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Lessons learned

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Seems I've been getting schooled lately. But in a good way, so that's ok. Here are some lessons I've learned recently.

emoticon I enjoy Fage yogurt. With some mostly-defrosted berries, I don't need honey or any other sweetener like I did Chobani. While I can swallow Chobani, I still feel like some sort of sweetener is missing, so I keep falling back on the with-fruit kind. At a shocking 15+ grams of sugar, I needed to find a better option.

emoticon I don't need to lose weight every week. As long as I stay study, and don't gain, I'm ok with that. I know it will take me extra-long to lose weight, and patience is important here.
This is a lesson I'm re-learning, and I need to stick with. Watch that scale, and make sure the only direction it ever goes is down, no matter how often that is.

emoticon Sometimes, just falling back on an old favorite is better than trying a new recipe. Trying new ones all the time is exhausting, and often wasteful. Stand-bys are there for a reason, and are good to utilize!

emoticon I don't need to exercise every day. While the January challenge was fun and definitely difficult, I learned I cannot exercise every day. My body just isn't ready for it. Instead, I will be coming up with a new plan, and hope to blog about it soon. It will include goals, rewards, and a more flexible schedule. I'll be trying it out next month.

I'd love to hear what lessons you've learned lately!



ETA; I forgot the biggest one, from this morning!

emoticon I've been really struggling with sleep, and fatigue lately. My normal routine is to wake up about two hours before my alarm, roll over and back to sleep. An hour, hour and a half later, the dogs wake me up to go outside. I let them out, leave the window and door open to hear them, and lay back down. Alarm goes off, snooze, and roll over. Rinse and repeat several times. Let dogs back in, lay back down. Snooze until the last possible second, get up, and rush around.
This morning, I decided to try something new. Instead, I got up with the dogs, turned off my alarm, and got ready. I had plenty of time to relax, catch the news, eat breakfast slowly and enjoy it. I feel much more awake and content. Granted, it's not a fix-all, I'm still tired and fatigued but it's not as bad. I'll try waking up semi-naturally when the dogs need to go out tomorrow, instead of waiting for my alarm afterwards. If I'm already up and moving around, why not?
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ACCEPTINGME73 2/1/2013 2:03PM

    Love your lessons learned. I totally agree with the tried and true recipes and relate to exercise though I found I could exercise everyday just start off small like 10 minutes per day adding 2 minutes per week. But thats just me. Everyone has their own specifics :)

My lesson I learned in Jan. is #1 I need to learn to accept and love myself and try to be positive more than negative.

Lesson #2 I learned that there is support out there. Sharing and being more social in this site is key to get the encouragement. It took me a few years to figure it out. But i am sure glad I did.

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MAGNOLIA416 1/30/2013 9:08PM

    Great list! I still struggle to accept the slow weight-loss while on prednisone. But you're right, as long as I'm not gaining, that's a good thing! I'm a big fan of stand-by recipes, too!

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MIRAGE727 1/29/2013 9:59PM

    Learning from the experiences on our journey makes us stronger for what lies ahead!
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MS_ZENZI 1/29/2013 7:21PM

    I liked what you said about not losing weight every week. You've made me extremely curious about Fage Yogurt. It's a lot of sugar, but you made it sound so good. I'm going to leave it alone, since it sounds additively good.

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MICHELLEPHANT 1/29/2013 2:16PM

    Thanks fer sharing! Great lessons learned! Next step....doggy Depends!

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POISONGIRL999 1/29/2013 1:33PM

    Great blog! I have to say the exercising everyday thing hit true with me. My body needs rest or it will give up on me.

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