Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Trust: Your team is here for you. We are fellow soldiers -- comrades in arms. You will get by…with a little help from your friends. Share something you have been struggling with and ask for help.
Day 61 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 6 (Monday, December 12, 2011)
I weighed in at 228 lbs.
I wound up eating candy last weekend; goal for this phase is to not eat any candy at all once what I've got is gone.
I am also going to aim for a minimum of three runs.
Day 62 Ask the team for help with something you have found to be difficult (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)
My biggest difficulty is following my plans and making things happen when I want them to. I have a basic schedule for my day, and I make a list of everything I want to do during each period of every day, and it just doesn't happen sometimes, even though I really want it to and I try my best. Any tips for this would be great.
Day 63 Identify and eliminate a low self-esteem belief (Wednesday, December 14, 2011)
I saw myself in the full-length mirror at the hair salon, and I again felt like I was huge and frumpy. Here's what I need to remember about that sort of thing:
1. I am tall. 5'9" isn't the tallest ever, but I am taller than a lot of women, and I am taller than the stylist who trimmed my hair.
2. I am large. Even if I make my goal weight, I will be large. I have a medium to large frame, which means that I am nothing resembling "petite" and never will be. My stylist, on the other hand, was a petite woman.
3. I like to wear comfortable clothes. Sometimes what's comfortable isn't the most flattering or trendy, and sometimes what's trendy is totally unflattering for someone my size/height/colouring/weight. Part of a stylist's job is to dress in trendy, flattering clothes so they can help to sell the image that "you, too, can look this awesome if you get your hair done here!"
4. My hair is wicked long, and I like it that way. I try to take care of it, and sometimes that job gets away from me a little bit, but long hair is really fun and cool and the only impact it should really have on my life is how much time I spend on styling it each day and the compliments and comments I get about it. My stylist thought my hair was amazing, and said herself that she will never have hair as long as mine, and she said it in a way that implied that she would like to have really long hair.
Short version: I am larger than a lot of people and always will be, no matter what - this is okay, because it's how I was made; while my clothing choices are not always the most flattering, at least I'm comfortable; and long hair is awesome and people wish they had hair like mine. These things are part of what makes me who I am, and the only thing that I should even THINK about changing is my wardrobe. (As long as I don't sacrifice comfort in favour of image.)
Day 64 Go to bed early (Thursday, December 15, 2011)
I will do my best on this and report back on it tomorrow.
**I did go to bed before 11.00 p.m., like I'd hoped I would. Hooray!
Day 65 Post something inspirational (Quote, photo, song lyrics) (Friday, December 16, 2011)
This is yesterday's motivation whatsit from my "Women Who Do Too Much" Page-a-Day Calendar:
So many issues in our lives need not be issues. This does not mean that we do not have them. Of course we do: That's what life is - having issues, facing them, and learning from them.
The issues are not the issue. How we deal with them is.
Day 66 Drink an extra 8 ounces of water (Saturday, December 17, 2011)
Done. I drank two cups of water at the party that night, as well as my usual one or two bottles at home during the day.
Day 67 Try a new healthy food (Monday, December 19, 2011)
I traded this with Sunday because there was no opportunity to try something new on Sunday, but I was buying groceries on Monday. I bought some of those individual cottage cheeses with the fruit on the bottom, to be healthy snacks this week. I'd never tried them before and I wasn't sure about how I would like the combination of fruit and cottage cheese, but I had one with pineapple yesterday and I quite liked it!
Day 68 Identify something you like about your body (Sunday, December 18, 2011)
My figure. Sure, my belly is a little large, and it's hard to find pants that fit properly and go over my hips, and my bra size is never going to be small enough for me to buy lingerie at a regular lingerie shop like La Senza or La Vie En Rose. But I like my figure. I like that my waist really does go in at the sides, even if my tummy isn't flat from my chest down and sticks out instead. I like that I have a long waist, which means that belted styles look really good on me, even if it does mean that long tops aren't quite so long on me. My body may be hard to fit sometimes, but I know that part of that is due to my waist being so much smaller than my hips and my bust, and I think that's really kind of cool.
Day 69 Review food and fitness logs to be sure you're logging accurately (Tuesday, December 20, 2011)
I haven't been doing this at all. I do log accurately when I log, but I find the trackers on SP to be cumbersome and I don't like having to deal with them. The food one is better than the fitness one. I'm going to start tracking on paper and then I'll come to the site and fill things in the next day. Otherwise I spend too long trying to find the things I need to record.
Day 70 Examine phase 7 victories (Wednesday, December 21, 2011)
I got all of the Christmas presents bought and wrapped.
I survived J's work Christmas party and ate lots of veggies there.
I found ways to stay on track that are motivating for me!