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Discouraged ramblings and a WUB #4

Saturday, February 02, 2013

January was not the month I had planned. I started my re-commitment on the 31 of December, but wasn't able to keep with it long. I planned a detox, and while I keep with it for the food portion, I never made the 10 minute activity streak, the jump start challenge, the Wii challenge or the 10,000 steps with any consistency. Toward the end of the month, I got derailed by PMS and I gave up food wise. So February finds me starting over. AGAIN. I spent the first day in bed, feeling sorry for myself, pondering questions like WHY IS HEALTHY LIVING SO HARD? why do I crave and choose bad for me food? why can't I live alone where I wouldn't have to deal with other people's diet chooses? Why Do I choose to skip the gym? Some of the answers are all wrapped up together. When I choose bad for me food, it starts a viscous cycle, where I crave more bad for me food, zapping my energy so I want to skip the gym, which makes me discouraged and blue, so I look to eat for comfort, where I run into my family's bad for me food choices and the cycle repeat itself. How can I stop this cycle? How can I intervene? What can I do to make February different from January?

First, I need to realize that I have an all or noting Fatitiude. While this is not a new lesson, It's one that I need to keep relearning. When I slip nutritionally, I tend to completely lose it and eat for the rest of the week. So, I need to learn that one taste, one step will not completely lose the week. But it's a paradox, because I do think that when I eat real sugar and fake sugar, and wheat, I crave more sugar and wheat. The first step in stopping this cycle is to clean up nutritionally. I felt so much better the second week of January, when I was eating detox. I have all the ingredients, so I am going to eat my smoothies and follow the detox for a few days. SO.. no sugar. No wheat. No processed food. No chocolate. No Alcohol. no chemical food, no added salt. Just smoothies, tea and whole clean foods.
Which should give me my energy back, and I will head back to the gym. Everywhere I read that interval training is the way to get more bang for my gym buck, so I am going to try and ramp up my speed for this next week. Right now, I am walking at 2.8. I will try to do interval of 3.5, 3 and 2.8.
All my challenges should work together. If I walk for 60 minutes a day on the treadmill, I get my 10 minutes activity in, and my 10,000 steps. Plus it helps my calorie differential. If I do the WII fit at lunch time, I get my 10 minutes activity in, plus my Wii challenge, helps with my calorie differential and I am not a coach potato. If Steve is home for lunch, I can use that time for Sparking. The problem I found for doing the Wii is that I do not very much private time, and the Wii is used by the others for tv.
For this next week; Saturday, I am cleaning out the freezer and fridge. This week we are eating from the pantry, to watch grocery costs. I should be able to go to the gym and treadmill during the day, and WII while no one is home. Sunday, is a day of rest from the gym and I should get my steps in by cleaning. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are detox food wise, so smoothies. I have a lunch birthday celebration for Monday so I will order a salad. Work out wise, for Monday...I should be able to do the gym and Wii Monday night, when the boys go for scouts, and Hannah has key club. Tuesday, I will pack my lunch as I have a Spokane unit meeting and if the weather is nice, I will walk outside in the park. I should be able to gym after work and this week, I am going to try and make the yoga class. Wednesday, I should be able to WII at lunch time, gym after work and make religious ed for non coach potato activity. Thursday, is my day off and I should be able to gym and Wii while no one is home. I am planning on making it to the used bookstore, so will need to clean out and gather the books from the floor of the bedroom.. which will help in the organizational goal for the new year. Friday, I should be able to WII at lunch time and gym after work.

Again, this week.. I have the best laid plans. It requires clean work out clothes, so I need to do the laundry on Saturday. It goes better when I make work out dates with CYnthia, so I will let her know the gym schedule, to see if she can join me. It requires meal planning, so I need to clean out the fridge and freezer and make sure I have the right choices available.

To re-commit, for this week...1) I will follow my diet range, eating within my calorie range and tracking it. I should have a daily differential of -500 calories. 2) I will walk 10,000 steps by treadmilling for 60 minute intervals, adding 10 minutes of WII activities daily. 3) I will not be a coach potato, but will work on organizational projects like my bulletin board, scrap booking and Sparking. 4) I will take my meds, drink my water, drink my tea and other good for me steps, like lemon juice and daily mass on the I phone.

I am going to try and do this one day at a time so here is to a Saturday.
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    HUGS first of all. Proud of you for making your plans to move forward. It is not easy to fall, get up, fall, get up . . . repeat. BUT that's what build success. Never giving up.

    Hang tight.
    1845 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    I totally get the all or nothing attitude, i suffer from it also.
    My solution was to start with one thing for a month and that was fitness. Started with 3 times a week on the treadmill and built that up over the month. The next month I worked on my food and made the '3 healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks' rule, not really looking at calories. Ironically, I stayed within the high range of my allotted calories.
    Now I have a fitbit and have increased my miles walking. Am also watching my calories more closely.
    This works for me. When I tried to do everything at once, I failed miserably, and found myself on the couch with my favorite chips and ice cream consoling and hating myself at the same time.
    Good luck with February!
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    1845 days ago
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