
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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 1/3/2010 8:35PM

    What a fantastic start, and what a GREAT attitude! I know you'll succeed this year...you've outlined your plan here and you'll make it!

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Z_IDEA 1/3/2010 6:17PM

    8.4 pounds lighter is better than the alternative, nice work.

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DDUNKIES 1/3/2010 5:39PM

    you are off to a GREAT start!!! half the battle is know why you aren't doing the right things and then you take the action steps to make it happen- love ya donna

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SIXFULLERS 1/3/2010 3:13PM

    You're right about failing if you never start. Each attempt is a small success and you are 8 pounds lighter than last time. Together we can do this.

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HPTHATBME 1/3/2010 2:33PM

    Way to go lady!! Even a small success is a BIG SUCCESS! You can do this, keep up the great work!

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BLABBERMOUTH2 1/3/2010 1:53PM

    You go, girl. You have done some serious reflecting AND come up with some very positive responses to make your 2010 a big success.

We are here for you so never think you are on your own. Post often to let us know how you are doing or if you need help.

Happy New Year!

Pam
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AWINK1993 1/3/2010 1:47PM

    Nice start!!!

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KIMCATUS 1/3/2010 1:44PM

    I think that's a GREAT start!! I know you can do this....hang in there!!! *hugs*

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