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I can't seem to do two things at once

Friday, July 13, 2012

Last week I was off from work and was highly motivated by Spark People. I was posting to message boards, tracking food, fitness was a first, etc. This week I was back to work (teaching summer school) and BOOM! right back to bad habits. Too tired and disappointed with mysel to login, track food, exercise.

I can't say the weight was coming off quickly...but I did feel more confident and alive.

This is quite a dilemma, since most of the time I am working and don't have the luxury of extended days off. What is it they say "21 days to change a habit" that sure isn't going to happen....21 days off in a row emoticon. I obviously feel this is important because I am back on this morning, feeling empowered and ready to go!

So what to do......

Step 1 - I love my new motto "If it is to be, it is up to me", so I am going to post it all over, the fridge, pantry, bathroom mirror, car dashboard, kitchen table, the cover of this iPad and any place else I can think of.

Step 2 - while I have the time I am going to plan every meal through next Thursday ( I have off on Friday)

Step 3 - I am going to change my evening routine to include making my lunch and packing it so it is ready for the morning. It is time to admit I am not a morning person ( I don't think any program is going to change that) and I am usually running behind. The thought that i can make it through the day with no food is ridiculous!

Step 4 - I am going to treat exercise as part of my workday. I am NOT done when I get home until after I finish my routine. Exercise is not a luxury it is a must! Since i am usually home by 3 or 3:30 there should be no excuse. 30 minutes is doable and will extend my committed day to only 4:00.

Step 5 - I am going to LOVE MYSELF no matter what. Feeling like a failure or chastising myself is just not an option anymore. I am going to be 52 years old in 2 weeks. How many years am I going to waste hating myself ...time to get it right...I am beautiful no matter what.

I think that's enough action steps for now. I am going to go post that motto statement and getting planning! emoticon
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    I love # 4, even though I'm not still working! I do plan to do some subbing this year, but it's fairly easy for me to plan/take lunch when I do that. The exercise--now, that's an entirely different matter.

    2002 days ago
    You should always LOVE yourself first and foremost. You plan sounds great. But being at work, I know you have to be tired. Do what you can, and do not beat yourself up.
    2012 days ago
    Good motto! You can do it!!!

    2019 days ago
    You can do it!
    2019 days ago
    Great plan, Mary! I just started back to work part-time on Monday, and the scariest part about it is giving up my morning-long workouts. I AM a morning person, so working out in the afternoon or evening is a challenge for me (especially when it means re-doing the hair & makeup because I have to go out somewhere else later -- I hate that!). But, as you so wisely have noted, "If it's to be, it's up to me!". So, as Nike so wisely encouraged, I'm choosing to "Just Do It!"!

    And yes, you ARE beautiful, no matter what! emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I like your plan. It sounds so doable. Take it one day at a time. YOU are so worth the effort of changing things up to make this work for you. When I was working I did so many of the things that you will be doing.....making lunches the night before...always did this right after dinner. I also made sure I got my walk in as soon after I got home from work, otherwise just didn't happen. emoticon emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • VCRUMP11
    I'm exactly the opposite. If I could be at work everyday (and I don't want to be) I would stay on track. It's when I go home that I can't seem to stay on track. I think it's because at work, I'm limited to what I've brought. So as long as I pack healthy stuff, that's all I'm going to eat. When I'm home, I'll eat whatever's in the fridge and pantry and can't seem to stick to my plan. The other problem is that I'll make excuses that I need to clean the bathroom or watch another episode of some television show instead of going for a walk. At work, I walk during lunch. I'm wishing some of my mojo over to you and you can send some of yours to me. Good luck!
    2020 days ago
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