I may not have been on SparkPeople for a while, but that doesn't mean I have given up. This journey of becoming healthy constantly weighs on my mind. As my weight fluctuates back and forth, and my diet shifts from healthy to not, and my exercise changes from doing nothing to an hour and a half of extreme workout, I've learned something big. Something this life has been trying to teach me, and something I thought I understood. But now realized I really didn't get. And now I do.
My daily routine HAS to be a part of me. My changes in health habits NEED to be something I plan on doing for the rest of my life. Something I am WILLING to do the rest of my life. Otherwise, I crash and burn, and my weight comes right back on.
My goals have changed.
My goal is not to lose weight. My goal is not to be able to fit in a size 6. Ya, ya, I've told myself this before. But my mind set wasn't really there. It is now.
My goal is to exercise between twenty and thirty minutes a day, Monday through Friday. No more, no less. There are too many people in my life who need me, and I would like to think I can just focus on myself, but let's face it, God did not mean for us to focus on just ourselves. He doesn't. He shows me he is there for me whenever I need him. And we are suppose to be like him. Every time I try to plan my day around "me", God throws someone in my path who needs me. I'm not letting him down. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise will get me healthy. Maybe not a size 6, but able to do what I need to do and have the energy in my day to do it.
My goal is to plan and eat three healthy meals a day, and only eat those three meals. My body doesn't need more than that. If I become hungry at other times, I'll reach for veggies as they seem to be the one thing I lack most in my diet. If I am offered a treat, I will eat it and enjoy it. I will enjoy that treat, and stop there. I do not need more. I know that I cannot live without an occasional chocolate or ice cream. Well, I could, but I would be sad. And, from past experience I know I will eventually binge. Food was given to us to enjoy. There is nothing wrong with it. It is when I abuse it that it becomes wrong. So, only when offered. I will not go hunting for treats or keep ample supply in my cupboard. That would be silly, and definitely not healthy. Because, I will eat them all. Why set myself up?
My goal is to sleep eight hours every night. Get to bed at ten, up at six. Drop everything you are doing at ten, and go to bed! When that alarm goes off, get up! You don't need more. You need to live life and help others. You can't do that while zonked.
My goal is to help my family gain these habits as well. When I think about my family, and what I can do to help their lives be healthier and happier, it is much easier for me to follow suit. When I encourage them to play, join them. When I encourage them to eat their veggies, eat some too. When I encourage them to get some sleep, follow your own advice. Why would you give yourself any less than what you would give your child?
So, those are my goals. Trying to keep it simple. 20 - 30 minutes a day, three healthy meals, get consistent sleep. I may not end up skinny, but I will end up healthy. And it won't come back. I'm done with the yo yo weight.
I'll let you know how it goes!