Thursday, May 13, 2010
The great thing about being on SparkPeople is that it has changed my way of thinking, and strengthened my inner resolve. I may be having physical problems right now, but I know I am not alone in here. And instead of giving up, as I would have before, I am still doing lots of little things that I hope will add up to a big difference in my health and weight!
I have tarsal tunnel syndrome, and will have surgery some time in the fall..but in the meantime, some days just walking around feels like too much! I am trying to really focus on doing the small things that I can, like using the stairs (at least to go down), parking far out in the parking lot at the grocery store/Walmart, etc, looking for excuses to have to get up and move a little bit (instead of e-mailing somebody, I try to walk to their office).
I am also getting on the scale almost every day at work. When I was walking and exercising a bit more, I had started to lose weight faster..but it is slowing down now that I'm not as active. However, just seeing that the number is not going up is motivating me to keep doing the small things, in hopes that when I am "fixed", I will look forward to exercising more vigorously again. Wow, woo-hoo, what a revelation! I don't have to stop moving and doing things to get healthy just because I am being challenged these days! I read stories and messages posted in the Spark pages by people who have far worse problems than I do, and they are really motivating...it really gives you a whole other way to "look outside the box", as it were; I may not be able to do "this" today, but that doesn't stop me from trying "that" instead. How liberating is that???!
Another thing I've done is to try to drink more water, and to increase consumption of fruits/veggies throughout the day. We got a new fridge earlier this year, and finally have a source of cold water and ice cubes all the time. Not that we didn't have water and ice cubes available before this, but having that little convenience has made it so much easier to drink more water; my son and I both have several water bottles that we keep filled and drink from all day! Every so often, I will buy us a new bottle with a different design to hold our interest; it may be another small thing, but suddenly drinking water out of a bottle with a neat/pretty design is cool, and intrinsically rewarding. Imagine that! I also buy a bunch of those little cups of fruit each week, as I find that it's a quick and simple addition to lunches/suppers, and they make good snacks. Sure, fresh fruit is great and we eat that too, but the simplicity of the cups has really increased our fruit consumption, and that's all right by me! I also try to keep small cans of vegetable or tomato juice on hand for lunches.
So I will keep on doing the small things, knowing that they will make a difference, and hopefully one of these days, will make for a smaller me!