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!
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    AW, you're welcome! I'm so glad I was able to inspire you! One thing at a time, one day at a time... one pound at a time. You have a lot less to lose than me, I know you can do it! emoticon
    2472 days ago
  • CELLO23
    It's tricky when you don't have a routine - but maybe it gives you the chance to plan your exercise as a priority? Then if it it has to make way for teaching, fair enough - but otherwise, it's in the schedule! emoticon

    I agree there's a lot to explore here but I suspect these cunning SP people have designed it that way - there's always something new to find out so it keeps your motivation up. emoticon emoticon Best of luck on your journey!
    2491 days ago
    I am a teacher and I find it a little hard some days to get my workouts in...but I do! I am 21 lbs lighter than I was when school got out in June. It can be done.
    Good luck on your journey.

    2491 days ago
    Great attitude. That's how we get where we want to step at a time. emoticon
    2491 days ago
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