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Day 1: Baby steps

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I'm not even sure "baby steps" can describe the minuscule, incremental changes I'm trying to make. Every day is a struggle. It's not exactly the diet and exercise at this point; it's fighting the stress eating and total lack of motivation to exercise.

By blogging, I'm choosing to focus on the positive, to change the neverending negative feedback loop that's been playing in my brain lately. So much self-recrimination without giving any credit where it's due.

And it IS due. I've taken some positive steps lately but have chosen to focus on the negative. "I didn't do *enough* exercise." "I blew my calorie range today." "I stayed within my calorie range but filled it with 'bad' calories like cookies and instant mashed potatoes."

Enough!

Over the past week, I've logged calories some days and haven't logged on others. On the days I've logged, I've stayed within my range. I should pat myself on the back! In addition, despite the fact I've been in pretty severe pain due to (of all things!) a new pillow, I've taken the dog for a walk two days in a row. Even though it was a bit breezy for my taste. Even though I really didn't want to. And last week, I got on the rowing machine three times.

I need to stop the negative self-talk and focus on all the good things I'm doing. So I screw up once in awhile. So what?? Every morning when the alarm clock goes off is a new day, and a new chance to do things right.

I deserve a pat on the back. Life's been stressful lately, but I'm hanging in there!
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GEORGE815 2/7/2013 8:21PM

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JOANNKW 2/6/2013 11:27AM

    Good for you! If you row 14000 meters between 2/9 and 2/14 and put your meters on the Concept2 log - you get free valentines (e-valentines?) to sent and bragging rights!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/5/2013 8:22PM

    It sounds like you need to also quit beating yourself up!! Move forward and reach for the stars!!

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ACYCLINGMIND 2/5/2013 8:06PM

    Yes, you do need to stop the negative self-talk because there is always something possitive about what you're doing. I really hate exercise. For me the solution was buying a treadmill. The money I put toward it was well worth the better health and the easier work-out. Now I just walk in front of the TV every day. Find something that works for you and stick to it. And on days where you feel like doing nothing find 10 minutes to run through some crunches or dance around in the kitchen to your favourite music -- helps with stress, too! Best of luck on your journey. You have the power to be where you want to be.

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LYNAND62 2/5/2013 8:00PM

    It's good that you can see the areas where you struggle and are making changes. You're aware of the fact that logging your food helps you to stay on track, so that's a good thing, too!

Keep moving forward...baby steps add up, they really do! And you're worth it!

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