Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I am recommitted to Sparkpeople after being away for most of the fall. Great! Just in time to miss walking outside because of all the ice and snow, right? Well, I've found that I can exercise in my house to Leslie Sansone videos that I find on YouTube or ExerciseTV, plus I do have all the exercises that were prescribed for me when I was in physical therapy all those years ago. You know, the ones I never kept up with? Yeah, those ones!
The biggest news on my nutritional landscape is that I've eliminated my drink-it-like-it-was-a-religio
us-practice, yes, the Diet Mountain Dew, and the drive through Diet Cokes from McDonald's have gone by the wayside. Yea! Now I'm drinking more water, although I find I need to have that right by me side to get all 8 in, and more iced tea.
I've littered my apartment with reminders of my long term goal, and put up inspirational quotes, that I've gotten off of SRHALLIN's Sparkpage--yes, thanks for all of those, girl! Especially a great one that I've put right above the handle on my fridge. So it really makes me think at 9:00 at night, do I really need to open that door and nosh? Nope, not good for the long-term goals. Or the short term, for that matter.
I have found that my biggest downfall, in the past, has simply been delayed gratification. I want that sweet thing NOW, not thinking about that long term effects. I want that Taco Tico, whatever, NOW, forget that it's 750 calories with 3000 mg of sodium and I'm going to feel rotten with rockgut afterwards. But, now, I'm beginning to have a mental PAUSE, and think about what I TRULY want for myself, I want to feel healthy, I want to walk up the stairs and not be winded, I want to run around the backyard with my little nieces and not be out of breath after 5 minutes, or dance with them and be able to handle more than one song without being tired. There are greater goals than just having a party in my mouth with some sugary fat thing for 20 seconds. I don't want to be diabetic. And, frankly, I want to look better as well! I want to be a good example of health to my nieces and to others of what can be done when a person prioritizes their health first. All other things will follow. And I want to be helpful to others and a support to others on their journey toward being healthy. We can have fun doing that.