One thing at a time...
Friday, October 01, 2010
I’m 51 and the mom of an 11 year old. YIKES! After a wonderful career in the corporate world, I was laid off over a year ago and decided to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a high school math teacher. I got certified but haven’t found a job yet so I’m a substitute for now.
I also hit menopause this past year. I’m always hot and always hungry. It seems my metabolism has come to a complete stop so I actually have to work at keeping in shape now. It’s just too bad that it took me a year and a 22 lb gain to figure it out!
No energy and no routine have really thrown me for a loop. I’m a Lifetime Member of WeightWatchers but haven’t had the motivation to attend meetings because, as a substitute, I don’t know from one week to the next what day I’ll be able to attend.
Last Tuesday, my dear friend, know to this illustrious group of people as T_Magnolia, worked a PTA concession stand with me. She refused our free concession worker hotdog and soda, saying proudly that she joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago and she was really excited about her progress. I told her that I had explored the site over a year ago and it seemed so much more complicated than the WeightWatchers eTools, that I didn’t have the time or energy to learn it all. "I know what you mean," she said, "I’m learning just one thing at a time.”
Hmmm, “…one thing at a time…” That phrase echoed in my head all that night until suddenly it hit me. What exactly am I doing to make myself healthier? Nothing, nada, zilch… Oh yeah, every day I make up excuses for not going to WeightWatchers. Too bad that doesn’t burn calories or I’d be as thin as a rail!
In the past two days, I drank 10 more glasses of water, ate 8 more servings of fruits and vegetables and ate about 2000 calories less than I would have had T_Magnolia not showed up on Tuesday. I also saved myself $25 this week by mowing my own lawn this morning.
So, repeat after me, “One thing at a time, one day at a time…” Thanks T!