After recovering from the flu I got over the holidays I'm finally feeling more energetic.
Right before the holidays I was feeling sluggish from poor food choices and then that virus just made it worse. But now coming out of that combination I'm feeling more stronger mentally and physically.
In the past I've always made new years resolutions and this time instead of making a list I just decided to make a basic, simple one. It's time to just start taking care of myself (period). I looked at myself in the mirror and looked like I aged 10 years after that bad flu. I had such bags and dark circles under my eyes and my hair was all straggly with my grey roots needing attention badly.
I had gained back all the weight I had lost with the biggest loser contest we had at work. I thought about the 20lbs I have regained since losing 40 lbs 2 years ago. I felt like this
I looked at my co-workers who are younger than me in their twenties and thirties and they are all so thin. Their metabolisms haven't slowed down yet and most of them don't exercise. Then I remembered two of my other co-workers in their forties and fifties. The latter co-worker lost 20lbs a year ago, and the other has lost so far 30lbs. She is using MyFitness Pal app, eats low-carb and exercises religiously. I am the fattest one there. But then I thought,... instead of getting down looking at my svelte co-workers I should see them as inspiration and motivation.
Here begins my 'baby steps' to taking care of myself! I am a firm believer in them as I have mentioned on my spark page. They can be used for anything.
I looked at my Groupons I had been saving and made appointments. Got a mani and pedi, got a haircut and got those grey roots taken care. The pedicure was just wonderful, I never could relax with them but this time I just melted and enjoyed the moment. With another Groupon I started taking classes at this "wellness center" and was brave enough to try some Pilates classes. My abdominals have always been very weak and I found Pilates class too difficult but since the class size is very small I get advice and hands-on feedback on how I'm performing the exercises. I really am enjoying them now and feel I sit a little more straighter at work (we sit on stools without backs) and when working with patients. I started yoga classes which have appealed to my tight muscles and de-stressing.
New zumba classes using weights have been made zumba more fun and challenging!
Next, I started eating right. Drinking more water, then eliminating sugar and white flour from my foods. Then slowly going back to eating as I was when I losing weight for the Biggest Loser contest at work. Eating more healthy carbs like fruits and veggies and less bread and starches. I haven't started counting calories yet but that is in the works for the coming next weeks. Baby steps... I have started using this app called Evernote Food, it's fun to see photos of my meals and how it's organized. I have been journaling my meals in a pretty spiral-bound book my mom gave me.
I've lost so far 6 lbs and that makes me smile.
I'm feeling more stronger each day mentally and physically. I have another Groupon to use next weekend for a Indian Ayurvedic 75 min massage, I"m feeling self-conscious to have it since I wish I was smaller. (I've always just had a massage just for my back and arms never full body except for my honeymoon) It sounds really relaxing so just going to go for it!!
Not only will I begin to start taking care of myself but my husband will be joining me.
I forced him basically to get a physical and long story short he's on the verge to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. His doctor wants him to lose weight and eat better, he will be having more blood testing and then we will see whether he is diabetic or not and has to take medication. I think it scared him a bit so he's now getting serious and eating better. I'm excited to help him and we will start weekly weigh-ins, my sons are thinking it's fun to see their parents weights posted on our kitchen bulletin board.
Even though my life may be stressful at my job and being the sole breadwinner in the house with my husband still looking for work, I'm so glad and thankful to see the light at this tunnel and feel hopeful. Don't know how else to describe it how I feel.
Going to continue to take these 'baby steps' because I know they work!!
Give them a try!
I love this quote and have been using it the past few years as my motto. Just wanted to share it.